Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a consistently excellent presentation.
At all times, the movie boasted terrific definition. If any softness materialized, I didn’t see it, as I thought the image remained tight and precise from start to finish. No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes stayed absent. Print flaws also failed to mat the picture.
In terms of colors, Walking tended toward a natural palette. It came with a good array of hues and the Blu-ray replicated them in a vivid, satisfying manner. Blacks looked dark and rich, and shadows seemed clear and smooth. Everything about this stellar image satisfied.
While not bad, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed less involving than I would expect given its subject matter. Though the movie used the five channels in an active manner, I didn’t think they did a ton to flesh out the material. Music and effects popped up around the room but lacked great localization or integration. This meant that although we heard much to really place us in the settings; it became a somewhat lackluster soundscape.
At least audio quality was fine. Speech sounded natural and distinctive, while music seemed vivid and full. Effects showed good accuracy and range, with reasonably positive low-end when necessary. This was an acceptable mix but not one that impressed.
A few extras fill out the set, and we begin with an Ultimate Dino Guide. This allows us to select from an array of dinosaur types and learn more from there. The “Guide” includes 11 featurettes; these run between one minute, eight seconds and four minutes, three seconds for a total of 20 minutes, 25 seconds. It also provides a mix of details about the creatures and their world. The “Guide” turns into a useful companion.
A game called Match the Call offers an audio-based quiz. It plays the sounds made by various dinos and then requires you to pick the correct one before time expires. It offers mild fun at best.
Next comes an Interactive Map. It shows a diagram of the world and lets us learn which dinos lived where. While not as informative as the “Guide”, it deserves a look.
Throughout the length of the movie, we can examine a Trivia Track. This uses the bottom part of the screen to tell us about dinosaurs and related subjects. It delivers a good array of notes and appears in a manner unobtrusive enough to allow you to follow the movie at the same time.
The Nickelodeon Orange Carpet Dino Rap lasts one minute, one second and gives us a music video. Benjamin Flores, Jr. – aka “Li’l P-Nut” – raps about the movie and we see some shots from the flick. Like Flores himself, this becomes relentlessly annoying.
The disc opens with ads for Rio 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Free Birds. Sneak Peek throws in ads for The Croods, Turbo and Dragons: Riders of Berk/Defenders of Berk. We also find the trailer for Walking.
A DVD copy of Walking fills out the set. It includes previews but none of the Blu-ray’s other extras.
While Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie boasts excellent production values, it gets dragged down by a dopey script. With bland characters and cheap jokes on display from start to finish, the film squanders its potential. The Blu-ray provides terrific visuals along with acceptable audio and a few informative supplements. Even the most dino-obsessed kid probably won’t be all that enthralled by Walking - and adults seem sure to feel bored by it.