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The Movie Itself
4.5 Stars
HD Video Quality
4.5 Stars
HD Audio Quality
3.5 Stars
Supplements
1.5 Stars
High-Def Extras
0 Stars
Bottom Line
For Fans Only

Angry Birds Toons - Season One - Volume Two

Street Date:
April 15th, 2014
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
May 22nd, 2014
Movie Release Year:
2013
Studio:
Sony
Length:
101 Minutes
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

And we're back with the second volume of season one of the cartoon series 'Angry Birds', and much like the first volume, you can expect the same short animated segments to appeal to all ages for a short time frame. Packed with 26 episodes that each last less than three minutes, the birds and pigs are at it again, trying to fight each other off in a variety of goofy ways. These cartoons remind me of the old Looney Toon cartoons, which were short, sweet and to the point.

Heck, you can even watch these episodes of you have one of the Angry Birds apps on your mobile device for free. And there comes the big question? No, not marriage, but are these 'Angry Birds' cartoons worth purchasing? The answer is yes and no. You'll realize that both volume one and volume two of these collections of episodes are quite expensive, considering the content that only lasts about an hour. But you have to weigh in certain factors. Are you a big enough fan of the mobile game and are you willing to pay top dollar for the best looking version of these cartoons? If you plan on watching for free on one of the many video sites, or on your mobile app, the high-definition quality just isn't there. But with this Blu-ray release, the video and audio are the best they ever will be.

It's amazing to me how such a simple video game with really only one button to push to advance the game has made such a remarkable impact on the video game and movie industry. There has been countless versions of 'Angry Birds' released and even 'Star Wars' jumped on the bandwagon and did their own version of the game. Heck, there is even a full length movie coming out, based on the game that is as simple as Atari's Pong. It's all quite fascinating.

But much like the game plays - fast and on the go, these short cartoons are very similar. While they will appease a three year old as well as an adult, they move by very quickly and you won't give them a second thought. That being said, all of the episodes are quite fun and will muster up some laughs from all ages from time to time, even if things become redundant. There is still a big market for this franchise and by having a cheap budget, a short run time, and no voice actors, you can bet these cartoons will still be pumped out for years to come. 

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'Angry Birds: Season One Volume 2' comes with a nice 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Like I said above, this purchase will come down to how perfect you want the video quality. Sure you can watch it on your mobile phone or other video sites for free, but if you are a true fan and want the best possible picture, then you will want to spend your hard earned money on this Blu-Ray.  

The image is amazing with a crisp and clear detailed image with bright, beautiful primary colors that last every second of each episode. The image really pops off the screen. The contrast is perfect and animation is great, despite its simplicity. This is an excellent video presentation. 

The Audio: Rating the Sound

This release comes with a better Dolby Digital 2.0 audio mix, than the first volume. This soundtrack sounds more robust and more lively than its previous release and should also persuade you in a positive way to pick up this Blu-Ray. Again, there is no dialogue here other than grunts, screams, and growls, but the sound effects are loud and organic.

The score is energetic and zany, ranging from a silly sound to a pop sound in each episode. There is a wide dynamic range with good highs and lows. For being a 2.0 mix with no dialogue, this audio presentation is far better than listening to it on your computer speakers or mobile device. 

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

Easter Egg Hunt (HD, 1 min.) - Here is a special short cartoon with an Easter theme. 

Meet The Characters (HD, 3 mins.) - Here are four animated clips to get to know some of your characters of the show. 

Behind the Scenes (HD, 12 mins.) - Here are four segments that discuss the making of the show from a technical stand point. You'll see how the produce and direct the show, as well as see how the animators use computers to make the show, casting the voice actors, and the score. 

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

There are no HD exclusives. 

Final Thoughts

This second volume of season one of 'Angry Birds' is just as good as the first volume with the audio being slightly better than the previous release. The main component that you should factor in here in deciding whether or not to purchase this release is how badly do you want the best video and audio option when watching this cartoon series. If the answer is 'yes', then by all means, this comes highly recommended. However, if video and audio quality don't matter or you're not a super fan of the game and show, then you can find other cheaper ways to watch these cartoon episodes. Therefore, this Blu-ray release is for fans only. 

Technical Specs

  • 25GB Blu-ray Disc

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p MPEG-4 AVC

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.78:1

Audio Formats

  • English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles/Captions

  • None

Supplements

  • Easter Holiday Special: "Easter Egg Hunt"
  • Three all-new, "Meet the Characters" Pods, featuring Bomb Bird, Terrence and Chef Pig
  • Previously released "Meet the Characters" Pod for Corporal Pig
  • Four Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

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