Blu-ray
Worth a Look
3.5 stars
Overall Grade
3.5 stars

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The Movie Itself
3 Stars
HD Video Quality
4.5 Stars
HD Audio Quality
4.5 Stars
Supplements
1 Stars
High-Def Extras
0 Stars
Bottom Line
Worth a Look

Quackerz - 3D

Street Date:
June 14th, 2016
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
June 9th, 2016
Movie Release Year:
2016
Studio:
Shout Factory
Length:
81 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
PG
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

You think you've seen it all, when it comes to movies or in this case, CG animated movies, but then a film like 'Quackerz' comes along, which is the latest CG animated film from another country. The country in question is Russia and the only American voice actors here that are recognizable is Michael Gross from 'Tremors' and possibly Allana Ubach from 'Sister Act 2'. Being from another country, this isn't the usual set up or story plot. Even most of the jokes don't translate well here, but it's original enough to keep your interest or at least see where the film goes.

There are a lot of moving parts to 'Quackerz', almost too much, as the film at times feels a little jumbled and not set on the straight path from point A to B. Still, the animation looks good and the visuals are colorful for sure. So what is 'Quackerz' all about? There are a group of ducks that live in China on the ocean, where their leader Emperor Peng Li believes that if he doesn't pray every night, that the sun won't come back to shine.

His son Longway is foretold to be the almighty Sun Duck, which will sacrifice himself to keep the sun ticking for a long time. The emperor doesn't want to lose his son, so he tries to keep Longway involved in video games and not worrying about the sacrifice. Then another group of war hungry, military-like ducks show up at the shore led by Duckmus (Michael Gross), who was supposed to be in Hawaii, but ended up in China. Go figure. Duckmus has a daughter named Erica, who falls for Longway, which ends up in a duck-style Romeo and Juliet type of situation.

If that wasn't enough to boggle your mind, a human woman named Ms. Knout (Ubach) comes to land of ducks in order to kill Longway and harness the sun's power for eternal youth, complete with her steam punk contraptions and idiotic henchmen. I know, it's a lot to follow, and none of it really makes any sense. There are some fun moments here and there, but the pacing and jokes really miss the mark, and that might be the case with this being a foreign CG animated film that doesn't know the mainstream American audience. Still, there are some creative scenes and characters for sure, but there is just so much going on, that the film has a difficult time staying on track. 

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

'Quackerz' comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc, a DVD Copy, and a digital download insert from Shout Factory and is Region A Locked. Besides the download code, there is no other insert. The box art is reversible. The discs are housed in a hard, blue, plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. A trailer plays before the main menu arrives.

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'Quackerz' comes with a fairly good 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. There are two discs included here, one is the Blu-ray, which has the option to view in 3D or 2D. Then there is the DVD copy. The overall look of the film is colorful and beautiful. Colors pop right off screen with tons of greens, blues, reds, yellows, and purples. Everything is well-saturated and is a visually pleasing experience. I wouldn't go as far as to say the detail is as good as Disney or Pixar, but the feathers and hairs do stand out nicely.

The 3D looks good here too, but there aren't really any pop-out sequences really. It's more about the depth here than anything, which looks good. The landscape and characters on screen in 3D give the film some visual depth and makes the whole picture look bigger and almost immerses you into this chaotic land. The 2D version looks very good as well, and is the one I prefer, since there weren't any big gimmicky type of 3D moments here. There were surprisingly no big moments of aliasing, banding or video noise either, leaving this video presentation with some good marks.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

This release comes with a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix and sounds impressive. The audio here is quite fun and is well executed. The sound effects are robust and full of life and come from the surround speakers with ease. It's a packed audio presentation as it needs to be, and this audio presentation fully immerses you. Ambient noises of other ducks and seaside life come into full effect here as well.

Dialogue is crystal clear and easy to follow and free of any pops, cracks, hiss, and high shrills. The dialogue and sound effects have some great directionality as well here. The bass thumps nicely without going into rocky territory. The original score sounds great too and always adds to the entertainment of the film, however the song 'Who Let the Dogs Out" makes an early appearance in the film, which is just not cool.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

Behind the Scenes Animatics (HD, 8 Mins.) - This is like a picture-in-picture-in-picture-in-picture, where several different screens pop up that show the actual film, while showing storyboards, the voice cast doing their lines, and not fully rendered animation, all at once. There are four different scenes to pick from.

Promotional Slideshow (HD, 5 Mins.) - A ton of promotional artwork for the film in slideshow form.

Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2 Mins.) - Trailer for the film.

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

There are no HD exclusives here.

Final Thoughts

'Quackerz' is a strange film. It doesn't quite hit the mark for American audiences as it doesn't nail some of the jokes and seems to have too much going on for its own good. That being said, the visuals are quite stunning and the voice work with the American actors are pretty good. The 3D isn't stellar, but the depth is quite good, while the audio presentation is excellent. The bonus features don't have much to them either. 'Quackerz' is worth a look, despite its chaos.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D/DVD/Digital Copy

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/MVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.78:1

Audio Formats

  • English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • English: DTS-HD MA 2.0

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • Behind-the-scene Animatics
  • Promotional Slideshow
  • Theatrical Trailer

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