What can be said about “The Lego Movie” that already hasn’t? I think the millions upon millions of children singing the songs from the blockbuster sum everything up quite well. Warner Bros. Pictures and the Lego brand have most definitely hit pay dirt with a film that attracts not only rough and tumble boys looking to build something to knock it down, but even gentle little girls who dream of princesses and Uni-Kitties. Now the hit is released on Blu-ray and DVD, guaranteeing your kids will watch it non-stop while assembling a new house for you to live in or spaceship to fly you to work.
The evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) plots to glue the Lego Universe together in permanent harmony. A construction worker named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is believed to be the “Special” who will deliver the Lego world from the grasps of the tyrant. He teams up with feisty female Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), and other reluctant heroes to stop the oppressor and his minions.
The Blu-ray edition of “The Lego Movie” is presented in 1080p High-Definition with an Aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The picture quality is absolutely phenomenal in terms of clarity and vibrant colors. DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound will transport viewers to another world by surrounding them in the sounds, explosions, and music of the Lego Universe.
The film is rated PG for mild action and rude humor. Although some might say there’s some violence, it’s always meant to be lighthearted and never taken seriously. After all, they ARE only Legos. The only people who will have a problem with this movie are ones who don’t like the violent silliness of “The Three Stooges.”
I was sent “The Lego Movie: Everything is Awesome” Edition. It features 3D, 2D, DVD, and UltraViolet versions of the film. A 3D Emmet stand-up and exclusive Vitruvius mini-figure are included as well. There’s plenty of bonus material to excite the whole family on “The Lego Movie” Blu-ray. Audio commentary is provided by Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord and actors Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, and Alison Brie.
Two behind-the-scenes featurettes include “Bringing LEGO to Life” and “Stories from the Story Team.” Special building instruction shorts are bunched together as “See It, Built It!” Other special features are deleted scenes, outtakes, a sing-along, music video, homemade animated clips, an animation test, teasers, and trailers.
“The Lego Movie” is a rousing good time for the whole family. It’s front-loaded with enough juvenile humor to satisfy any child and packed with a sufficient amount of pop culture references to attract older audiences and members of the geek illuminati. The only thing you have to worry about is the annoyance you’ll begin to experience from having your kids run around the house singing “Everything is Awesome” day and night.
“The Lego Movie” is available now on “Everything is Awesome” 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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