Feb 192018
 

The Star technically isn’t a great animated movie by any stretch but it is perfectly safe and unlike The Emoji Movie, did illicit a few laughs from me and never once came across as cynical, and the voice talents was pretty impressive while the animation, albeit nothing extraordinary, was passable.

 

 

The Star
(2017)

Genre(s): Animated, Family, Fantasy
Sony Pictures | PG – 86 min. – $34.99 | February 20, 2018

Date Published: 02/19/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Timothy Reckart
Writer(s): Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin (story), Carlos Kotkin (screenplay)
Cast: Steven Yeon, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Kris Kristofferson
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Sing-Alongs
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


A small but brave donkey named Bo (STEVEN YEON) yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and teams up with Ruth (AIDY BRYANT) the loveable sheep and Dave (KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY) the hilarious dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels (TYLER PERRY, OPRAH WINFREY, TRACY MORGAN) and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the star on the adventure of their dreams and become part of the greatest story ever told.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


This release comes with a slip cover and inside a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Should note, some of these are made strictly for kids.

Audio Commentary – Director Tim Reckart and Executive Producer DeVon Franklin

Star-aoke Sing Along! is where you can sing with your favorite characters to generic and forgettable songs.

Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin (9:52; HD) is a featurette with the executive producer talking with kids on how to keep the spirit of Christmas all year.

An All-Star Cast (13:02; HD) looks at the various voice talents with behind-the-scenes footage of their recording sessions.

Creating the World in 9 Months BC (2:10; HD) goes into the development of Jerusalem, Nazareth and more.

“Life is Good” Dance Along (3:03; HD) finds a couple kids dancing to the song…

Animated Nativity (21:11:16; HD) is something you can play on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; shows off scenes from the film… on a loop.

Lyric Videos (17:33; HD):

  • The Star by Mariah Carey
  • Can You See by Fifth Harmony
  • Children Go Where I Send You by Kelsea Ballerini
  • We Three Kings by Kirk Franklin
  • Life is Good by A Great Big World

Arts & Crafts (3:35; HD):

  • Twinkling Star Ornaments
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars
  • Star Mason Jar Votives

Previews Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, All Saints, The Emoji Movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Swan Princess: A Royal Mystery

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Follow The Star onto Blu-ray where it is presented in its original theatrical 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. With 3D animation, it usually looks excellent in high-def and this is no exception where colors are bright and detail is relatively sharp throughout.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The movie comes with a standard but fine DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which showcases crisp and clean dialogue levels as well as outputting the oh-so-memorable songs. There is some usage with the rear channels mainly for the score or ambient noise while the LFE channel does kick on a few times when the action gets zany.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, The Star technically isn’t a great animated movie by any stretch but it is perfectly safe and unlike The Emoji Movie, did illicit a few laughs from me and never once came across as cynical, and the voice talents was pretty impressive while the animation, albeit nothing extraordinary, was passable. The Blu-ray released by Sony offers up great video and adequate audio transfers and an okay selection of bonus material.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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