Disney’s latest installment in the Tinker Bell Faries line, Secret of the Wings, is a nice little movie that the entire family can watch, though it is still geared towards younger children – and Disney fans of all ages.
Genre(s): Animated, Fantasy, Comedy
Disney | G – 75 min. – $49.99 | October 23, 2012
Directed by: Roberts Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
Writer(s): Roberts Gannaway & Peggy Holmes and Ryan Rowe and Tom Rogers (screenplay)
Cast: Mae Whitman, Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton, Matt Lanter, Jesse McCartney, Lucy Liu, Grey DeLisle, Anjelica Huston
Features: Bonus Adventure, 2 Music Videos, DVD Copy, Digital Copy
Number of Discs: 4
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 31.0 GB (2D), 29.8 GB (3D)
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
THE MOVIE – 3.5/5
Plot Outline: For the fairies of Pixie Hollow, the Winter Woods are strictly off limits. But when a mysterious force draws Tinker Bell (MAE WHITMAN) to cross the border into this unknown world, she discovers a secret that will change her life forever. She comes face-to-face with a frost fairy named Periwinkle (LUCY HALE), the only fairy who can help unlock the secret of the wings.
With fun and laughter, they form a magical connection and make an astonishing discovery… they’re more than friends, they’re sisters! When Pixie Hollow is threatened, this perfect pair must work together to save their two worlds.
Quick Hit Review: Secret of the Wings is the latest direct-to-video release from the Disney network is a fun family adventure and the fourth in the “Tinker Bell” series (Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue) which began in 2008. It’s a simple story which is fine for kids but will probably bore some adults, though since it clocks in at only 65-minutes (sans credits) it moves at a breezy pace.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
This release comes with a glossy, thick slip cover with a lenticular front cover. Included inside is a retail DVD Copy and Digital Copy disc with code.
Music Videos – “Great Divide” by McClain Sisters and “Dig Down Deeper” by Zendaya
Pixie Hollow Games (22:34; HD) is a cute animated short featuring many of the voice cast from Secret of the Wings.
Pixie Preview: Fright Light (1:02; HD) is a teaser for the next Disney Fairies release.
Previews – Wreck-It Ralph
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Secret of the Wings flutters onto Blu-ray both with 2D and 3D versions. As with most animated films, whether traditional or CGI, they tend to look incredible on the small screen and this one is no different. Colors are luscious from the greens in the trees to the blue hues when in the Winter Woods. Detail levels are also impressive and show no flaws like pixilation, artifacting or banding. Similarly, the 3D also comes through quite nicely with some good depth throughout but also keeping the vibrant colors that comes through in the 2D version.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track offers up a relatively immersive experience which especially comes to life during the musical performances but also sounds good during the quieter, more dialogue-driven, scenes.
OVERALL – 3.25/5
Overall, Disney’s latest installment in the Tinker Bell Faries line, Secret of the Wings, is a nice little movie that the entire family can watch, though it is still geared towards younger children – and Disney fans of all ages. The Blu-ray set offers up solid audio/video transfers but falter in the features department.