Tad: The Lost Explorer is a harmless animated adventure the entire family can enjoy and the animation itself is fairly impressive especially for a studio outside of the big three or four (i.e. Disney, Fox, DreamWorks).
Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Vivendi Entertainment | NR – 93 min. – $19.97 | October 8, 2013
Directed by: Enrique Gato
Writer(s): Javier Barreira, Gorka Magallon, Ignacio Del Moral, Jordi Gasull, Neil Landau (screenplay)
Voice Cast: Karry Shale, Ariel Winter, Cheech Marin
Features: DVD Copy
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 34.4 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 3.0/5
Tad (voiced by KARRY SHALE) is a bored construction worker dreaming of a life of adventure until one day he is mistaken for a famous archeologist and that dream comes true. Whisked to Peru holding a sacred key, Tad helps Professor Layrof (MAC MCDONALD) and his beautiful daughter Sara (ARIEL WINTER) as they race against evil treasure hunters in search of the Lost City of Paititi.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
Other than a DVD Copy, no features have been included.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Warner Home Video, via Paramount, releases Jennifer Eight onto Blu-ray presented with an open matted 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio (originally 1.85) and a decent 1080p high-def transfer. This one is a bit tricky to judge. First, there’s little doubt that this is a solid upgrade over its DVD counterpart, and while the detail levels are quite good, there is a fair amount of grain that, unlike others I’ve seen, don’t exactly look natural. Even so, colors do seem well balanced, the black levels are excellent and I noticed no instances of artifacting, dust marks or scratches.
AUDIO – 4.25/5
The disc includes a standard 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio provides some crisp and clear dialogue levels while the more action-oriented elements has relative intensity for an animated feature.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Tad: The Lost Explorer is a harmless animated adventure the entire family can enjoy and the animation itself is fairly impressive especially for a studio outside of the big three or four (i.e. Disney, Fox, DreamWorks). The 3D BD/BD/DVD combo pack released by Vivendi Entertainment, in an exclusive distribution deal to Wal-Mart, doesn’t have any features but the video/audio transfers are nice.