|Open Season (Widescreen Special Edition)
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In Open Season, the odd are about to get even. Boog (Martin Lawrence), a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world turned upside down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) a scrawny, fast-talking mule deer. When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his cushy home in a park ranger's garage to try a taste of the great outdoors, things quickly spiral out of control. Relocated to the forest with open season only three days away, Boog and Elliot must acclimate in a hurry. They must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take the forest back.
Growing up can be a confusing journey fraught with difficult choices. Boog (Martin Lawrence) is a domesticated Grizzly Bear who leads a perfectly happy life inside of Park Ranger Beth's (Debra Messing) garage, but a chance meeting with an overly energetic mule deer named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) quickly changes everything and lands Boog high in the forest a few days before the opening of hunting season. Devoid of even the most basic survival skills, Boog and Elliot stumble through the woods and find themselves at the mercy of every forest animal from skunks to chipmunks as well as an evil hunter named Shaw (Gary Sinise). After unintentionally inciting and endangering an entire forest full of clever animals, Boog and Elliot come to the realization that only by banding together do the forest animals stand a chance of outsmarting the hunters and ensuring their own survival.
This first animated film from Sony Pictures Animation takes its inspiration from cartoonist Steve Moore (In the Bleachers) and features animals with human-like intelligence, a vibrant color palate, and skilled animation that makes everything from the wind blowing Boo's fur to the animals' wild trip down the falls simply breathtaking. While it doesn't quite live up to Over the Hedge, Open Season is an entertaining production that explores the difficult process of maturation, the universal need for acceptance, and the true value of friendship. Special features include a 15-minute featurette about the animation process at Sony Pictures Animation and Image Works, a 7-minute look at the recording sessions featuring the voices behind the characters, two deleted scenes, three short animated cartoon strips, a short "Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run" that's an extension of the trailer scene in the movie, art gallery, beat boards, humorous commentary from the animals' point of views, and a full length commentary by Producer Michelle Murdocca, Directors Roger Allers and Jill Culton, and others. Activities include a "Voice-A-Rama" where viewers can hear specific lines spoken by alternate voices and a trivia "Wheel of Fortune--Forest Edition" as well as a DVD-ROM link to more online fun. (Ages 3 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
Meet the Critters of Open Season (click for larger image)
Stills from Open Season (click for larger image)
Boog (aka Martin Lawrence),
hear Martin Lawrence, "On Boog":
Elliot (aka Ashton Kutcher),
hear Ashton Kutcher, "On being Elliot":
Shaw (aka Gary Sinise),
hear Gary Sinise, "On Shaw":
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For a limited time, purchase Open Season (Widescreen Edition) on DVD and receive a complimentary copy of the Academy Award winning animated short, The Chubbchubbs!, exclusive to Amazon.com.
When it was briefly shown in theaters with Men in Black II, the delightful animated cartoon The Chubb Chubbs had the awkward distinction of being funnier and more inventive than MIIB. The six-minute film won the 2003 Oscar for best animated short. --Jeff Shannon
- Cute movie for all ages.
I confess that it's hard for me to sit and watch a full feature movie at home. There's so much other things, folding laudry, dusting, that command my attention. HOWEVER, I actually sat down and watched this from beginning to end. It held my attention and I actually laughed out loud more than a few times! It was purchased for my 10 year old, but my 20 year old son ended up watching it and thought it was good too - and he rarely likes movies, especially animated ones! Now my 60+ mom wants to see it. This one is well worth the price and did I mention I almost had tears in my eyes at the end????...more info
- SIMPLY HILARIOUS - A MUST SEE MOVIE
This movie is loads of fun. We purchased this movie and watched it with our kids. We were all laughing the whole time. This is one of the best kid's movies of all time. I laughed so long that my face was sore. Kids and adults both can appreciate this movie. If your kids haven't seen it yet I am sure they would love it for Christmas....more info
- It was Okay
It certainly wasn't the best animated film out there. My kids(10,9,& 3) liked it. I have to say it is a kids movie and not really geared for parents and kids. Shrek did a much better job keeping parents entertained....more info
- Excelente para mostrar tus 1080p "/Same as swps: 1080p show off
Quiz¨¢ no es "la pel¨ªcula" pero es bastante divertida y quiz¨¢s, una de las mejores maneras para mostrar como es que los 1080p se ven en tu teatro en casa.
Para ser la primera animaci¨®n de Sony, estuvo bien: para mostrar su campa?a "Full HD", est¨¢ mejor.
Maybe it's not "The movie" but it's fun to watch and really handful to show off your 1080p home theather setup.
For Sony's first animation, was ok but it does a better job showing off sony's "Full HD" motto....more info
- "Open Season"
I received this item in excellent condition and appreciate the speedy manner in which it was shipped. ...more info
- OK movie, Great Blu-ray
Open Season is an ok movie. There are a bunch of individual bits that are quite spectacular.. the rabbits are a hoot, and the broken dam part is amazing for example. However, one begins to believe after several viewings what an ultimately empty movie this is.
But... as I am writing this, I can see my daughter's face. She is entranced. She really likes this movie. She's five now and has seen it at least five times that I am aware of. And you know what? She still enjoys the heck out of it.
There isn't too much objectionable content in this movie. You can see an incredibly out of shape and over-the-hill male rear-end in one shot. I didn't realize it before watching the blu-ray version (Hah! A blessing and a curse!), but the dude is definitely missing his pants. The villain can be scary at times, shooting a rifle and brandishing a knife at the animals. There are also some poop jokes. It's rated PG.
The extras really aren't anything to write home about. They seem to be the same as the Standard Definition Special Edition.
This review is for the Blu-ray version: The picture is amazing, it looks 3-D. Sound is good as well.
I have seen the SD version upgraded to 1080i on a Sony DVP-cx995v, and upgraded to 1080P on a Toshiba hda20, and now the Blu-ray version on the PS3 60GB. These have all been on a Sony 60" KDS-60A2000 which is capable of 1080p.
Out of all three, I think that the Blu-ray version is the best followed by the Toshiba (I realize this is a bit apples to oranges.. also, since this movie was made by Sony, I doubt it will ever be released on HDDVD).
So, if you want to show the beauty of Blu-ray this might be a good title. It's a family-friendly film, and the picture is stellar.
My review out of 5:
Blu-ray Picture: 5.0
- Love the movie
When my 5 and 8 yr. old grandsons come for the night this is the movie they watch at bedtime because they know it by heart. They seem to relax because it doesn't take any brain power when you know every word. I put it on one night and there was the today show. I had taped over the VHS so we went straight to Amazon and ordered the DVD. It had come in by the time they came back so all is well and they are usually asleep before the movie is over. Thanks Amazon for saving me-I knew I could count on you!...more info
- Very Pleased
The PSP movie was delivered quickly and we are totally satisfied!! Very reliable and will use them again....more info
- great gift
This dvd was given as a gift. The child that received it said he liked it very much.Age 8...more info
- Decent film, but Copies Shrek
This movie is a reasonably good animated film with a major flaw. The animation is great or at least on par with what is expected today. However, the film completely copied the relationship between Shrek and donkey. Their banter is nearly identical. I found it to be so similar that I could not finish watching the movie. This flaw ruined what could have otherwise been a good film. ...more info
- Great Movie
This is a great movie for all ages. It really keeps you laughing through the entire thing. ...more info
- A visual feast and funny!
I saw a preview of this blu-ray on a 1080p Sony and I was blown away by the detail. The next day I bought it from Amazon. It is the best blu-ray transfer that I have seen so far. I thought it was very entertaining and my 17 year old said this was a great choice. You won't be disappointed with this one, and everyone will want movie night at your house....more info
- Amazing Picture Quality, and fun for the whole family
Open Season is another in a long line of anthropomorphic 3d animation films. It really doesn't bring anything new to the table, and is full of juvenille humor.
Despite (or possibly because)of all of that, my daughter and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a fun romp through the woods that feels pretty familiar if you've watched "Over the Hedge", "A Bug's Life", "The Wild", or "Madagascar." Of course, this also made it a safe purchase as we love those movies.
The picture quality on this Blu-Ray is truly amazing. It's one of the best titles (along with "Cars" and "Chicken Little") to really show off to friends and neighbors. Every hair, leaf and feather is rendered in amazing detail. That alone can make this worth a purchase....more info
- Not Very Good
Well... it just felt like it tried to hard... the scenes that were meant to be heart-rending/funny/etc. just seemed way too pedantic; same with the animation. It's like ... okay here is the anticipation in the opposite direction he's going to move, and now he's moving! It's like... it should be transparent... just a general sense of good movement / storytelling.
To me - it is a bad movie if I would rather be being bored than watching the movie... I got about 30 minutes in and then sort of skipped through the rest to see if it remarkably improved... which it didn't ... at all. If you're getting something for your kids; I will not get this - because it will make them stupider by watching it. They will fail at life; and then instead of your kid taking care of you in your old age you die sad and lonely in a gutter because G.W. Bush already spent your social security, sorry....more info
- Shrek Meets Born Free
A big and kind, but scary seeming, guy just wants to be left in peace when his peace is invaded by a small four-footed wise cracker with big ears. Sound familiar? The big guy is a tame grizzly bean and the annoying hanger on is a deer. Although the bear has been peaceful for years, the ranger who takes care of him is forced to return him to the wild. The bear is now a fish out of water and totally unprepared for life in the wild. But he should be all right as he was taken high into the mountains away from the hunting grounds.
But a flood sends the bear, deer, and many others down river to where they are endangered by the local hunters. Now the bear that just wanted to be left alone has to figure out how to deal with the wild and protect everyone from the hunters. Of course there are lessons to be learned while this is going on and everything winds up for the better.
Most of the elements of this movie are very familiar. The animation is reasonably good with a consistent level of cartoonishness. The story is pretty good and most of the characters are well realized. I was rather pleased with this film although its focus was different from what is shown in the trailer (the business with the hunters only comes in in the end). Not too rude or too cute, check it out....more info
- EYE CANDY EXTRAVIGANZA
In my honest oppinion, i believe this is one of the best blu ray titles visually speaking. This is pure eye candy. I watched it this twice. The first time i was just looking at the fur and everything on screen. I had to watch it a second time for the story. Pretty good movie too. It's no Shrek but I absolutely had a good time watching it. I think Ashton and Martin are hilarious together.
One more time.....WOW, WOW, WOW. EYE CANDY. EYE CANDY. EYE CANDY....more info
- Kids loved it!
Bought this for the kids after seeing bribes on The Movie Network.
Very good story, with funny and colorful characters. The Bear and the Deer look a bit much like Shreck and Donkey, but still.
The kids liked the bunnies being thrown away and the little bear packsac ;). Good animated film....more info