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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:  106 minutes, making-of documentary, DVD, digital copy
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO:  English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (Blu-ray), English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 DS, Spanish 5.1 DS
Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO:  Paramount Pictures/ Columbia Pictures/ Hemisphere Media Capital/ Amblin Entertainment/ Wingnut Films
Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE:  3-13-2012

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is an adventure in the same vein as Indiana Jones.  The comic book series it is based on is known in many parts of the world except the United States where many people don't know who Tintin is.   Herge was the genius behind the several Tintin graphic novels.   Now Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teamed up to make a motion capture film that draws story elements from two Tintin stories with a script written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish.  Steven Spielberg directs what is one of the most fun adventure films to come from 2011.   THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN has the spirit and creative fun missing from the last Indiana Jones film.

Tintin buys the model of a sunken ship called the Unicorn.  Soon it is stolen and he discovers three models of the Unicorn were made which contain a secret to a sunken treasure.  He is kidnapped and rescues the drunken Captain Haddock. They (along with Tintin's loyal dog Snowy)are thrust on an adventure to uncover the secret of the sunken treasure of the Unicorn before the bad guys do.

The only extra on the Blu-ray disc is the 96 minute making-of documentary which can played as one whole documentary or as 11 separate featurettes that detail the origins of how the film got written to the the script to Spielberg directing motion capture, communicating with Peter Jackson's animation team  (in New Zealand) via the Polykongs, the music,animating Snowy (who has a different name overseas which got lost in translation),  toasting the beginning and the end of the project, and live action screen tests of a CGI Snowy, Tintin and Peter Jackson dressed up as Captain Haddock.

Also included in this combo is the DVD of the film and an Ultraviolet digital copy you can download of the film to play on your TVs, computers, tablets, and smart phones.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is a smart and fun adventure film that reminds me of the best INDIANA JONES movies.  The making-of documentary is wonderful in addition to some great animation on the film itself.

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