The Croods Blu-ray review

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The Croods was recently released on Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 1st. DreamWorks’ recent offering follows a family of cave people who lives a very sheltered life due to the many dangers and predators out there (hey, I would do the same thing too).

The Croods family include father Grug (Nicolas Cage), mother Ugga (Catherine Keener), son Thunk (Clark Duke), daughter Eep (Emma Stone), baby daughter Sandy (Randy Thom), and Ugga’s mother Gran (Cloris Leachman). Many cave families have been eaten and/or were killed by nature, so it’s up to Grug to do his best to protect his family. He does this by making sure the family follows a strict routine. They would capture food in the day time. When it hits night time, the family rushes to their cave home. The process is repeated over and over again.

Eep, the eldest child, grows tired of the routine and longs for a more exciting life. One day, she sees something shining in the night and follows it outside the cave, disobeying her father’s wish of staying inside the cave. The shining element ends up being fire created by Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a smart prehistoric human. He opens up her eyes to the ways of gadgets and technology, which has greatly improved his survival rate in the outside world. They’ll need it more than ever, since the continents are drifting, causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The movie is a solid family film that includes all the ingredients of a CG-animated family film. You have funny moments like when Guy creates female puppet animals to trick the males, and the dynamic between Guy and the Croods. You’ll also get some fun adventure of the family and Guy traveling across a gorgeous jungle and hazardous lands. The movie doesn’t really have much to make it stand out from other CG-animated family movies, but there are plenty of scenes that will make you smile; for example, Guy being overpowered by Eep, and Grug wanting wanting Gran to die of old age.

Movie Grade: B-

Video Quality

The movie looks REALLY amazing. The little details on the Croods family were impressive, whether it’s their hair, skin or clothing. The colors really pop out, especially during the jungle scenes. Some of the elements looked life-like, like the scenes with the puppets (they almost looked like real puppets in the way they looked and moved). From the vast rocky land to the lush jungle, the Blu-ray has all the visual basis covered with its clarity and colors. It’s definitely a movie worth showing off on a nice TV set.

Video Grade: A

Audio Quality

The audio definitely does a great job. From the rumbling of the earthquakes to the ambiance of the quiet cave, the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack delivers. The football egg scene is a great scene to show off the surround sound. You get the family and other animals running around trying to get the egg while we hear percussion-like marching music being perform in the background.

Audio Grade: A

Extras

The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo has features like The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods! This one teaches you about the various animals in the movie. You also get Belt’s Cave Journal, which has Belt and Guy saving a Jackrobat. The rest of the extras include deleted scenes, a coloring and storybook builder app, an a “Be an Artist” feature that teaches you how to draw the creatures in the film.

Extras Grade: C

Final Reaction

It’s a fun family film with predictable family interactions, but it does have a nice message about understanding and freedom. The video and audio are up there in quality, making the Blu-ray a worthy addition to your home theater demonstration.

Overall Grade: B

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