Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 1 DVD release of Antz
Over the last few years, computer animated cartoons have become extremely popular. Toy Story started it all, and in the last year we’ve had both A Bugs Life and Antz.
To be honest, out of Antz and A Bugs Life I would have put my money on the latter being the best seeing it was put together by the same team who started it all with Toy Story. However, I would have lost out there – Antz is better, in fact I’d rate it as being one of the best films of the last year.
The story centres around Z, a worker who wants to be something more significant than just another earth mover. After meeting an Ant princess called Bala, it looks as though his wishes are about to come true.
Z switches places with his soldier friend Weaver in an attempt to see Bala again and ends up being called to war against a neighbouring Termite colony. Being the only survivor, he is hailed as a hero until the truth comes out and to avoid being arrested he takes Bala hostage.
After escaping from the colony he and Bala head for the fabled Insectopia, but it isn’t long before things go wrong and they end up back in the colony. Z uncovers a plan by the evil General Mandible to destroy the colony…
One of the easiest ways of seeing how well a DVD has been encoded is to check out it’s bit rate – this is measured in Megabits Per Second and refers to the amount of data making up a picture on the screen. Generally, the higher the bit rate the better the picture (this isn’t always the case, but it usually is!), and Antz has the highest bit rate yet – above 9 MBPS throughout the film. As a result, the picture quality throughout is outstanding – probably the best witnessed on DVD so far…
The DD soundtrack however, isn’t as impressive. It is adequate, but I get the impression that it could have been so much better.
As far as extras are concerned, this disc is packed solid with them. You’ve got the Directors Commentary, four featurettes, the theatrical trailer, a number of TV Spots and more.
If you want a disc which will show of the visual benefits of DVD then this is for you, if your looking for something to show of your shiny new Dolby Digital setup then look elsewhere.
That said, if you’re looking for an excellent film which will appeal to anyone then you will not find anything which betters Antz…
It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for…
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