Shrek the Musical (Blu-ray)

October 31, 2013 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Just over a decade ago we were treated to one of the better animated films with Shrek.  Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow are now synonymous with the movie (and its sequels), so it was only a matter of time before we were treated to a Broadway production.  Wait.  What?  Yeah, I know, it’s just not the same is it?  It’s more of a trend these days that some of the most popular movies that were aimed at children are  now broadway plays.  Wicked is celebrating its tenth year and we also have The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of theater, but I have to believe that there’s a bit more out there than simply turning our movies into stage productions.  Or maybe not.

Shrek the Musical is just that.  It’s a taped performance that’s now on Blu-ray and I really can’t expand upon it any more than that.  If you don’t have the means to make it up to the Big Apple and plop down $100 per ticket, then maybe this is for you.  Or maybe you’re sick of seeing the Shrek movies in your player and want a change of pace?  Or maybe…well I don’t know what you want, but I can say that this pretty much delivers what it promises.  For a more satisfying experience, I’d suggest you pop in a Shrek movie, but if you’re clamoring for something a bit different then this might just hit the mark.

Video: How’s it look?

The Shrek movies did and still do look amazing, so hopefully you didn’t watch one of those before popping this into your player.  This is pretty straight-forward as it’s just a filming of a production.  Granted the values are higher, but this 1.78:1 AVC HD image simply can’t compare to the animated films (then again it’s not supposed to).  I found colors to be bold and vibrant, “Shrek’s” face looks as goo as it can with the makeup applied so thick.  Still the green simply pops off the screen. Detail is pretty good as well with contrast and black levels working very nicely off one another.  Short of being in the audience, this is as good as it’ll get.

Audio: How’s it sound?

As mentioned, this is simply a filmed version of a live-action play.  By and large, the DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack sounds nice, though there are some moments when there’s applause or some other thing that disrupts the sound.  Call me spoiled, but this was a bit distracting to me.  Still, the orchestra pit sounds crystal clear, though some of the vocals do get washed out by the audience.  Hey, they paid their money – they should be able to clap, right?  Surrounds do come into play a bit, but for me this was a bit on the “iffy” side.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not a lot in the supplemental department of note, but there are two features worth mentioning:

  • Shrek the Musical Songbook with Sing-Along – Similar to those found on some Disney discs, this is pretty self-explanatory.
  • From Swamp to Stage: The Making of Shrek the Musical – Cameron Diaz takes us on an eight minute look at how this came to be.
  • DVD/UltraViolet Copy

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