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Tinker Bell – Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 10, 2012 by  



Another magnificent animated film featuring one of Disney’s most recognized iconic characters, “Secret of the Wings’ is a touching fantasy/adventure animated family film at its best and a perfect film for the entire family. A film created with 3D in mind, “Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack” is perfect for those who want to experience the film in 3D, in HD on Blu-ray, DVD or via Digital Copy.  Overall, “Secret of the Wings” is a wonderful family film that is highly recommended!

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TITLE: Tinker Bell – Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack

DURATION: 75 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English 5.1 DTS HD-MA (48 kHz/24-bit) French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: G (General Audiences)

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Directed by Robers Gannaway, Peggy Holmes

Written by Tom Rogers, Ryan Rowe

Produced by John Lasseter, Makul Wigert

Associate Producer: Lorri Broda

Music by Joel McNeely

Casting by Jason Henkel

Featuring the voices of:

Timothy Dalton as Lord Milori

Lucy Hale as Periwinkle

Anjelica Huston as Queen Clarion

Matt Lanter as Sled

Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell

Lauren Mote as Lizzy

Michael Sheen as Dr. Griffiths

Jesse McCartney as Terence

Megan Hilty as Rosetta

Pamela Adlon as Vidia

Lucy Liu as Silvermist

Raven-Symone as Iridessa

Jeff Bennett as Clank

Rob Paulsen as Bobble

Angela Bartys as Fawn

Lucy Liu as Silvermist

Debby Ryan as Spike

Jane Horricks as Fairy Mary

Disney invites you on an incredible journey to an amazing new world, in a motion picture event that will take your breath away: Experience the magic like never before in High Definition!

For the fairies of Pixie Hollow, the Winter Woods are strictly off limits.  But when a mysterious force draws Tinker Bell to cross the border into this unknown world, she discovers a secret that will change her life forever.  She comes face-to-face with a frost fairy named Periwinkle, the only fairy who can help unlock the secret of the wings.

Whenever I review a Tinker Bell, I’m always amazed how each film gets better and better in overall animation and storytelling.  With the release of “Secret of the wings”, this animated family film is touching, fun and and highly entertaining!

Who is Tinker Bell?

Tinker Bell, a fictional character that was developed back in 1904 by J.M. Barrie and later on in 1911 in the novel “Peter and Wendy” is best known for her appearance in the 1953 Walt Disney film “Peter Pan”. The character is quite iconic for Disney, as she is quite literally the unofficial mascot for the Walt Disney Company and can be seen in many of their commercials and in 2008, the character received her first animated film which was direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray.

After the success of the first “Tinker Bell” film in 2008, the whole gang returned for the second film titled “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” in 2009,  and in 2010, Tinker Bell returned once more in “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”.  Now, the fourth film in the series is titled “Secret of the Wings” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD but also a Flitterific Fairies Double Pack which includes the Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy and a Blu-ray 3D.

For “Secret of the Wings”, Tinker Bell becomes curious about the Winter Woods, an area that is cold and strictly off limits for the fairies of Pixie Hollow.

When she helps a friend escort animals who need to go to the Winter Woods area, she sees how their fur turns white and wonders, what would happen if she crossed over to the area.  With Tinker Bell’s curiosity always at an all-time high, she crosses over briefly and sees her how her wings begin to glitter.

But immediately, she is brought back to Pixie Hollow by her friend and taken to the village nurse in fears that her wings may have been frozen.

Although nothing bad has happened to Tinkberbell, she tries to tell her friends about how her wings started to glitter in the Winter Woods, but because no one dared crossing over to the area, it sounds a bit too farfetched for them to believe.

As she goes to investigate the glittering wings in the library, she runs across a book written by the Teller.  Wanting to know more, the librarian tells her that the only person who would know is the writer, but he lives in the Winter Woods.

Wanting to know why her wings began to glitter, Tinker Bell decides to cross to the Winter Woods once more.  With provisions being dropped off to the Winter Woods each year, Tinkerbell creates a coat to protect her wings and sneaks into a basket of provisions that the snow owl will drop into the village of the Winter Woods.

As she lands into the Winter Woods, a rough landing leads her to lose her book.  But she manages to find a big building in the village where the Teller works.  And while there, she overhears a conversation about a fairy in the Winter Woods whose wings began to glitter.  There she finds the Teller with a fairy named Periwinkle and to the surprise of both the Teller and Periwinkle, Tinker Bell’s wings start to glitter.

As the Teller goes to do some research, when both Tinker Bell and Periwinkle’s wings begin to touch, a history of how the two were born is shown to them.  And both find out that they are sisters.

While both sisters are happy, their reunion is cut short when Lord Milori meets with the Teller and tells him that a fairy from Pixie Hollow may have come to their land and if that is the case, she must be sent back because fairies of both lands must never cross each other’s land.

But because both sisters were raised in different lands and one needs the sun and the other needs the cold, will these two sisters be separated forever?

VIDEO:

“Secret of the Wings” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1). First let me discuss the animation for this film and the Blu-ray version.  With each Tinker Bell-related film, I have talked about how each film gets better and better when it comes to the computer animation and overall rendering of the models and scenery.  There is more detail with each film and once again, “Secret of the Wings” looks vibrant and well-detailed with its colorful presentation.  On Blu-ray, the film is absolutely vibrant, sharp and the details are noticeable in HD.

And I can continue to list so many positives from the plants, the clothing, the accessories and the beautiful backgrounds, the lush green grass, the water and ice effects, the trees and even the animals are well detailed with their hair effects. Also, the special effects via CG from the lighting effects utilizing the pixie dust and then my favorite, the animated facial expressions, is just definitely great to look at. Although not a big budget theatrical film, “Secret of the Wings” looks absolutely beautiful.

But the biggest positive of “Secret of the Wings” is that the film was created with 3D in mind.  With the opening introduction of the film, you are greeted with objects that are coming right at you and immediately, you get to see how depth comes to play for this film.

From birds or fairies flying towards you, the film also adds depth to show height to various areas of the village that seem as if they are standing apart.  The 3D for this film looks great and it really helps that the film was created with 3D in mind, as opposed to other Disney films that are more 3D depth-based and were not originally created in 3D.

AUDIO:

As for audio, the film is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  While the film is crystal clear when it comes to the dialogue and music, there are some moments that do utilize the surround channels and effectively uses ambiance to bring the film to life.  While not as immersive as I would have liked, the lossless audio for “Secret of the Wings” is still crisp and clear that families will find overall audio to be pleasing.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack ” comes with the following special features:

  • Pixie Hollow Games Bonus Adventure – (22:34) In this short animated feature with the Disney Fairies, the fairies of Pixie Hollow take part in a Pixie Hollow Games competition.  But can anyone defeat the nine-consecutive Pixie Hollow Games champions, the Storm Fairies?
  • “Great Divide” Music Video performed by the McClain Sisters – (3:03)
  • “Dig Down Deeper” Music Video performed by Zendaya (from Pixie Hollow Games) – (3:08)
  • Pixie Preview” Fright Light – (1:02) A short animated feature about a mouse being chased by a rat.

EXTRAS:

“Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack” comes with a special lenticular slip cover case (different from the graphic that you see above plus a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and a Blu-ray 3D version of the film.  The DVD is presented in Widescreen 1:78:1 – Enhanced for 16×9 televisions.  Subtitles are in Englsh SDH, French and Spanish.

“Secret of the Wings” is possibly the most touching Tinker Bell film I have seen thus far!  It’s one thing to see Tinker Bell go on adventures and seeing her curiosity always leading her to good things but also bad things if she isn’t careful.   The film does have important lessons for children, but the overall story makes for a very entertaining and touching family film.

It’s an interesting storyline because we are introduced to Tinker Bell’s sister, Periwinkle.   And it’s rather touching and even emotional because they come from different lands that fairies from both Pixie Hollow and Winter Woods are to never cross to each other’s lands.  And for these two sisters who just met with each other, to be forbidden to each other is sad.

But of course, this is a Tinker Bell film and she always tries to find a way.

But possibly the most memorable scenes are when both try to enjoy each other’s company by experiencing the fun and enjoyable things of their two lands.  What beauty can the ice bring?  And of course with Tinker Bell’s home, the beauty of flowers, water and butterflies flying in the air.  But when Periwinkle collapses because of the lack of cold weather and ice in Pixie Hollow, it becomes a battle of time to get her to safety before she loses her wings.  And another major trouble hits both lands as the seasons change due to an accident.  And the lives of fairies of both lands become threatened.

But as always, Tinker Bell always finds a way to get things fixed!

“Secret of the Wings” will attract younger and older audiences with its friendly screenplay and beautiful animation and music. It’s also a film that is very accessible for boys or girls because the cast of characters feature guys and girls as fairies.

As for the voice acting, “Secret of the Wings” uses major talent for this fourth film and the voice acting was fantastic!  You have Timothy Dalton (“James Bond” films: “License to Kill”, “The Living Daylights”, “The Tourist”) providing the voice of Lord Milori, Anjelica Huston (“The Addams Family”, “50/50”, “The Royal Tennebaums”) as Queen Clarion, Megan Hilty (“Smash”, “The Maiden and the Princess”) as Rosetta, Lucy Liu (“Charlie’s Angels”, “Kill Bill”) as Silver Mist and Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”, “Privileged”) as Periwinkle.  And pretty much, all the voice talent from the three previous Tinker Bells films are back!  Including Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell, Raven-Symone as Iridessa and Jesse McCartney as Terence, to name a few.

As for the Blu-ray release, “Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack” is outstanding.  The film was created with 3D in mind and this film delivers when it comes to objects or animals coming right at you and also to show great amount of depth as the Fairies and birds fly around Pixie Hollow and Winter Woods.  And as the Blu-ray 3D is effective, the regular Blu-ray looks absolutely gorgeous.  Once again, the animation impressed me with its vibrant colors, sharpness and detail.  You can see the characters blushing, you can see the detail on the flowers to the trees.  Water and ice effects look fantastic!  If anything, I know I gushed about the third film back  in 2010, but “Secret of the Wings” for 2012 looks even more impressive!  And  the fact you get four versions of the film (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download) is a plus!

And for special features, you get two videos, a very short Pixie Preview of “Fright Light” but you also get a 22-minute bonus animated adventure of “Pixie Hollow Games” featuring Tinker Bell and friends competing in various athletic games.

As for parents who are wondering if this film is scary at all, there really are no scary parts in this film. It’s pretty safe!  But of course as parents, you just want to remind the children that there are rules that grownups make, in order to protect people from getting hurt.  And that is a message that is continually driven throughout the film.  But also the importance of love and teamwork.

Another magnificent animated film featuring one of Disney’s most recognized iconic characters, “Secret of the Wings’ is a touching fantasy/adventure animated family film at its best and a perfect film for the entire family. A film created with 3D in mind, “Secret of the Wings: Flitterific Fairies Double Pack” is perfect for those who want to experience the film in 3D, in HD on Blu-ray, DVD or via Digital Copy.  Overall, “Secret of the Wings” is a wonderful film for the winter that is highly recommended!






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