Technology has really taken a big leap with 3D home viewing and many films with the original format are now available on Blu-ray 3D. This is the case with the newest Disney Release to 3D called Mars Needs Moms. Sure it hit big in theatres to its target group kids and pre-teens, but now adults can check it out at home. Whether you have 3D or other mode of video, the animation in Mars Needs Moms rivals PIXAR.
The story involves a nine-year-old named Milo who like most all pre-teens can’t seem to get a grasp on growing up. Whether it’s at the dinner table or keeping his room tidy, Milo’s not one to follow that drill. But his mom thinks otherwise and while she provides a good life for Milo, she finds herself in the same boat as other moms when it comes to adolescents.
One evening a huge commotion outside brings Milo to out of bed only to see his mother being whisked away by an alien space ship. In hot pursuit he catches up to the ship and stows aboard. What happens next is an adventure filled with comedy, danger and a chance to make it all up to mom.
The 3D special effects are blazing on a home theater. The strength comes mostly on the depth of field, but there’s plenty of action that comes out at you. The most exciting thing I found however is the crispness of the animation.
Like most Blu-ray and DVD the fun for the kids here is the replay button that will allow them to run the film over and over again. The story has a lot of kiddy twists and keeps them interested and laughing. I found myself getting involved in the story even though I found it a little trite and corny at times. Sure it’s a one time through for me, but since there are children in my life, it will get played plenty of times.
There are some cool extras on each of the formats.
If there is a 3D theater in your future you’ll want to get the 3D combo pack which has 4 ways to view, 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy all in one package. Otherwise Mars Needs Moms can be obtained in a Blu-ray Combo or just a DVD.
The extras on the 3D disk include everything on the Blu-ray & DVD plus…. “Mom-Napping (All-new 3D Exclusive) – There‘s more than meets the eye during the Martian abduction of Milo‘s Mom”. This alternate scene — completely finished in 3D — tells all.
Blu-ray 2D includes Everything on the DVD plus an “Extended Opening – The movie begins… but wait, there‘s more. See it here.”
They all have deleted scenes, and many other fun things to search out. You know, I never thought the youngsters as young as 5 years old would even find the extras, but my son’s children are pros at it. And even if they have seen it once, unlike me, they will upload it again.
Things like “Life On Mars: The Full Motion-Capture Experience” – Go way behind the scenes to where the actors performances are captured. This feature-length, picture-in-picture viewing mode also lets you listen to director Simon Wells and actors Seth Green and Dan Fogler give a fun and insightful look into creating the movie.
Deleted Scenes with Simon Wells introductions (4 Blu-ray 2D Exclusive Deleted Scenes) – 7 deleted scenes of which four are exclusive to the Blu-ray 2D release. Some cool scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Now you can see them with introductions by director Simon Wells.
“Flower Power” Easter Egg – the name of the show that Ki watched and learned English from is entitled ?Freaks on the Street.