Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
The cover of G-Force is an action packed shot of the G-Force team motoring in their souped-up hamster ball, complete with what my son would call “secret agent spy gear.” What is not to like about that. Think of this movie as Guinea pigs meet James Bond, and you have the basic idea, and guess what? The cover portrays that pretty well.
The menus starts off like a computer CGI outline program, highlighting the supposed secret work done with all sorts of animals, including the Guinea Pigs. It then changes to a sort of computer workspace (much like the control area that Mole uses in the movie) with live action scenes and your choices. Pretty decent, even if it takes a long time to load up.
- Cine-Explore With Darwin, Blaster & Their Creator – In this extra, we get a kind of inside look at G-Force with the creator of G-Force, and a few of the “team” stop by during a kind of picture in picture feature that plays over the film itself. It is a strange mix, with Sam Rockwell and Tracy Morgan flittering in and out of the audio while in character. Very informative though, and a solid extra.
- Bruckheimer Animated – Bruckheimer animated is a 4 minute or so bit where Jerry Bruckheimer talks about some of the more memorable CGI scenes from his movie career, and how they kind of set the stage for the CGI in G-Force. We get to see footage from some of the movie in Bruckheimer’s vault.
- Access Granted Inside The Animation Lab – Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr. again takes us on with him on a tour, this time of Sony Image works studios. We are shown the computer generated images at various stages of development. A very cool, 8 minute extra.
- Bloopers & Flubs – We get your classic flubs and bloopers. This is short but funny.
- Deleted Scenes – We get 6 deleted scenes, that are very mediocre and are definitely not missed.
- Music Videos – There are 3 different music videos here, and they include videos from Flo Rida and Steve Rushton.
- Blaster’s Boot Camp – Tracy Morgan, as Blaster, gives us a short review of the gadgets and gear that are used by the G-Force team.
- G-Force Mastermind – We are introduced to the Guinea pig that was the basis for the G-Force movie. Hoyt H. Yeatman, Jr. also talks about the development of the story and how the movie evolved (and also how the creatures stayed close to the original concept.)
- DVD Copy Of The Film – The standard DVD is again much appreciated by people like me with kids. I can let him take this DVD to the grandparents house, who don’t have a Blu-ray player, or he can watch this just about anywhere. Having a Blu-ray copy only might be tough when it comes to kids movies, so I thoroughly enjoy the DVD inclusion.
- Digital Copy Of The Film – The old standby – this is going to be great for long trips, where I can add G-Force to my i Phone for my son.
The Movie: 7/10
G-Force is a movie about secret agent, talking guinea pigs. Digest that, and if you are still reading, chances are you are going to be able to swallow this movie. This movie is farcical, and it is funny, and it looks and sounds great. Basically a group of guinea pigs, lead by Ben (Zach Galifianakis), who is in charge of training the different “super” animals for undercover missions. Ben is aware that the FBI is close to shutting down the secret animal wing, and in a last ditch effort to show just what the G-Force can do, he sends the team in to retrieve valuable information from the head of the electronics conglomerate Saber, as they are attempting to overtake the world through the use of microchips that are in every electronic device sold across the world. The head of Saber is Leonard Saber, played by Bill Nighy, who seems to be the evil genius character in many modern movies.
The G-Force team is comprised of several guinea pigs and a mole. Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell) is the head of the team, and the brains behind the outfit. Blaster (Tracy Morgan) is the hip weapons expert, who has a thing for the beautiful Juarez (Penelope Cruz), who confuses the boys as she plays coy to Blaster’s attention. The team picks up another guinea pig in Hurley (Jon Favreau) who is a bit out of shape, but wants desperately to join the crew, and at least shows some effort. Finally, Speckles (Nicholas Cage) rounds out the crew as the only mole, who can’t see very well without his glasses, and runs the operation from a collection of computers. I almost forgot Mooch, who is a part of the team and runs eye-in-the-sky recon, as he is a fly who is equipped with cameras.
The team is able to steal data pertaining to the Saber world domination plot, only to have it disappear when the new FBI chief Kip (Will Arnett) shows up and ends up closing G-Force down. From that point, the team, who is forced to scatter at the FBI attempts to get rid of any evidence that the program existed, is on their own. They are forced to save the planet themselves, and they use their wit and skills to their advantage, while at the same time trying to avoid getting caught by the FBI, who want to literally terminate the team.
G-Force is a fun, lighthearted little romp. It is funny for all ages, and while this is not an instant classic by any stretch, there is enough here to really enjoy. The voice acting is decent, even though the stereotypes can get a bit old at times, but the action and story just work, even though it is a bit far fetched. Overall it was a fun little movie, and I am positive that I will see it over and over again with my son. For a 4 year old boy, what is cooler than talking animals that have secret agent weapons and gadgets? For that matter, it is pretty cool even for an almost 40 year-old boy also.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Again, Disney simply lays out beautiful high definition audio and video, and it simply sparkles. The video is crystal clear throughout the entire movie, and the colors are vibrant and rich. the dark shots are clear, and overall this is just a solid video experience, even with all of the CGI. We are given a very nice 1080p AVC encoded transfer, which is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen. (The standard DVD also looks very very good.)
The audio was fantastic, with booming sound effects and sharp dialogue. There is ample use of the Surround Sound, and it was crystal clear and sounded very good. It is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound, and I was very impressed with the mix and the actions sequences.
This is a great family movie and a great Disney release. There is enough here to make this a movie that both kids and adults can watch, which really benefits the parents in my opinion. Unlike my review last week, this movie was enjoyable and it makes sitting through numerous viewings tolerable. I really am starting to view these Disney releases with some respect, for the quality of the Blu-ray releases, and I really have started to look forward to reviewing them. At a suggested retail price of around $45.oo, this can look very expensive, but if you look around near the release dates for these movie, you can normally find them for around $19.99, which for the Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy, seems to be a nice price for a Disney release.
Overall Score 7/10