Studio and Year: Disney/Pixar – 2011
MPAA Rating:
Feature running time: 106 minutes
Genre: Family/Animation/Adventure
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC/MVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, English Dolby Digital 2.0 DVS, English Near Field Mix 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro, Joe Mantegna, Bonnie Hunt
Directed by: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Written by: Ben Queen (screenplay), John Lasseter, Dan Fogelman, Brad Lewis (story)

Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 1, 2011

[singlepic id=40 w=214 h=317 float=left]Synopsis (courtesy of
Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

My Take:
Having seen so many movies in 3D theatrically, I can say that this 3D release better than any theatrical presentation I’ve seen on a CGI movie; it was perfect. As a big fan of 3D but not a big fan of the current 3D presentation, I usually feel a bit off when watching things at home with active shutter glasses. However, it was the best 3D I have yet to experience. Cars 2 is one movie that is made more exciting in 3D. The races are awesome as cars go from deep in the background to whizzing off screen right at you. The silly spy subplot is enhanced by the 3D as well. Finn McMissile flying through the sky or swimming underwater is so detailed with a dimensionality that is just mind boggling, jaw dropping and drool inducing. This is definitely the best 3D Blu-ray release yet. Coupled with delightfully vibrant colors, blacks that are thoroughly impressive and fine details on every image on-screen and I now have a complete reference disc for both 2D and 3D.

The DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound really rocked my theatre room.. Revving engines and explosions are LFE candy, while the effects channels are full of life with pin-point accuracy. This is as dynamic a track as you have heard. Dialogue is always discernible and there is not a flaw in this aggressive, big and loud mix that is quite the show off for my system, your system or anybody else’s for that matter.

Why are you still reading this review?  Get out and get the movie already!

Equipment used for this review:
Anthem MRX-700 Receiver
Grandviewscreen 96” 21:9 matte-white 1.0-gain screen
PSB Century 300i (front and surround speakers)
PSB Image C5 (centre speaker)
PSB Subseries 300 (subwoofer)
Panasonic PT-AE4000U projector
Pioneer BDP-LX55 BD player
Ultralink Ambiance MKII speaker wires
Viewing room is as per THX and SMPTE recommendation with 45-degree Field of View

Audio: 10/10
Video (2D and 3D): 10/10
Storyline: 7/10