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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Perfect End to a Terrific Trilogy

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    VandyPrice
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    The Kung Fu Panda films hold something of a special place in my heart for reasons I'm not really sure of. The first was a blockbuster of an original for DreamWorks, who'd been struggling to produce a hit outside the Shrek and Madagascar franchises, signaled the start of something new. It didn't hurt that it premiered during a summer that felt rather exceptional as it counts among its company the likes of Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and Tropic Thunder. Of course, by the time the sequel came around three years later it was considered something of a disappointment as it opened to only $46 million (the original opened to $60m without the 3D bump of the sequel), but in terms of quality it was right up there with the first, if not better. Maybe the idea that since I'd ventured out to see the sequel and didn't understand the drop in anticipation made me feel as if I should hold the film more sacred (though the same is now true with How to Train Your Dragon 2), but something akin to as much happened and five years later I could not have been happier to see Po and the furious five returning. I realize how odd it may sound for a grown man whose only child isn't even old enough to go to the movies yet to be excited for an animated children's film, but much like the films of Pixar, certain DreamWorks properties have that transcendent quality where age doesn't matter. The Kung Fu Panda franchise, for me at least, is one of those. It is one of those franchises that I can't wait to share with my children in the hopes they embrace the ideas and themes these movies so boldly teach. Po has always been about defying expectations and not judging books by their covers which, in the realm of kids movies, aren't exactly new ideas, but they bring them to life in such a reverential way that it is impossible not to appreciate the craft and skill that has gone into creating a compelling narrative around such basic ideas. In the great tradition of the series, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a riveting and completely fun chapter that is gorgeous in its visual representations, effectively moving in its weightier moments, and satisfying in a manner that Po's story has come full circle and feels complete.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blu-ray of Awesomeness... Mostly...

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    Sirik
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    First off, I am bummed when exclusivity makes it nearly impossible to find the version of a film release that I want; In this case, Best Buy has the only 3D release of the newest Kung Fu Panda series entry. Good for Best Buy, I guess, but not great for consumers, since then there is no price competition, and anyone who still likes 3D in home theatres (likely people who bought into either the LG or Vizio FPR passive 3D TVs, with Vizio having stopped 3D compatibility as of their 2013 year models) will know that 3D versions are often the least likely to get a price cut anyway. So, bummer on the availability. As to the movie - If you like Kung Fu Panda, this is definitely a worthy entry in the series, with some very amusing, if a bit juvenile writing, and some contrived bits to make this storyline fit. I found the picture quality to be delightful, and the sound similarly good in quality. The style of the art did make it harder to easily recognise that some of rendering has improved in some big ways since the prior two films, but was a refreshing change, and was used well to present flashbacks, and other important events that were presented more by narrative. Overall, a fun film, with good blu-ray quality, fantastic 3D (if that matters to you at all), but not quite the best pricing due to exclusivity in release versions. I would recommend it highly to anyone who liked the earlier films, or wants fun 3D that isn't too excessive but still has good depth (much better depth than out-of-screen effects, thankfully) and vivid colours.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Third Time's The Charm For Po & Co.

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    LainEverliving
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    It's a rare film series that stays as good, much less improves, with each new installment. Kung Fu Panda 3 is that rare series: the third film is just as charming, funny, and action-packed as those that came before, and is entertaining for children and adults alike. Following through on the series' emotional strong-point, that of leading panda Po's search for and concept of family, the film brings new emotionality and satisfaction to the story, even as it provides closure for this part of Po's journey. The acting from both the returning celebrity voice cast and new characters is uniformly great, and the writing and directing are all on point. The art and animation quality is, as usual with DreamWorks, superlative in all regards; check out the detail in each character's rich expressions and body language, and the superb action sequences that stand up to anything live-action Hollywood can imagine. Kung Fu Panda 3 really benefits from the 3D treatment, so for anyone on the fence about picking up this Best Buy-exclusive version, it's well worth it. The action sequences in the spirit realm particularly benefit from the 3D immersion, as do the film's many other stylish visual montages. If you saw it in 3D in the theater, it's the best way to replicate the experience at home. Kung Fu Panda 3 is one of 2016's top animated movies, and completely worth your time. Check it out, and here's hoping for a fourth installment sometime soon!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fits in nicely with previous Kung Fu Panda films

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    If you liked the earlier offerings in the KFP franchise, you'll like the third installment as well. It may even be a bit better than the 2nd film. This one feels a bit more light hearted. There are still bad guys to fight, but getting the discovered Pandas to help in the fight was pretty comical. The 3D BluRay is an exclusive to Best Buy, which means there's no competition and thus no pressure to lower the pricing. Fortunately, BB sent out a coupon which allowed me to drop the price into my acceptable price range. If price isn't an issue for you, but 3D is, then go for it. Otherwise, look for coupons. The 3D disc in the set has only the movie on it. There are no 3D Bonus Features (not 3D Trailers for other films or even 2D BFs on the 3D disc). All the Bonus features which are available are on the 2D disc. Unfortunately, there's not much there either. There are three Deleted Scenes running about seven and a half minutes. A few addition BFs exist, but mostly frivolous stuff that I personally didn't find as valuable.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 3D bluray

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    Eddie
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    The direct digital-to-digital transfer also comes with exceptional definition and clarity. Completely free of any blemishes, the picture reveals just how much time and effort was put forth by filmmakers in creating these animated images. Every nuance and intricate detail is exposed and plainly visible in spite of the dark-tinted glasses. Individual strands of hair on Shifu's or Tai Lung's face not only provide a sense of a natural environment, but seem to follow the movement and actions of their owners with fluid grace. Distinct features on stones, foliage and the many traditional buildings are razor-sharp and unmistakable. The fabric and stitching on each character's clothing is finely detailed with remarkable lifelike textures which add to the film's overall sense of realism. Buy with confidence.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Kung Fu Panda Yet?

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    AtomicClock
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    It's hard to say! All three Kung Fu Pandas are among the most entertaining and fun of all the animated movies I've seen, and I watch a lot! They're action-packed, funny, clever, the voice acting is excellent, they're just really fun to watch. As a trilogy, KFP is very solid, each one as enjoyable as the last. This one really takes the spiritual and emotional messages of the story to the next level, and was very touching. Sound quality is outstanding, with effects and music that rival the best live action blockbusters out there. The 3D doesn't get much better than this. Depth and clarity are superb, and add extra oomph during the action sequences. The colors and facial expressions are exemplary of the top notch quality consistently done by DreamWorks Animation. Truly awesome! Sometimes I wonder if kids enjoy these as much as I do!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    Kamahama3x
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    Just when I think Poe has sung his last swan song, he pops up again in another original and funny movie. Jack Black is so PERFECT in his portrayal of the unlikely hero who continues to learn what it means to be the 'Dragon Warrior' and its not what it was cracked up to be. He finally meets his father and travels with him to a hidden mountainous village where all the pandas went when baby Poe was left in the vegetable cart munching radishes. In true villainous form, the bad guy tracks Poe to this village where he intends to slaughter him and everyone with him. Although this is a child's movie, it had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments for me and I love seeing the wonderful animation and backgrounds that are so beautifully done. Your kids will love it and (surprise!) you might, too!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Nice 3-D title

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    As far as the story went, I found this to be the weakest of the three overall. That being said, if the series ends on this title, it would round out and finish off the trilogy nicely. There's a lot going on in this movie, and it might very well grow on me as a whole. It has all the characters you've come to love and few new ones as well. I would have to say that if I had a favorite aspect of this movie, it would have to be the 3-D. I watched it on an LG passive 65" TV and I think there's a lot detail and depth. The ending is especially busy in the nicest most stylistic way possible. Overall I liked this movie quite well, and would give it a C+/B-. That's not to say there isn't better 3d animated titles out there, but still very enjoyable and way above the curve.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly as good as the original

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    I loved the first Kung Fu Panda, but felt a little let down by the second. The third does a pretty good job of trying to live up to the standards set by the first in the series. Getting it in 3D gives me the ability to watch it in 3D at home, on my own 3D HDTV, though it did come at a bit of a premium over the non-3D Blu-ray price. Worth the price to me either way, and glad that it was available at all since it seems that 3D for the home is slowly falling by the wayside. If you liked the original Kung Fu Panda, then this should entertain you well enough, and even if you've never seen either of the two older Kung Fu Panda films, you could still enjoy this family friendly film. Includes some cartoon violence, but nothing that parents really need to be concerned over.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A sequel geared toward younger audience

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    As an adult, I enjoyed the animation and humor of the first two films. The third installment has change from a general audience fare to one geared toward a very young crowd. This includes the likes of throw-away characters, cutesy child characters, and bathroom humor. There's not much substance here. The reason it gets three stars is for the animation alone. Gorgeous animation and art, but that only goes so far to cover up, in the eyes of an adult movie-goer, the lack of original storytelling, plot, and characters. If you own the first two films and absolutely need to be a completionist, wait for this one to go on sale before adding it to your library.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A worthy sequel to Dreamwork's best

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    Kung-Fu Panda 3 is a satisfying sequel to the previous two films in the series, and while Dreamworks Animation seems to have a desire to make more films in the franchise, this film feels like a solid ending point. The animation is top notch and truly inspired, with great colors and cinematography. How to Train Your Dragon may be a lot of people's favorite from the studio, I find KFP to be it's strongest in terms of animation quality, design, and originality. I just wish there were more special features on the disc, Dreamworks supplemental offerings have been a little underwhelming as of late, though not quite Disney levels of underwhelming yet.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the best Kung Fu Panda, but still very good!

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    I'm not going to describe the movie because I feel this review will be used for determining whether or not the 3D version will be purchased. Much to my surprise the 3D version was exclusive to Best Buy and I wasn't able to get a copy until January, about 6 months after release that. Fortunately it still came with the slipcover! As for the 3D the menu teases the best 3D shot, which is unfortunately the first shot of the movie. That isn't to say that the 3D is bad, it is still very good 3D. I would recommend this to those with the 3D capabilities as this is definitely the way to watch this good movie!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A third movie in a series that is solid for once

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    I went into watching this film with very low expectations. I liked the first two, but just assumed this one was a last desperate cash grab to the series. It actually was quite good. The story is decent, the humor and characterization remains strong, the animation is great, and the visuals are stunning. The 3D emphasizes those visuals even more. This is one of the best blu-rays I have purchased so far that demonstrates the capacity of the three dimensional effect. The creators took full advantage of things popping out in the foreground and the depth of the background. It was a very enjoyable and cute movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Lesson Grasshopper

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    Didn't quite know what to expect from this one. Most sequels are a rehash and in many cases a failure. No so with this version. Here there is a good story and a great lesson. My granddaughters enjoyed this very much and I must say so did I. The 3d is great and the storyline perfect. No spoilers here, so just grab a copy, some popcorn and your 3d glasses and get immersed into Pandas adventure of learning, caring, a huge surprise=real Dad and saving and teaching. So, grasshoppers together we will all learn another important lesson. And this one of all the adventures I believe is the best.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wish I'd Seen In The Cinema

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    For my money, this is one of the best animated franchises out there, and I don't feel it is given the credit it deserves. The stories are good for kids, and the performances and beautiful animation are fun for adults. Disappointed that there is no commentary track from the filmmakers, and the rest of the extras are pretty run of the mill. Glad that Best Buy made the 3D disc available, and it would be nice if they would cut a deal to re-issue the first 2 films in 3D as retailer exclusives since they appear to be out of print and hard to find on the secondary market.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    kung fu fighting!

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    Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family. There is plenty in Kung Fu Panda 3 that echoes the first film and the sequel, but it's not tired recycling. Instead, the movie deftly reinforces and extends what has gone before

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kung Fu Panda 3 its Awesome

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    My family and I have seen the two previous Kung Fu Movies and they were great. So when Kung Fu Panda 3 hit the theaters we just had to see it. This movie was not just great it was AWESOME. It followed the story of the previous two movies very well. So I knew that I just had to add this movie to our collection. Once it hit on shelves I headed to my Best Buy and bought the movie. My kids and I have seen it more than five times and it hasn't gotten old. I recommend this movie to anyone that has seen the previous Kung Fu movies from DreamWorks.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good movie with great 3D!!

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    This one probably has the weakest story of the 3 Kung Fu Panda movies but it is still a very enjoyable movie to watch and it looks gorgeous. The 3D effects are amazing, especially when they are in the spirit realm. The whole film has nice depth and several pop-outs but the final battle is stunning. If you are a fan of 3D movies then this is the version you want. And there is only one place you can get it, Best Buy has the exclusive on the 3D version of this movie so you might be waiting a very long time for it to go on sale!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From student to teacher

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    Slen
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    The third installment is a great continuation of the Po's journey. This time around he learns more values around family and expands his Kung fu knowledge. It's a fun movie for the whole family with lots of laughs, action, and emotion. If you were a fan of the first two you will enjoy this one, and even if you are not a fan there is still a lot to enjoy. Also if you are looking for more king fu panda I have heard they are planning a 4th installment for possibly 2018 or 2019.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    3 - 1 - 2 in that order .... Great Movie

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    - NO SPOILERS HERE - The third installment of KungFu Panda ties the first and second movies together, and is my favorite of the series. If you've seen them then you'll want to see this one ... if you own the other two, like I do then you'll need this one to complete the saga. Graphics are better, the score of the entire movie is better, better voice overs for some of the characters from the second movie. If you've got a decent sound system ti will help bring this movie alive.

    I would recommend this to a friend