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The Book of Life [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2014]-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ok but not Pixar.

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    Commando
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    I like animation and I like animated movies in 3D. The reason I bought this movie was it was on sale and even though 3D movies are becoming very rare to find these days, I wanted to at least have this one in my collection before it's no longer available. I gave it a watch and to be honest It's not the best type movie for my liking. Unlike PIXAR and Dreamworks which seemed to find the ballance of Adult Humor and Family / Children presentation... This Movie seemed really more so for the younger audience. I thought the animation was done really well and the 3D at best was delightful. Most animated movies are easy to convert to 3D bluray, more so than a live action movie. The 3D in this offering was focused on depth presentation and not so much on the gimmick in your face pop outs. The movie had some nice moments but unless you have young ones in the house, I doubt this will achieve the level of repeat watching as something offered by Pixar. Is it a bad movie? No. It's just ok.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Animated Film

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    SDue
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    There's a lot of great choices for feature animation these days, but The Book of Life stands out for a few reasons. The first is the character designs. Although CGI, the characters are crafted to look like wooden puppets, and the animators succeed completely in making their movements fluid while still maintaining that unique wooden texture and structure. The other reason is the story. The Book of Life is about, well... death. What it means when loved ones die, where they go, and how we carry on honoring their memories while living our own lives. It's a beautiful message that is enacted extremely well. And while the emphasis on death can be maudlin at times, the movie as a whole is very hopeful and upbeat. If you've missed seeing this movie before, don't wait any longer.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unique visuals and fun characters

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    Chris
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    The Book of Life comes from the same creator of El Tigre, an underrated cartoon from Nickelodeon. The visuals and character designs are very unique. The characters are all very likable. The only downsides is that the story is a typical 2 guys fall for the same girl and not enough character development for some of the characters, including the main female character. It would have been nice to explore the cast a little more but that might have ruined the flow of the movie since. It's not that bad but it would have been nice to have. I heard rumors of a sequel a few months back so if that's true then I'm hoping they can do more with the cast of characters.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Culture and History

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    AnonymousH
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    This movie appears to appeal to those enjoy learning about Mexican culture and history, even though the story line primarily concerns itself about two boys fighting over a girl. I did not the movie very interesting. The hero's journey and fate seemed rather predictable. Of course, the hero will pass the obstacles through demonstrating compassion. Of course, he will maintain that he will not kill the bulls. Maria will not choose that soldier for certain because she wants someone who care about animals. My relatives found the movie boring that I had to keep asking them to watch it because I paid for it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More like a 3.75. It can get long at times but...

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    teacheric
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    The Book of Life is an important movie. I say that because not many true cartoons really delve into a concept that really captivates and relates to a Spanish-speaking audience. Now, Dia de (los) Muertos is a Mexican celebration but it has undeniably gone mainstream. And this movie delivers to the mainstream what the day is really about as it centers on a man's quest for a taken love in the underworld. I would not hesitate to show it every year to kids around Halloween time as it's not of the scary and spooky variety, rather it is of the adventurous (love) story variety. Enjoy!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but is basically death-themed

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    daddytc
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    My kids liked the story (it was actually not bad for a kid's movie) but please be aware that the show basically revolves around death and the afterlife. I probably should have researched it a bit more. My 5 & 2 year old loved all of the bright and vibrant colors in the animation and the music but my 8 year old seemed to be thinking a lot about the subject matter. This is probably a great show to show a child who has recently lost a loved one. Personally, I prefer my kid's movies a bit more fun and mindless, they have enough time to deal with more serious things when they get a bit older!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Movie

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    Chris
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    I saw previews for Book of Life in theaters and thought it looked different and fresh. I was still reluctant to see if because it's not from the other major Animation studio. So before buying the blu ray I watched and read many reviews that absolutely praised this movie so, I took a chance. After watching it, I was definitely a believer in the movie and thought it was well done. The animation is sharp and colorful on blu rays and helps keep you engaged in the story. A very cool movie to share with the fam!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun watch, and respectful.

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    rymong
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    I'm an archaeology and anthropology professor and I quite enjoyed Book of Life. It is quite a visual feast. What I enjoyed just as much was the respect with which the filmmakers treated the inspirational material. I was afraid beforehand that the movie would be disrespectful of the indigenous and Mexican ideas it pulled from. It is quite the contrary, as instead, the film introduces those concepts in a way that makes them easily understood for viewers of all ages and shows the wisdom within those ideas.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Animation, Beautiful Cultural Influences

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    jmartinhurst
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    A beautiful film put together by one of our great directors working today, Guillermo Del Toro. I loved all the wonderful imagery and nods to Mexican folklore and pseudo-religion. Very kid appropriate and any "deaths" in the film are definitely not graphic, most of them happen off screen as the story and scenery shift from the living world to the land of the dead. A nice touch is that all the characters are rendered in an artistic style as if they were wooden dolls.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun movie for kids and adults

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    Lyle
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    We really enjoyed this movie in theaters and now on DVD. There were plenty of scenes that made me laugh a lot, especially the songs. If you're around your thirties or so, you'll likely recognize a lot of the songs. There were just a couple of jokes that I would say are aimed more at adults, but the film overall is pretty entertaining for the entire family. Also fun to watch it over with the Spanish dub if you get the DVD. I highly recommend this awesome movie.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the music

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    tbunson
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    To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the movie when we first saw it. I was pleasantly surprised by the music and the way it blended new songs with some old ones and actually had a good story. The voice work was solid as well. I would caution that the material may be too dark for some of the younger kids (death, etc), but for most kids, it's just fine as the story is told in a typical fairy tale style.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Animation

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    NurkTwin
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    I enjoyed watching this movie and the beautiful animation and in 3D it's like you can reach out and touch the figures. The story held me for awhile but I didn't like that the evil heavy in the movie quickly loses that and tension between two man wanting one woman's heart, never seems to be addressed. My 14 year old loves this movie and has watched it several times. My 12 year old thought it was so-so.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

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    Dunno
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    I had read other reviews where people were saying that this was the greatest animated movie of all time. I think that was maybe setting expectations a little high. Don't get me wrong, this is a good movie for both kids and adults. There are some hidden messages about family sticking together, etc. Overall on a movie scale same rating as above, entertaining movie, good, not best of all time

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    cute, laughable, excellent 3D presentation

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    Reptile227
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    I had free passes to this film, knew nothing about it and was pleasantly surprised when I left the cinema. If you have a chance, I would like you to spend 2 hrs watching it. I left the theatre and immediately pre-ordered this @ Best Buy. Also, if you have one, watch this presentation on a 3D TV.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun move for the kids!

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    Bought this movie based on the Rotten Tomatoes reviews and purchased from Best Buy for $5. The movie was definitely worth the price. The kids were entertained and the movie has been watched 2-3 times already. I don't think this movie will be as big a hit a some of our Pixar and Disney movies but the music and animation in the movie is fun and worth a watch (even for the parents).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really solid movie

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    mobileGtr
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    Picked this one up on sale cheap to add to my collection of movies for my 1-yr old. Went ahead and watched this w/the wife one night while bored at home and was genuinely surprised w/how much we both liked it. The animation itself was beautiful and we both laughed pretty frequently. I'm sure kids will enjoy it to for some of the silly humor and the bright, unique animation.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Book of Life comes alive on Blu-ray

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    Moviefan
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    The Book of Life is a wonderful animated film that will become a highlight in your families library. Not only did my daughter like it I really enjoyed it myself. The animation is spectacular and the storyline is a fun filled ride to take. The picture quality really pops on Blu-ray and the audio is very immersive. I really recommend this film for everyone, young and old alike.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Was hoping for more, but was interesting

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    EricL63
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    I give it 4 stars as for an animated film, it was above average and had an interesting story line. While the themes are deep and sometime dark to keep it from a kids film, it is still family friendly. Very interesting styling and twist to Mexican themes, nice to see in a film, although some Hollywood overtones do shine through. It is a worthy film to have in the library.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good, very colorful

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    Having seen this in the theaters, we decided to purchase this for our collection. Re-watching it at home was actually better. The 3D was very impressive and made the color seem more vivid. Not as much "pop-out" effect as others, however we still rated it an 8.15 (out of 10). As owners of a 3D rating website www.Top103DMovies.com we gave this movie a "own-able" thumbs-up.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect. But, it is HIGHLY underrated.

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    This movie deserved so much more praise than it ended up getting. Artistically, this is a masterpiece. As a comedy, it falls a little flat in some spots. But, seeing this art style, which was always seen in 2D form on Saturday morning cartoons, in 3D is amazing. It helps that my wife is from Mexico and a lot of the traditions and folklore show through in this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend