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Video: How Does the Disc Look?
Arthur Christmas' presence on 3D Blu-ray is sensational, but also kind of a mixed bag. First of all, there's no denying the innate technical wonder of this disc's color quality and detail accuracy - both are off the charts in terms of overall consistency and accomplishment. Black levels are sturdy throughout, as well, and there are zero instances of compression artifacting or edge enhancement to mention. But as a 3D experience, this transfer doesn't shock in any way. The spatial elements of the1.85:1 3D 1080p presentation on this disc are showcased cleanly, but one is never fully transported to the world of the movie. It's not that this transfer isn't assured and gorgeous - it surely is - but Arthur Christmas is never 100% effective as a 3D picture.
Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?
This DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound mix also isn't as whiz-bang as one might expect. Dialogue is always audible, and surround channels open up during the film's more action-y moments, but it's a fairly bombastic mix, with music and effects often coming through with overloud ferocity. One's experience with the film isn't marred by this, of course, but you'll definitely be turning the volume up and down a couple times.
French DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes are included, as are English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.