Home Page | About Me | Home Entertainment | Home Entertainment Blog | Politics | Australian Libertarian Society Blog | Disclosures

Blu-ray Reviews: Boogie 3D

Originally published in Sound and Image, 2011
Last updated 20 August 2012

Download scan of review (JPEG, right click, Save As)

Boogie 3D
2009 - Icon Film Distribution Pty Ltd
Director: Gustavo Cova
Starring: Pablo Echarri, Nancy Dupláa, Nicolás Frías, Marcelo Armand, Rufino Gallo, Diego Brizzi, Ricardo Alanis and Luciana Falcón

Movie: Picture: Sound: Extras:

Finding good 3D movies on Blu-ray has been a bit hard. Some movies appear to have been released in 3D primarily to give them some kind of a selling point ... any kind of a selling point!

But here we have something totally different, and if you have a sufficiently twisted sense of humour, very, very funny. Boogie 3D is available on Blu-ray only in Blu-ray 3D format, although it plays in 2D as well. Never heard of it? Neither had I. It is an animated movie released in 2009 based on a long-running Argentinean comic. The title character is known in Spanish as 'Boogie, el aceitoso', which means 'Boogie, the Oily'. The hero lives only for the pleasure of killing, which he does with a reasonable panache and a dry sense of humour.

Think Sin City, but grittier and with no moral redemption whatsoever. This movie is rated R for its 'High impact animated violence', but I suspect was rated R for its extreme political incorrectness.

The animation is 2D, with naively drawn, black outlined characters over rich, textured backgrounds. From time to time there is a little posterisation, but generally it is smooth and beautifully rendered.

The 3D is primarily in the form of layered 2D elements, but for all its simplicity it looks excellent, adding a level of richness to the 2D version. At a couple of points there was a slightly weird look where characters appeared to be floating free of the floor upon which they were supposed to be standing. That was largely due to the application of 3D layering to essentially 2D animation. This meant that the whole of a person had to be in one plane, from head to foot. If the floor was to appear behind the person's head, as it should, then it would also appear behind his feet.

Most of the time this problem was avoided by simply having the frame cropped in such a way as the protagonists' feet were generally not visible.

The audio is underpinned by a driving hard rock sound track, with clear dialogue and lots of subwoofer activity. The movie has been dubbed in English by what seem to be native Spanish speakers. The accents are subtle, but the enunciation is careful and measured, rather than natural. Sometimes the pronunciation is fun - putrid comes out as 'putt-rid'. A quotation from Apocalypse Now is changed to something only vaguely similar through the double translation from English to Spanish to English.

All that just adds to the charm.

Running time: 85 minutes
Picture: 1.78:1, 1080p24, MPEG4 AVC/MVC @ 21.46Mbps/12.49Mbps
Sound: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 16/48 3/2.1 @ 2291kbps (core: DTS 16/48 3/2.1 @ 1509kbps)
Subtitles: English
Extras: DTS sound check in 5.1 and 7.1 channels (1080p24 - 8 mins)
Restrictions: Rated (Australian rating); Region free

The following video bitrate graphs were generated by BDInfo 0.5.7. This is for the 2D stream:

This is for the MVC 3D video stream:

© 2002-2012, Stephen Dawson