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Shrek the Third - Blu-ray DVD / animation DVD / family and children's DVD review
SHREK THE THIRD Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake
Director: Chris Miller and Raman Hui   Studio: Paramount
DVD release: 23 September 2008   Runtime: 92 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features:Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), Shrek's Guide to Parenthood, Commentary: Meet the Cast, Additional Scenes, Tech of Shrek 3, Donkey Dance music video, Worcestershire Academy Yearbook, Big Green Goofs, Trailers, Merlin's Magic Crystal Ball, Get Up and Play PSA, Learn the Donkey Dance, How to be Green, DVD Rom (Shrek Shmash Ups, Royal Tournament Games, Printables, Weblinks)

The third installment of the Shrek series series has our favorite ogre filling in for an ailing King Harold (John Cleese). Naturally, Shrek (Mike Myers) is out of his element and pining for the comfort of the swamp. When the frog king croaks, that leaves Shrek in charge - unless he can convince distant relative Artie (Justin Timberlake) to take the helm. Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss-in-Boots (Antonio
) hit the high seas to find Artie; the Shrek movies are nothing if not road-trip films.

Meanwhile, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is left behind in Far Far Away to watch things and gestate Shrek's unborn children. While Fiona's princess pals throw her a baby shower, a severely scorned Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) gathers an army of like-minded baddies to take over the kingdom.

The secondary characters that tend to steal scenes are back as well. Gingie (Conrad Vernon), Pinocchio (Cody Cameron), the three pigs (also Cody Cameron) and the rest all help Shrek and Fiona to restore order to Far Far Away.

The third installment is exciting as the first two, but some of the novelty has perhaps worn off; that doesn't make it less fun to watch and look for the inside jokes. We still haven't seen the old woman who lives in a shoe or a cow jumping over the moon, but the next two planned installments will perhaps correct such heinous oversights.

The Blu-ray edition offers a crystal-clear picture that makes the images on the screen just dee-lish. Every strand of hair, every thread of cloth can be seen. The "Animator's Corner" feature brings hand-drawn storyboards forth into a picture-in-picture box throughout the film. It's a must for film and animation geeks, and my son for one may never again watch the film without it. "Shrek's Trivia Track" pops up a trivia statement over the picture relevant to what's onscreen (though not always in the context of the film). Other bits of fun in the extra features include Learn the Donkey Dance, Lost Scenes, The Tech of Shrek, Big Green Goofs, Shrek's Guide to Parenthood, and Merlin's Magic Crystal Ball, all of which are in beautiful HD. One suggestion for improvement: the original actors voicing their characters in the special features would be nice.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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