Blu-Ray Review: Tintin -The Secret of The Unicorn Colin D Miller April 28, 2012 DVDs & Rentals 1984 The Film The Adventures of Tintin is a film that could easily have gone very wrong. With a cult following that brings a million nerds on standby to scream “Steven Spielberg raped my childhood!”, adapting comicbook pages of Herges adventures of Tintin for mainstream cinema was most certainly a risky task. But with Steven Spielberg at the helm, Peter Jackson on production (and second unit direction) duties, a script written by Steven Moffatt, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish and a cast that includes Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Toby Jones, there’s more talent here than at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. And thats not even mentioning all the technical wizard geniuses at Weta Digital. Make no mistake, Tintin is a landmark in animation and has set a benchmark for all future animated features to be compared to. No doubt helped by the terrific cast, it’s worth noting that this is Spielberg’s first animated feature and it’s pleasing to see that he has taken to the genre like a duck to water. The production team have paid good attention to the source material and their love of the Tintin series is immediately apparent. Playing Tintin is Jamie Bell, with his voice fitting the iconic part like glove. In Captain Haddock’s shoes is Andy Serkis (a veteran to the performance capture process) and in an inspired piece of casting, Frost and Pegg playing Thompson and Thomson. Daniel Craig is also on suitable form as the piece’s main villain, Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine. The plot essentially see’s Tintin investigating a model of a ship called the Unicorn, which garners a lot of attention from a number of shady characters. As the film progresses, we are introduced to all the familiar faces, as the story draws it’s inspiration from several of Herges stories. With some amazing set pieces (including a very impressive chase scene that is visualised all in one take) and some well balanced humour, Tintin is one of the best family films to come out last year and all those involved should certainly pat themselves on the back. It is also a return to form in the action adventure genre for Steven Spielberg. After the frosty reception that 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received, it’s good to see that Spielberg can still churn out a solid yarn when surrounded by the right people and that it can still feature all the trademark cues from his earlier work without dividing his audience. With news that once Peter Jackson is done with The Hobbit, he intends to direct another Tintin film with Spielberg producing, it’s exciting to know that we will have more stories to look forward too. The Blu-Ray The picture quality on Tintin is certainly impressive and is possibly one of the best transfers I’ve seen. It’s crisp, vibrant and highlights the attention to detail that the animators have put in. The sound mix is also impressive and does a good job in highlighting the terrific score by John Williams. With regards to the Special Features, there are a number of features chronicling the 20 year production of the movie. Produced by Laurent Bouzereau, they clock in at over an hour and half and give a good insight into the world of motion capture and how it works.