‘Back To The Sea’ is the tale of a young fish named Kevin who get’s captured from the harbor where he’s lived all his life and ends up in a tank located within a Sushi Restaurant. Now he’s forced to try and find a way back home to the sea while avoiding becoming an entree in the restaurant in addition to avoiding a jewel thief determined to steal a jewel that just happens to the be the family jewel of Kevin’s family. When everything comes together it turns out Kevin’s only hope to get back home to the sea is to befriend a young boy who is the son of the restaurant owner and being forced to enter a cooking contest against his will. Continue on after the jump to read the full review.
While it may not appeal to most, and I will admit I’m quite a fan of Animated films/series to quite an extent, and my taste in films is pretty far reaching. I watch Shameless followed by Ninja Turtles on TV if you catch my drift. While like any film, if it is a horrible film I will still not support it, and while I went into this film not expecting much honestly, I came away surprisingly impressed. It is quite a heartwarming tale of friendship found in the strangest places and the trust and relationships involved in finding one’s way back in a seemingly impossible situation. While many of the fellow horror fans will find no interest in this type of title, I’m sure some of you have just as wide of a range as me and will enjoy it. I’m also certain many of you with children might find it a surprisingly entertaining and heartwarming watch for the entire family to sit down to one evening.
The film features voice work by a number of known actors including Christian Slater, Mark Hamill, Tom Kenny and Tim Curry as well as many others and was directed by Thom Lu. For fellow fans of animated family films and those looking for a great film that the whole family can enjoy together I would recommend giving ‘Back To The Sea’ a shot if you get the chance. You just might be pleasantly surprised.
The film is presented in a full 480p resolution and with it’s original CinemaScope aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which is featured in a 16×9 WS/HDTV friendly format. The video quality on this release was actually quite impressive. For someone who often watches films on BluRay for the most part and makes a point of viewing all my TV shows in HD, I was amazed to find that it didn’t even cross my mind that I was viewing a DVD. The video is beautifully detailed and the colors are all quite sharp and don’t bleed or blend at all which is quite impressive with this type of animated film utilizing multiple bright colors in constant proximity to each other. As far as animated films on DVD go I really don’t think it left anything to be desired, top notch presentation.
As with the video, the audio on this title is quite impressive as well. The disc includes both a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack as well as a 2.0 Dolby Digital track in addition. Naturally, being the audiophile that I am, I viewed the film with the 5.1 soundtrack and must admit it was pretty well done. The voices in the center channel are at all times perfectly understandable. While bubbles and other natural noises often fluctuate between the rear speakers throughout, it never in any way affects the center channel and the discussions being played out within. It merely gives you that constant surround experience while never distracting you from the experience of the film and the emotion contained within.
Now unfortunately, this is the one area where this DVD release falls short. There are no special features, simply a disc menu with chapter selections, etc.
‘Back To The Sea’ will available to own on DVD April 2, 2013 via Viva Pictures for the extremely reasonable SRP of $19.99.