A Lego Brickumentary (DVD): Review

Film

Lego, a brand name known the world over. Get some fascinating insight into this staple of childhood (and adulthood in many circumstances) with A Lego Brickumentary.

Apart from the bricks themselves, there is so much media available now, from The Lego Movie (and The Lego Movie Blu-Ray) to gaming spin-offs often licenced from popular films (such as Star Wars, Avengers to name but a few) one would be hard-pressed not to have at least not a cursory connection to Lego. A Lego Brickumentary takes a look at the global culture and appeal.

From BrickCon’s to being an educational aide for children with autism, from engineering prototypes at NASA’s JPL to art, the appeal is far reaching. Narrated by Jason Bateman (popping up between segments  as a quirky Lego character) the manner in which all these facts, and the overall story are presented are rather appealing, and entertaining. While there are no spoilers to The Lego Movie, it may help to see this film first, as it does lead to a few ah-ha moments if one possess the knowledge of that story before hand.

While for many, the rewatch value might not be too high when compared to something such as an action film, this is a very interesting compilation of facts and footage. One can not doubt the global influence of the product, and what is more astounding is finding out about the difficulties the company experienced at a stage.

Light hearted, and entertaining, even for younger viewers, A Lego Brickumentary is certainly one to watch.

Disc

A Lego Brickumentary is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Blacks are deep, and colours are vibrant. Owing to the fact that there is a lot of computer animated footage, namely from The Lego Movie and such, the vibrant colours are a big plus. Even on a DVD, detail is sharp, and concise.

Audio

Audio is presented in both a 5.1 and 2.0 soundtrack, and is encoded at a decent bitrate. Dialogue is clear on both mixes. While there is usually little use or need for the surround channels in a feature of this genre, these do serve to further draw the viewer in to the story.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, and static, with only a choice to play the main feature, or jump to a particular scene.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features, other than trailers for The Angry Birds Movie, and the Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens game. These can be fast forwarded or skipped individually.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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