Ratchet & Clank (DVD): Review

Film

The duo of Ratchet and Clank, from the PlayStation universe, now with their story committed to a film of its own. And as game to screen conversions go, this is one that made the transition in style.

The evil Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti) is giving a bad guy speech to his followers, the Blarg, as they prepare to blow up an abandoned planet. Drek catches one of his goons texting, and he orders his robot henchman, Victor Von Ion (Sylvester Stallone) to deal with it. Victor responds by eating the goon’s phone. The villains then proceed to obliterate the planet.

Cue Ratchet, a young Lombax who idolises the Galactic Rangers. And as luck would have it, they are holding try-outs for a new member, right in his town. The Galactic Rangers are made up of personalities Cora (Bella Thorne), Brax (Vincent Tong), Elaris (Rosario Dawson), and their leader, the beloved Captain Quark (Jim Ward).

As part of Drek’s evil plans, and a manufacturing mistake, we get the very polite robot Clank (David Kaye) manufactured by mad scientist Dr. Nefarious (Armin Shimerman).

It is not long before this evil presents itself, and not just planets, but the whole galaxy is now at stake, and we are off on a fun filled adventure. An adventure that is both entertaining for young and old, engrossing in it’s simple yet satisfying storyline, and all round attention to detail, in both character and story.

Ratchet and Clank is a very entertaining story; fast paced, yet easy to follow whether you have seen the game or now. A lot of fun, with light hearted comedy, adventure and a whole lot of space-action to boot.

Disc

Ratchet & Clank is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Colour are vibrant, with no bleed. Blacks are deep, but maintain their detail.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could upscale to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate. The surround channels are used to great effect, and dialogue is clear via the centre channel. The soundtrack is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.

Navigation

Navigation is easy to follow, with background animation and clips from the film (without spoiling the story), and accompanied by music.

There are options for scene selections, leading to a submenu, and an option for setup, where you can pick your language and audio mix.

Bonus Features

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc.

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 Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/