Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
Runtime: 75 min
MPAA Rating: G

Released: October 23, 2012
Reviewed: October 23, 2012
Reviewed by: Jason Flick

Discs

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Four-disc set (2 BD, 2 DVD)
  • Digital copy
  • DVD copy
  • Blu-ray 3D
  • Video

  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

    Audio

  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • French: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

    Subtitles

  • English, French, Spanish
  • What We Liked:
  • Same great Disney feel
  • Nice use of 3D for depth
  • Awesome visuals and audio

    What We Didn't:

  • Ending seemed abrupt
  • Might not appeal to casual fans

    The Final Score: (?)

  • Secret of the Wings 3D Blu-ray

    It always seems that Tinker Bell is constantly getting into mischief and trouble every time you see her. In the past three films she has done the unthinkable for Fairy-kind. Yet time and time again and through the right amount of Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust, Tinker Bell always comes out on top. Such is the case with her latest adventure in Secret of the Wings on 3D Blu-Ray. While Tinker Bell’s name isn’t in the title, she is still one of the main focal points of this story along with some old friends and some new surprises.

    In this all-new adventure, Tinker Bell and the Tinker Fairies are hard at work preparing baskets for the Winter Fairies in the mysterious Winter Woods. True to Tink’s nature, she’s immediately curious and wants to go there despite warning that warm fairies aren’t allowed to cross the borders. If they do they’re at the risk of their wings breaking due to the extreme cold. In a clever ploy Tinker Bell helps Fawn deliver some animals to hibernate to the Winter Woods so that she could get close to the woods to explore this cold land. It is just on the other side of the barrier that something magical happens…her wings start to sparkle in the winter air. Before she find out what happens she is yanked back to safety at not a moment’s notice. What has transpired has set Tinker Bell on a course to find the truth that not even she would ever see coming.

    It seems that Tinker Bell isn’t alone, besides her closest friends, in the world after she bundles up tight and sneaks into the Winter Woods during a delivery of baskets. Now her choices usually don’t bode well, but for the first time in all the Disney Fairies films, this time is a little different. You see Tink isn’t the only one with sparkling wings as she finds another fairy just like her deep in the heart of winter.

    It’s through the help of an elder fairy called The Keeper, whose friends call him Dewey, that she comes in contact with a Frost Fairy named Periwinkle that seems to have the same problem. Through a little picture storytelling you’ll learn these two fairies from very different parts of Pixie Hollow are in fact sisters, born of the same laugh. Now I know this may come off a bit of stretch, given what we know about Peter Pan’s jealous guide, but Disney is all about using your imagination so I say roll with it.

    Regardless of what this 30-year old reviewer thinks, Secret of the Wings is never the less an entertaining adventure filled with classic Disney fairy magic. As the story progresses and Tink wants to get to know her other half, she builds a device designed to allow Periwinkle to the warmer side. This unfortunately causes problems for Periwinkle and the rest of Pixie Hollow. While I won’t spoil any further surprises, all I can say is that Disney did a great job of bringing these two worlds together even under the worst of circumstances.

    I’ve always admired the care that Disney has put into their films both in their hand-drawn and CG work alike. Growing up with Disney films all my life it amazes me of the advancements in technology and Secret of the Wings in 3D is no different. I watched both the 3D and 2D and both look absolutely stunning in its 1080p High Definition presentation. While both are displayed in a 1.78:1 widescreen ratio the 3D version adds a nice amount of depth as well as a few screen popping moments with no visible ghosting issues. Even if you don’t have a 3D setup the standard Blu-ray shows the beautifully detailed characters, environments and effects just as well if not better.

    As with the previous films, Secret of the Wings features an amazing score and soundtrack that is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The score carries over some of the established tones from the other films as well as presenting some new ones that fit perfectly. As with tradition in the Disney Fairies franchise, there are a few vocal songs to be heard including the very catchy piece “The Great Divide” sung by the McClain Sisters. Along with an awesome score is a star-studded voice cast with all your favorite fairies being reprised by their respected actors such as Mae Whitman (Tink) and Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion). Secret of the Wings also includes the talents of Timothy Dalton (Lord Milori), Debby Ryan (Spike) and Lucy Hale as Periwinkle.

    Since Secret of the Wings is a Disney film they compiled this adventure into a 4-Disc Flitterific Fairies Double Pack. Included in this edition is the 3D and 2D versions of the film as well as a DVD and Digital Copy disc for those on the go. Besides having a myriad of viewing options for your family, there are even more features to be seen including two music videos. The first features China Anne McClain (of A.N.T Farm fame) and her two sisters performing “The Great Divide” and the second stars Zendaya (Shake It Up! fame) with Dig Down Deeper. The second song can be heard in the included 22 minute “Pixie Hollow Games” adventure which aired on The Disney Channel.

    As a reviewer that has seen all of the Disney Fairies films to date, Secret of the Wings is so far the most interesting one of the bunch. The message shown in this film is an important one to deliver to families especially ones with children that are sisters. As always, the visual and audio are in top shape on Blu-ray showcasing another excellent adventure with hopefully many more to come. As our own seasons change into an autumn glow now is the perfect time to pick up a copy of Secret of the Wings on 3D Blu-ray before it goes.

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