Song of the Sea Review and Blu-ray Features
Song of the Sea
19 Dec 2014
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
When one loses their feelings, they risk turning to stone. Selkies, magical beings that change from seals to humans, have the power to reverse such changes. This is because selkies are in touch with nature, love and the ancient way of things. However, selkies cannot make the changes by themselves. They need help from humans
Saiorse also a selkie
A little girl, Saoirse, is a selkie. Saoirse attempts to keep her family from turning to stone. Her family is prone to grief and selfishness. They do not reveal their hearts to others. Saoirse’s task becomes all the more difficult when her mother, also a selkie, strangely disappears in the night. And through no fault of her own, Saoirse’s voice vanishes as well. On top of this, strangers who already lost their emotions for good, try to make Saoirse lose hope. Will her father, older brother and grandmother, all preoccupied with their own concerns, help or turn away?
The beautiful, spell binding and intricate animation of this film includes the Northern lights, sunrises and surreal underwater worlds.
The singular theme of the film underscores the truth that stories, emotions, animals and nature connect us to our better selves and to each other.
“The Stolen Child”
The few lines at the very beginning of the movie (“Come away, O human child!/To the waters and the wild/With a faery, hand in hand,/For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”) are from “The Stolen Child” by Irish poet William Butler Yeats, who was also a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival.
RT/Meta Critic Review
“Song of the Sea” creates a magical world, one that pulls you in and leaves you, when it’s over, feeling changed by the journey.(Click here to see)
We’re never far from the sea in this film and it’s one of most lushly shot oceans, real or drawn, that I’ve ever seen. It breathes life onto the screen (Click here to see)
Sweet, aesthetically breathtaking …(Click here to see)
Song of the Sea is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world. (Click here to see)
Song of the Sea continues to enchant and mesmerize thanks to Universal’s 1080p/AVC-encoded beaut of a video presentation. The slightest hint of banding — and I mean slightest, as in nearly imperceptible — appears in a handful of scenes (primarily during Saoirse’s birthday celebration and Ben’s hearthside encounter with Macha). However, in each and every instance, the anomaly is inherent to the source animation, not a product of a fault in the encode. And what a proficient presentation it is. I did catch fleeting glimpses off exceedingly minor aliasing along the finest lines while taking screenshots, but couldn’t detect a single sliver when the film was in motion. There also isn’t any significant artifacting, noise, crush or other issue that might detract from the gorgeous hand-drawn animation. Colors are warm, bold and full of vibrant life, with strong primaries, inky black levels, and perfectly tuned saturation and contrast. Detail is crisp and refined too, with sharp, clean line art, wonderfully resolved background textures, and no distractions to speak of. Scrutiny is invited, not feared, I’m happy to report. And the image always delivers, again and again and again, several times over.
Song of the Sea‘s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track complements the visuals magnificently, capturing the nuances and subtleties of the film’s at-times hushed, subdued sound design without incident or exception. Voices are clear, intelligible and smartly prioritized at all times, and ambient effects are convincing, engaging and present throughout the whole of the immersive soundfield. Music surges and relents with masterful ease, and the mix’s dynamics never falter or fail. LFE output is powerful and robust as well, lending its strength to the crash of waves, the thunder of owl wings, the roar of a stormy ocean, and the rumble of stone giants returning to life. Likewise, the rear speakers offer plenty of playful, lighthearted, sometimes foreboding atmosphere, using soft directional effects and wind-swept channel pans to excellent effect. All told, Universal’s AV presentation is almost as stirring as the film it accompanies.
- Audio Commentary: A pleasant, soft-spoken Tomm Moore delivers an extensive and engaging audio commentary for Song of the Sea, delving into the inspirations behind the story, the development of Will Collins’ screenplay, the tremendous work invested into the animation, the music and voicework, and the personal touches that grace the film’s world, visuals, themes and characters.
- Behind the Scenes (HD, 3 minutes): An all too brief glimpse behind the scenes, though, interestingly, it includes an optional commentary track with Moore, which provides additional context and details.
- Animation Tests (HD, 8 minutes): Moore offers optional commentary here as well, discussing everything from line tests through more complex aspects of the animation process.
- The Art of Song of the Sea (HD, 7 minutes): No commentary, just a montage of the production’s concept art and paintings set to a selection from Bruno Coulais and Kíla’s beautiful film score.
- Conceptual Trailer (HD, 1 minute): An early conceptual preview, completed prior to the film being greenlit.
- US Trailers (HD, 3 minutes): Additional GKids promos.