Looking for a fast way to earn dough, Wallace decides to make it. Armed with a batch of ovens, an army of robotic kneading arms and an old-fashioned windmill, Wallace & Gromit? start "Top Bun,? their new bread-baking busin... more »ess. Sales rise quickly and Wallace falls head over buns in love with a seductive bread-industry icon, Piella Bakewell. But when bakers suddenly start disappearing, Gromit realizes that his master is in danger as he follows a twisting, turning trail of crumbs to solve a murder mystery that becomes?A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH!« less
Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
This was great! Wallace & Gromit never cease to crack me & my kids up! There's even some double entendres an adult can easily spot that'll go RIGHT over the heads of the little ones! I just wish it was longer! Hope to see more like this!
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Donald Leighty | Western Pennsylvania USA | 09/22/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I admit to not having done my homework on this, but still... You have to be able to make an impulse purchase every once in a while without getting ripped off.
I was out shopping for a pack of batteries when I saw a new Wallace and Gromit DVD on the shelf. Didn't know Nick Park had done anything since The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, so I quickly investigated. The front of the package said "All New Animated Feature" and the running time said 87 minutes. Now "feature" to me means a full-length presentation (as in "our feature presentation")... a short might be called a featurette. So I assumed this was more than just a 30-minute short (which is what it actually is). They must have totalled all of the supplemental clips on the disc to get that "87 minute" total time. Nice.
Also, since I couldn't find a widescreen copy anywhere in the stacks, I guessed that this had been animated full screen. Wrong. Lion's Gate apparently decided to release only a butchered pan-and-scan version of the short. I didn't know anyone still did that these days. How ignorant.
While I'm sure this short is fun, it went back to the store unopened. I'll wait for a better version to show up someday.
Single-disc Release Crops Widescreen Movie to Full-Frame
Edward C. Liu | Princeton Junction, NJ | 09/22/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Just getting a new Wallace & Gromit short is good news, but "A Matter of Loaf and Death" feels a whole lot like a remake of "A Close Shave." It's still rather entertaining, but it feels rather derivative. It also seems to use a lot more pop-culture gags than the older films did, though admittedly they're old enough that they have become permanent fixtures on the pop-culture landscape and only one isn't funny if you don't know the reference.
I would NOT get this single-disc release, though, because it is a cropped full-frame (1.33:1) when the movie itself was animated in widescreen. The documentary on the making of the movie is in anamorphic widescreen, and often reveals how cramped some of the cropped shots are. It seems that the 4-disc DVD complete collection is in full-frame as well. The Blu-ray of the Complete Collection presents this movie in its proper widescreen format (as well as "A Close Shave"), and should be the one you buy if you have a choice. The Blu-ray remasters the original shorts as well, and they look spectacular."
Good Entertainment But a Bit Violent for Little Ones
WryGuy2 | Arlington, VA | 09/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have all of the Wallace and Grommit shorts, crackling contraptions, and movie, so I can say from experience that there is no such thing as a bad Wallace and Gromit feature. A Matter of Loaf or Death keeps the good streak intact, and is fine entertainment, albeit perhaps not as quite as good as A Close Shave or The Curse of the Wererabbit, in my opinion. But I've been anxiously awaiting release of A Matter of Loaf or Death here in the States, and it finally arrived today.
Although the package states that the running time is 87 minutes, the actual feature is only about 30 minutes. Also included is a "making of" segment, and a "Shaun the Sheep" episode, so counting all three of these probably is how the 87 minutes were derived.
So, I popped the DVD into the player, gathered the wife and kiddies around (the kids are only two and four years old, but they love Wallace and Gromit), and we watched the feature. It was funny, and the animation was great, as usual. However, it was more violent than previous entries, and I felt a bit uncomfortable at some of the scenes as my two and four year old watched them, particularly with regards to how Gromit and another dog are mistreated. The kids didn't have any problems or get scared, but you may want to watch the feature first before showing it to your young children. Its mostly cartoonish violence, but the other dog's owner, Miss Piella Bakewell, is a bit mean.
But I'm pleased with my purchase, and strongly recommend A Matter of Loaf and Death. This is probably not the best DVD to get if you've never seen Wallace and Gromit before ... you should start with the original 3 shorts ... but its a "must have" if you're a Wallace and Gromit afficionado like myself."
Not Quality Wallace and Gromit
R. Fletcher | 10/10/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Wallace and Gromit fan so it is almost painful for me to rate this one so low. All other Wallace and Gromit material I rate with five stars. However, this one gets only two stars from me because it is a bit violent for young children and I was disturbed by the scenes with animal abuse. The entire DVD lacks the wholesome fun that is associated with Wallace and Gromit and make it a must miss for all ages."
The world has gone mad, as I am giving a BAD review for the
I. McCormick | Midwest, USA | 09/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I never thought I'd say this about a Wallace & Gromit feature as I am a big fan, but overall I would have to give this DVD a thumbs down. Where to begin? First, the film comes across as very crammed & rushed in terms of it's overall pace to painfully squeeze into it's 30 minute running time and it really shows. Second, there is a scene of animal cruelty where the villian hits her little dog and you hear a very cringingly real yelp of pain that I felt to be very innappropriate for a film that's supposed to be open for children to watch. Third, it's just lacking in the subtle english humor of the previous films which made me love the W&G movies in the first place.
Lastly the movie was made to be seen in anamorphic widescreen, but Lion's Gate has decided to deny American audiences of over 33% of the full picture and are only releasing the film in "pan-&-scan" full-screen, which is a real shame as the makers of W&G have made the best film yet in terms of technical expertise of their work with plasticine.
Good things about the film are two-fold, one is that physical motion and facial expressions of all characters have hit a new high by Aardman, and the other is of course simply to see Wallace & Gromit interacting together as they always do. But overall for the aforementioned reasons and in comparison to the previous films, I can't in good conscience give this film an overall good review (and want the film as it was intended to be seen, in WIDESCREEN)."