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Blu-ray Review: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

May 20, 2019

By John Corrado

The third and final film in the DreamWorks Animation series that started nearly a decade ago in 2010, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was released in theatres earlier this year, and is now coming to Blu-ray this week.

This is a very good final chapter to an excellent animated trilogy, telling an engaging and emotionally resonant story that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has been following this series over the past nine years. It also features plenty of delightful characters moments involving the dragon Toothless and his new girlfriend. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray set includes a commentary track that features writer-director Dean DeBlois joined by producer Bradford Lewis and head of character animation Simon Otto, as well as an alternate opening that is presented in roughly animated storyboard form and has an optional introduction by DeBlois. This is followed by five deleted scenes (Automatic Tail, Protector vs Captor, Spy Mission, Mind Before the Sword, and Your Responsibility), which also feature optional intros by the director and are presented in storyboard form, save for the first one which made it to the pre-visualization stage.

Next we have the twelve short featurettes How to Voice Your Viking; Creating an Epic Dragon Tale; How I Learned from Dragons; Brave Wilderness Presents: Nature + Dragons = Awesome; The Dragon Sheep Chronicles; A Deck of Dragons; Growing Up With Dragons; The Evolving Character Design of Dragons; Drawing Dragons; Epic Villain; Astrid’s Whole Dragon Trilogy in 60 Seconds; and Welcome to New Berk, which vary from offering looks at the voice cast, the progression of the story, the design of the characters, and the world-building throughout the series.

Finally, the disc also comes with two DreamWorks Animation short films, which allow the studio to show off different animation styles. First is Bilby, a CG short set “somewhere in the outback” that reuses some of the sets and character designs from the studio’s cancelled feature film Larrikins; and the next one is Bird Karma, an amusingly twisted 2D short film that is much more experimental than we have come to expect from DreamWorks. While completely unconnected to the How to Train Your Dragon series, both shorts are entertaining and worth watching.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 104 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: May 21st, 2019

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