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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Justin Timberlake, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, John Krasinski, Ian McShane
Director: Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Shrek's Guide to Parenthood
- Meet the Cast
- Lost Scenes
- The Tech of Shrek
- Donkey Dance
- Big Green Goofs
- Worcestershire Academy Yearbook
- Merlin's Magic Crystal Ball
- Learn the Donkey Dance
- How to be Green
- DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox
- Trailers
- DVD Rom



Languages: English/Cantonese/
Subtitles: English/Cantonese/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 32 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Get ready for Thirds - the greatest fairytale never told continues with a whole new hilarious comedy of royal proportions. When his frog-in-law suddenly croaks, Shrek embarks on another whirlwind adventure with Donkey and Puss in Boots to find the rightful heir to the throne. Everyone's favourite cast of character is back along with a magical misguided Merlin, an awkward Arthur, a powerful posse of princesses and a bundle of unexpected arrivals. Only Shrek can tell a tale where everyone lives happily ever laughter!


Movie trailers can do wonders. A good trailer with smart editing and scripting can contain the best bits of the movie without giving away everything, and still make everyone want to pay to watch the entire picture in the cinema. When we saw the movie trailer for this second sequel to the 2002 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, we thought it was funny. The sights of Puss in Boot’s signature droopy eyes, Princess Fiona and her gang of fighting princesses and Shrek’s rather cute green offspring made us giggle a bit.

But alas, that’s about it - The funniest moments of the movie were in the trailer, making the rest of the movie really bland.

This installment of the hit movie sees the green ogre (Mike Myers) having to locate the dead King’s son to take over the kingdom. Together with his pals Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss (Antonio Banderas), the trio begins a treacherous journey to find Artie (Justin Timberlake). Meanwhile, Fiona (Cameron Diaz) gathers a group of damsels-not-in-distress to fight off the unscrupulous Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) who is eyeing the throne.

Characters you are familiar with from the first two movies are back in this one. And their familiar antics are back too, hence having nothing original or fresh to offer throughout the movie’s 92-minute runtime. The animation may be top notch in terms of the technology used, but the result just does not sparkle and make you sit up and go “wow”.

Maybe it’s the tried and tested jokes that do not shy away from poops, vomit, dull pop references and physical humor. Maybe it’s the overcrowded gang of characters that do not leave any lasting impression. Maybe it’s the lack of bright song-and-dance numbers. Maybe it’s the not too charming looks of the characters. Call us superficial, but we’ll take Disney’s prettier princesses anytime.

Credit does go to the actors who sound like they had one hell of a time voicing their characters. They inject their fun-loving side to the characters, be it the grouchy Shrek, the bright and cheery Fiona, the gutless Artie, the cheeky Donkey or the suave Puss. For the record, we loved Banderas and Murphy’s end credit song “Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)”. They would have beaten Timberlake hands down if the filmmakers had decided to make Artie break into a tune.


This Code 3 DVD contains an excellent palette of special features that will keep the young ones occupied for a long, long time.

Worcestershire Academy Yearbook – Get to know Artie and his friends in this detailed, but rather pointless catalogue which introduces you to each individual’s clubs/interests, dedication, bequeath, greatest desire and personal quote. Everything is recited with a “th”, for example, Artie says: “Sticks and stones may breakth my bones, which is why I runth away”.

Big Green Goofs – The two-minute clip is put together with scenes gone wrong on the computer. Blue wigs, hair growing out of the eyes and a stationary Puss – they are indeed quite ugly to look at.

Lost Scenes – There are three scenes which didn’t make it to the final cut. The 18 minutes are presented by the artists who are pitching them to an audience. They include Artie’s journey to the Holy Grail with Shrek, Artie at the cafeteria and Shrek stalks Artie when he refuses to be king.

Donkey Dance – See Donkey dance in this brief 30-second clip.

Meet the Cast – The 11-minute feature has the voice actors talking about their roles in the movie. Timberlake calls Artie the quintessential teenager and Murphy says by having him on board, he is bringing the sexy back to the movie.

Shrek’s Guide to Parenthood – Here, you can hear the advice dished by different characters for Shrek and Fiona. The advices are accompanied by cute graphics. Donkey says: “If they cry, give them a present. If they whine, give them a present. If they get sick, give them a present. If they say they love you, give them two presents. If they don’t like their presents, give them some waffles.” Well said.

Tech of Shrek – The 10-minute feature (presented by HP, DreamWorks and AMD, no less) chronicles how the technology has advanced over the three movies. Technology has made the animators’ jobs easier to create the vision of the film.

DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox – You can listen to songs and watch clips from movies like Madagascar, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge and the other two Shrek films in this feature. The sight of Missy Elliot as a hip-hop fish and Christina Aguilera as a big-headed jellyfish singing “Car Wash” in Shark Tale still tickles us.

Previews – Trailers of Over the Hedge and Charlotte’s Web are included in this section.

DreamWorks Kids – There are three features for the kids in this section. “Merlin’s Magic Crystal Ball” is a silly feature where you can think of a yes or no question and then get Merlin to answer your query – we wonder how many kids will believe in this. The four-minute “How to Be Green” tells kids how to conserve water and energy so we can save the Earth from dying. The two-minute “Learn the Donkey Dance” has specific instructions like jumping, strutting, sliding and moon-walking so that kids can learn how to dance like, err, a donkey.

DVD Rom Shrektivities – In this section which works on your PC, there is the “Shrek Shmash Ups” feature, where you can edit your own clip using footage, music and sound effects from the movie – very innovative activity. There are five games in the “Shrek Royal Tournament Games” feature where you can have countless hours of fun on your computer. Check out the tetris-like “Eyeball Dropper” and the brainless but hilarious “Tickle Fight”. In the “Printables” feature, you get activities like coloring pages, magic tricks (with balloons and bubbles) and ogre yoga (taught by Fiona) – use a color printer for best effects. There are also “Weblinks” which link you to the sites of Shrek the Third and DreamWorks Kids.


The disc’s visual transfer is wonderfully crisp and clear, while there are English, Cantonese and Mandarin 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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