Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blu-ray Review: The Incredibles

The 2004 release of The Incredibles is my favorite Pixar-animated film.I say this without a moment of hesitation, even after seeing Pixar's more recent releases Wall-E and Ratatouille. The superhero mythos tied to the 60s-era ideal of the family unit is spellbinding and always draws me in, whether the kids pop in the DVD or it is being shown on the ABC Family channel. This is one of the first non-Studio Ghibli releases that I was truly excited to see on Blu-ray.



It is time to stand up and recite the Imaginerding Blu-ray mantra: Blu-ray and animation are a perfect match. My sentiment over Disney's recent spate of Blu-ray releases is that you need to own the high-definition version and this film is no different. The visuals and sound are stunning and unmatched outside of the theatrical viewing experience. And yes, the film score is pretty spectacular, as well. It always reminded me of some of those wonderful 60s-era spy movies.

As Jeff Pepper at 2719 Hyperion notes, the extras are quite surprising compared to the recent release of Tangled. For The Incredibles, Disney has included a second Blu-ray to hold the majority of the bonus features.

Let's take a look at the BONUS FEATURES: 

Blu-ray: Includes The Following All-New Bonus Features Plus All The Classic DVD Features:
  • The Incredibles Revisited – A roundtable discussion with Writer/Director Brad Bird, Producer John Walker, Story Supervisor Mark Andrews, Supervising Technical Director Rick Sayre, Production Designer Lou Romano, Character Designer Teddy Newton, and Supervising Animator Tony Fucile.
  • Paths To Pixar: Story Artists – Continuing the popular bonus feature series that viewers have seen on many other Disney•Pixar releases, this exciting new feature showcases multiple Pixar story artists giving viewers exciting insight into their work, their inspiration and the personal paths that eventually led them to a career at Pixar.
  • Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday – Trying to make a movie when there are not enough work days and too many birthday parties? This feature showcases how The Incredibles crew solved that problem.
  • Ending With A Bang: Making The End Credits – Interview with Director of Photography Andy Jimenez and Character Designer Teddy Newton about the process of creating the end credits for the film.
  • “The New Nomanisan” Island Redevelopment Plan – A guided tour of Nomanisan Island, post-Syndrome, pitching the island as a vacation resort paradise. 
  • Classic DVD Features
  • The original short film Jack-Jack Attack
  • Pixar’s Academy Award®-nominated short film Boundin’ (2003 Best Animated Short)
So, do yourself a favor and pick up this fantastic Incredible family film that is full of action, comedy and a great musical score.







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