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“Incredibles” Stretches onto Home Video

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

One of the best animated films this year for the whole family, Incredibles 2 is now available on home video. Filled with adventure and comedy for the whole family, the movie continues where the characters left off in the original in 2004. The long wait didn’t disturb a thing as the lovable characters still have the charm and action that kids that are now adults will certainly love.

The Parr family continues to defend the city against villains that want to take over the world in the newest installment Incredibles 2, and things pick up right from where they left off with the city under siege against Underminer (voice of John Ratzenberger).  With destruction all around them this family of Super’s jumps into action becoming Mr. Incredible (voice of Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (voice of Holly Hunter), the volatile Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner). Although they save the city from total destruction, the damage would have been much less had they done nothing at all.  This once again shows the world why Supers were made illegal in the first place.

The Pars in Disney/PIXAR’s INCREDIBLES 2

The Parr’s are at an all-time low. The Superhero Relocation program is shutting down, so Rick Dicker (Jonathan Banks) can no longer relocate the Parr family as he had before. With their house destroyed and no job, Bob Parr and Helen Parr have just two weeks left in a hotel to figure something out.  It isn’t long before they are approached by billionaires Winston Deavor (voice of Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn Deavor (voice of Catherine Keener) who want to make Supers legal again.  They put the family up in a million dollar home and enlist Elastigirl do superhero work while wearing a body camera. This way they can show people her viewpoint of crime-in-action and help change the public’s perception of Supers.

New Super Heroes in Disney/PIXAR’s INCREDIBLES 2

With mom off doing superhero work, Bob is left home to play Mr. Mom to daughter Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack (voice of Eli Fucile).  Each child has their own super abilities, although Jack-Jack’s skills are developing as the movie progresses.  Its comical watching Bob adapt to the role of stay-at-home parent as he struggles with things that his wife normally handles; like helping his teen-aged daughter deal with a broken heart, learning “new math” so he can tutor his son, and sleepless nights from a baby with more energy than he has.  Even Bob’s close friend Lucius Best/Frozone (voice of Samule L Jackson) and super-suit designer Edna Mode (voice of Brad Bird) lend a hand to the tired and overworked dad.

Lucius Best/Frozone (voice of Samule L Jackson) in Disney/PIXAR’s INCREDIBLES 2

As in the first Incredibles movie, the Parr family works together to save the world from evil, but this time they are joined by a group of new and interesting Supers.  As always Director Brad Bird does a great job writing and directing this Disney/Pixar animated film and to say the least, I’m happy to see that women can be heroes too.

BONUS FEATURES:

The following bonus extras are included on the media specified below.

Blu-ray and Digital Media:

All-New Auntie Edna Mini-Movie – When Bob Parr visits super-suit designer Edna Mode looking for help with his high-energy toddler Jack-Jack, Edna pulls an all-nighter designing a suit to harness the baby’s seemingly limitless powers.

10 Deleted Scenes With Introductions – Suburban Escape, Kari Revisited, Return of the Supers, Chewed Out, Late Audition, Slow Day, Frozone and Honey, Restaurant Robbery, Fashion Show and Security Breakdown.

Super Stuff – From buildings and vehicles to costumes and props, every action movie requires a lot of really cool stuff. Meet the makers and learn what it takes to design and build such a uniquely incredible world.

Heroes & Villains – A collection of mini-docs about the backstory and major design ideas behind the “Incredibles 2” characters — featuring voice actors, director Brad Bird, and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters feel real.

Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer – This short piece explores the many ways a single production designer has influenced the look, feel and character of the Pixar universe, culminating in Incredibles 2.

Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird – Brad Bird’s passion for animation dates back to his childhood and mentorship under Disney’s Milt Kahl, and that enthusiasm and powerful insight emanates from every film he’s made. Take a deep dive into Brad’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his time at Pixar.

Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes – At its heart, Incredibles 2 is about family dynamics and the challenges of being a working parent. Meet the parents of Pixar as they discuss their personal connections to the film and their experience with stretching to balance work and family.

SuperBaby – A documentary/hip-hop music video hybrid hosted by Frankie and Paige from Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark. This piece explores how Jack-Jack came to life onscreen — from design to special effects to animation — all set to a hot beat.

Commentary – Get inside commentary from animators Alan Barillaro (supervising animator), Tony Fucile (supervising animator, story artist, and character designer), Dave Mullins (supervising animator) and Bret Parker (animation second unit and crowds supervisor).

Theatrical Short: Bao – An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.

Making Bao – Director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short — discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom, and her love of food all informed the making of the food-fantasy “Bao.”

Outtakes & Stories – Raccoon Fight Story, Evelyn Animation Outtakes, Puppet Animator Interview, Outtakes Goofy Arms Story and SuperBaby Music Video.

Character Theme Songs, Vintage Toy Commercial TV Spots, Toolkit Montage, and Global Incredibles 2 Trailers

DVD special features:

Theatrical Short: Bao & Commentary

Bao a special short film from Disney/PIXAR

Have you ever heard the expression “This is my little dumpling” in reference to your youngest child? There’s a short called “bao” about a soup dumpling that comes alive. It is very cute and funny. You’ll find it in the Bonus Features.

Incredibles 2 is a movie the whole family will enjoy. It’s rated PG by the MPAA for action sequences and some brief mild language so be cautious when showing the movie on your home video. The film is now available on 4K, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD.

FINAL ANALYSIS: It’s already tucked away in my library. (5 out of 5 Stars)

Specifications and additional video information:
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, and Brad Bird as Edna Mode
Directed by: Brad Bird
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language
Original Theatrical Release: June 15, 2018
Video Release Date: November 6, 2018
Language: English (changeable to Spanish or French)
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray, DVD Combo
Audio: DTS-HDMA 7.0
Video: 1080p HD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Number of Discs: 2 discs plus Movie Code
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Released Formats: 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD

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