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Now Available on Home Video “PIXAR Short Films Collection 3”

November 12th, 2018 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Many of you have probably seen a short film before the start of a PIXAR/Disney movie. Well here is a collection of 11 of them and two bonus short films never before seen. Look for PIXAR Short Films Collection 3 and you can add this gathering of fun to your library for tots and the young at heart. Now in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, it’s just in time for the holidays as a warm up to your guests at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Read more…

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Monsters, Inc., Pops in 3D Blu-ray (Video Review)

February 18th, 2013 No comments

MONSTERS box art

By John Delia

Who could not like one of the cleverest animated movies ever made, Monsters, Inc.? Now available for the first time in a 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Disc 5-disc combo pack, the home entertainment possibilities are joyful.  The fun film with a whole lot of lovable monsters and not so lovable adversaries takes families on an adventure that’s wild, wacky and just plain adorable.  And to top it all off, Pixar/Disney has set the sequel date of June 21, 2013 for Monsters University and just so you won’t miss it have included a free movie admission inside the box. Read more…

Walt Disney’s BRAVE-Video Review

June 21st, 2012 No comments

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UP on DVD

November 15th, 2009 No comments

“IT’S A BALLOON BUSTER”

UP box artStarring:  Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Elie Doctor, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, Jordan Nagai

Directed by: Pete Docter

Rated PG for some peril and action

Genre: Comedy, Animated

By John Delia

An animated adventure comedy bursts on to DVD in a 4-disc combo pack from Disney-Pixar; it’s called Up and the touching high flyer is excellent for the whole family.  The Disney-Pixar formula of making a film that is spirited and interesting with the ability to warm your heart has not changed here, only the storyline and the characters.

Up centers around balloon salesman Carl Fredrickson (Azner) who marries Ellie (Elie Doctor) his childhood sweetheart and they make plans to fulfill one of their dreams, going to South America.  They grow old together and when Ellie dies before they could make the dream come true, Carl finds himself lonely in a big city, which has grown around him.

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Russell and Karl get marooned

But, like in life, we all have a bad day and Carl is about to have one.  Pestered by Russell (Nagai) a Wilderness Scout and due to an accident involving a bulldozer that strikes his mailbox, Carl finds being evicted and his life crumbling.  So he inflates thousands of balloons, attaches them to his house and floats away to South America for one last adventure.  Little does he know; Russell has inadvertently hitched a ride.

The fun of this film is the way it opens, taking you back to the early years of

Russell takes an unexpected ride in Carl's house

Russell takes an unexpected ride in Carl's house

Carl and Ellie, how they met and their subsequent life together.  It’s the scrapbook that ties the threads of this film together and there in lays the tenderness of hopes and dreams.  If the film gets a little sentimental, it is meant to be and that’s not a bad thing.

Pete Doctor does a superb job of directing the free wheeling plot.  But the champions here are the artists and the computer geniuses that bring the characters to life.  After a few minutes into the movie instead of animation I had the feeling that I was watching a live action film.

The film is rated PG for some peril, action and a scene where Carl Fredrickson looses his cool. The film plays well to the whole family parents should use guidance for the very young.

The DVD, whether on Blu-ray or standard has a lot of bonus features Including; Dug’s Special Mission – An all new original short film that follows the misadventures of Dug as he attempts to complete his “special mission.”  The Many Endings of Muntz – Many ideas were hatched about how to dispose of the film’s arch villain, Muntz, and now viewers can see the many alternate endings proposed during story development. Partly Cloudy –The hilarious short film that preceded screenings of Up. Adventure is Out There This action-packed documentary tells the story of the filmmakers’ own trek to the Tepuis mountains of South America to research the design and story of the film.

And, only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, hours of features, and behind-the scenes bonuses, including: several character studies like: Geriatric Hero – A character study of Carl, Canine Companions – For anyone who ever wondered where CG puppies come from, Russell: Wilderness Explorer – A character study of Russell, Balloons and Flight – Carl’s house and Muntz’s dirigible presented the filmmakers with two different problems—how could they make a physical impossibility possible? And, in the case of the dirigible, how would they unearth a fallen giant and let it soar? Global Guardian Badge Game – Players try to locate countries, states and capitals around the globe in a multi-layered BD-Exclusive geography game enhanced by BD-Live and a much much more.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  An excellent DVD for the whole family (5 of 5)

Up

June 1st, 2009 No comments

up_smallposter2Starring: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Elie Doctor, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, Jordan Nagai

Directed by: Pete Docter

Rated PG for some peril and action

By John Delia

An animated adventure comedy bursts on the screen from Disney-Pixar; it’s called Up and the touching high flyer is excellent for the whole family. The Disney-Pixar formula of making a film that is spirited and interesting with the ability to warm your heart has not changed here, only the storyline and the characters.

Up centers around balloon salesman Carl Fredrickson (Azner) who marries Ellie (Elie Doctor) his childhood sweetheart and they make plans to fulfill one of their dreams, going to South America. They grow old together and when Ellie dies before they could make the dream come true, Carl finds himself lonely in a big city, which has grown around him.

up photo 2But, like in life, we all have a bad day and Carl is about to have one. Pestered by Russell (Nagai) a Wilderness Scout and due to an accident involving a bulldozer that strikes his mailbox, Carl finds being evicted and his life crumbling. So he inflates thousands of balloons, attaches them to his house and floats away to South America for one last adventure. Little does he know; Russell has inadvertently hitched a ride.

The fun of this film is the way it opens, taking you back to the early years of Carl and Ellie, how they met and their subsequent life together. It’s the scrapbook that ties the threads of this film together and there in lays the tenderness of hopes and dreams. If the film gets a little sentimental, it is meant to be as I found it a wake up call to make one of my possible dreams come true.

Pete Doctor does a superb job of directing the free wheeling plot. But the champions here are the artists and the computer geniuses that bring the characters to life. After a few minutes into the movie my imagination took flight and instead of animation I had the feeling that I was watching a live action movie.

The film is rated PG for some peril, action and a scene where Carl Fredrickson looses his cool. The film was not reviewed in 3D, but it is available in that format.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An excellent film for the whole family (5 of 5 Palm Trees)

Disney Pixar Up-Movie Review and Trailer

May 28th, 2009 No comments