Up (2009) - 4-Disc Combo Pack [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation / Family
Disney || PG - 96 minutes - $45.99 || November 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-11-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Pete Docter
Writer(s): Pete Docter & Bob Peterson & Thomas McCarthy (story), Pete Docter & Bob Peterson (screenplay)
Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Delroy Lindo


Theatrical Release Date: May 29, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Cinexplore
  • 12 Featurettes
  • Alternate Scenes
  • Trailers
  • Digital Copy
  • DVD Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to him, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer who has never ventured beyond his backyard has tagged along for the journey.

Pixar is what Disney Animation used to be 50+ years ago. After last year’s fantastic WALL-E (probably my favorite film of 2008 and certainly one of the nicest Blu-ray's) I wasn't really looking forward to a Pixar film that focused on humans over animals, toys, insects etc. So I skipped the film in Theaters and awaited its eventual Blu-ray release. Right from the start of the film (a nice homage to the 30's) I was hooked.

After a brief introduction to a young Carl and Ellie we are sent on a silent tour of the rest of their life together. We see them buy a home, get married, go to work, go through a miscarriage (!), save for their dream vacation and slowly grow old together until Ellie passes away. I dare anyway to watch this several minute scene without getting misty-eyed - it's not possible.

We next find Carl in the home he's shared with his wife for many, many years. But things have changed around the neighborhood as their once quite street is now turning into a giant business center and his home is smack dab in the middle of the development. After refusing the sell his home, Carl hits a worker with his cane and is sentenced to live in a retirement home (which seems a little unbelievable). But Carl won't give up and ties thousands of balloons to his home and sets sale for South America - a place Ellie and him had dreamed about going their entire life.

Aside from the obviously far-fetched plot, the film delivers on nearly every level. Carl, an old cranky man, is funny while Russell, a young boy who tagged along by accident is the one who serves as the comedic relief. Once the duo set down in South America they run into a talking dog (because what Disney movie does not have a talking animal of some sort) along with a thought-to-be-extinct bird named Kevin (who is actually a she).

Really got to give it up to Pixar - they had a perfect film with WALL-E last year and while Up is not as good, but it's pretty damn close. The characters are simply not as memorable and I really didn't care for the villain in the film. The fact that Pixar went for a more serious film (miscarriages, Russell's dad ignoring him) made this a much more emotional film that I don't think the younger audience could understand (or want to). I applaud their efforts for making it 'real', but it may have simply been a bit too much.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features are presented in HD.

Disc 1:
Commentary with Peter Docter and Bob Peterson

Cinexplore (PiP) - Commentary with Peter Docter and Bob Peterson (same as above) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Adventure is Out There (22 Minutes) - A good portion of the film takes place "in the wild" so the animation team took some time to go out and visit Venezuela to study up on how it should look in the film.

The rest of the disc (since the film takes up so much room) has mostly small features that include the original short; Party Cloudy (6 Minutes), a fun little short for kids called Dug's Special Mission (5 Minutes), and an Alternate Scene (5 Minutes).

Disc 2:
Global Guardian Badge Java Game (Profile 1.1) - I really don't think anyone plays these java games using their remote. Honestly. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Character Profiles:
Geriatric Hero (6 Minutes) - The inner workings on how Carl became who he is in the film.

Canine Companions (8 Minutes) - Personally, this is the most interesting feature on the disc as it shows how they really tried to mimic the reactions and movements of real dogs and portray them as such.

Russell: Wilderness Explorer (9 Minutes) - Like Carl above, a short discussion on how the developed the young character and makes him a counter-part to Carl.

Our Flightless Friend, Kevin (5 Minutes) - The oddly-shaped bird gets discussed on how he came to be (and the many changes made to him).

Balloons and Flight (7 Minutes) - Since the Balloons are essentially a character in their own right, they get a shout-out here on how they were designed as well as early animation footage.

Rounding out the final Blu-ray disc is a "you totally cried didn't you" Alternate Scene for Married Life (9 Minutes), Homemakers of Pixar (5 Minutes), Composing for Characters (7 Minutes), Up Montage (5 Minutes), and 2 Theatrical Trailers.

Disc 3 is the first disc from the DVD set (with some Special Features) and Disc 4 is a Digital Copy (iTunes/WMV).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Up is presented in 1.78:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Like WALL-E before it, Disney has created one of the best looking Blu-ray's ever! From the balloons vibrant colors (and awesome lighting effects), to the small amount of dust on the characters faces this is a thing of beauty. Far more colorful than WALL-E I'd give it a 5.5 if I could.

Disney has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Echoing the statement above, this is another perfect presentation by Disney. Dialog is well centered, rears are used throughout the film and everything sounds just as you would imagine.



.::OVERALL::.

Yet another fantastic film adults and kids could enjoy together. With perfect audio and video, tons of features and another win in Pixar's corner I urge everyone to buy this film.