Blu-Ray Review: Another Great Pixar Release in ‘The Incredibles’

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CHICAGO – Pixar continued their line of excellent Blu-ray releases a couple of weeks ago by adding “The Incredibles” to their line. As new Pixar flicks have come out or hit Blu-ray, the company has usually reached into the vault to offer one of their past hits as a companion. With only one Pixar film left to be released in HD (“Finding Nemo”), your collection is nearly complete. Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Everyone has their own personal ranking of the Pixar output to date. For me, “The Incredibles” is high enough on that list that it actually made my top 50 of the ’00s and ranks behind only “WALL-E” and “Finding Nemo” from that decade (and “Toy Story 3” from this one). It’s a spectacular film, a blend of family comedy and superhero action that plays to all generations. Brad Bird (“The Iron Giant,” “Ratatouille”) is simply one of our best living directors, live-action included.

Bird and several of the other major contributors to “The Incredibles” (behind-the-scenes; no cast included) appear in the exclusive new bonus feature — “The Incredibles Revisited.” The new featurette examines the film with a few years distance and it and the new HD video and audio are reason alone to buy “The Incredibles.” I’m undeniably biased, being a huge Disney/Pixar fan, and think that everyone should own the entire collection if possible. Disney Blu-rays are perfect — the model that all family movie studios should follow.

The Incredibles was released on Blu-Ray on April 12, 2011
The Incredibles was released on Blu-Ray on April 12, 2011
Photo credit: Disney Home Video

On top of offering one of the best films of the ’00s, the Blu-ray release of “The Incredibles” includes a DVD version of the film, a whole disc of bonus material with elements that play to all ages, and a digital copy. The special features are a bit scant when compared to other Pixar HD releases (and so the half-star off the rating) but that’s the only complaint. Those of you with children or even just a kid at heart in the family should definitely add this to the collection.

Special Features:
o The Incredibles Revisited: Filmmaker Roundtable
o Jack-Jack Attack Exploded
o Boundin’ Short Film
o Jack-Jack Attack Short Film
o Interactive The New Nomanison Island Redevelopment Plan - A Guided Tour of The Vacation Island Paradise
o Paths To Pixar: Story Artists
o Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday
o Digital Copy

“The Incredibles” features voice work by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jason Lee. It was written and directed by Brad Bird. It was released on Blu-ray on April 12th, 2011 and is rated PG. content director Brian Tallerico

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