Disney and Pixar have announced the release of their latest animated feature, Brave, available on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 13, 2012.
The film is a legendary first for Pixar – its first featuring a female protagonist – and premiered in U.S. theaters this past June to the usual warm reception (is there ever a Pixar movie that people don’t like?). The story of Merida, a girl destined for tradition but determined to break it, is set in the Scottish Highlands. It includes the voice talents of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson.
The home media release in November will come in so many formats it may make your head explode (we are truly in an era of ever-changing technology, that’s for sure). Watch for it on DVD, a Blu-Ray Combo pack, or splurge on the 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition, in which you’ll find a Blu-Ray 3D, 2 traditional Blu-Rays, 1 DVD copy, and a digital version to watch on your computer, IPad or other gadgetry of your choosing.
Disney includes some of the best extra-features with their releases, and this one appears to be no exception. Fans who saw the film in theaters will recognize the short film “La Luna”, directed by Enrico Casarosa, that originally premiered before the feature. As an added bonus, you can expect to find an additional short (“never-before-seen,” they say) entitled “The Legend of Mor’du” in the package, as well.
A director’s commentary by Mark Andrews, numerous behind-the-scenes featurettes, extended and deleted scenes; you-name-it, you’ve got it. Four hours of bonus material and the number one animated film of the year? Sounds like a safe bet to me.