Posted: 04/09/2011

 

The Incredibles on Blu-ray

(2004)

by Jef Burnham



Coming to Blu-ray on April 12, 2011 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.


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The Incredibles 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (which includes 2 Blu-ray discs, 1 DVD, and 1 Digital Copy) is an impressive set to say the least. Although the film may not be among Disney/Pixar’s best collaborations in this critic’s estimation, the wealth of content in this set makes it an essential purchase for fans of either of these two studios.

The Incredibles is about a family of superheroes living in a world that despises them for their powers. Thus they are forced to live in secret until drawn out by the super villain, Syndrome, who plots to unleash a robot of mass destruction on Metroville. While the story may, at times, come across as a disgustingly tame reworking of Alan Moore’s The Watchmen, the film is saved by Pixar’s typically beautiful animation and clever scripting. Writer/director Brad Bird along with his animators devised some really clever applications for the characters’ various powers, and it’s nice to not see Syndrome’s lackeys placatingly parachuting to safety after their aircraft explode as in the cartoons of my youth.

The bonus features in this set are as follows:

Blu-ray disc 1 includes:

-The short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” and “Jack-Jack Attack Exploded.” The latter is a visual commentary track that includes some interesting storyboards for inappropriate ideas the animators devised for the short.

-Pixar’s Academy Award-nominated short, “Boundin’.”

-And “The Incredibles Revisited,” a roundtable discussion with Writer/Director Brad Bird, Producer John Walker, Story Supervisor Mark Andrews, Supervising Technical Director Rick Sayre, Production Designer Lou Romano, Character Designer Teddy Newton, and Supervising Animator Tony Fucile.

Blu-ray Disc 2 includes:

-All the classic DVD bonus features.

-“Paths To Pixar: Story Artists,” showcasing Pixar story artists giving viewers an insight into their work, their inspiration, and the paths that led them to Pixar.

-“Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday,” a storyboard-style account of Pixar’s communal birthday parties.

-“Ending With A Bang: Making The End Credits”

-“’The New Nomanisan’ Island Redevelopment Plan,” An interactive tour of Nomanisan Island, post-Syndrome, in which Nomanisan has become a vacation resort.

-Deleted scenes in HD

-Teaser in HD

-Easter Eggs

-and Publicity Materials

Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com.



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