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The Incredibles (Disney/Pixar 2 Disc Blu-ray w/DVD + Digital Copy)

 

Picture: A/B     Sound: A/B     Extras: B     Film: A-

 

 

Never has a Disney/Film been so appropriately titled.  The Incredibles is one of the most (if not THE most) creative, inspiring and engaging films the Disney/Pixar team has ever created.  Think what you want about CGI and animation, but The Incredibles proves that just because it isn’t live action, doesn’t mean it is not a force to be reckoned with.  Walt Disney proved that animation wasn’t just for kids over 80 years ago and the Disney/Pixar team continues that tradition film after film.

 

The story of The Incredibles is a stunningly imaginative one that involves a world filled with superheroes.  The world of The Incredibles is one that had superheroes saving humanity on a regular basis for years, but after a few missteps and political pressure the spandex adorned heroes were forced into hiding.  Hiding is not what one might imagine, as the supers are not forced into caves, but rather are unnaturally obligated to be part of normal society; taking up desk jobs and an all too routine life.

 

Director Brad Bird brilliantly constructs a metaphor for “boring” and “routine” middle age with The Incredibles; and instead of dragging the audience into a downward spiral of emotion he uses the supers to portray a tale with substance and heart.  The film is thoroughly engrossing with Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) playing the former Mr. Incredible who has begrudgingly settled into the monotonous life of suburbia, along with his wife Ellen (Holly Hunter) the former Elasti-Girl and their three children who have superpowers of their own.  Bob does the normal day to day activities, but nothing ever feels quite right; he feels restrained and dragged down by the normalcy of life.  It all becomes too much for Bob and he finds himself searching for ways to be Mr. Incredible again.  Mr. Incredible is called upon by a secret benefactor to help destroy some monstrous robots, but as the saying goes if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  As it turns out the robots aren’t some demonic beings acting of their own accord, but rather they are controlled by the psychotic [not so super] Syndrome (Jason Lee).  Syndrome has been killing off supers one by one as he perfected his Robotic Killing Machine.  Mr. Incredible soon realizes he is way over his head and it will take the help of family and friends to make things right again.

 

The Incredibles is amazingly well done and it is easy to forget that these fictional characters are animated on top of the fact they are superheroes.  The film will hit home for many as it shows that life doesn’t have to be so normal and routine; and that it life is only what we make of it.  This is all on top of the fact that friends and family make life all the richer; as they stick with us through the good, the bad and the unimaginable.

 

This Blu-ray is extremely well done in picture, sound, and extras.  Not only has the Disney/Pixar team-up proven to have been epic on a creative level, but the process of bringing these films to Blu-ray home video is just as groundbreaking.  Whereas other companies struggle to put out quality product (animated or otherwise) Disney/Pixar proves time and time again to be the best of the best.  If you want demo quality material, Disney/ Pixar is it and The Incredibles is just one more title on that growing list.

 

The picture is presented in an AVC Encoded 2.35 X 1. 1080p High Definition that doesn’t fail to impress with its bright and vibrant colors, bold blacks, and jaw dropping crispness.  The picture flies off the screen with ease and the whole film seems to flow.  There are no compression issues, no edge enhancement, no digital noise, and actively searching for issues I found none.  As previously mentioned, if you want demo quality material this is it.  The sound is just as impressive as the picture with its DTS-HD MA 5.1 ES Master Audio lossless mix surrounding the viewer at every twist and turn.  The soundscape is HUGE and alive from beginning to end as its crisp dialogue delivers and is more than perfectly prioritized as the musical scores jump in.  The panning effects are as if the viewer is there and the bass is well rounded with no annoying buzz and delivers a robust, deep sound.  A truly super presentation.

 

The DVD version of the film is included in this set and whereas somewhat improved over the previous DVD release, I could not see too big of a difference.  The picture and sound do not in anyway compare to the pristine quality of the Blu-ray as the image is somewhat muggier and not as bright and crisp.  The DVDs sound is less immersive and does not pop and surround like the Blu-ray.

 

The extras continue the inspiring trend with the following:

 

  • 2 Audio Commentaries
  • Jack Jack Exploded
  • Boundin’ Short Film
  • Jack Jack Short Film
  • Classic Content (Collection of all Extras from the original DVD Release)
  • “The New Nomanisan” Island Redevelopment Plan – A Guided Tour of the Vacation Island Paradise
  • Paths to Pixar: Story Artists
  • Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday
  • Ending with a Bang: Making the End Credits
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Character Interviews
  • TV Spots
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Digital Copy

 

 

A great film on any format, but Blu-ray truly does this already superpowered film true justice.

 

 

-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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