Disney/PIXAR Blu-ray 3D sets: Finding Nemo (2003) + Up
(2009/both with Blu-ray 2D and DVD)
Picture: B+ Picture: B+ & C+/B+ &
B- Sound: B+ & C+/A- & B Extras: B Films: B
has issued two of PIXAR’s best theatrical features to date in the Blu-ray 3D
format and they turn out to be two of the best computer animated releases in
the format to date, plus 2D Blu-rays and DVD versions have also been included.
have Andrew Stanton’s huge hit Finding
Nemo (2003) which is a hit a second time in 2012 as a 3D reissue. Because we wanted DTS sound over old Dolby
Digital, it was one of three import Region 3 DTS DVD titles we reviewed on the
site years ago. Now, we have a new
edition that is superior to all previous editions with the best picture and
sound possible, plus a slew of extras that will make fans, home theater owners
and Blu-ray collectors especially happy.
Nemo is a
young clownfish who lives happily in the ocean on The Great Barrier Reef with
his father when he is grabbed by divers and taken away, but his father intends
to get him back any way he can and the adventure begins. Colorful, entertaining, clever and fun, Nemo was a shockingly groundbreaking CG
release when it first arrived 9 years ago and despite all the strides PIXAR,
Disney and its competitors have made in the CG animation field, it retains a
certain heart, soul and beauty that has allowed the film to hold up
extraordinarily well pushing the technology they had and making its as artistic
an endeavor as if it has been hand-drawn, resulting in one of the few older CG
features that holds up today.
“dated-looking” is minor as compared to the look, feel and flow of the whole
feature and from start to finish, you become part of its special, one-of-a-kind
world and never want to leave. Though
intended for children (which it does a great job of being for), there is
something here for everyone and it if worth visiting and revisiting, so having
a nice new set on the film is great. As
compared to DreamWorks Animations likable, somewhat underrated A Shark’s Tale, it holds up the better
of the two and remains a solid CG animated classic.
Digital Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes oriented devices, the DVD (plus
Blu-ray in HD) adds the Knick Knack theatrical short and Finding Nemo: A Filmmaker’s Discussion
featurette, the 2D Blu-ray adds Aquariums
(also on the 3D disc in 3D), Art Review, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Alternate
Opening, CineExplore interactivity, Reinventing The Submarine Voyage, Studi
Tour, Publicity Section, Mr. Ray’s Encyclopedia and A Lesson In Flashbacks.
have the triumph of Pete Docter’s Up
(2009), which we reviewed the Blu-ray/DVD set of a few years ago upon its
original home video release at this link:
Blu-ray 3D version is that same set with the same extras again include the DVD
version, Digital Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes capable devices DVD-ROM
disc, BD Live interactive functions on the Blu-ray, two great shorts (Dug’s
Special Mission and Partly Cloudy) in HD,
Cine-Explore/Adventure Is Out There offers a great making-of piece about how the
makers traveled to Venezuela to see the lands they were going to recreate,
Video/Audio Calibration section and Many Endings Of Muntz Alternate
Scenes on Blu-ray One, Global Guardian Badge Game, eight well-done
making-of documentary featurettes, Up
Promo Montage, Worldwide Trailers and Married Life, offering expanded
character back stories on Blu-ray Two.
Blu-ray 3D adds nothing new, but in terms of extra, but this remains one of the
great computer animated features to date and one of the last of PIXAR’s
honeymoon period before Cars 2 had
the company “jump the shark” a bit, but this tale of an older man facing
obsolescence and coming up with one of the greatest solution in animation
history is as powerful, fun, amazing and well made as any CG feature since its
release. A real classic, it right won
the Best Animated Feature Academy Award.
X 1, 1080p full HD MVC-encoded 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition
images on both Blu-ray 3D releases are terrific, with Nemo making the trip more encompasing and Up making the journey more interactive. I like the 1080p Blu-ray 2D digital High
Definition image transfers on both as well, showing great depth without glasses
or the 3D in the superior way both films were produced, so you cannot go wrong
with either Blu-ray edition and both have plenty of demo material. The anamorphically enhanced DVD versions of
both are passable, but just cannot compete with either of the Blu-ray editions.
TrueHD 7.1 lossless mix on Nemo and
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Up (which I actually like just a little better than the former) are
sonically superior presentations on the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray 2D editions that
will challenge any home theater system sonically and have some great moments
that even audiophiles who have lower expectations for films than they do for
music will be stunned by. Both very
state-of-the-art, it is obvious in the case of Nemo that Disney went back to the original soundmaster and made
sure they made all previous editions sonically obsolete. They succeeded!
Dolby Digital 5.1 on both DVD versions are fine for what they are, but sound
dated and old versus the lossless Blu-ray presentations.
- Nicholas Sheffo