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Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014/Disney Blu-ray w/DVD)

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

Planes: Fire and Rescue is a follow-up to the successful 2013 film Planes, which was a follow-up/spinoff of the even more successful Disney/Pixar Cars films. The film was created by Disney's Toon Studios and was met with moderate success in theaters. The feature film is a clear cash in on the popularity the automotive films amongst small children; as it (like the first film) lacks the depth, detail, and heart of many of the other Disney/Pixar ventures.

Whereas this reviewer had a tough time piecing together the point of the first film, this second flight into Planes is even more disjointed. The story is simple and contrived, as Dane Cook's character can no longer race (at least at top speed) and in an effort to keep active (?) and have meaning (?) in his life he joins the Plane Fire Squad. Of course there has to be the old timey doubter in the group, this time voiced by Ed Harris, who must see our 'hero' struggle before proving that he has the right stuff.'

In the end, that is about the whole story. The film reunites all of the voice talent from the first film while adding in new comers like (previously mentioned) Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, and Hal Holbrook.

Planes: Fire and Rescue is clearly directed at a younger audience without much substance, losing that wide appeal; something that causes this film to be economy, rather than first class.

The technical features are weak for a feature film; whereas it would have been stellar for a 'straight to home video' release, as a feature film it displays quite garbled. The picture is presented in a 1080p 1.78 X 1 high definition widescreen image that is bright and colorful, but lacks the intensity and detail that Disney/Pixar films normally display; leaving Planes: Fire and Rescue appearing flat. The background scenery (like the first film) does remain one of the more standout elements. The sound is simplistic in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that should have impressed, but instead lacked intensity as it failed to utilize panning effects and directionality; a well as remaining weak and subdued in the more action packed sequences. Dialogue does come through clean and clear.

Extras are few, short, and not very worthwhile, but may entertain some younger viewers. Extras Include:

  • Animated Shorts

  • Music Video

  • Trailers

  • Air Attack

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Chops TV Promo

  • Welcome to Piston Peak

  • Vitaminamulch

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