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Big Hero 6: Collector's Edition (2014/Marvel Comics/Disney Blu-ray w/DVD)

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

Inspired by the Marvel Comics series of the same name, Big Hero 6 is Disney's latest venture into CG animation sans Pixar.

Like many comic book series the basic premise centers on good vs. evil; in this case a young robotics genius gathering a superhero team to battle a masked villain. The 14-year-old Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) is a virtuoso in robotics and uses his skills to take part in back-alley robot fights in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. Hiro's older brother Tadashi sees him squandering his gifted mind and introduces him at the robotics lab at his University. There, Hiro meets a host of characters including Tadashi's big, white, personal healthcare bot named Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). Immediately fascinated by the robotics lab, Hiro decides to apply to the University; presenting a project he calls micro-bots as his application to Professor Callaghan.

These micro-bots are an assembly of many small robots that swarm together to form anything and everything imaginable. Hiro is quickly accepted, but his joy is not long lived. A fire breaks out at the University and Tadashi rushes in to save Professor Calaghan; but the building explodes and both perish. Hiro distraught at the loss of his brother emotionally shuts down and secludes himself from the world. After inadvertently turning on Baymax one day, Hiro follows Baymax and a micro-bot to an abandoned warehouse; here he discovers that someone has stolen his micro-bot design and put them into mass production. Suddenly, Baymax and Hiro are attacked by a masked man controlling the micro-bots, but narrowly escape. Hiro decides that something must be done and makes upgrades (armor and weapons) to Baymax, while concurrently assembling a superhero (superHIRO!) team. The team is composed of Tadashi's robotic lab friends; Fred (voiced by TJ Miller), Go-Go (voiced by Jaime Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans), Honey Lemon (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez). Each individual has a personality and skill to add to the team, making the Big Hero 6 a cohesive and worthy entity.

The film is amazingly fun, creative, and all around entertaining! This is the first time Disney has used a Marvel property (now a Disney property) as a feature length animated film. And why not?! Comic books are the modern day fairy tales or telling of the Greek gods; mythos and archetypes that made Disney what it is today. Big Hero 6 is a standout film with a solid storyline, memorable characters, fantastic action, beautiful animation, and a standout imaginative tale. Every moment of Big Hero 6 is amazing and is sure to please audiences young or old.

The picture and sound presentations on this Blu-ray release are just as amazing as the film itself. The picture is an immaculate 2.29 X 1, 1080p high definition presentation; brilliantly boasting bright colors, crystal clear image, solid/inky black levels, great texture, and detail beyond compare. The image is truly demo quality (something Disney is known for) with a balanced, life-like, fine texture. The sound is just as good in its lossless 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) surrounds that light up the room as the entire speaker range is used from beginning to end. The musical score, the high impact action, clean/clear dialogue all shine through in this presentation making the viewing experience an entertaining pleasure.

The included DVD is a not worthy adversary to the Blu-ray as it is a noticeable downgrade.

The extras are minimal, but include some:

  • Theatrical Short entitled Feast

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Big Animator 6: The Characters behind the Characters

    • A short featurette that discusses the making of the film with the crew

  • Film Trailer

  • Digital Copy of Film

With the film being a multi-award winner I bet a new edition will hit the shelves soon with more supplements; but with it being such a wonderful film and looking PERFECT on Blu-ray, who would wait?!

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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