Pixar’s 2008 sci-fi love-story animated film classic, “WALL-E,” has been chosen to get a special 4K Blu-ray release from the Criterion Collection.
The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film.
“WALL-E” will be the first of Disney’s Pixar catalog released under a new collaboration with Criterion.
Director Andrew Stanton (also the director of “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” and a writer on all four “Toy Story” movies) has approved the 4K UHD special features, which include:
- 4K digital master with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
- One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
- Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtracks
- Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton, and the other featuring character supervisor Bill Wise, co-producer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus MacLane
- New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
- Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
- Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
- “The Pixar Story” (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
- More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
- Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton
- “WALL-E”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and co-screenwriter Jim Reardon
- Deleted scenes featuring commentary by Stanton
- “A Story” (1987), a student film by Stanton
- “BURN-E” (2008), a short film by MacLane
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- English descriptive audio
- PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and artwork from the WALL•E team
The Criterion release will also feature a new release cover by Jason Raish:
The “WALL-E” Criterion release will be available November 22, 2022, and is currently available to pre-order from Criterion’s site for $39.96.
In this animated science-fiction love story, it’s the twenty-ninth century, and humans have long since fled Earth for outer space. WALL-E, the last functioning trash-compacting robot, has been left to go about the work of cleaning up a pollution-choked planet, one piece of garbage at a time.
When he meets EVE, a fellow automaton sent to detect plant life, the pair are launched on an intergalactic quest to return humanity to Earth.
“WALL-E” has won many accolades, including the Oscar for best animated feature in 2009. In 2021, it was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
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