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Review: The Good Dinosaur Blu-ray DVD from Pixar

On a planet where dinosaurs evolved un-threatened by that nasty life-ending asteroid, two unlikely pals find their way to a new life through wild country and against unexpected adversaries. Can Arlo and Spot survive to make their way home? That’s the story of Pixar’s latest… Read More »Review: The Good Dinosaur Blu-ray DVD from Pixar

DVD Review: Maleficent Brings Fire to Fairytale retold

With the hit movie Maleficent, Disney took on a big challenge, not only would the attempt to retell the story of Sleeping Beauty, one of Walt Disney’s animated classics, but they’d be doing it in live-action. However, as soon as everyone heard that Angelina Jolie… Read More »DVD Review: Maleficent Brings Fire to Fairytale retold

The Jungle Book – Remastered for Blu-Ray in Royal Fashion

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Disney’s classic animated feature “The Jungle Book” was one of the last to have some input from Walt Disney himself. He died in the middle of its production.

Even without Disney’s death the film had a troubled production. The original director Bill Peet quit over the direction Walt wanted to take the film. The end result produced a movie that was almost nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award (years before Beauty & The Beast took that honor) and holds a special place in the hearts of Disney fans everywhere.

The studio painstakingly polished up the film for this blu-ray release. It remastered it into ABC 1.75:1 with a 1080p encode. The artist’s scratchy line drawings really come through in the new transfer. The painted backgrounds shine throughout and are really art works of their own. Even the sound got an upgrade to include some surround sound. All-in-all it’s the best this movie has looked in over 45 years.

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The new release keeps many of the original DVD extras. There’s a 5-part Making of series, four featurettes, a discussion of a deleted storyline that would have included a new character (Rocky the Rhino), delete songs, and some sing-along lyrics with a music video.Read More »The Jungle Book – Remastered for Blu-Ray in Royal Fashion

Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files – Animal Agents DVD Review

If you are a fan of Phineas and Ferb specifically a Perry the Platypus fan get ready to be excited because Agent P has a whole new slew of adventures for you. As Phineas an Ferb have gained popularity I think Perry the Platypus completely stole the show. Hot off the heels of the popular Where’s My Perry? App, this DVD comes at a great time as we all want to know more about that sneaky pet that always seems to disappear.

Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files – Animal Agents DVD features 12 adventures and chronicles the missions of Perry the Platypus and his Animal Agents.

Official Synopsis: How well does anyone really know their pet… or ANY animal? Behind a cute and/or cuddly exterior there may lurk a cunning crime-fighter with a brown fedora, a top-secret identity and a license to thrill! Meet the heroic Animal Agents of the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without A Cool Acronym) when “Phineas and Ferb: Animal Agents” comes to DVD on February 26, 2013.Read More »Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files – Animal Agents DVD Review

Brave Blu-Ray DVD Review

Brave DVDWhen Brave arrived on our doorstep late one evening, we immediately unwrapped it and popped it in the DVD player. We enjoyed the movie so much in theaters, the wait to get re-acquainted with old friends from the movie was unbearable (yea, I went there).

Brave, Pixar’s first ‘Princess’ film, tells the story of Merida and her family as neighboring clans arrive to compete for her hand in marriage. Along the way Merida and her mother have to come to terms with their roles and responsibilities. On the surface, its’ a story you would more likely expect to come from Disney, but with all Pixar films, there is more to the film than just a princess and a castle. The familiar theme of needing to look below the surface to see what’s real intertwines nicely with the family conflict aspect of Brave.

I was impressed with the quality of research, production, and depth of world building that went into the movie. These are worlds I would love to visit (although I’d miss my modern comforts). What I love about the DVD is the opportunity to really dive into those elements via the extras.

So I was happy to find Brave’s DVD/Blu-Ray combo packed with special features that take you through much of Pixar’s production process. You’ll also enjoy the new short, The Legend of Mordu, which combines 2D and CG animated scenes.

Pixar’s Brave is definitely worth adding to your family’s collection and at up to 46% off the retail price at Amazon, it’s a steal today.

Details of the DVD are available below the jump:

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The Rocketeer – Blu-ray DVD Review

I am loathe to recommend any home video, dvd, or blu-ray release without at least a few decent special features. The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Rocketeer just barely qualifies as it has only one special feature, a not very good copy of the original… Read More »The Rocketeer – Blu-ray DVD Review