Blu-ray review: Wall-E
It’s easy to become overly gushy about a package like this, not only on account of the film itself but also because of the excellent audio-visual presentation and downright generous offering of extras, but I’m going to take a leap and suggest that Wall-E on Blu-ray is one of the best - or possibly even the best - releases of 2008. A poster child for high definition and a remarkable film in its own right, this release deserves a place on everyone’s shelf.
I’ve reviewed Disney’s recent Region B UK Blu-ray release of Wall-E, a remarkable film in a remarkable package..
Posted: Friday, December 05, 2008 at 3:07 PM
| Comments: 7
wow, I have to say, one of the most in-depth, well-presented, and informed reviews of a movie DVD/Blu-ray release that I have read to date.
I'm very impressed by dvdtimes' new look too. Although, comments no longer seem to be enabled on DVD/Blu-ray reviews?
Posted by: Dom, December 5, 2008 4:08 PM
Thanks, Dom - glad you enjoyed the review. It certainly took some time to write, but I figured that, with discs as feature-laden as this one, you have only two options: take the easy way out and write a very brief summary (as I must admit I’ve done on a couple of occasions), or go the whole hog and explore every extra in detail.
As for comments, they seem to be working for me. I’ve tried logging out and they still show up. You definitely need to be logged in to post them, however, which has been the case for a good couple of years (at least) now.
Posted by: Michael Mackenzie
, December 5, 2008 4:14 PM
Didn't go when it was playing in cinemas so looking forward to seeing the movie on Blu-ray for the first time. Do you happen to know if any of the voices were changed for the UK release like for Cars and Ratatouille, or is the Region B edition "safe" to buy?
Posted by: Pyoko, December 5, 2008 7:16 PM
Excellent review. I have only one issue with it where it states:
"Let's not forget that, prior to Brad Bird's appropriately-named The Incredibles in 2004, every single one of their films had adhered to the "buddy movie" framework that went back to Toy Story in 1995. They're arguably the best in their field, but aren't exactly known for taking risks.
Wall-E changes that."
I would argue that WALL-E preserves the 'buddy movie' framework that Pixar continually embraces. This is, afterall, Wall-E and E.V.E.'s story.
Anyway, just nitpicking. Carry on!
Posted by: Martin Quartermass, December 5, 2008 7:58 PM
I watched both the US and UK discs from beginning to end. No changed voices this time round, thankfully. In all honesty, though, there really wouldn’t be much to change.
I think you’re right about Wall-E adhering to the buddy movie framework, but I think it’s its lack of conventionality in other areas - the lack of dialogue, the sombre tone, etc. - that separates it from the rest of the Pixar flock.
Posted by: Michael Mackenzie
, December 5, 2008 8:50 PM
I'm not that taken with the movie and preferred Kung Fu Panda.
Now i know you say there is mild ringing in the transfer of Kung Fu Panda and you supplied pics but i still think it's better by far than Wall*E and i would still give Kung Fu Panda very high marks for image quality.
Posted by: FoxyMulder, December 5, 2008 10:33 PM
Arguably TOY STORY 2 takes a few risks with its existentialism, although it probably is also "safe" as that is wrapped up in an entertainment/rescue plot.
Ahh... TS2, SOUTH PARK: BLU, the worldwide release of MONONOKE HIME, and Bird's masterpiece THE IRON GIANT. '99 was a great year for animation.
Posted by: Giger
, December 5, 2008 10:44 PM
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