Finding those complete films that deliver on all accounts is rare these days. When I first watched Up, I laughed, cried and was taken on a rollercoaster ride with the oddly paired old man and his accidental sidekick. As I reviewed the all new Blu Ray release, I was amazed as I relived all these emotions for a second time around. Now that’s a powerful film in my book!
In DisneyPixar’s Up, Carl Fredricksen deals with his loneliness and a promise to the love of his life by flying his house to the Venezuelan wilderness with the unwelcome assistance of a good-intentioned Boy Scout, Russell.
The team behind this movie provided such incredible depth of character; you see right past their cartoony shells and dive into the soul of a real person. Combine this with a highly entertaining adventure and what you have left is a timeless classic.
Edward Asner and first time actor Jordan Nagai are perfect together. Director Pete Docter did a fantastic job in getting a very natural performance out of the young Nagai – Not an easy thing to do when working with brand new actor.
Not only will kids love this movie, but as an adult, you’ll be glued to the screen beside the little ones as you watch Carl and Russell’s quest unfold (Just be sure to have a box of tissue handy).
As far as the Blu Ray release is concerned, this is one of the best. DisneyPixar has included both 3D and 2D Blu Ray discs, a DVD copy and a Digital Copy to future proof you as your home theatre evolves. The video in both the 3D and 2D copies is magnificent. While the 3D copy adds the expected immersion, it is shocking how much depth of image is in the 2D Blu Ray. On top of that, Michael Giacchino’s Academy Award winning original score sounds beautiful alongside the amazing audio design.
There isn’t a single special feature not worth watching in this home release. Included in the vast array of high definition features you’ll find:
• Cine-Explore Commentary
• Adventure Is Out There
• Partly Cloudy
• Dug’s Special Mission
• The Many Endings of Muntz
• Documentaries – A series of behind the scenes featurettes.
• Married Life
• Global Guardian Badge Game
• Up Promo Montage
• Worldwide Trailers
Not only do they include behind the scenes of the making of the film, they also provide a fun educational game for kids (just as much fun for adults).
Movie Grade A+
Blu Ray Grade A+
Runtime: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1