Disney/Pixar’s Up – Blu-ray/DVD Review

Up

Up is an amazing movie of a variety of thematic levels. It definitely is a rare species of animated film that explores adult-oriented issues of loss, death, and grief. But aside from these heavy thematic elements there’s a lot of cartoonish fun and adventure to be had throughout the film, and there’s a lot of laughs as well.

Ed Asner stars as the cranky Carl Fredricksen, a man who decides to go on one last adventure to fulfill his late wife’s dream of going to the mysterious Paradise Falls. As he makes his escape from civilization, he discovers he’s not alone; a determined Wilderness Explorer, Russell accidentally lifts off with him.

Now, the two are on a quest to get to Paradise Falls, but soon they both discover that their initial quest will be more of an adventure than they bargained for.

I have nothing but high praise and applause for this film. It’s a tall order these days to find an animated movie that isn’t loaded with pop culture references, sexual innuendos, and bad puns. Up has heart, and it also delivers a great story and characters that children and adults will enjoy. Up is another excellent film from the gang over at Pixar.

Now, if they’d only make The Incredibles 2!

This particular edition contains four (yes, four) discs. There are two Blu-ray discs, a DVD, and a Digital Copy of the film. So, aside from three formats of the movie, what do you get in terms of special features?

The two Blu-ray Discs include:

Blu-ray #1 –

Partly Cloudy: Theatrical Short

Dug’s Special Mission: All New Original Short

Cine-Explore

The Making of Up with filmmakers Pete Docter and Bob Peterson.

Alternate Scene: The Many Endings of Muntz

What other ways could the film’s dastardly villain meet his demise? This featurette explores the options explored.

Blu-Ray #2 –

Global Guardian Badge Game

It’s fun and educational!

Married Life

An expanded look at Carl and Ellie’s life as a married couple.

8 All-New Documentaries on the making of Up

The DVD’s special features include:

Partly Cloudy: Theatrical Short

Dug’s Special Mission: All New Original Short

Adventure is Out There

A featurette that explores how the filmmakers chose the remote location where Paradise Falls resides.

Alternate Scene: The Many Endings of Muntz

Director Commentary

And Disc 4 contains the Digital Copy of the film so you can download it to your computer of portable electronic device.

Up has my vote for Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards. It’s fun, heartwarming, and definitely entertaining and creative! Three cheers for Up!

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