Pixar Short Films Collection - Vol. 1 DVD Cover Art
Pixar Short Films Collection - Vol. 1 BRAY Cover Art
SRP $34.95 1.85:1 PCM 5.1 BUENA VISTA

Some of those great PIXAR shorts seen before the theatrical presentations of "THE INCREDIBLES"  and other great films from the studio, are now available on dvd and blu-ray, from BUENA VISTA!  It's easy to miss those years when shorts were typically offered before a movie, and we've found it extra enjoyable for kids, to show a short on dvd/blu-ray before playing the "big" film, allowing time for the adults to get situated, popcorn ready,etc.  Plus, these are great (short)films on their own! One will find it hard to find a better, more inspiring, heart-filled, joyous film than "BOUNDIN'," presented herein. But, there are actually 12 other shorts featured along with it that are close to being as good. "LIFTED" may actually rival it, but child and adult fans will be most likely argue strongly for one or the other, as they're just that wonderful to watch and re-watch!

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct aspect ratio for these releases(with 16:9 enhancement for dvd), and while detail and colors are often striking on dvd, the blu-ray image is notably better with an image that constantly jumps off the screen with depth.  As good as the dvd looks(it's wonderful)this blu-ray offering demonstrates how wonderful the format is, even over a great looking dvd. The detail on blu-ray is of reference quality and should be shown in every showroom, to boast what this format can accomplish when done right!

BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix for blu-ray and Dolby Digital 5.1 for dvd.  Both mixes are great, although the dynamic range on blu-ray is, of course, more impressive. Surround and discrete effects are used with enormous creativity on most of these shorts, and because these filmmakers appear to pay even more attention to detail than directors of "feature length films," there's plenty to be blown away by. Music is also featured prominently, and the fuller sound and deeper bass of the blu-ray mix, will score points over the very competent standard dvd mix, as good as that one is. 

There are some commentaries offered on both discs, and the blu-ray has the added advantage of showcasing a "short history" of Pixar in High-definition.