SRP $39.99 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 BUENA VISTA

WALL-E (3-disc) (Blu-ray)

SRP $40.99 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 BUENA VISTA  

BUENA VISTA has released "WALL-E" in several forms, on dvd and blu-ray. Both formats offer a "3" disc version, which includes a digital copy, for use in home computer. But, both formats are comparably priced so that the option for either format is more of a preferential choice.

"WALL-E" is certainly a great film, leaving only the question as to whether it's the best PIXAR film thus far. Many will believe it is!

The plot revolves around Wall-e, a trash compactor, assigned to pick up and organize the massive amounts of waste, making up the majority of Planet Earth, after all signs of humanity have abandoned the planet, brilliantly explained in the film's opening sequence. Working in utter isolation, save for the cockroach he's befriended and made sort of a pet of, WALL-E yearns for some form of companionship. The way the filmmakers deal with the theme of loneliness, alone, is completely absorbing and masterfully done. The dark clouds encompassing the wasteland WALL-E works within, seem to have a silver lining, when "EVE," a robot suddenly comes to the planet. WALL-E is immediately drawn to her, in spite of her less than sentimental qualities, as she destroys various objects with a laser. However, not willing to give up on the companion of his dreams, WALL-E finds a connection with her, as brilliantly revealed in the first scene wherein they try to share each other's names with one another. It's a scene infinitely more stirring and romantic than the spaghetti sequence in "LADY AND THE TRAMP."   This scene alone provides pretty good evidence why "WALL-E" deserves to be in the top "100 American films" list!

There are many important ideas expressed throughout the film, and while it may at first seem too intelligent for the youngest viewers, "WALL-E" will captivate "all" through the masterful storytelling and animation that make it so incredible and endearing.

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for "WALL-E" on dvd(16:9 enhanced) and blu-ray, encoded for 1080p/AVC MPEG-4.  Because it's a digital source, the dvd sports a transfer that is flawless, throughout! Colors and depth are presented with a quality that can't be perfected upon with the format. Colors are rich and bold, or subdued, depending on the specific intent of a given scene. There are just no flaws anywhere with the dvd.

Of course, the blu-ray, with 1080p resolution, betters the dvd. While the earlier parts of the film, intentionally displaying a restrained color level, offers no noticeable difference between the two formats, but, as the film progresses along with WALL-E's journey, colors and the landscape become more vibrant, and even more-so on blu-ray, due to the higher bit rate and resolution capabilities. It looks great on dvd, but on blu-ray, WOW!!!  "WALL-E" should be in "EVERY BLU-RAY Owner's COLLECTION!" It's absolutely one of the best reference quality demonstration blu-rays available!

A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is offered for the dvd, and while it's not always aggressive, the finer nuances of WALL-E's environment are handled with terrific detail that pays off. Of course, as the movie and WALL-E's journey moves on, surrounds, discrete and bass effects kick in with dramatic impact. The score, by Thomas Newman, ranks up there with his best work, and is thoroughly complimented through all speakers.

The innovative storytelling is complimented by the innovative soundmix, and the DTS-HD Master Audio mix goes even further than the Dolby Digital mix to prove that a great mix doesn't have to feature non-stop dynamic bass and surround to be stellar. The more subtle effects are handled with more clarity on the DTS mix, not due to a flaw with Dolby Digital, but due to the increased abilities of lossless sound. "WALL-E" offers a mix that's deserving of an OSCAR for sound mixing, and as presented here, it's understandable why it should win.

Along with the "Digital copy" provided on the "3-disc" editions of the dvd/blu-ray release, these other supplements are offered:

Burn-E with Boards - picture-in-picture (BD Exclusive)
Cine-Explor with director Andrew Stanton (BD Exclusive)
Axoim Arcade: retro suite of videogames with a twist (BD Exclusive)
Geek Track (BD Exclusive)
Presto Animated Short
Deleted Scenes
Sneak Peek: Wall-E's Tour of the Universe
Animated Sound Design
Audio Commentary with Director Andrew Stanton
The Pixar Story by Leslie Iwerks
Additional Deleted Scenes
Wall-E's Treasures and Trinkets
BnL Shorts
Lots of Bots Storybook Making of Featurette

The documentary, "THE PIXAR STORY" is far more interesting than its bland title might suggest. "Presto," the short featured with "WALL-E" in theaters, is magnificent, and leaves viewers wishing it lasted longer. A new short, "BURN-E" is also sure to entertain fans, and, again, leave viewers wanting more!