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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Released TODAY from Disney Pixar: UP!

UP! is a wonderful, sweet story about a widower who wants to keep everything the way it was when his wife was still alive. But when he gets upset at someone knocking something out of place and going to be sent to a retirement home, Carl decides to take the adventure he promised his wife they would take together.

Along the way, there is a lot of excitement and adventure. There’s also someone who threatens to end Carl’s journey prematurely. Carl must learn to count on friends who come along side of him and soften his heart if he’s ever going to get to his destination.

I’ve watched this movie over and over again with my son since it’s arrived here in our home for review. He enjoys the humor of the story line and the characters while I enjoy the sweet story that is told and the lesson Carl learns. This is a great movie for any family to enjoy together.

This movie is available on DVD and BLU-RAY in stores TODAY!!

Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson.
• Dug’s Special Mission – An all new original short film that follows the
misadventures of Dug as he attempts to complete his “special mission.” The
short is directed by Up Story Supervisor, Ronnie Del Carmen.
The Many Endings of Muntz – Many ideas were hatched about how to dispose of the film’s arch villain, Muntz, and now viewers can see the many alternate endings proposed during story development.
• Partly Cloudy –The hilarious short film that preceded screenings of Up.
Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the
babies? The answer lies up in the stratosphere where the cloud Gus is a master
at creating “dangerous” babies, which prove to be more than a handful for his
loval delivery stork Peck. Directed by Pixar story artist, animator and voice actor Peter Sohn.
Adventure is Out There – This action-packed documentary tells the story of the filmmakers’ own trek to the tepuis mountains of South America to research the design and story of the film.  

And, only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, hours of features, and behind-the scenes bonus features, including:   
Cine-Explore – A visual montage of concept art, clips and documentary
coverage that illustrates the directors’ commentary.
Geriatric Hero – A character study of Carl, from research to realization including art and design, rigging, animation and story. It focuses on the issues of aging, “simplexity”, shape-language and compelling character arcs.
Canine Companions – For anyone who ever wondered where CG puppies
come from, an introduction to the design, behavior and language of dogs.  
Russell: Wilderness Explorer – A character study of Russell from inspiration and design to finding the character arc and authentic voice for this wilderness ranger.  
Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin – Find out how avian research and
development at Pixar helped bring a mythical, 13-foot tall iridescent bird to life.
Homemakers of Pixar – Carl and Ellie’s house is an important “character” in the film. Fans follow the development of the house from story to art to its ultimate realization in the computer.
Balloons and Flight – Carl’s house and Muntz's dirigible presented the
filmmakers with two different problems—how could they make a physical
impossibility possible? And, in the case of the dirigible, how would they unearth a fallen giant and let it soar?
Composing for Characters – Composer Michael Giacchino returns to score his third Disney•Pixar feature film. See how the Up filmmakers collaborated with
Giacchino to create the memorable score and compelling musical themes.
Married Life – The original story concept that became the powerful “Married Life” scene, showing Carl and Ellie’s love story.
Global Guardian Badge Game – Players try to locate countries, states and
capitals around the globe in a multi-layered BD-Exclusive geography game
enhanced by BD-Live.

Feature run time: 96 minutes     
Rated: PG     
Bonus Materials Not Rated in US
Technical specifications may only apply to feature.
Aspect ratio: DVD: Widescreen 16x9    
Sound: SD: 5.1 Dolby Digital, BD: Dolby Digital EX 1080P  
Languages: English, Canadian French, Spanish   

You can buy UP!  On a one-disc DVD for around $29.99, on a 2-disc DVD for around $39.99, and the 4-disc BLU-RAY combo pack for around $45.99.

**This review is based strictly on my experience with the item and my opinion of that experience. I was not compensated for my review beyond receiving a sample item. Please see my disclosure policy at the bottom of my blog page.**


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