‘Incredibles' Soars With DVD Extras4 Mar, 2005 By: Angelique Flores
Director Brad Bird believes The Incredibles, his best-animated feature film Oscar winner, is different from any other film.
But the director didn't want to stop there. He wanted The Incredibles DVD ($29.99, street March 15) to be different than any other DVD.
“It's eclectic, unusual, spontaneous and strange,” he said. “We tried to make a DVD that we'd want to own, and we did that. We pushed the envelope.”
Coming from a huge DVD fan — “I watched every frame on the Return of the King [DVD]. My family didn't see me for a few days” — it was no small task to create a disc that would meet his high and imaginative expectations.
Brad developed strong ideas of what he wanted to see on the DVD, said DVD producer Ann Brilz of Pixar Animation Studios. With a team of creative animators and producers, Bird said the DVD was the perfect place to use the best of everyone's ideas. Some resulted in ambitious extras — like the shorts “Jack-Jack Attack” and the Top Secret NSA Files on all the superheroes — while others were more silly, like the “lost” cartoon of Mr. Incredible and Frozone, or others that ended up as Easter eggs.
“Animators working late at 2 a.m. do strange things to amuse themselves,” Bird said in explaining the origin of some of the content on the two-disc set.
Among the extras are one commentary from Bird and producer John Walker, and another from the Pixar animators; deleted scenes; an alternate opening; “Incredi-blunders,” with bloopers and outtakes; making-of featurettes that take viewers from the first day at the studio through the film's completion as well as give a look at the technical work behind the film and the shorts; character interviews; and the animated short “Boundin,’ which played with The Incredibles during the film's theatrical run.
Supervising technical director Rick Sayre also designed a new THX Optimizer that sets up a DVD player and projector to create the desired picture and sound quality.
One extra that didn't make the DVD cut was a short featuring the guards on the villain's island and what happened to them the night before they died.
As for an Incredibles sequel, Bird said nothing is in the works. He's only interested in a sequel if he finds something that is equally creative and good while still being different.“You don't want to repeat yourself,” he said.