Wall-E (Blu-ray Review)25 Dec, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi
Box Office $223.8 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 three-DVD set, $35.99 two-disc Blu-ray set, $40.99 three-disc Blu-ray set
Voices of Jeff Garlin, Elissa Knight, Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard.
Pixar’s ninth feature film, Wall-E, is a wonderful CGI tale of two robots and a visual delight that truly comes to life on Blu-ray Disc.
This direct-to-digital 1080p AVC MPEG-4 transfer (with 2.35:1 aspect ratio) is almost 3-D in clarity. It’s certainly on par with Pixar’s last two BD releases, Cars and Ratatouille, in terms of photo-realism. In fact, this is one of the best BDs I’ve ever watched on my home theater system. Retail stores need only to play this BD version of the film next to the DVD version to show what a great leap HD makes in entertainment.
The DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio track is offered in 6.1 Surround (48kHz/24-bit). In addition to bringing the captivating score to life, this track makes full use of the latest surround-sound technology to bring the souls of Wall-E and his “girlfriend” Eve to life through whirs, beeps and whistles.
When it comes to extras, Wall-E is the best BD yet for a Pixar, or any other, CGI film. This BD collection comes with two discs packed with bonus content, as well as a third disc with a digital copy of the film. Better yet, all of the bonus material is presented in full 1080p.
For exclusive BD content, Wall-E offers a picture-in-picture Cine-Explore Mode video commentary with the always-engaging director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) on the creation of the film. For those looking for a more humorous visual commentary, the picture-in-picture “Geek Talk, Trash Talk and Trivia” features a quartet of the film’s creators in silhouette (like “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) revealing funny tidbits and secrets about the production.
There’s also a cool 3-D fly-through of the Axiom ship and four “Axiom Arcade” games.
The disc also includes the material available on the DVD, including the shorts Presto and Burn-E, deleted sequences, behind-the-scenes featurettes and other fun goodies. Also included is the Leslie Iwerks documentary The Pixar Story, which is so informative and entertaining it could have probably been sold as a standalone release.