Finding Dory, Blu-ray (3D available) (2016)

by | Nov 7, 2016 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

A wonderful Pixar animated sequel to the original film of 2003.

Finding Dory, Blu-ray (3D available) (2016)

Voice-overs: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy
Studio: Pixar/ Walt Disney Studios 138050 (11/15/16). 3 discs = Blu-ray, DVD & Extras|Director: Andrew Stanton
Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color
Audio: English, DTS-HD MA 7.1, 2.0 descriptive audio, DD 5.1 Spanish & French
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Extras: (over two hours) Film commentary track, Short: Piper, New mini-short Marine Life Interviews, Deleted Scenes, “Animation & Acting,” “The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar,” “Deep in the Kelp,” “Casual Carpool,” “What Were We Talking About?,” “Creature Features,” “Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer,” “Dory’s Theme,” “Rough Day on the Reef,” Finding Nemo told by emojis, Living Aquariums, Fish Schticks
Length: Film: 97 min.
Rating: *****

B01FJ4UGF0 Most sequels and re-makes end up being less good than the original and some are really bad (the re-make of Hitchcock’s Psycho, for example), but this one is even better than the first one, Finding Nemo (which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003) It has a complex and interesting story and Dory the blue tang fish (and DeGeneres) are definitely the stars of this one, as her constant short-term memory-loss affects the fact that she has lost her parents and spends most of the film looking for them. She is determined to find them, and then suddenly remembers that they are at a public aquarium in Morro Bay, California (where the PA system features the voice of Sigourney Weaver), requiring another trip across the ocean.

In her effort to get back to her parents, Dory is aided by a variety of other animals, including a cantankerous octopus name Hank who has lost one tentacle, a near-sighted shark named Destiny, and an insecure beluga whale named Bailey. Hank is an especially cool character. The makers of the film (John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer off Pixar, was behind this) created a wonderful story that didn’t just make fun of Dory’s short-term memory-loss but really showed how tragic it could be.  Marlin the clown fish and Dory had to go thru a lot in Finding Nemo in order to find him, and near the beginning of this film she is living with Marlin and his son Nemo, who live in an abalone patch on a reef.  The film is about remaining loyal to your friends and not giving up when they require your assistance. The cgi quality is tops; in the scenes with real humans in them they almost look like the real thing. It’s unusual to have a whole separate disc just for two hours of extras, but most of them are really interesting. There’s also a 3D version of this Blu-ray available, but publicity people usually don’t send them out to us. [In spite of it’s being such a good film and there aren’t that many good 3D films.]

—John Sunier

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