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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Blu-ray (2016)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Blu-ray (2016)

A really good continuation of the Star Wars universe. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Blu-ray (2016) Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill Director: J.J. Abrams Studio: LucasFilm/ Walt Disney Studios (4/5/16) (3 discs) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color (shot on film) Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1, DD 7.1, French DD 7.1, Spanish DD 5.1 Subtitles: French, English SDH, Spanish Extras: (on separate Blu-ray disc) “Secrets of The Force Awakens,” The Story Awakens: The Table Read, Building BB-8 Droid, Crafting Creatures, Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight, John Williams: The Seventh Symphony, ILM: The Visual Magic of the Force, Deleted Scenes, Info Length: 136 min. Rating: ***** Wow. Seeing that there was a third disc just for the bonus extras, I started with that. The heart of it is an hour and ten minute documentary which is very well done. You learn exactly how they did Maz Kanata, the owner of the watering hole which was this film’s version of the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie (with all the very strange alien characters in it and the strange band playing). The other extras are also of interest, but the […]

The Good Dinosaur, Blu-ray (2016)

The Good Dinosaur, Blu-ray (2016)

Another fine family animated film from Pixar. The Good Dinosaur, Blu-ray (2016) Director: Pater Sohn Voice-overs: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott etc. Studio: Pixar/ Walt Disney Studios 132197 (2/23/16) [Also avail. in 3D!] Video: 2.30:1 for 16:9, 1080p HD color Audio: English DTS-HD HA 5.1, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1 Dubbed: French and Spanish Subtitles: English, French, Spanish Extras: Short:”Sanjay’s Super Team,” ”The Filmmakers’ Journey,” Promotional animated clip, True Lies About Dinosaurs, “Recyclosaurus” – the crew creates the best dinosaur from discarded items, Every Part of the Dinosaur, Following the T-Rex Trail, Deleted scenes with intros, Previous versions of the movie, more… Length: 94 min. Rating: **** Pixar has another winner in this delightful animated feature about a good dinosaur. The theme is concerned with confronting your fears and discovering who you were meant to be.  The little dino (an aptosaurus) is the runt of the bunch, who operate a farm, and when his father is killed he is at very loose ends. The feature considers that the asteriod that supposedly killed all the dinosaurs and changed the planet completely simply flew by and never landed on earth, so the dinosaurs never went extinct. What makes the film […]

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016)

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016)

The first feature-length animated film and perhaps the most important in history. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016) Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 131997 (2/2/16) [2 discs] Voice-overs: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne Video: 1.33:1 or “Disney View” 16:9, 1080p HD Technicolor Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1, DD 2.0 mono, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1 Dubbed: French, Spanish Subtitles: French, Spanish, English Extras: “In Walt’s Words,” “Iconography” – how the film influenced pop culture, art and fashion, “Disney Animation,” “The Fairest Facts of Them All”, Alternate sequence of the prince meeting Snow White, More, Previews Length: 83 min. Rating: ***** This 1937 effort was a great risk for Disney – there had never been a feature-length animated film before and he could have lost the whole studio if it had flopped. But not only didn’t it flop, it has influenced animated films ever since and may be one of the greatest films ever. The extras discussing the animators and their work are really interesting, and you will even learn that the original Snow White was a blond! The long list of names for the seven dwarfs, which Disney didn’t decide on until a few months […]

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