IT'S EASY TO "FIND NEMO" IN CRISP, VIVID BLU-RAY @ 14 December 2012 06:34 PM
"Finding Nemo" is not only one of Pixar's biggest movie hits, it's also one of their best films. To quote Leonard Maltin describing "Peter Pan," "it's a film in which everything clicks." Visually, it is almost overwhelming -- on the big screen, recently in 3D, on DVD and now on Blu-ray, where every details sparkles.

Much is said about the pros and cons of using "name" celebrities for voices. "Finding Nemo" stands as a great arguement for using them, if they are well cast. Few animated films of any kind boast such an on-target cast, from the stars to the always great character actors and voice actors who fill out the company.

It's also one of those films that, once you get started watching it, you simply have to keep watching, no matter how many times you've seen it. The story is 99% fat free, every sequence moving logically from one to another. This is Pixar at its best, and also the master influence of Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki at work.



So if you want to behold its majesty in Blu-ray, this new release is highly recommended. Even though there is a DVD in some sets, which you can use in the car or the computer, if you love bonus features and want to keep them equally accessible, than hang on to your 2-Disc Collectors Edition. The Blu-ray seems to have a few new features, but most of it was imported from the last edition and does not reappear on the new DVD.

There was also a 168-minute "visual commentary" on the earlier edition that has been reconfigured on the Blu-ray into a "Cine-Explore" that now runs the 100-minute length of the film. I cannot itemize every element to assure that the edited material was placed elsewhere on the Blu-ray, so again I'm keeping my earlier edition.

New option on Blu-ray and DVD:
English Descriptive Audio Service

2012 Blu-ray Bonus Features

Cine-explore (shortened visual commentary)
Reinventing the Submarine Voyage
Deleted Scene: Alt Opening
A Lesson in Flashbacks
Knick Knack Theatrical Short
Aquarium
Finding Nemo - A Filmmakers' Roundtable
Selection of Virtual Aquariums
Art Review
Documentary: Making Nemo
Exploring the Reef
Studio Tour
Old School
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Publicity Pieces
Mr Ray's Encyclopedia

2012 DVD Bonus Features
Knick Knack Theatrical Short
Finding Nemo - A Filmmakers' Roundtable
Aquarium

2003 2-Disc DVD Collectors Edition
Widescreen movie
Documentary: Making Nemo
Visual Commentary (with Deleted Scenes, 168 minutes)
Design Galleries (Art Review; Characters; Environments, Color Script)
Selection of Virtual Aquariums
Introduction with filmmakers
Full Frame movie
Aquarium
Exploring the Reef
Knick Knack Theatrical Short
Mr Ray's Encyclopedia
Fishharades Game
Storytime
Behind the Scenes (Character Interviews, Studio Tour, Publicity)

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