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5.0 out of 5 stars The Incredibles (blu ray)...another "Incredible" Pixar video/audio presentation,
This review is from: The Incredibles [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray)Video: This AVC/1080p transfer on a BD-50 disc is simply top-notched. There is outstanding detail. It is a dazzling extravaganza of sights and an assortment of brilliant colours. Primaries are rendered with vividly rich saturation, leaping off the screen with energy. Contrast is perfectly balanced with crisp, clean whites, giving the picture plenty of pop. Luxuriant, inky black levels are consistent from beginning to end. The cast is brilliant here with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter as the husband and wife crime fighting team along with Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone. (5/5)
Audio: The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is pure reference. The listening area is enveloped with tons of activity in the rears, creating a holographic 360-degree soundfield in my 9 speaker home theatre, which is simply marvelous. There are pinpoint discrete effects from every speaker: whether we're in the offices of the insurance company where Bob works, or deep in the jungles of Syndrome's remote island, we are immersed in the clear, discrete sounds of ringing phones or the wild cries of exotic birds. (5/5)
Trivia: Did you know that the city of Metroville, where most of the story takes place, is a combination of Metropolis and Smallville, which are, respectively, the cities where Superman lives and where he was raised. In the beginning of the film (supposedly before they were relocated), Bob, Helen and Lucius Best (Frozone) are living in Municiberg, another play on Metropolis, both roughly meaning "hometown".
Factual errors: (1) During the scene with the missiles, Mrs. Incredible hits a button that says "chaff". Instead of chaff, flares are released. Chaffs and flares are two different types of counter-measures against missiles. (2) When Mr. Incredible's Message tablet self-destructs, it creates smoke which sets off the water sprinklers. Water sprinklers are heat activated, not smoke activated.
This movie has an estimated budget of $92 million. In US, it grossed $261 million, while its gross worldwide was a much deserved $625 million!
"The Incredibles" is Pixar's first CG animated film to feature an all-human cast, which takes a terrific look at the humdrum of suburban middle-aged life. The story comes with a wonderfully memorable cast of characters and tons of explosive action. It is highly entertaining for the whole family. Both the video and audio are simply perfect, and "The Incredibles" is a great demo disc to show off your home theatre. Very highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Pixar title gets the HD treatment,
This review is from: The Incredibles [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray)The Incredibles
Directed by Brad Bird
Starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee
Disney / Buena Vista | 2004 | 115 min | Rated PG | Released Apr 12, 2011
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 ES Matrix
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English SDH, French, Spanish
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Four-disc set (2 BDs, 2 DVDs)
Pixar has given us lovable monsters, fish, ants, rats, toys, cars, a service robot and a floating house. None of those subjects sounded particularly interesting to me, but I ended up loving every film. It's hard to select a favorite because every one has merit, but I would pick Ratatouille if forced to choose. That was written and directed by Brad Bird who also wrote and directed The Incredibles.
I'm not a fan of superhero movies in general. They tend to focus on the special powers of the superhero and tell us very little else. The characters are usually little more than sketches. That said, each one is highly anticipated and almost guarantees success at the box office. It's the most popular genre. Christopher Nolan elevated the genre to a new level with Batman Begins and the hugely popular Dark Knight. They remain my favorite superhero movies by far, but why do I believe that?
Nolan gives his characters depth and we understand why they do what they do. He also makes it seem possible that they can do what they do. Quite simply, I believe that such characters could exist.
The Incredibles uses a similar technique and puts the characters in today's world. What happens to superheroes that grow old and fat? What do they do when they aren't foiling crimes? What if they try to help someone who doesn't want to be helped? Do superheroes marry and start a family? If they did, would their children also have special powers?
All of these things are addressed and more.
We learn some of the character's motivations at the beginning of the movie when they are interviewed on TV. Each superhero is introduced. We meet Mr. Incredible (strength), Elastigirl (flexibility) and Frozone (freezes things). There's also a boy who calls himself Incrediboy and wants to be Mr. Incredibles' sidekick, but he's rejected and not allowed to become part of the team.
After a series of incidents end in people suing the superheroes, the government forces them to retire, relocate and live as normal people. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl marry and have three children. Violet can become invisible and make force shields, while her brother, Dash, runs at an incredible speed. Baby Jack-Jack is still developing his powers.
They are known as the Parr family and try to remain inconspicuous. Mr. Incredible and Frozone pine for the old days and secretly fight crime by lying to their wives and claiming to go bowling. They are being monitored and Mr. Incredible is given a solo mission by an unknown agency. He succeeds, but almost dies in the process. We learn that Incrediboy has never recovered from the rejection 15 years earlier and that he's been scheming to get his revenge under his new name, Syndrome.
The movie is full of invention. Although many of the characters seem to have been inspired by the Fantastic Four, they use their powers in unpredictable ways. The family members are particularly good at combining their skills and there's a lot of humor in the film. Some of it is quite subtle and best appreciated by adults, but there's plenty for the kids too. It's an action-packed story filled with explosions and battles. Syndrome's hideout looks like something out of a James Bond movie, as do many of the gadgets.
The conclusion is satisfying and paves the way for a sequel should Pixar ever decide to make one. This is a movie that has the potential to appeal to viewers of any age and it's a lot of fun. If I learned one thing it's that wearing a cape can be a dangerous business.
Video Quality 5/5
Disney consistently produces wonderful transfers. Some of the classic titles were made 70 years ago and look better than ever. Pixar hasn't been around that long and the animation looks modern and three-dimensional. Every Pixar movie to date has been just about perfect and The Incredibles is no different.
Sound Quality 5/5
The Incredibles is a good choice to show off your home theater system. As well as a stunning transfer, the sound quality will satisfy any movie enthusiast. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 ES mix is capable of shaking the room at times, but doesn't disappoint with the finer details. Dialogue and ambient sounds are all crystal clear.
Special Features 5/5
There are over eight hours of special features spread across two Blu-ray discs:
Audio commentary with director Brad Bird and producer John Walker.
Audio commentary with the animators.
Bounding (short film, 4:40)
Jack-Jack Attack (short film, 4:42)
Jack-Jack Attack Exploded (the short with a commentary track, 4:43)
The Incredibles Revisited (22:06)
Paths to Pixar: Story Artists (5:53)
Studio Stories: Gary's Birthday (1:24)
Ending with a Bang: Making the End Credits (1:35)
The New Nomanisan: A Top Secret Redevelopment Plan (3:30)
Deleted Scenes in HD (35 minutes)
Incredibles Teaser (2 minutes)
Classic Content: A 27-minute making of feature and around 70 minutes looking at the design of the movie.
Trailers for The Lion King and Cars 2
Free movie ticket for Cars 2 (enter your DMR code and print the ticket - expires Aug. 7)
Disney titles look wonderful on Blu-ray. The studio pulls out all the stops once again to deliver a package that any fan of the movie will be delighted with. Perfect video and audio, a good story, eight hours of extras, a DVD copy, a digital copy and a free movie ticket. Now all we need is Finding Nemo.
Add this to your collection if you haven't already done so.
Overall score 4.5/5
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Incredibles,
This was the reality of our world until the Age Of Heroes ended. These great Champions of Valour kept the peace and helped all mankind. Now they are retired and living lives of conformity in suburbia. But what if one dusted off the old leotard? Would the adventures begin again? And at what price?
It's Really About Family!
Even with all the fun fights, daring rescues, and death defying stunts, The Incredibles is really all about this one family. Yes, they are all superheroes. And yes, they all have problems. But when a crisis of infinite proportions rears its ugly head of evil, they assemble together and dispense justice. Individually, they incredible. Together, they are The Incredibles!
The one hero who gets the absolute least screen time is actually my favourite. Jack Jack the baby. His powers are impressive, his skill is legend (wait for it...) dary, and his babysitter is still in therapy. When Jack Jack hits kindergarden, watch out! I hope they have their insurance up to date.
If their is one thing we all can learn from this gem of a film is the following maxim: NO CAPES!!! They get caught on things, you can trip over them, they can catch on fire, and they never look good with the rest of your outfit. A clashing outfit is a terrible thing.
The Incredibles is an adventure wrapped in a journey twisted around a mystery. You will cheer on this family of heroes as they save the day, all while having the time of their lives. The Age Of Heroes Is Back!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Disney movie,
This review is from: The Incredibles [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray)I had to buy this movie because we wore out our original DVD. I play this movie every weekend with my 2 year old son (who yes thinks he is Dash).
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film! (watch it in french!),
Great for children learning french (immersion and core) to improve their vocabularies. Just don't tell them it's homework.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, smart, fun family friendly animation,
This review is from: The Incredibles [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray)While not quite up with the greatest of the Pixar films (Up, Wall-e,
Nemo, etc.) This is still smart, inventive and tremendous fun, with
some humanity thrown in to boot.
For my money, more entertaining than any of the James Bond or superhero
films of recent vintage which it spoofs (and with more exciting action
In an alternate universe, Superheroes are told to stop being, well,
super, because of the risk of law suits and other problems. But some
just can't get the urge to fight crime out of their blood. Like Mr.
Incredible. He loves being a family man (a family who also all have
super powers) but a 9-5 job in an ugly, greedy corporate world is more
than he can take. So he quietly slips back into the super-hero biz, and
eventually drags the whole family in as well.
All done with terrific animation, clever wordplay, great voice acting,
and a nice comment or two about the traps of trying to be 'normal'. It
gets all the balances right; humor to action to character to story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic,
This review is from: The Incredibles/Les Incroyables (Full Screen) (Quebec Version - English/French) (DVD)I have watched this movie at least 20 times and I still love it.
I have watcjhed it both in English and French and the translation is very good.
My son and daughter adore this movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie,
This review is from: The Incredibles [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray)If your like me a fan of disney's movie. You'll be very pleased to watch the incredibles. Very good movie
5.0 out of 5 stars It is another movie I have played many times,
This review is from: Les incroyables: Edition Collector / The Incredibles: Collector's Edition (Bilingual) [2-Disc DVD] (DVD)We really enjoy watching this movie. It has a really interesting story and it is a fun movie to watch especially when all the cable channels fail.
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