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on January 7, 2013
I love animated movies, however, my partner typically does not. This was our Christmas family movie for the year (we pick something that no-one has seen and has limited violence).
The plot is rather typical, but well-written and the voices and actions were very apt. With my partner having grown up for a time in Scotland, we did rely on her opinion of the language and such and she was pretty impressed and actually enjoyed it!
Great to have a female protagonist in a kid's movie, even though she's still a princess, she doesn't act like all the stereotypical Disney princesses. Instead of waiting for a man/prince to come save her, she gets herself into trouble on her own and manages to get herself out of is on her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
This dvd is superb, not only for children, but for old people with a young heart. I saw it in a cinema and all I saw were mothers with their daughters, very enlightning and that's why I wanted to own the dvd.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful

Brave arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.39:1 encode. Pixar's amazing animation is simply stunning and gorgeous, bringing breathtaking life to Merida's world, making her somewhat humble adventure even grander and more satisfying. The film's palette is nothing short of magical, with lavish reds, fiery oranges, lovely greens, disarming earthtones, bright blues and inky blacks, all delivered via perfect colour and impeccable contrast. Detail is magnificent, capturing every nuance the animators saw fit to incorporate into their already jaw-dropping animation, like tattered kilt seams, tight tartan patterns, pinpoint freckles, scraggly beards, errant whiskers, shaggy manes, scuffed armor, knicked blades, matted fur, the smallest droplets of water, thinnest blades of grass, tiniest leafs on distant trees... nothing misses the mark. Edges are sharp and clean. The image is as pristine as they come. (5/5)


Brave 3D arrives with MPEG-4 MVC encode. Capturing the rapturously inviting world of its characters with absolutely pitch-perfect technical acuity, the 3D elements on this disc are immersive without being gimmicky, and depth is handled sensationally across the board. And picture quality is top-of-the-line; to boot: colour accuracy is rock solid, detail is impossibly sharp and well-defined, and black levels are steady from top to bottom. All the descriptions in the 2D are included here, but with an added more immersive experience. (5/5)

AUDIO (2D & 3D):

Both the 2D and 3D versions have the same fantastic and outstanding Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless track, with the 2D version also in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 too. Even in the film's opening minutes, the quality of the experience becomes abundantly clear, like the wind rustling the tops of the trees, the grass crunching beneath Merida's feet, the sudden deafening roar of a demon intruder, and the weight of the girl's father charging into battle. It only gets better from there too as Merida strikes out beyond the castle grounds, into the wild wood and farther. The rear speakers, meanwhile, create a truly enveloping and immersive soundfield. (5/5)


The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. The choice of Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters as voices for Merida, Elinor, Fergus and the Witch respectively, is simply perfect. (4.5/5)


Brave has an estimated budget of $185 million, but only grossed $236 million, a disappointment, when compared to Toy Story 3 ($1,062 million), Finding Nemo ($865 million) and Up ($727 million).

This film marks the first time a Pixar produced film has a female protagonist. Princess Merida is also the first Pixar character to be included in the Disney Princess line.

Two additional computer softwares were specially developed for this film by Pixar in the period of three years. One of them allows simulation of Merida's 1500 strands of hair curls to move together with her movements.

Brave is the first film to use the new Dolby Atmos sound system. The new system expands from the 5/7.1 channel sound mixes to 64 discrete speaker feeds and 128 simultaneous and lossless audio channels. Wow! A really holosonic soundfield!


It has a 3D lenticular cover, and consists of 5 discs: 3 BD-50 discs and 2 DVDs. The 3D and 2D versions are in separate blu ray discs, plus one BD-50 disc for Bonus Features. The 2 DVDs are standard DVD and Digital Copy.


Brave isn't Pixar at its best, but while watching this 3D Blu-ray edition of Brave, you probably won't care all that much: this release is a technical stunner, milking every drop of potential out of its high-def capacity. It is one of the best, if not the best 3D movie this year. If you have a 3D TV, this 3D/2D set is definitely preferred, because the pictures in both 3D and 2D are equally stunning, plus a top-notched audio track. This set is definitely very highly recommended.


Congratulations to Brave who deservedly won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. Brave and Wreck-It Ralph (also nominated) are truly the better animated features in 2012. Merida in Brave also reminded me of the Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence who starred in The Hunger Games.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
What a wonderful family film! I guess it's a "kid's" film but I absolutely LOVED it! It has such wonderful lessons and it was done so well. The film is happy and sad, funny, and has emotional momemts, even a touch of magic is in the air. It is colorful and has music, even to the bagpipes of Scotland. This is a Disney Pixar film, so you have the wonderful animations that feel almost human.

The movie begins with the king and queen playing with their little red-haired daughter on her birthday. Even at the ripe old age of maybe 5, little Merida is headstrong, bright, and bubbly. And she sees the wisps, a kind of blue fairy type light that sends her in certain directions.

We watch Princess Merida grow, and be instructed in the ways of a Princess by her "Mum," the Queen. Now that she is of age, Mum decides it is time to have a suitor party so the gents can compete for her hand. But Merida has a mind of her own. Just to add a little extra excitement, Merida has three young brothers (triplets!)

Again, this is a fun flick with lots of funny moments, some even laugh-out-louds. And the bagpipes are always special to me (some of my heritage). Some valuable lessons for the children about perception, seeing things in a certain way, responsibilities, listening to others, considering alternatives, forgiveness and love. Many of you with children will likely buy this movie when it becomes available.
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on June 22, 2013
At first I bought this movie thinking it would be funnier than it actualy was and about a brave independent girl who has the scottish spirit. It was really about a mother-daughter relationship and seeing life from both sides. It was really cute and was very heartwarming, but did not have that comedy I was looking for. But I really loved it and learned a lot.
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on December 31, 2014
The movie itself was ok. However, be forewarned that the digital copy included with this collection is NOT high-definition. I purchased this collection to get the digital copy and thought that it would be HD, after all it is the "Ultimate Collector's Edition". If it included a HD digital copy I could have given it an extra star.
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on December 28, 2012
Ce film est la réponse de Pixar au film « Comment dresser votre dragon» produit par DreamWorks. Il est aussi excellent!.. quoi qu'au niveau du graphisme, Pixar est fidèle a lui-même et marque des points! L'histoire varie un peu où, plutôt que de traiter de la relation père-fils, il est question de la relation mère-fille...
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on April 8, 2013
I was a little disappointed with this film, and my husband didn't like it at all. Kelly Macdonald is very believable as the voice of the herione and the animation of the entire film is suberb. But there was something lacking for me. I can't say what it is exactly, but I was not enthralled with this film.
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on April 12, 2013
A charming story with humour, adventure, suspense and many heart warming moments. An excellent cast and uniformly wonderful voice performances. The animation is superb (Merida's hair is absolutely entrancing). A perfect movie for the whole family and not just for kids either. Highly recommended.
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on December 14, 2012
Fun movie. Lots of action and an entertaining story. Not Pixars best but It did have some good laughs. 3D was good. A little more subtle then I have come to expect from the animated titles but I really like the in your face stuff from time to time and this did not have those in your face effects.
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