359 of 393 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding Blu...4 discs filled with more than a day's watch
I had no expectations of being disappointed with a Disney/Pixar BD, and being that it took me a whole dedicated day to get through everything, I now feel it was worth every penny. The film was enjoyable, funny, sad, and scary filled with some nice messages about life and loss. I can understand why the majority of my customers loved it.
The Blu clarity is...
Published on November 5, 2009 by Steve Kuehl
87 of 118 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing release from Disney
Another commendable, 4-star outing from Pixar.
The DVD packaging is another matter. There have been many complaints about the computer-incompatibility, but my gripe is about the "pecking order" for those that want the single-disc DVD vs. the 4-disc Blu-ray and everything in-between.
Time was when you bought a 2-disc set of a Pixar film, you got hours worth of...
Published on November 24, 2009 by F. J. Hoffknecht
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For adults as well as children,
Probably the best animated film this decade. Up is one of those films that makes you look at yourself, at all the promises you made to yourself that one day, that magical day, when you have enough money, when you win the lottery, when you get a break in your schedule, you're going to take that trip, treat yourself out to that nice dinner you deserve, do that thing you've always planned from the time you were bold enough to dream. Once upon a time you were a cub scout, the world was a magical place awaiting exploration. Then one day you woke up, looked in the mirror, opened your front door, and realized that you were old and all you have left are memories and old pictures of the way you used to look when you were young.
This is the perfect family movie. I say this because usually when you hear the words "family film" it's usually a film that is very basic, basic and safe enough to take your kid to see. Rarely do you see a film that is basic enough for a kid to get into yet sophisticated enough for an adult to relate with on a level that a child who hasn't been through life's changes cannot possibly understand. Up is that type of film, about an old man holding on to the past, to an old dream, resisting the changes occurring around him. Ed Asner of Mary Tyler Moore fame plays the gruff irascible Mr. Henrick who, along with a stowaway scout named Russel set out for South America's Paradise Falls by way of a cloud of colorful balloons anchored to an old house full of old dreams.
The animation in this movie is very colorful, vibrant, realistic, and reminds me a lot of Hayao Miyazaki's films in this respect. In fact, the characterizations in this film, particularly the part played by Asner, the main character, is downright scary at times, seems like a live action movie, not because the animation's all that, but because the emotions and humanity are so damn real and don't seem forced. This, along with another one of my favorites, Wall-E, shows why America stands heads and shoulders above everybody in this medium. Sorry went on so long but there aren't enough superlatives to say how fantastic and beautiful this film is. A true work of art, art that you can feel as well as see.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up,
This review is from: Up (Single-Disc Edition) (DVD)
The adventurous, animated comedy, titled "Up", was released on May 29th, 2009 and it instantly captured peoples' hearts. Up was produced by Pixar Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Pete Docter. Since Up is animated, it doesn't necessarily have actors, but the main characters' voices are played by Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagal, and Bob Peterson. By the time this movie was in theaters for a few weeks and widely popular, it had already brought in a world wide income of $731 million. With all the popularity, Up won two Golden Globe Awards. Up is certainly a movie that all ages would enjoy. The characters are hilarious, the setting is unique, the plot is heartwarming, and the theme is one that everyone could use. It is rated "PG" and is a must see for everyone!
The setting revolves around the characters and what their individual mission is. Carl Fredricksen is a shy, grumpy old man, played by Edward Asner. Although he is portrayed as stubborn in the beginning, as the movie goes on, you begin to see that he is just sad about losing his wife and is lonely. Carl meets a little boy named Russell and thinks he is annoying at first but begins to love him in the end. Russell shows up at Carl's small, quiet home asking Carl to help him with one of his Wilderness Explorer Badges. Russell a clumsy yet caring boy who wants to help, but sometimes makes things worse on accident. His character is voiced by Jordan Nagai. When a serried of events happens and Carl's house floats away in the air, Russell tags along and the house lands in South America facing Paradise Falls. In the jungle on the way to Paradise Falls the two meet a bird which they name Kevin. They feed Kevin and the colorful bird sticks with them. Along the way, the group finds out that Kevin is actually a mom and is looking for her babies. On the adventure they find a talking dog named Dug, who is played by Bob Peterson. Dug is very loyal and sometimes a little spacey. All in all he is a very comedic character and makes the feel of the movie a little less heavy. The characters in Up have personalities that you easily begin to care for and the setting is important to the story.
The plot of Up is very emotional and although it is sad in parts, it is also very funny in other parts. The beginning of the movie starts off with a flashback of Carl in his child hood. He meets a girl named Ellie and when they grow up they end up getting married. Ellie finds out she cannot have kids and so they make it their mission to save their money to go to Paradise Falls, which is their childhood dream place. They also shared the same childhood dream to meet the famed explorer Charles F. Muntz and that is where they hope to find him. Unfortunately, they must keep paying expense after expense and they never get to complete their dream. Ellie and Carl grow old together and eventually Ellie dies of old age. Carl is left and is very lonely. One day a construction worker comes to Carl's house demanding him to move. They get in a fight over his mailbox and Carl ends up hitting the worker with his cane. The police get involved and decide that Carl needs to go to a retirement home. Meanwhile, a little boy named Russell comes to Carl's door asking if Carl can help him with a badge for his Wilderness Explorer Troop. Carl says no and begins to work on a plan to move his entire house and all its belongings. He comes up with a plan to inflate thousands of balloons and tie them to his house. It works and right before the retirement home people come to get him, he floats away in his house. In the middle, Carl goes on the adventure to get to Paradise Falls and carry out the dream he promised his wife years ago. Suddenly, while in the air, Carl hears a knocking at his front door. He opens it and finds Russell. Carl reluctantly lets Russell in and the two float together. They end up getting caught in a storm and when the house lands, it lands facing Paradise Falls. Carl, who remembers his mission, sets off determined to get to the falls. Along the way they find a bird, in which Russell names Kevin. They also find a dog wearing a translating collar and they discover his name is Dug. Dugs owner turns out to be Charles F. Muntz's. As the group continues, they encounter Dug's pack and they try to take Dug back with them. Dug doesn't want to go though. The group leaves Dug to fend for himself and they are able to get the house to Paradise Falls. Carl sets it down in place and then realizes he needs to save Dug. Carl and Russell lighten the house so they can fly and catch Charles F. Muntz's aircraft. In the end, they save Dug and are able to get Kevin back to her babies. The house makes it back to Paradise Falls. The plot is emotional and may sound all sad, but in the movie there are lots of very funny parts that make it so you just want to keep watching.
Being a Disney movie, Up of course, would have a good theme. I think that the theme is that you can't accomplish anything unless you get out there and go for it. Ellie and Carl had the dream of moving their clubhouse to the gorgeous Paradise falls. When they were little this seemed possible. As they grew older they saved their money little by little in hopes that someday they would make it. They didn't just sit there and hope it would happen on its own. Carl and Ellie really tried to make it a possibility. Unfortunately things got in the way of their dream, but when Ellie passed away, Carl remade it his dream to accomplish the move. He didn't just sit there then either. Carl thought of a plan and because of his love for Ellie, he had the drive to accomplish it. He pushed through his obstacles and in the end was able to complete his mission. This movie really teaches that you can't be lazy if you want to make something out of your life, you need to get up and work towards it.
My opinion of this movie was a great one! Up is one of my favorite movies. I absolutely love the meaningful storyline and how the characters really touch you with their personalities. The plot was one that was very adventurous. It kept you wanting more. Although there were sad parts, I still thought this movie was good. The sad parts make it more memorable and you begin to feel for the characters. However, there was a great deal of funny parts as well. The pronounced theme helped make the story a good one for all ages. Anyone could learn from this movie. When I first watched this movie, I was instantly hooked. I can watch this movie over and over again. I would recommend Up to everyone!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great value!!!,
What a great deal! If they started packaging all Blu-Ray movies like this I'll buy more. I've been renting, not buying because I don't want to buy a movie I can only play in my living room. If my kids want to take a movie to Grandma's house or watch it in our back room or on our computer they can't if it's Blu-Ray. With this great set that contains all three (Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital copy all for one $19.99) they've solved all my problems. I actually came home and re-checked what I paid on Amazon because they are selling this in town for $35 and more!
The movie itself is another wonderful hit from Pixar. There really is something for everyone. The beginning is very touching and I found myself putting myself in his place as he and his wife went through their troubles. My kids went to the movies to see this and loved it. Like I said, a great movie and a great deal!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Away!,
Pixar keeps raising the bar - and this time it's Up. This joyous fantasy creates a very odd couple indeed. An iconic grumpy old man and a congenitally cheerful and sincere little boy launch onto an adventure blended from equal parts past (the old guy's) and future (the kid's). There's bit of an eco-fable in there, with the big bad urban developers and the rapacious hunter, but that never becomes annoying. Instead, Up keeps delivering wild sight gags layered on appealing interactions between the characters. Speaking of characters (and speaking of them speaking), Dug the dog is way up on my list of favorites. If you never learned to love dog-drool as a child, he might not hit a heart-string - but that's your problem, not mine.
I'm sure others will tell you about the rest of the movie, but two parts really stood out for me: the first five minutes, and the ten minutes (or so) before that. Those first few minutes of the movie create a charming back-story with more plot and heart than a lot of movies manage in an hour or two. They define The Quest that the rest of the movie pursues, so effectively that you'll never question any silliness in pursuing it. But, before the first minutes of this movie, Pixar presents one of their signature short features. This time - well, it would take longer to tell than to watch. It's about the stork who delivers the babies. It carries an affectionate reminder that some are harder to love than others, but that just makes the job that much more important.
(PS: Note how much more limber and energetic the old guy gets as he spends more time with that earnest little boy - that part of the movie is absolute non-fiction. Young kinds make you younger.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming,
This review is from: Up (Three-disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
Starts out a little depressing, but one of the few animated films these days that genuinely touch on real-life emotions. The movie progressively gives me a warm & fuzzy feeling, and by the end you can't help but feel satisfied and thankful for what we have in our lives.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful ride!,
There's little I can add to the rave reviews already given here. Within the first 15 minutes of "Up," I found myself alternately laughing my head off and crying like a baby. I can't even remember another film, animated or live-action, that played my emotions with such delicious ease...that had characters so endearing I found myself caring about them instantly...with a story so charming I was hooked from beginning to the end credits.
I agree with other reviewers that some of the themes might be too grown-up for very young and/or sensitive children...hence, the PG rating. (For the record, I think it's unfair to hold it against the film-makers if your very young child was upset...those ratings are given for a reason. It's up to parents to pay attention to the rating and use their common sense.) There's plenty of fun and adventure here for both children and adults.
The most fun I've had watching a movie in a long, long time!
54 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DRM causes a mess, again. Thanks.,
Beautiful movie. Typically Pixar. I actually went to a cinema to see it (which, here in Germany, is usually getting too expensive for my taste), and didn't regret it at all.
Bought the DVD as soon as it came out - yes, actually thought the movie good enough that I want to see it again on DVD, despite it not being particularly cheap.
And the DVD doesn't play, thanks to some DRM (Digital Restriction Mess-Up). It doesn't play, because it does not adhere to the DVD standard, thus (by definition) not being a DVD. So I paid a LOT of money - to get nothing.
Thanks. Disney. Well done. Wish I could give you Zero Stars.
Certainly an excellent way of making sure I buy even less DVDs than I already do, and certainly none ever again from *you*.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: Another magnificent Disney/Pixar release. Awesome PQ, AQ and special features!,
A touching, very fun and hilarious animated film that is incredibly beautiful and highly detailed. Disney*Pixar has once again raised the bar for quality CG animation and awesome storytelling. "Up" is probably the best film thus far to come out in 2009 and a fantastic Blu-ray release from Walt Disney Studios. There's no doubt about it, this Blu-ray release is highly recommended!
From the creators of "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc." comes "UP" from Disney*Pixar. With the yearly success of CG animated films by Disney's Pixar Animation Studio, "Up" is not just a film that improves upon modern CG animation, it's a clever film that manages to capture youth but also old age. Through this film we see pain, loss, laughter, compassion through the wisdom of age but also the naivety and spontaneous side of youth. An adventure, fantasy film that will capture your attention and make you laugh but also have you in awe of what Pixar Animation Studios was able to accomplish.
"Up" is directed by Pete Docter (writer for "Wall-E", "Monsters, Inc.", "Toy Story" films), a screenplay co-written by Bob Peterson ("Ratatouille", "Finding Nemo") and music by Michael Giacchino ("Lost", "Fringe", "Star Trek","Alias", "Ratatouille", "The Incredibles"). The film has received mostly all positive reviews from film critics and the film was a box office success making over $292 million worldwide. The film was the second highest grossing film domestically by Pixar (after "Finding Nemo") and the fifth highest grossing animated feature in the US of all time.
And now that film makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on Nov. 3rd. "Up" on Blu-ray is presented in a four-disc release which includes a Blu-ray Disc, a second Blu-ray Disc with the special features, a DVD copy of the film and a Digital Copy of the film.
The film first introduces us to a young Carl Fredricksen who is watching his idol, the famous explorer Charles F. Muntz (voiced by Christopher Plummer, "The Insider", "Nicholas Nickelby", "A Beautiful Mind") who brings back the skeleton of a 13 ft. bird that he found in South America. Of course, because this bird is a species not known to man, scientist calls the bones as fake and Muntz then decides to leave back to South America and to prove people wrong, he would return with the living bird and won't return until he finds it.
For young Carl, Muntz was his hero and he would wear his pilot goggles and carry a balloon that would say "Spirit of Adventure" named after the flying vehicle that Muntz rides. But Muntz is also the hero of a girl named Ellie. Both kids love adventure and meet each other in a rundown house which they call their club house.
We then see Carl and Ellie as children and later become young adults who marry and renovate the run down club house to be an actual home. Ellie's dream and her passion for adventure is to move her clubhouse to Paradise Falls in South America and Carl makes his promise to her that he will make it happen.
As they grow older, each time they save money for their trip to Paradise Falls, they run into financial situations in which they have to dip into their savings. Since Carl makes a living as a balloon vendor, they enjoy a simple life and live in the same house, still in love with each other. But as time has passed for both Carl and Ellie, by the time they are ready to go on their trip, the two have become very old and eventually, Ellie passes away.
Now older Carl (voice by Edward Asner, "Lou Grant", "Mary Tyler Moore") is alone, an angry recluse and feels that he has nothing to live for with his wife gone. His home is all he has and it's his constant memory of his love for Ellie. But his home is now in an area where commercial buildings are being built and the construction company has tried to buy his home but since it's his memory of Ellie, Carl refuses. Meanwhile, a Wilderness Explorer, a boy named Russell (voiced by Jordan Nagai) needs his final merit badge and to achieve that, he needs to to "assist the elderly". Russell is a talkative young boy, a bit much for Carl and Carl sends him off to hunt a snipe.
One day, a vehicle of the construction company smashes into his mailbox that he and Ellie painted together and Carl is so much in rage that he beats the construction worker in the head and leads him to bleed. He goes into court and is ordered to move into the Shady Oaks Retirement Home.
On the day he is to leave his home and start his new life at the retirement home, Carl unleashes his plan by using all his balloons which takes his home out of the ground and flies off and literally avoiding from him to separate himself from the home that he and Ellie had lived in for decades. His goal is to make good with that promise he made to Ellie and that is to move their home to Paradise Falls in South America.
All seems good for Carl, until he receives a knock on the door and realizes that young Russell was snipe hunting on the porch all this time. Thus Carl is shocked that his plans may be thwarted because he has a child with him.
Carl and Russell end up in South America where they meet a very tall bird which Russell names it "Kevin" and also meet up with a dog named Dug who is able to talk (due to a neck collar that allows speech) who seems to be hunting for the bird for his master. The four end up being on an adventure through tough terrain in South America. Why is Dug after Kevin? Why is Kevin needing the help of Carl and Russell? And who is the original master of Dug who built the talking collar? But most of all, will Carl be able to keep his promise to Ellie by bringing the house to Paradise Falls?
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"Up" is an audio and visual treat. Presented in 1080p (1:78:1), Disney*Pixar raised the bar of their own previous works and managed to capture so much detail in this film, literally I was floored by how incredible this film looks. From the moment I saw the CG skin of Carl, the detail of the clothing, of leather, the detail inside the home of Carl and Ellie, the detail on the plants, the rocks, the sky, you name it..."Up" is an incredible looking film on High Definition but an animated film in which the famous animation studio has raised the bar yet again.
By watching how the creative arts group at Pixar actually went up high into the Tepui mountains, saw all the rock formations for themselves, a chance to embrace, draw and see how things are in the area but also see how Paradise Falls looks in reality, definitely gave the crew a major incentive to make sure the atmosphere of "Up" was just as detailed as they saw with their own eyes. From the flowers, the plants, the unusual rock formations, the sky and weather conditions, the animation crew was able to capture it so closely with again, so much detail... I was literally in awe of how beautiful this film looks.
There are also details in the way Russell wears his clothes and the clothing movement, the hair of the dogs and how the lighting effects reflect from the hair off the dogs, the slobber of the dogs. Just the way the physics are with the balloons as it carries the house and more! There is just a lot of well-thought out details that come along with the film and you just can't help but be impressed.
Picture quality is absolutely fantastic! Walt Disney Studios have pretty much been leaders in quality for their animated releases on Blu-ray and the colors are vibrant, blacks are nice and dark but again, the sheer amount of detail is just incredible. No compression, no banding. If there was a film that I can easily classify as "reference quality", "Up" is definitely a film I would put high up there.
As for audio quality, the film is presented in English 5.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD (and also French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby). The film also sounds incredible. From the dogs barking all around you, the sound of the weather around South America, the balloons popping and the action sequences at the end of the film. Sound is crystal clear from the front and center channels. The film also sports solid surrounds capturing the overall ambiance and rear surrounds and also good amount of LFE usage especially during the storm sequences and when the house is bumping around the rocks.
This is definitely a film that sounds incredible on Blu-ray and the lossless audio is definitely crystal clear and immersive. Overall, this is a soundtrack that has its immersive moments but what captures your attention and what sets the mood is the beautiful soundtrack by composer Michael Giacchino. The beautiful music that captures that feel of yesteryear is just amazing.
As for subtitles, subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.
The DVD features video in widescreen (1:78:1) and is enhanced for 16×9 Televisions. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Surround Sound. Subtitles are in English SDH.
"Up" comes with the following special features featured in 1080p (1:78:1) for all bonus material on both Blu-ray discs, audio in English 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby Digital (also, in French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital) and English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles:
* Audio Commentary by Director Pete Docter and Co-Director Bob Peterson. Informative and entertaining commentary with a good understanding of the mindset of both Docter and Peterson and the people and environments that inspired the characters and overall feel for the film. Definitely an enjoyable commentary track!
* Cine-Explore - A visual montage of concept art, clips, documentary coverage illustrating the director's commentary with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson.
* Party Cloudy: Theatrical Short - (5:46) - A short CG film about clouds who create babies (animals and humans) for the storks but one dark cloud named Gus and his stork tend to make only dangerous animals and he wonders why he's the main cloud producing those dangerous animals and how his stork, Peck has to deal with the dangerous atmosphere.
* Dug's Special Mission: All New Original Short - (4:40) After you watch the film, watch this CG short about Dug and his relationship with the other dogs and what took place before he met Carl and Russell. Directed by Ronnie Del Carmen (Story Supervisor).
* Adventure is Out There - (22:17) Footage and Interviews with the Pixar crew who took a trip to South America to venture up one of the Tepui mountains (in Venezuela) and to also check out Angel Falls and discuss their experiences and show how things were up in those mountains and bringing that to life in the film "Up".
* Alternate Scene: The Many Endings of Muntz - (4:56) The Pixar crew talk about what ideas they had for the character of Muntz at the end of the film.
* Learn How to take your movies on the go - (1:00) A promo explaining what a digital copy is all about.
EASTER EGG: On Disc 1, if you highlight bonus features or set up, hit the left button and you will access an Easter Egg titled "The Egg" (1:55)
- Geriatric Hero - (6:24) The creation of Carl Fredricksen and the elements they wanted to put into his character design and more.
- Canine Companions - (8:26) The creation of the canine characters and the filmmakers attending a seminar by Ian Dunbar, Ph.D (Dog behaviorist) and learning canine hierarchy.
- Russell: Wilderness Explorer - (9:00) How the character design of Russell came about and featuring the young Jordan Nagai, the voice of Russell.
- Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin - (5:04) How the character design of Kevin came about and the challenges in trying to create this unique 13-foot bird.
- Homemakers of Pixar - (4:38) Creating the house for "Up" and creating the interior set of the home. Also, how a physical model of the house was created and how the house is more than just a living space in the film.
- Balloons and Flight - (6:25) The challenge of the crew of making balloons carrying off a home believable to the audience, creating the "Spirit of Adventure" blimp and more!
- Composing for Characters - (7:37) Composer Michael Giacchino talks about creating the musical score for his third Disney*Pixar film "Up", the recording of the music and how he worked with the filmmakers.
* Alternate Scene: Married Life - (9:15) Featuring the original love story ideas of how Carl and Ellie would get together. Utilizing sketches via pre-production to tell various stories.
* Up Promo Montage - (6:00) A montage of CG animated shorts featuring Carl, Russell, Dug and Kevin.
* Global Guardian Badge Game - A geography game in which you find the states to earn a badge.
* Worldwide Trailers - Theatrical Trailer #2 (1:48), Theatrical Trailer #3 (2:29)
The DVD contains the same special features as the Blu-ray (Disc One).
I absolutely love "Up" and I think that aside from the great detail and animation, what I enjoyed is how it communicates to adults as Carl and Ellie are absolutely relatable to the adults and married couples and you can understand the pain that he goes through when you lose that special someone in your life. The film does a great job of balancing his story, his emotions of trying to keep Ellie's memory alive through his home, while Russell represents that innocent and naive child and seeing these two characters, total opposites together and trying to make things work.
But what I found touching is that initial first 10-15 minutes of the film and seeing Carl and Ellie grow and the pain they have encountered in their life. The inability to have a child, to see their dreams dashed by situations that required the money they saved up for their trip but the pain of seeing how these two have grown from children to seniors. One thing that the Pixar crew wanted to accomplish with this film is to capture that appreciation you have for your grandparents but also, an animated film that young children can enjoy through the character of Russell.
There are some deep things that happen in the film, circumstances that children probably will not understand but for adults, these emotions that touch you profoundly. Of course, a lot of these deep emotions are for the first 15 minutes of the film between Carl and Ellie as we see flashbacks through their married years but the film becomes highly entertaining once we see the child, Russell and the old man Carl together and having to work together, despite Carl getting a bit annoyed by Russell's youth and non-stop talking and moving.
But it's the pacing set by the screenwriters that work. The film never gets boring as it the film becomes very adventurous and also humorous throughout. The humor of a house traveling throughout parts of the world on hundreds of balloons is just a fun concept. And again, the film never gets boring. It's just an exciting and fun ride when both Carl and Russell are together and manages to end with an uplifting ending.
And the fun doesn't stop there. This Blu-ray release is packed. Four discs with special features that really go into how this film was created and learning about the things that inspired the filmmakers but also the trip the Pixar crew took to the mountains that inspired them to create that atmosphere. That was great to see. But also there are fun shorts for the children as well and also a game. And of course, a DVD for those long commutes and a digital copy as well.
As for the PG rating, this is the second Pixar animated film to get the rating since "The Incredibles" and mainly its because of the action sequences. Those sequences are not scary at all and I watched the film with my six-year-old. If anything, he was asking questions which related to Carl and Ellie's marriage (parts which relate to a scene in which Carl and Ellie are unable to have children and the scene where Carl is mourning after Ellie's passing).
"Up" is a film that was geared not just for children but for adults. The film is mature enough for adults to appreciate, enjoy and to be ultimately touched but also lively, fun and exciting for children to enjoy. Definitely one of the top films of 2009 and one of the top Blu-ray releases of the year thus far. Overall, "Up" is absolutely magnificent and this Blu-ray release is highly recommended!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but not what I've come to expect from Pixar,
This review is from: Up (Single-Disc Edition) (DVD)
Up until now I've loved every Pixar movie I've ever seen, but this one was somewhat of a disappointment to me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.
It had a few funny moments, but overall, I found it rather sad and depressing. It was marketed as an uproarious comedy, but somehow an old man losing his wife and being forced out of his home just aren't funny subjects. I know sometimes in entertainment, bringing the audience down makes the funny parts seem funnier, but this movie just fell a little flat for me.
A lot of the story didn't make sense. Not that everything has to make sense, but the childhood idol of that old man should have been long-dead or at least approaching 100 years old, so the character just didn't fit. The thing with the dogs was entertaining at times (SQUIRREL!!!) but largely didn't hit it for me either. I've come to expect a great deal of creativity and innovation from Pixar (Monsters Inc has one of the most innovative story lines ever created) and I just didn't see the same level of that in this movie.
I would give it 3.5 stars at best.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DISNEY FILM AS OF LATE,
This review is from: Up (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition + Digital Copy) (DVD)
My family and I are HUGE disney fans and when it comes to the animated films, we've pretty much seen them all. The problem is that as of late, with some exceptions including Bridge To Terabithia, the disney films have seemed to be lacking alot in what made them special to begin with. Up was able to bring back those heartfelt moments that had been gone for a fair amount time and for me, it was a complete throwback to movies like the little mermaid,tarzan and even the most depressing disney film, the fox and the hound, all of which had scenes of sadness,joy,family,loss...that are important for everyone to see and that bring the magic to us. I loved UP, I recommend it to everyone who's a disney fan or even if you're not, go out and buy it,rent, check it out at the library if you to because it's worth and it has quite a bunch of themes in it that you can talk about with your family once it's over.
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