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5.0 out of 5 stars An Original Masterpiece, May 23, 2011
This review is from: Wall-E (Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) (Blu-ray)
Pixar produces amazing movies, but WALL-E is for the ages. This original motion picture opens with WALL-E, voiced by Ben Burtt, making his way through a desolate wasteland that is our planet. Humans left 700 years ago because pollution and trash made Earth uninhabitable. WALL-E is the last Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class robot left on earth. His job is to clean up the planet, while the humans are away. Curiously enough, WALL-E developed a personality, skillfully communicated through emotional-laden beeps, whistles and other noises.

Shortly after we're introduced to WALL-E, we meet EVE, voiced by Elissa Knight. EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) was sent by the humans to search for plant life on the planet. WALL-E soon finds himself enamored with EVE, who eventually reciprocates his feelings. WALL-E shows EVE a plant he has found and EVE shuts down to await the arrival of a ship to bring the plant to the humans. Faced with the possibility of losing EVE, WALL-E sneaks aboard the ship and in doing so alters humanity's future. You'll have to see the movie to find out what happens.

Whistling, whirring robots...seems silly right? Well, Pixar produced a romantic science fiction thriller that is unlike any other movie created. Seriously, you will come to love these characters, feel their pains and end up rooting for their success. Kids will appreciate the story, and adults will understand the movie's nod to environmental issues, politics and the consequence of human complacency.

This movie came out years ago, so what makes this one different?

The only update is the artwork.

The actual content is the same as the previous releases including the BURN*E short etc. The combo pack is made for region A, which includes Americas, East and Southeast Asia, U.S. territories, Bermuda.

For all intents and purposes, Disney*Pixar is taking a blue-ray movie that didn't come with a DVD copy previously and adding a DVD copy. Disney is no longer including a digital copy like previous releases because eventually those codes expire. Current Disney policy states the unique digital code is good for one year from the release date of a movie. At this time, Disney is honoring expired codes. Disney needs to eventually phase out versions of their movies with expiring digital codes or change the expiration date for codes, so future buyers don't get upset if a code doesn't work.

The fact the combo contains blue-ray and a regular dvd is an incentive to purchase if you have have a dvd player in one room and a blue-ray in another and you want flexibility. Perhaps you're like me and you have a blue-ray player at home, but you bring DVDs on the road for a hotel room or your laptop. Or you are looking to upgrade to blue-ray in the future.

If you're in the market for blue-ray, the combo dvd/blue-ray discs, Wall-E (Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) is actually a $1 cheaper than the blue-ray disc only product, Wall-E (Two-Disc and BD Live) [Blu-ray].
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Initial post: May 25, 2011 9:03:24 AM PDT
cody says:
how about to the "exclusive extra features like deleted scenes and others", it is the most important to consider is this good or not to buy it. (to the collectors value)

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2011 9:41:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2011 9:58:34 AM PDT
I spoke with a Disney rep. The only update is the artwork.

The actual content is the same as the previous releases including the BURN*E short etc. The combo pack is made for region A, which includes Americas, East and Southeast Asia, U.S. territories, Bermuda.

For all intents and purposes, Disney*Pixar is taking a blue-ray movie that didn't come with a DVD copy previously and adding a DVD copy. Disney is no longer including a digital copy like previous releases because eventually those codes expire. Current Disney policy states the unique digital code is good for one year from the release date of a movie. At this time, Disney is honoring expired codes. Disney needs to eventually phase out versions of their movies with expiring digital codes or change the expiration date for codes, so future buyers don't get upset if a code doesn't work.

Hope that is useful.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 6:17:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 6:19:55 AM PDT
r. stager says:
I have seen several references to "BD live". What does that mean? And thanks for your excellent review of this particular BD/DVD release.

Oh. I notice this shows subtitles only in French. Do you happen to know about that in prior releases?

Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2011 7:07:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 7:13:13 PM PDT
Hey,

I'm glad my review was helpful! I'm not sure if previous versions had english subtitles or not since I purchased this version. Sorry about that.

However, I can explain BD-Live. If you own a Blue-ray player that connects to the internet, your Blue-ray player can use the BD-Live feature to access online content. This allows you to download updated content. This includes refreshed previews, scenes and other special features that may have been added since you purchased your Blue-ray or available only via BD-Live. Basically, it offers more up-to-date and occasionally exclusive content.

Personally, I don't use it a lot because I don't spend a lot of time watching extra content. That said, it's a realy cool concept, up-to-date delivery of new content to your player. I have friends who enjoy it. If you are one of those people who do like watching extras, this is a nice add-on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2011 6:55:24 AM PDT
Allow me to add to the discussion of "BD Live". I'm one of those people who DOES watch every single feature on the discs I buy and listen to all the commentaries. I love film and movie making and want to know all the background details (though I must admit that only about 60% of all extras are worth checking out in the long run).

Anyway, if I have a disc with BD Live, I will follow it on-line to see what's there. Unfortunately, the answer is "not much". Sure you can see trailers. If you're interested, some titles (including some Disney) will allow you to chat with a friend while watching a synched movie with them, or record your own commentaries. While a few may find this entertaining, it doesn't do a lot for me.

For extra content: out of the 100 or so blu-rays I have only about 25 or so have BD Live. And only about 2-3 of those actually have extra content that adds to the BD extras of the disc your watching. The original series of "Star Trek" has a plethora of extra features on BD Live, features from the original DVD release that for some reason were left off the BD release. "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" has a feature or two on BD Live that isn't on the disc. There may be 1 or 2 more I'm forgetting.

Anyway, I wouldn't buy a disc (or even a BD player if you don't have one) just because of BD Live. It's a selling point that has never really taken off properly.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2011 2:09:45 PM PDT
Kubricker says:
Yeah, BDLive SUCKS for the most part. Mostly they show NOW PLAYING things that are months out of date!

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 8:45:07 PM PST
There's no "e" in "Blu-Ray". That's my only comment about this review.
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