A Bug's Life
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There was such a magic on the screen in 1995 when the people at Pixar came up with the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story. Their second feature film, A Bug's Life, may miss the bull's-eye but Pixar's target is so lofty, it's har
Codirector Andrew Stanton warmly calls this collector's edition of A Bug's Life the "Super Genius" edition (referring to another animated delight, Wile E. Coyote). That's a better title, since this double DVD set is never as stuffy and boring as many collector's editions. On the second disc, which is jam-packed with details on how the movie was made, there isn't a single boring snippet. There must be a creed at Pixar Animation Studios dictating everything must be fun. When Stanton, director John Lasseter, or any technician comes onscreen, there are jokes, camera muggings, and controlled insanity. But there's a method to their madness. For example, the storyboarding process--sketching out the entire picture before cameras roll--isn't just explained; it's storyboarded itself. Another highlight is an early presentation of the film's subject matter that takes on the flavor of a poorly dubbed Japanese film of the '60s. There's also a wonderful process using the DVD format's rarely used angle feature that allows the viewer to go between pencil sketches, color drawings, and the finished project to see how the art progresses to the screen. The film, presented here in both widescreen and recomposed full-frame (the latter also explained on the disc), is the first DVD created by a digital source for the purest presentation possible. Whatever the presentation, this "Super Genius" edition certainly gives one pause to consider what super geniuses the folks at Pixar truly are. --Doug Thomas
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In my opinion, no one should overlook ABL because you'd be missing a great movie (as usual with Pixar) and good quality entertainment for kids and adults.
Video & Audio
ABL is one of the best looking BD out there. Everything is so transluscent, so detailed, so crisp that you'll stare in awe scene after scene. The color of the ants, the leaves, the water, everything is completely clean and immaculate in this transfer. Simply terrific.
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA also is bombastic, clear without any distortions. Amazing.
The BD of ABL carries over everything from the 2-disc CE DVD which includes an audio-commenatry, the short Geri's Game (in HD), and making of featurettes such as Production, design, animation, story, and more. Also galleries and publicity material is included. New to this BD is a 'Filmmakers Roundtable' where the director, producer and screenwriter reminicence about the making of the film. Easily this is the best piece from the set that no one should miss. Also there is the first draft of the story which has a different main character and some other different story points. This is really interesting to watch. Last, the Silly Symphony 'The Grasshopper and the Ants' is included in HD.
A DVD copy is also included.
ABL is one of Pixar's funniest, heart warming movies and of course being a Pixar film, is one of the best animated features out there. There is no reason you should avoid this film because is wonderful. Ther BD boasts terrific video & audio presentation alongside a healthy amount of bonus features old and new that makes the film even more interesting to watch. ABL on BD is very highly recommended!!