The Incredibles (Widescreen Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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From the Academy Award(R) winning (2003 Best Animated Feature Film) creators of FINDING NEMO comes the action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes. Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. Exploding with fun and featuring the animated short film "Jack-Jack Attack," this spectacular 2-disc collector's edition DVD is high-flying entertainment for everyone. "It's James Bond, Indiana Jones, and the X-Men all rolled into one." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
After creating the last great traditionally animated film of the 20th century, The Iron Giant, filmmaker Brad Bird joined top-drawer studio Pixar to create this exciting, completely entertaining computer-animated film. Bird gives us a family of "supers," a brood of five with special powers desperately trying to fit in with the 9-to-5 suburban lifestyle. Of course, in a more innocent world, Bob and Helen Parr were superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But blasted lawsuits and public disapproval forced them and other supers to go incognito, making it even tougher for their school-age kids, the shy Violet and the aptly named Dash. When a stranger named Mirage (voiced by Elizabeth Pena) secretly recruits Bob for a potential mission, the old glory days spin in his head, even if his body is a bit too plump for his old super suit.
Bird has his cake and eats it, too. He and the Pixar wizards send up superhero and James Bond movies while delivering a thrilling, supercool action movie that rivals Spider-Man 2 for 2004's best onscreen thrills. While it's just as funny as the previous Pixar films, The Incredibles has a far wider-ranging emotional palette (it's Pixar's first PG film). Bird takes several jabs, including some juicy commentary on domestic life ("It's not graduation, he's moving from the fourth to fifth grade!").
The animated Parrs look and act a bit like the actors portraying them, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee also have a grand old time as, respectively, superhero Frozone and bad guy Syndrome. Nearly stealing the show is Bird himself, voicing the eccentric designer of superhero outfits ("No capes!"), Edna Mode.
Nominated for four Oscars, The Incredibles won for Best Animated Film and, in an unprecedented win for non-live-action films, Sound Editing.
This two-disc set is (shall we say it?), incredible. The digital-to-digital transfer pops off the screen and the 5.1 Dolby sound will knock the socks off most systems. But like any superhero, it has an Achilles heel. This marks the first Pixar release that doesn't include both the widescreen and full-screen versions in the same DVD set, which was a great bargaining chip for those cinephiles who still want a full-frame presentation for other family members. With a 2.39:1 widescreen ratio (that's big black bars, folks, à la Dr. Zhivago), a few more viewers may decide to go with the full-frame presentation. Fortunately, Pixar reformats their full-frame presentation so the action remains in frame.
The most-repeated segments will be the two animated shorts. Newly created for this DVD is the hilarious "Jack-Jack Attack," filling the gap in the film during which the Parr baby is left with the talkative babysitter, Kari. "Boundin'," which played in front of the film theatrically, was created by Pixar character designer Bud Luckey. This easygoing take on a dancing sheep gets better with multiple viewings (be sure to watch the featurette on the short).
Brad Bird still sounds like a bit of an outsider in his commentary track, recorded before the movie opened. Pixar captain John Lasseter brought him in to shake things up, to make sure the wildly successful studio would not get complacent. And while Bird is certainly likable, he does not exude Lasseter's teddy-bear persona. As one animator states, "He's like strong coffee; I happen to like strong coffee." Besides a resilient stance to be the best, Bird threw in an amazing number of challenges, most of which go unnoticed unless you delve into the 70 minutes of making-of features plus two commentary tracks (Bird with producer John Walker, the other from a dozen animators). We hear about the numerous sets, why you go to "the Spaniards" if you're dealing with animation physics, costume problems (there's a reason why previous Pixar films dealt with single- or uncostumed characters), and horror stories about all that animated hair. Bird's commentary throws out too many names of the animators even after he warns himself not to do so, but it's a lively enough time. The animator commentary is of greatest interest to those interested in the occupation.
There is a 30-minute segment on deleted scenes with temporary vocals and crude drawings, including a new opening (thankfully dropped). The "secret files" contain a "lost" animated short from the superheroes' glory days. This fake cartoon (Frozone and Mr. Incredible are teamed with a pink bunny) wears thin, but play it with the commentary track by the two superheroes and it's another sharp comedy sketch. There are also NSA "files" on the other superheroes alluded to in the film with dossiers and curiously fun sound bits. "Vowellet" is the only footage about the well-known cast (there aren't even any obligatory shots of the cast recording their lines). Author/cast member Sarah Vowell (NPR's This American Life) talks about her first foray into movie voice-overs--daughter Violet--and the unlikelihood of her being a superhero. The feature is unlike anything we've seen on a Disney or Pixar DVD extra, but who else would consider Abe Lincoln an action figure? --Doug Thomas
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First of all, I like how the makers of the movie didn’t shirk on making the villain realistic. Even though this is a kids movie, they didn’t sugarcoat the villain like so many other movies have. Yet the villain is not quite scary enough to give kids nightmares. Secondly, the family grows closer together as a result of the conflict and stress. Some people complain about how it seems like the family just yells at each other for the whole movie. Yes, at first they do yell, but by the end of the movie, they are fighting the villains robot together, and watching each others backs. At one point in the movie, the big sister jumps in front of a bullet to safe her little brother! (Her force field saved her, so she doesn’t get shot.) Best Pixar Film Ever!
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Just a little warning though, the DVD that comes with this US version 4-disc set (DVD in the NTSC format, 2 x blu-ray discs, the film and extras and a digital copy on disc) is that the NTSC format DVD may not play on UK machines, or if it does, the picture may not be great. The blu-ray discs work fine and that is the reason I bought this set in the first place, so I have no problem that the DVD doesn't work in my machine.
The only problem I had with the order is that Royal Mail insisted I pay £12.51 before they would deliver it. Apparently they sent it from Germany, according to the return address label so I had to pay £4.51 VAT and an £8 handling fee! It made the order rather expensive in the end, about £38!
6/9/12 This is an update to the above review. I contacted the sellers and after proving how much I had to pay for VAT and the handling charge, they kindly refunded me the full amount of £12.51. So if you have the same problem with customs and the PO, do as I did.
I bought mine from 'All Your Music' and I would highly recommend this seller.
This is a film about super heroes being forced into retirement because of a shift in public opinion. Some of the superheroes are having a hard time with their new reality. One super hero in particular (Mr.Fantastic) finds himself jumping at the chance to get back into action when called upon by a secretive source claiming a need for his services. This turns out to be a ploy to enact revenge against Mr.Fantastic. As it turns out, Mr.Fantastic's family, all of whom have super powers themselves, launches a rescue operation that evolves into a pretty wild ride.
This movie is witty, funny, edgy and fun. The inclusion of an entire super power endowed family is a cool little aspect of this story. The actors and actress all put in fantastic voice work and the result is simply an amazing movie that has a huge cult following but never seemed to get the credit that many feel it deserves.
I have had it on DVD forever but the Blu-ray has always be way too high in price to make the upgrade - until now. At under $20, I pounced and grabbed a copy.
This movie has something for everyone, young and older a like.
There is talk of a long anticipated sequel, I hope it comes to be. I think this is already seem as a classic by many.
Special features have all been ported over from the old 2-disc DVD and if memory serves, a few features were added, so this makes it a really worthy buy, or rental if you must, but if you enjoy superhero movies and Pixar releases already, the mix of both is a real knock-out, flat-out funny wonderful ride.
I'm writing this to let people who are buying this for the digital copy know that it is iTunes or Windows Media Player only.
You will not be able to play this on your Android device.
This sucks for me because I bought this (more expensive version) so I could play it on my tablet and phone from Google Play.