Disney Pixar Ultimate Movie Collection (Toy Story / Toy Story 2 / Finding Nemo / The Incredibles / A Bug's Life / Monsters, Inc. / Cars / Ratatouille)
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(Aug 19, 2008)
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DESCRIPTION: Disney-Pixar Ultimate Movie Collection includes eight of Pixar's full length films on DVD:
Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition (G) Original Release Date(1995), Approximate Run Time(81 min) Featured voice talent includes Tim Allen and Tom Hanks
A Bug's Life (G) Original Release Date(1998), Approximate Run Time(95 min) Featured voice talent includes Phyllis Diller, Dave Foley, and Brad Garrett
Toy Story 2 Special Edition (G) Original Release Date(1999), Approximate Run Time(92 min) Featured voice talent includes Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammer
Monsters, Inc (G) Original Release Date(2001), Approximate Run Time(93 min) Featured voice talent includes Billy Crystal and John Goodman
Finding Nemo (G) Original Release Date(2003), Approximate Run Tim(100 min) Featured voice talent includes Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres
Incredibles (PG) Original Release Date(2004), Approximate Run Time(115 min) Featured voice talent includes Craig Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson
Cars (G) Original Release Date(2006), Approximate Run Time(116 min) Featured voice talent includes Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt and Larry The Cable Guy
Ratatouille (G) Original Release Date(2007), Approximate Run Time(111 min) Featured voice talent includes Patton Oswalt, and Lou Romano. END
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1. Cars (4 stars) - BY FAR the most popular with my boys. Hotshot racecar Lightning McQueen gets lost while being transported across country, and ends up in desert-rural Radiator Springs where life is considerably slower than he's used to. The opening race scene is amazingly good. At 2 hours, perhaps a little long for one sitting.
2. Toy Story 2 (5 stars) - Woody the Cowboy is kidnapped by a collector who intends to sell him to a toy museum in Japan, and it's up to Buzz and others to rescue him. Features a memorable visit to a Toys R Us-like store complete with a Barbie tour guide and a complete wall-full of Buzz Lightyears.
3. Ratatouille (4 stars) - a surprisingly engaging story about a rat who can cook. He helps a young sous-chef make something of himself. The "climax" with the food critic (and the eponymous dish of food) are surprisingly moving. Oddly, the quality of the computer animation makes the rats creepier than, say, the mice/rats in Disney's Great Mouse Detective or The Rescuers.
4. The Incredibles (5 stars) - Forced into retirement amid lawsuits and public relation disasters, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are try to raise kids (also with super powers) like a normal family. Craving adventure like the old days, Mr. Incredible gets drawn into a sinister plot and it's up to the rest of the family to rescue him. Great fun all the way through.
5. Finding Nemo (3 stars) - visually spectacular story of a father Clown Fish's attempt to find and rescue his son, captured by a diver and put into a dentist's aquarium. Unfortunately, it often feels like a string of action set pieces which makes it less enjoyable for an adult on repeated viewings.
6. Toy Story (5 stars) - the film that started it all: Sheriff Woody is replaced as Andy's favourite toy by upstart (and delusional) Buzz Lightyear. But when they get lost they must work together to find their way back to Andy's house. Great fun and stands up very well on repeated viewings.
All 6 of the above have, at some point, been my elder son's favourite. The final two are rarely (if ever) requested by either of my boys.
7. A Bug's Life (3 stars) - somewhat contrived second effort from Pixar, probably the least re-watchable film in this set. Cars and toys lend themselves especially well to computer animation. These bugs look blocky and generic, and the story is predictable animated adventure fare (and therefore a little dull).
8. Monster's Inc. (? stars) - I have never seen this film all the way through, because my boys simply do not watch it! Perhaps that tells you everything you need to know about the film.
It's too bad this box set is no longer available - it was $75-ish when I bought it, and I've certainly got my money's worth. All these films (except Bug's Life, and possibly Monster's Inc) are very rewatchable and can be enjoyed over and over, which is good because we all know how kids like to rewatch the same things over and over..... 6 of the 8 films are the 2-disc special editions (Cars and Ratatouille are not), so there's also lots of extras for the adult animation fan to enjoy after the kids have gone to bed.
Even though the product specs say the films are 4:3, they are not. Each of the films is available in widescreen and a few are available in both widescreen and fullscreen. So widescreen snobs like me have nothing to worry about--you'll get the full 16:9 experience. Also, the set comes with 14 DVDs, not 8 as Amazon first stated. There are two discs for most of the films with one for a couple of them. In most cases the second DVD is full of the standard extras.
So here is what you're getting: all of the Pixar films up through Ratatouille. They are all widescreen (with a few having the option to watch in fullscreen) and all have at least some extras. The package comes in a nice "accordian style" case where each of the fourteen "pages" holds one of the DVDs.
It's a great set and exactly what those of us need who don't care to buy each of the movies on its own. Kudos to Pixar for the great set. Now if only they had waited until *after* Wall-E...