H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def discs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Sony BDP-S300 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
Gary W. Tooze
WALL•E Three-Disc Special Edition [Blu-ray]
(Andrew Stanton, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Video: Walt Disney Video Home Entertainment
Feature film disc size: 22.21 Gig
Two dual-layered Blu-rays and one digital copy with activation code
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 18th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
• Presto Animated Short (5:15)
• Burn-E: All-new animated short (7:35 - HD!)
• Burn-E with Boards - picture-in-picture (BD Exclusive)
• Sneak Peeks
• The Pixar Story by Leslie Iwerks (1:28:20 - in HD!- 13 Gig!)
• Geek-o-Rama (4:48 - HD!)
Notes on a Score (10:40 - HD!)
• An HD preview of next year's release of Pinocchio is included that is absolutely sock-dropping.
Digital Copy with activation code
Product Description: The highly acclaimed director of FINDING NEMO and the creative storytellers behind CARS and RATATOUILLE transport you to a galaxy not so far away for a new cosmic comedy adventure about a determined robot named WALL-E. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe. Transport yourself to a fascinating new world with Disney-Pixar's latest adventure, now even more astonishing on DVD and loaded with bonus features, including the exclusive animated short film BURN-E. WALL•E is a film your family will want to enjoy over and over again.
I think you'll agree that Pixar is not only the leading American animation studio in purely technical terms, but and this goes some way to explain that assertion it assumes the most mature audience. By "mature" I do not necessary mean "adult." I mean " grown-up" - you know: when a person of just about any age whose head is not stuck in the toilet nor requires that challenges be met across a line drawn in the sand. It also means that character in both senses of the word is as important as the story. This is why Dumbo and Pinocchio are the classics they are, and it is why Wall-E may someday join them.
Just as Ratatouille asked audiences to accept a rat in the kitchen, no less as a heroic figure, Wall-E demands attention without spoken dialogue for well over a half hour. It's a bold move all the more so in that there is no voiceover nursing us along - and this right from the beginning of the film. Not satisfied with such a genre-bending demand on the audience, many of whom would be children, Pixar ups the ante by draining the image of color (the exceptions are zowie) and the audio of speech (not as we know it) for the first Act anyhow. Instead, Andrew Stanton, who had directed Pixar's most colorful movie to date, Finding Nemo, presents a literal garbage heap of textures through which our hero, WALL•E (that's Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth) sifts his way, relentlessly performing his assigned tasks on a planet that 700 years ago was evacuated, our having used up its resources while simultaneously polluting them.
One day, in a fit of thunder, Eve arrives. Eve is cool, sleek, perfect, metal, and utterly devoted to her mission to seek out and collect a plant sample, ignoring Wall-E's attempts to get her to respond to his new-found feelings of love, to interact and to protect. As it happens Wall-E has already found what Eve is looking for and it's not sex. And once Eve's automatic systems take over she, the plant, and WALL•E, who has secretly hitched a ride on her mother ship, is forwarded to one of the floating paradises for analysis and the inevitable political intrigues: It seems that there are those who would prefer humans not return to Earth.
Once on board the Axiom, color, dialogue and plot explodes faster than you can say "industrial waste." It will not be lost on any but the staunchest corporate retiree that too much peace and relaxation can make Jack a dull boy. Like many an animated movie, WALL•E has a strong, but not preachy moralistic message. And, like other tools as well as humans, it is not the use or the mission, but what one does with the tool or oneself that counts. That's what character is all about.
Leonard Norwitz, DVDBeaver
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Thething about digital animation is that it is essentially flawless - it should have none of the common deficiencies that we can find when transferring live-action film to high-definition digital - things like edge-enhancement or noise removal manipulation. Haze and blurriness are intentional effects to create the perception of motion. Out-of-focus experiences are simply created to make the true focal object more primary to our vision. By rendering digital animation to Blu-ray we should be able to obtain the highest accuracy of the original, flawless intent. So here we have WALL•E. The smoke-filled planet he resides eventually contrasting with the pristine clarity of space and beyond. I can't really critique the transfer at all - it is perfect. One could only state likes and dislikes with the animation style. Well, I like this more subdued presentation - few flashy colors and heavy on the multi-layered contrast. The contours and shadow depth are brilliant and this is one of the few digital animation images that I have seen that shows true depth that one occasionally sees from live-action on Blu-ray. It borders on breathtaking and the visuals have a pristine quality that impresses over and over. The feature takes up about 22 Gig on a dual-layered disc. You may click on the screen grabs to see the full 1080 resolution.
NOTE: This may be the first time that we can bypass the promos and previews (mercifully fewer this time) simply by hitting "Top Menu" on the remote.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio & Music:
NOTE: This is the 3-disc version which I am sure is the exact same as the 2-disc only with the digital copy.
November 11th, 2008