(aka 'Route 66" "The Cars')
Directed by John Lasseter
Pixar strikes gold once again with "Cars". It is a wonderfully imaginative film. Filled with just the right amount of nostalgia and sentimentality to win over audiences of all ages. "Cars" was initially slated for a November 2005 release, but according to Pixar; was held back for the more profitable summer movie season. Now each time a film is delayed usually spells trouble. That, combined with a lackluster marketing campaign and uninspired preview trailers had me convinced Pixar had finally taken a step back. I am pleased to report that is not the case. They clearly made the right decision to wait for a summer release. "Cars" is easily the best animated film of the year so far, and should fill the studio coffers quite nicely.
Theatrical Release: March 14th, 2006
DVD Review: Walt Disney - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Walt Disney Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
2.39:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Studio: Walt Disney Video
Original Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
• All-new animated short:
Mater and the Ghostlight
It is kind of unfair to put these modern animation, digital to digital, transfers on the same platform as film-to-DVD as they are so perfect - no artifacts, super clean and brilliantly sharp. The technology makes them look as pristine as one can imagine - some of the best reference DVDs for Home Theaters. Anyway, Cars, the newest Pixar film to be sold on DVD, is no different. Colors are vibrant - it looks spectacular - with not a pixel out of place. The 5.1 audio (especially during racing scenes) is quite impressive and exceedingly dynamic. There are optional English subtitles.
The extras are pretty good but no audio commentary. There is a new animated short called Mater and the Ghostlight plus another excellent 4-minute short entitled One Man Band. Lasseter (who gets screen time on these things more than I would appreciate) bores us with his inspiration for Cars and there are 4 deleted scenes (about 10 minutes worth).
Overall, if you have young children (especially boys) this is kind of a must own. It looks and sounds incredible - the film itself is a far cry from Toy Story but it should keep many adults interested as well.
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