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Finding Nemo [Blu-ray] (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray/DVD in Blu-ray Packaging)

 

(Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, 2003)

 

Other Blu-ray Editions available:
Another 3-disc (but in DVD packaging) version   and a 5-disc version (with 3-D + Digital Copy)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Walt Disney

Video: Disney Video

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:40:29.440

Disc Size: 42,297,476,213 bytes

Feature Size: 29,107,789,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.50 Mbps

Chapters: 33

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: December 4th, 2012

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 6333 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 6333 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital EX Audio French 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital EX Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
* Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

• 'Knick Knack' Theatrical Short (3:37)

• HD Aquarium (continuous)

• Cine-Explore (visual commentary that provides artwork and images along with the filmmaker commentary)

• Finding Nemo - A RoundTable Discussion (17:37)

Re-Inventing The Submarine Voyage (15:05)

• Deleted Scene / Alt Opening (3:04)

A Lesson in Flashback (7:59)

• Maximize Your Home Theater

 

Blu-ray 2

• 6 HD Aquarium options (Anemone, Jellyfish, Plate Coral, Reef, Sandy Reef, School of Fish)

• Art Review (8:38)

• Making Nemo (25:36)

Exploring the Reef (7:01)

• Studio Tour (5:24)

Old School (8 short Production clips)

• 4 Outtakes (Chicken Fish, Dory Muttering, Rove McManus, Albert Brook Punchlines)

• 7 Deleted Scenes (Crush the Hippie, Shark Volleyball, Frantic Dad, Scent of Lavender, Sewage, Prologue: Bedtime Story, Soap Opera / Gil Lies)

• Publicity Pieces (Teaser, 3 Trailers etc.)

• Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia (interactive)

 

DVD of the Feature included

 

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Description: In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of memorable comedic characters on his momentous journey to find Nemo. Bring home the humor and heartfelt emotion of the epic adventure that captured the Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film" (2003).

 

 

The Film:

Pixar Animation Studios' wonderful new aquatic fable tells the story of Marlin (Albert Brooks), a nervous, fearful clown fish searching the big, wide ocean to find his rebellious son Nemo (Alexander Gould), who was scooped up by a fisherman. The movie's stunningly rich visualization of an undersea wonderland is matched by a sense of humor that is fresh, sure of itself, and devoid of the cutesy, saccharine condescension that drips through so many family comedies. The wittiest characters are Marlin's absent-minded traveling companion, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a cheery blue tang afflicted with short-term memory loss, and Bruce (Barry Humphries), a scary Great White Shark who has adopted a 12-step program to curb his insatiable appetite for other fish.

Excerpt from Stephen Holden at the NY Times located HERE

Andrew Stanton, who helped write Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., co-wrote and directed this computer-animated comedy-adventure about finding a very small fish in a very large ocean. Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) is a more-than-slightly paranoid Clown Fish who is extremely devoted to his young son, Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould), the only survivor after an undersea predator swallowed up Nemo's mother and her other offspring. It's not Marlin's nature to explore unfamiliar waters, but when he and Nemo are accidentally separated near the Great Barrier Reef en route to Nemo's first day of fish school, Marlin gathers his courage and sets out to find his son. What Marlin doesn't know, however, is that while Nemo was looking at a boat passing on the surface, he was caught in a net and given a new home in a dentist's aquarium. As Marlin searches for his son, he makes friends with a friendly but absent-minded Regal Blue Tang named Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), a Great White Shark named Bruce (voice of Barry Humphries) who is trying to cut fish out of his diet, a beach-rat Sea Tortoise named Crush (voice of Andrew Stanton), and Nigel (voice of Geoffrey Rush), a Pelican who can take Marlin's search from the ocean to dry land. Finding Nemo's impressive voice cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Eric Bana, Stephen Root, and Brad Garrett.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Finding Nemo - another of the anxiously-awaited Pixar masterworks arrives on Blu-ray from Disney. Wow. As many might have anticipated, the image quality is brilliant with not-so-much as a pixel out of place. The reef, the anemone, the fish 'school' ground, the Dentist office aquarium showcase highly impressive exuberant colors. The exotic fish yellows, oranges and the filter-doctored aquarium and diver mask greens are... jaw-dropping.  This is dual-layered and being digital animation - its is absolutely flawless in 1080P. Every hint, tone, shadow are all intentional. Contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. This Blu-ray looks even better than I was anticipating. The visuals are hypnotic in their beauty - you could actually watch the film without sound - it is that good - the video receives a perfect score.

 

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Audio :

We should comment that this disc come with 'English Descriptive Video Service' as an option. The audio doesn't take a backseat to the video with a robust Dolby TrueHD 7.1 at a massive 6333 kbps. The ever present background noise of bubbling filter water, distant sweeping tides, or pelican wing flaps ebb forward or retreat due to the scene requirements. A few sequences showcase powerful depth (shark chase) and Brooks and DeGeneres' voice inflections are picked-up with pinpoint precision by the lossless track through the center channel. Range is restrained but displays it's capable nature when called upon. Thomas Newman's (WALL·E) score benefits greatly from the uncompressed transfer with voilin strings that have a deep resonance. There are DUBs and optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

Without dissecting all the bountiful supplements that cover the feature and a second Blu-ray disc - I found the highlights to be the Cine-Explore visual commentary track that provides artwork and images along with the filmmaker commentary.

 

 

The 3.5-minute 'Knick Knack' theatrical short made before Nemo is a nice addition - as are the HD Aquarium screen-saver options (Anemone, Jellyfish, Plate Coral, Reef, Sandy Reef, School of Fish.) I also think it is a definite bonus for Disney to add the Maximize Your Home Theater feature. There are also videos found on the previous SD-DVD with Outtakes and Deleted Scenes - plus there is a kind of interactive Encyclopedia (Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia) where you can learn about fish and the ocean environment.

 

 

Blu-ray 2

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I LOVED revisiting this film in 1080P. Finding Nemo is another of my favorite Pixar features. DeGeneres and Brooks work so well together - I always wondered if there would be some sort of sequel.  Wouldn't it be amazing if all Blu-rays were this complete? An amazing film worthy of multiple repeat viewings, coupled with spectacular a/v. Truly this is a very easy recommendation. Buy with extreme confidence. 

Gary Tooze

November 16th, 2012

Other Blu-ray Editions available:
Another 3-disc (but in DVD packaging) version   and a 5-disc version (with 3-D + Digital Copy)

 

 

About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 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.

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