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Wreck-It Ralph [Blu-ray]

 

(Rich Moore, 2012)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Video: Walt Disney Studios

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:41:13.415

Disc Size: 38,509,185,480 bytes

Feature Size: 25,470,388,224 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.17 Mbps

Chapters: 33

Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: March 5th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4750 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4750 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

 

Subtitles:

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

 

Extras:

"Paperman" Theatrical Short -- A Young Man In An Office Sees The Girl Of His Dreams In A Skyscraper Window Across The Street. But How Can He Get Her Attention? (6:34)
Bit By Bit: Creating The Worlds Of WRECK-IT RALPH -- Game Jump Through The Worlds Of The Film With The Filmmakers, Artists And Animators Who Created it (16:40)
Disney Intermission: The Gamer's Guide To WRECK-IT RALPH -- Hosted By Chris Hardwick
Deleted & Alternate Scenes with optional commentary by Rich Moore (14:28)
Video Game Commercials -- Original Commercials For Fix-It Felix, Jr., Hero's Duty And Sugar Rush (2:39)

Digital Copy tutorial

Package has DVD

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Prepare for adventure when 'the most original film in years' (Bryan Erdy, CBS-TV) that thrilled audiences of all ages drops on Blu-ray! From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. Then, when an evil enemy threatens their world, Ralph realizes he holds the fate of the entire arcade in his massive hands. Featuring an all-star voice cast and breakthrough bonus features that take you even deeper into the world of video games, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph has something for every player.

 

 

The Film:

An 8-bit video-game character attempts to shed his bad-guy image by escaping into a popular first-person shooter, but inadvertently wreaks havoc in the video-game universe by freeing a digital villain who can only be contained with the help of a most unlikely ally in this colorful animated adventure. Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) is the arch nemesis of Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), one of the most beloved video-game icons of all time. In a noble bid to prove he is more than the sum of his programming, Ralph sneaks from his cozy retro home into a highly advanced combat game featuring battle-hardened soldier Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch), and strives to prove his bravery by winning a medal. In the process, however, Ralph accidentally frees the greatest threat the video-game world has ever seen. But all hope is not lost, because if Ralph can just convince unpredictable cart racer Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) to help set things right, perhaps he can finally unleash his inner hero and save the arcade from certain destruction.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

At a cursory glance, Wreck-It Ralph may seem to offer nothing to anyone bereft of a passion for classic gaming. Truth be told, there are ample references to games and gaming characters, and not without a deep and knowledgeable affection. The jokes don't come from the mere appearance of these characters, but also videogame fundamentals actually permeate into the traits of the film's original characters. In fact, possibly the most thoughtful nod to gaming is the jerky movements of the characters within the Fix-it Felix cabinet, superbly calling back to the limited range of motion afforded to 80s-era arcade fodder. It's a balance of overt reference and the methods by which various gaming trademarks play into Wreck-It Ralph's overarching universe. And that universe is precisely what will draw in even those who have never held a controller.

Excerpt from the Toronto Star located HERE

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

You can't really go wrong with digital animation and Wreck-It Ralph looks exactly like it did when I took my kids to the theater to see it a couple of months ago.  There isn't much to say - the Blu-ray from Disney doesn't have a pixel out of place.  This is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate. Colors in the film seems intentionally duller than you might find on a similar animated feature but they remain tight and everything is perfectly clean. Contrast is exceptional establishing some good detail and a sense of depth creeps into many scenes. This is without flaws of any kind that my system could discern. It looks as marvelous as it did in the theatre.

 

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Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a whopping 4750 kbps is wonderful. Separations and depth are most notable in Vanellope's car races but the entire film is rife with effect noises from video games of the past with electronic beeps and hums to downright explosive energy in the 'battle' sequence. Henry Jackman's score (X-Men: First Class) rises and falls accentuating the emotion of each scene and benefits from the uncompressed rendering. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

Extras include the 6.5-minute "Paperman" short that also precedes the theatrical version of Wreck-It Ralph. It's about a young man in an office who sees the girl of his dreams in a skyscraper window across the street and his tireless efforts to seek her out. Bit By Bit: Creating The Worlds Of WRECK-IT RALPH is a 15-minute piece with the filmmakers, artists and animators who created it. There are 15-minutes of deleted & alternate scenes (rough sketches/storyboards) with optional commentary by director Rich Moore as well as a couple of minutes of video game commercials for Fix-It Felix, Jr., Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush. The disc has an interesting feature called 'Disney Intermission' where, if you pause the film for more than 5 seconds it goes right to this mode (you opt out of it by pressing 'Enter' to return to the film). The intermission featurette is The Gamer's Guide To WRECK-IT RALPH hosted by Chris Hardwick. The supplements include a Digital Copy tutorial and the package has DVD of the film.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
My 7 year-old son told me that Wreck-it Ralph is the greatest film of all time. Our house was buzzing when the Blu-ray arrived. Dopey but lovable Ralph and sweet, but devilish, Vanellope make a great team - I hope they have further adventures together. Old time 'gamers' should get a nostalgic kick out of the film as well. Certainly this is recommended! 

Gary Tooze

February 16th, 2013

 

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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