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Up on Blu-Ray

Published November 3, 2009 in DVD News
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Pixar
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So when will films start being released in 3D, as promised by all the TV retailers. My TV is 3D-ready -- whatever that means -- and I'm ready to do 3D in the comfort of my own home. Not that not having 3D hurts Up, but this film looked absolutely INCREDIBLE in 3D. Straight wowed me in theaters. But I digress...

Though Up does not come home in the third dimension, it still looks incredible on Blu-ray.

Blu-Ray Review: Up

The colors, contrast and shading is done so well in Up that viewers can at least get an idea of the film's understanding of depth and dimension. Some backgrounds purposely stretch forever and, at times, there is enough contract to pull the characters and other close objects off the screen. In short, visuals galore, but there's also plenty of story and some nice extras.

When it comes to Pixar's shorts, I adore them. Up comes with Partly Cloudy, something I wished the Blu-ray would play right at the beginning of the film just like in the theaters. Partly Cloudy is a great short, and should put a smile on your face; just remember to watch it from the menu's list of features. A short you didn't see in theaters, however, is Dug's Special Mision. If you are into the dogs in Up, which you should be, then you will get a kick out of this. It's also kind of neat as this short could have been part of the film.

While I was disappointed in Monsters, Inc.'s lack of making-of featurettes, Up has plenty. Not only can you see all the alternate endings to the film's villain, Muntz, but you can see the special requirements to animating this movie. Coming back to the dogs, it turns out that they were quite a trick to piece together. What I loved was a featurette that focused on the opening of Up, where we see Carl meet Ellie, grow old, and then become widowed. Makes my girl cry every time. So, in terms of packaging, everything is great.

Last, but definitely not least, is that the film does look excellent on my new 50" Panasonic Plasma. Probably the best looking TV I've seen to date -- save for a laser TV I saw some time ago -- the TV allows Up to literally shine. The film is incredibly detailed -- details only 1080p can see.

Up comes to Blu-ray and DVD on November 11th.

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