Up (Blu-Ray)

Up is one of those films that practically everyone I talked to appreciated. Some found it ultimately sad, others funny, but all appreciated the work that Pixar and Disney put into it. The film itself really discusses the limits of truth, whether it be the possibility of setting a house to flight through the use of numerous balloons or the dethroning of Charles F. Muntz (Christopher Plummer) through what all think to be a fraudulent find. The plot itself surrounds Carl (Ed Asner) being pushed off eir land and coming up with the aforementioned balloon idea, while Wilderness Explorer Russell (Jordan Nagai) gets taken for the ride.

The sheer amount of different features that are being put onto an average Blu-Ray release is astounding. Where early efforts only rivaled the additional content of a DVD, releases like Disney/Pixar’s Up really showcase what can be done with the media. “Partyly Cloudy” is an additional animated short whose inclusion reminds me of early-nineties films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, while “Geriatric Hero” is a mini-documentary that showcases the work that animators took on noting the lifestyles of older individuals. In the same way, the short “Our Flightless Friend Kevin” has the cast and crew attempt to understand exactly what they were going for in the creation of the titular character.

The release of Up on Blu-Ray provides viewers with the film in any format they would like, while giving those that want a little bit more countless additional features and reasons to keep the release in their player. The film itself is made all the more touching by the inclusion of these featurettes, which provide countless insights into the creative process and the path ultimately taken by Up.

Rating: 9.2/10

Up (Blu-Ray) / 2009 Disney / 96 Minutes / http://www.dig.com / http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/UP/

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