Rio is one of those films that viewers of all ages can appreciate. This is due to the fact that the film showcases the trials and tribulations of an underdog, who meets a tremendously interesting cast of characters on the way. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a macau that has never learned to fly, and is constantly egged on by a number of the local animals. Feeling that ey is missing something major in eir life, it becomes Blu’s burning wish to be able to take to the skies. A star-studded cast including George Lopez (Rafael), Anne Hathaway (Jewel), and will.i.am (Pedro) insert a number of different jokes and songs into the narrative.
There are a number of additional features that have been bundled with Rio, ensuring that the replay value of the film is further increased from an already high mark. While there are traditional featurettes like deleted scenes present, the two music videos – Taio Cruz’s “Telling the World” and the cut for “Welcome to Rio” add a little additional sparkle. The jukebox option gives listeners the opportunity to just enjoy the numbers to their own fill rather than being forced to fast-forward the film, while the different language options (English, Spanish, French) will allow this release to sell well no matter where in North America one may be.
Make sure to pick up a copy of the Rio version currently out on store shelves, as our DVD version came with a very copy of Angry Birds Rio. Time will only tell whether there will a sequel to this film, but I believe that the quality of the original should bring Fox to open their coffers for additional features in this vein.
Rio (DVD) / 2011 Fox / 96 Minutes / http://www.fox.com