'The Incredibles' (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
(Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Jason Lee, et al / 4-Disc Blu ray+DVD / NR / (2004) 2011 / BVHE)
Overview: Known to the world as superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, Bob Parr and his wife Helen were among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs to live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.
Blu ray Verdict: As you well know by now, 'The Incredibles' is another Disney/Pixar collaboration that gives us a genuinely funny movie that teaches us some very important values about family life.
'The Incredibles' are a family of "Supers" forced to enter into the Superhero protection program and go into hiding after a series of unfortunate events that leads to a ton of super hero's finding themselves being sued by the very people they saved. The build-up to what becomes to core story of the film is superb as it allows Brad Bird (Writer/Director) to give us a real depiction of family life whilst adding the superhero element to the mix.
The characters are something unique and The Incredibles presents a platform in which to give each unique character their own equal spotlight. Before going further into the movie I will give a quick rundown of each character to give you a good perspective of how the chemistry of the characters plays out on screen.
Bob Parr/Mr Incredible: He's a man who's stuck in the past, after the initial opening of the movie we're given the view of his life in the present. He works for a faceless insurance company and although he was forced by the government to go into hiding, he can't resist but be the hero he was in the past. He and his friend Lucius Best/Frozone sit in the car listening to the police scanner to pick out crimes to solve or robberies to stop. Played by Craig T. Nelson.
Helen Parr/Elastigirl: She's the typical housewife who's forced to juggle an entire family of superhero's and the daily household chores. Played by Holly Hunter.
Violet Parr: She's the typical shy teenage girl who has the ability to turn herself invisible and create forcefields using only her mind. Played by Sarah Vowell.
Dash Parr: The name says it all as Dash has the ability to be super fast. He's the typical mischievous young boy who's always getting in trouble with school using his super speed to play pranks on his teachers. Dash is also very competitive and wants nothing more but to take part in the school sporting events, because they're in hiding he simply isn't allowed to. Played by Spencer Fox.
Lucius Best/Frozone: This is the best friend of Mr. Incredible and has been since the original super days, he's a man who has the ability to use ice as a weapon or as a way of getting around. Played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Buddy Pine/Syndrome: He was once Mr. Incredibles biggest fan but after an incident that left him getting handed to the police by Mr. Incredible, he developed into a mastermind inventor and the arch nemesis of Mr. Incredible and called himself Syndrome. Played by Jason Lee.
During an equally tough day in work Bob Parr ends up assaulting his boss and getting himself fired, and the government are forced to pay off the company to keep them quiet. Bob doesn't tell Helen about him being fired as he receives an envelope with a secret message offering him a chance to become a hero again. All he has to do is fly to a deserted island and destroy the most intelligent and most destructive machine ever created.
After a successful first mission, Bob is given many more missions that pay very well, he tells Helen he's received a promotion at work but after becoming suspicious of Bob, Helen manages to find out that Bob had been fired a long time ago. On the Island Bob discovers there's more to his job than just destroying intelligent robots when he's attacked by Syndrome, his arch nemesis who used to be Mr. Incredibles biggest fan, Buddy.
This is the typical Disney movie that endeavours to teach us something good about the average family life, with the involvement of Brad Bird it manages to do this without it being too corny. The comedy is something great too as there are parts that the adults can relate to and may, at times find themselves laughing hysterically to. There are also parts that will make the kids laugh which is something that genuinely makes this movie unique, it has a way of making all members of the family laugh in very different ways. Brilliant film and is something that should be watched by the entire family together.
The audio track is amazing( English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio ) in that you can feel every bit of sound you hear. There's also a dolby digital track for the french and spanish audio as well as a English 2.0 dvs, I briefly heard the french track out of curiosity and so far it's on par with the english one. Subtitles look great in that you can see them and they don't blur the screen or blind into the background making it difficult to see them.
This Blu-ray/DVD release is jam packed with extras spread out over each disc giving you more then enough to keep you coming back to watch them over time. [SS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
'The Incredibles' includes the following all-new Bonus Features plus all the classic DVD features:
• The Incredibles Revisited – A roundtable discussion with Writer/Director Brad Bird, Producer John Walker, Story Supervisor Mark Andrews, Supervising Technical Director Rick Sayre, Production Designer Lou Romano, Character Designer Teddy Newton, and Supervising Animator Tony Fucile.
• Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday – Trying to make a movie when there are not enough work days and too many birthday parties? This feature showcases how The Incredibles crew solved that problem.
• Ending With A Bang: Making The End Credits – Interview with Director of Photography Andy Jimenez and Character Designer Teddy Newton about the process of creating the end credits for the film.
• “The New Nomanisan” Island Redevelopment Plan – A guided tour of Nomanisan Island, post-Syndrome, pitching the island as a vacation resort paradise.
Classic DVD Features include:
• The Incredibles feature film
• The original short film Jack-Jack Attack
• Pixar’s Academy Award®-nominated short film Boundin’ (2003 Best Animated Short)