'Wreck-It Ralph' (Blu-ray 3D Ultimate Collector's)
(John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, et al / Blu ray+DVD / NR / 2013 / Walt Disney Studios)
Overview: 'Wreck-It Ralph' is an aminated film about an arcade game "bad guy" (John C. Reilly) who's tired of being overshadowed by "good guy" Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) and goes game jumping while the arcade is closed in an attempt to reinvent himself!
Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Whoever thought this idea up was a genius! I mean, come on now - all our favorite arcade game characters brought to "life" and now joining in on an adventure behind-the-scenes of the gaming community. Classic!
And the cast they got together to voice these guys couldn't fit the characters any better either! John C. Reilly as the big guy Wreck-it Ralph; Sarah Silverman as the spirited and surprisingly funny Vanellope von Schweetz; Jane Lynch as the stoic and hilarious Sergeant Calhoun; and Jack McBrayer as the lovable and hilarious Fix-it Felix Junior are just all so good in what they do.
And so, as you can guess, 'Wreck-It Ralph' is an absolutely hilarious movie, and sure it may run at a short time, but the performances from all of the actors fit their roles perfectly and couldn't be funnier. Indeed, we shouldn't forget Alan Tudyk (Firefly) who plays King Candy and does an amazingly unique impression of what might be considered `The Mad Hatter' with his own twist!
As for the storyline, well basically, 'Wreck-It Ralph' is tired of being hated, feared, and ignored as a bad guy. So he sets out one night to prove he can be a hero by winning a medal in another game in the arcade. His journey takes him first to the first-person-shooter world of "Hero's Duty," then to the candy-coated racing game "Sugar Rush," all the while pursued by Felix, the hero of his own game, and Calhoun, a tough and cynical soldier from "Hero's Duty."
Along the way Ralph befriends Vanellope, a "glitch" character from "Sugar Rush," and agrees to help her gain recognition as a true video game character, only to uncover a darker side to the saccharine racer game! Oh, and he inadvertantly brings a villain from "Hero's Duty" to "Sugar Rush."
And in the end, it may be up to a villain and a glitch to set things right! I mean, come on now, how does all that sound? Fun, yes?! The 3D version of the fim doesn't really bring to life anything that didn't watching it on "2D," so to speak. So I'm not too sure why Disney keeps doing these animated films in such a way? Money-spinning, perhaps, but expensive for both sides of the coin, I'm sure.
Also included is a black-and-white animated short called "Paperman," a sweet and lighthearted cel-shaded CGI feature that's effectively told without dialogue or any color - save a hint of red lipstick! It is to die for, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
"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?
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
Disney Intermission: The Gamer's Guide To WRECK-IT RALPH - Hosted By Chris Hardwick
Deleted & Alternate Scenes
Video Game Commercials - Original Commercials For Fix-It Felix, Jr., Hero's Duty And Sugar Rush