The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Disney/Pixar - 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 115 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Voices: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Elizabeth Pena
Written & Directed by: Brad Bird
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 12, 2011
"Save The Day"
Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be 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 where they 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.
I generally summarize the film as part of My Take but found the synopsis included in the press release to be excellent. It contains a perfect snapshot of the film so I decided to use it:
The Incredibles follows the adventures of a family of former superheroes who are rediscovering the true source of their powers—in one another. Once one of the world’s top masked crime fighters, Bob Parr (a.k.a. Mr. Incredible) fought evil and saved lives on a daily basis. But 15 years later, he and his wife Helen (the former Elastigirl) have been forced to take on civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs. Today they, and all superheroes, live as mere mortals. Bob and Helen lead all-too-ordinary lives with their children, new baby Jack-Jack, Violet, and “Dash” who both go out of their way to appear “normal”. As a clock-punching insurance man, the only thing Bob fights these days is boredom and a bulging waistline. Itching for action, the sidelined superhero gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. Now, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the family must come together and once again find the fantastic in their family life.
I guess I am just a big kid at heart but when this arrived at my door I couldn’t help feeling a little more giddy than I care to admit. I would imagine that by now most reading this have seen or are at least familiar with The Incredibles. I have often been asked which of the Disney/Pixar films I like the best. That is a tough question because as a fan I find them all highly entertaining. I think that the best way to answer that question would be to say that my personal favorite depends. With Disney now releasing them on Blu-ray I have been able to experience them in a new way and it seems like whenever I finish watching one I say to myself ‘this is my favorite’. That is exactly how I felt after watching The Incredibles for this review. It has been a number of years since I have seen it but it’s still so much fun to watch. The story isn’t complex but engages by integrating definable plot points that speak to familial and social issues combined with elements of humor, action/adventure and fantasy. Add well constructed characters, clever exposition, and intelligent direction to the mix and this is high bar, memorable family fun. Each of the primary members of the cast is each given their moment to shine and does so with warm enthusiasm and spot on timing. Films like The Incredibles can be shared and enjoyed from one generation to the next which is a testament to the quality of family oriented entertainment that comes the folks at Disney/Pixar. Fans will be pleased to hear that they have given it the star treatment on Blu-ray as it looks and sounds spectacular.
The rating is for action violence. There is nothing in this film that would be inappropriate for young viewers.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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The Incredibles comes to Blu-ray disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 Mbps.
This is a reference quality high definition presentation that delivers superlative imagery. When it was first released the DVD it was the go to for reference/demonstration purposes as it exhibited incredible depth, lush color and clear delineation. This presentation literally takes it to another level entirely. The quality of the images onscreen can be visually arresting. Detail and definition is impeccably rendered as images have a resplendent and sparkling clarity that is appreciably three dimensional.
The attention to detail in the construction of the animated characters features and objects within each frame is fascinating. Looking at Bob’s Mr. Incredible costume I could easily make out the pattern of the fabric in the blue “mega mesh” material or the textures on walls and cloth covered furniture in E’s house. The scenes that take place on the island look amazing. I could see the subtle shades of green in the jungle foliage, the uneven and rough surfaces on rock formations and the suppleness of standing water.
Colors are deeply saturated and exhibit clean rendering that is enhanced by a luminous and vivid quality that looks beautiful in high definition. Each of the characters has distinctive physical qualities that are attributable to them not only in size and shape but color, all of which are fully realized. Blacks are rich, dynamic and deep without compromise. Low level scenes are equally impressive and offer excellent image penetration. The dark and shadowy sequences that take place in the cave (where Bob hides from Syndrome) and later as he approaches and sneaks into the well guarded compound have excellent depth, dimension and visible detail within objects and backgrounds. Contrast is striking without over stimulating colors or washing out white detail. Other than a very minor complaint (which I didn’t feel required a deduction) this is one of the best looking high definition presentations I have had the pleasure of seeing in my theater room. Woo hoo!
This lossless soundtrack earns of perfect technical rating and improves upon the lossy Dolby Digital version in every way. This is not an aggressive or action style sound mix but its ability to deliver a visceral home theater experience is not to be underestimated. This animated film uses an intricate sound design that has to maintain a delicate balance so the plethora of sound effects, music and dialogue within the soundtrack can be clearly and easily interpreted by the audience. Dialogue is distinctly perceptible and well articulated so that even subtle changes in the inflection of the voices among the cast was detectable.
Sound effects are accurately placed within the sound field and establish a tight correlation between the onscreen information and what is being heard within the listening environment. This creates an immersive, active and engaging soundscape that is abundantly rich in detail. Its wide dynamic range can go from subtle, intricate control to pant flapping shake your seat dynamism. Michael Giacchino’s James Bond style music occasionally takes center stage and is spread over the entire system with high level detail and smooth, edge free treble. Low frequency effects underscore active sounds and accentuate the dynamic impact of the audio. The effect produces bass response that is demonstrative as it occasionally reaches transient levels that dip into the sub 30HZ bass regions.
The first example of this occurs during the sequence where Bob lands on the island for the first time and takes on the giant robot. The scene that begins with Syndrom’s henchman pursuing Dash followed by the face off against all of The Incredibles sounds incredibly nuanced, with excellent near filed correlation. Taken as a whole this is reference quality and demonstration worthy audio that features superlative surround sound and powerful bass response that surely impresses. If you enjoyed this soundtrack on DVD you had better strap yourself in for this DTS-HD Master Audio lossless ride because it simply rocks.
- Audio commentary with Brad Bird and producer John Walker
- Animator commentary featuring members of the team that brought the animator characters to life
- Boundin’ animated short with Director Bud Luckey’s commentary - 5 minutes
- (HD) Jack-Jack Attack - 4 minute animated short film
- (HD) Jack- Jack Attack exposed – A visual commentary with Brad Bird, Teddy Newton and Bret Parker
- (HD) The Incredibles revisited – a roundtable discussion with Brad Bird, John Walker, Mark Andrews, Rick Sayer, Lou Romano, Teddy Newton, Tony Fucile
- (HD) Path’s to Pixar – 6 minute featurette
- (HD) Studio stories: Gary’s Birthday
- (HD) Ending with a bang: Making the end credits
- (HD) The New Nomanisan: A top secret island redevelopment plan – 3 minute guided tour
- (HD) 7 Deleted scenes (including alternate opening sequence) with filmmaker introduction
- (HD) Incredible teaser
- Publicity – TV Spots, Character interviews, and trailers
- (HD) Interactive art gallery
- Movie voucher for Cars 2 (Disney Rewards Program)
- Classic Content – Previously released features that include a making of documentary, sound, character, set, music design and more
- Easter Eggs
- Bonus DVD of The Incredibles
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc of The Incredibles
The Incredibles is one of the most anticipated Blu-ray Disc releases to date and I am thrilled that it has finally arrived from Disney. It is a wonderful family film that has an endearing charm and entertaining story that people of all ages can appreciate. With this release Disney continues to set the bar with their technically proficient Blu-ray offerings that yield high quality audio/video presentations that fans and enthusiasts are sure to appreciate. Disney has included a boat load of bonus supplements that include new Blu-ray Disc exclusives, previously released content, a digital copy and a standard definition DVD of The Incredibles. This is a must have and worthy Blu-ray offering that comes highly recommended.
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