Inside Out Blu-ray Review
“Inside Out” is one of 2015’s best films.
“Inside Out” tells the simple, but complex story of a young girl (Riley) who moves with her family to San Francisco. While trying to adjust to her new surroundings, we (the audience) follow the emotions inside of her head (specifically Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger) and how it is affecting her on the outside. Over the course of the film, it becomes clear that Riley misses her former home in Minnesota and that she is starting to experience growing pains.
Aside from a couple missteps, Pixar has put out some of the most noteworthy films of the past twenty years. What often makes Pixar films so amazing is that even though their films are animated productions, they are often more human than most live-action films you will ever see. “Inside Out” is no exception and is, in fact, arguably their most adult film to date.
Aside from the feeling that the “Being John Malkovich” esque story does feel like a short film stretched to feature length film at certain spots, “Inside Out” is a moving tale about the emotional complexities of a child. Truth be told, it doesn’t feel like something made for children at all. You only need to observe the scenes involving Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong to realize that. With that said, the film does offer up plenty of humorous moments for children. Really, it’s a film that everyone can get something out of. How often can you say that in this day and age?
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Flawless, but I expect nothing less from a Pixar Blu-ray release.
Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Layered and lively.
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Disney trailers and 3 “Inside Out” trailers.
* “Lava”- A musical animated Pixar short about a lonely volcano. The animation is breathtaking, but it’s a bit cheesy.
* “Riley’s First Date?”- A cute new “Inside Out” short. Easily my favorite extra here.
* “Paths To Pixar: The Women of Inside Out”- Interviews with Dana Murray, Amy Poehler, Kim White, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Meg LeFauve, Domee Shi, Becky Neiman-Cobb, Victoria Manley Thompson, Samantha Wilson, Angelique Reisch about childhood, careers, and “Inside Out.”
* “Mixed Emotions”- A featurette about the development of the emotions and the film.
* Commentary by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen.
* 5 deleted scenes.
* “Story of the Story”- A fascinating featurette about how Pete Docter came up with the story.
* “Mapping The Mind”- A bonus feature about the visual look of the mind.
* “Our Dads, The Filmmakers”- A short and charming documentary about the daughters of 2 of the production members filming their dads at work.
* “Into The Unknown: The Sound Of Inside Out”- The title says it all.
* “The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing”- An interesting extra that sheds light on animation editing.
* “Mind Candy”- A collection of character antics essentially.
Overall Thoughts: “Inside Out” is leaps and bounds over just about any film you will see this year. Of this there is no doubt.
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