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Finding Dory Blu-ray Review

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“Finding Dory” sinks to the bottom of Pixar’s catalog.

13 years after the release of “Finding Nemo,” Pixar has created a sequel titled “Finding Dory.” In this outing, Dory, Malin and Nemo aid Dory in finding her parents whom she was separated from at a young age. Given the fact that Dory has short term memory loss, her quest is rather complicated, but eventually the trio are lead to a California Marine Life Institute where Dory may or may not find some answers. Along the way, Dory and company encounter all sorts of characters including an octopus, sea lions, a loon, a beluga whale and even a few familiar faces.

There’s no doubt that 2003’s “Finding Nemo” remains one of Pixar’s finest films. Not only is it often considered one of the best animated films, but it’s also beloved by audiences everywhere. To me, it worked perfectly as a stand-alone story. Unfortunately, it is no longer a stand-alone story anymore. Now, granted, you can make a case that there was more to learn about Dory’s character and her family, but did this story really need to be told? That is the question.

First of all, it should be said that “Finding Dory” obviously found an audience. It was a smash hit at the box office and it was clear that people wanted to see more of the characters they adored from “Finding Nemo.” I don’t disparage anyone that treasured this sequel and I am happy people enjoyed it. After all, movies are meant to be enjoyable. Personally speaking, however, I found it to be a needless sequel.

Aside from the “Toy Story” sequels, Pixar has struggled with sequels and “Finding Dory” continues that trend. What made “Finding Nemo” so special was that it contained the perfect amount of heart and humor. Outside of some touching family moments, the derivative sequel is lacking in both of these departments. Instead, the film is more or less a bloated spectacle filled with outlandish over-the-top sequences involving tank hopping and an octopus driving a car (don’t ask). For a story that should be about undersea life, this sequel sure contains A LOT of repetitive sequences that are out of water. It’s all rather exhausting and it made me yearn for the heartfelt simplicity of the first film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie, but the transfer is gorgeous. The level of detail in a Pixar film in 1080p never ceases to astonish me.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The music, voice, acting, and sound FX sound flawless.

Extras:
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* “Piper”- The best part of this entire set is this heartwarming Pixar animated short film centered around a baby sandpiper bird.
* Disney trailers.
* A so-so commentary by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane, and Lindsey Collins that provides a lot of behind-the-scenes information.
* “Marine Life Interviews”- A “Creature Comforts” knock-off with characters being interviewed about Dory.
* “The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar”- A featurette about the complex creation of the character Hank.
* “What Were We Talking About?”- A bonus feature revolving around the character of Dory.
* “Casual Carpool”- A carpool trip with Andrew Stanton, Ed O’Neil, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, and Ty Burrell. A weird extra but oddly watchable.
* “Animation And Acting”- A look at the symmetry between voice acting and the animation process.
* “Deep In The Kelp”- A look at how the filmmaking team observed sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
* “Creature Features”- Voice actors bring up facts about various sea species.
* 4 “Finding Dory” trailers.
* 7 deleted scenes and intros to them. Note: The scenes are in various stages of completion.

* “Living Aquariums”- Think of these 4 segments as motion TV desktops.
* 5 short behind the scenes featurettes about Dory’s theme music, character art director Jason Deamer, computer glitches, “Finding Nemo” told through emojis and  goofy outtakes of sorts.

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November 9, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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