THE INCREDIBLES (WIDESCREEN 2-DISC COLLECTOR'S
Incredibles (Widescreen 2-Disc Collector's Edition) (2004)
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter
Director: Brad Bird
Number of discs:
Encoding: Region 2 encoding (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the
Middle East including Egypt)
Format: Widescreen, Color, Animated, Dolby
Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX),
Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
writer/director Brad Bird and producer John Walker
Commentary by the
exclusive all new short film
bloopers and outtakes
including alternate opening
Making of "The
Pixar short film "Boundin'"
with optional commentary by director Bud Luckey
"Who is Bud Luckey?"
Top secret NSA
files on all the Supers
"Mr. Incredible &
Pals" cartoon with optional comtary by Frozone and Mr. Icrediblemen
"Vowellet" an essay
by vocal talent Sarah Vowell (Violet)
mixing elements from Fantastic Four
comics, old James Bond movies and Alan Moore's Watchmen,
The Incredibles proved an unexpected
movie for Pixar.
It was the studio's first movie to deal with human
characters unlike the assortment of fish, insects, critters, living toys,
etc. featured in their previous films, namely Monsters, Inc., A
Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and the Toy Story movies.
Here was a superhero movie that dealt with
some surprisingly adult situations (such as being stuck in traffic during
your daily commute, working in a dull job, etc.) which probably explains
why it was outshone at the box office by the likes of Shrek 2.
Still, it made a very healthy US$260 million so the accountants at
cash-strapped Disney must be smiling, or at least until their deal with
Pixar runs out after the upcoming Cars and they have to start
counting the grosses for the upcoming Chicken Little . . .
is one entertaining flick, but one which probably lacks the universal
appeal of Finding Nemo and will probably appeal more to boys and
aging comic fans such as myself. (That is however not to say that the
entire family won't enjoy it.)
THE DISCS: Except for the two
animated features found on the DVD, the special features are mostly aimed
at adult movie geeks. (I, of course use the term ?adult? here loosely.) No
computer games aimed at kids but rather lots of ?making off? stuff and
even the usual ?this superhero has this power? stats have their tongues
firmly in their cheeks.
The Jack-Jack Attack short is
exclusive to the DVD while the
short was shown in cinemas before the main
feature. This latter short isn't as good as the previous shorts showed
with Pixar movies and may be a sign that Pixar is
finally slipping up - along with that lousy Cars trailer.
Jack-Jack Attack (directed by
Incredibles director Brad Bird) however is a gem and humorously fills
in the gaps as to what happened to the Incredibles' babysitter in the
movie. Also watch out for the traditionally animated short that
consciously imitates poorly animated TV superhero shows from the 1960s.
Noteworthy too are the deleted, or rather omitted scenes: they have a
soundtrack but have only been storyboarded. Some good stuff in there and
even enough material for a sequel one day.
(Note: under their current agreement, Disney
owns the rights to all Pixar movies and can make sequels to them without
the studio's permission or input, something it is planning to do with
Toy Story 3 and expect some more sub-par sequels from those wonderful
folks who gave us
Peter Pan 2 and endless worthless ?two-disc special editions? of old
Disney classics such as
Bambi . . .)
WORTH IT? Great movie, great extras.
What's not to like?
RECOMMENDATION: Buy it for your kids, ahem . . .