Another Wonderful Piece of Disney Animation
Wreck-It Ralph - Disney - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD
Director: Rich Moore
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk. Full cast + crew
Yep, Wreck-It Ralph is pretty much just Toy Story, but with the secret live of video game characters instead of physical toys. And, yep, just as with Toy Story, my two-year-old son is obsessed with it. Rich Moore's film doesn't have quite as rich an ensemble of characters as Pixar's brain child, and the story has some odd pacing issues, but this is still a mighty fun film that should appeal to both kids and kids at heart. It's certainly the closest Disney has come yet to making what pop culture has come to think of as a "Pixar movie."
Special Features: the Academy Award-winning short Paperman; "Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph" (17 minutes); alternate and deleted scenes (14 minutes); commericals for the film's games (three minutes); Disney Intermission, a cool feature where if you pause the film, Chris Hardwick comes on and points out film/game references.
Other Notable Releases
The Intouchables, about a stodgy old guy who hires someone from the projects to be his caretaker, was a monster hit in Europe last year, and while it still did just fine here, that enormous critical and commercial success wasn't quite matched across the pond in America. Perhaps its availability on Blu-ray and DVD now will change that. And we're betting the makers of the Red Dawn remake are hoping for the exact same thing. The movie itself was railed by critics, but it's not that terrible. It's not that good, either, but it's not that terrible. And that's precisely how one could also describe The Bay, a found-footage eco-horror movie from the director of Sphere.
On the classics front the big title this week is Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, which gets a lush Blu-ray treatment from Universal that's appropriately refined for such a revered film. And on the opposite end of the spectrum we have Westworld, the robot-uprising movie directed by frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Michael Crichton.
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