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Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2009

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"Up" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Up

Synopsis

Carl Fredericksen (Asner) has been an adventurer all his life, and the little girl next door (Ellie) is just as adventurous. Of course, when they grow up, they marry and set out on life's main adventure.

Carl is a balloon salesman, and when he retires, he gets a little bored.

So, he attaches a load of helium-filled balloons to his house, and up he goes.

Unfortunately, a little boy named Russell (Nagai) who came knocking on his door was still on the porch when the house took off to the wild blue, and now, together, the two "explorers" are heading into the unknown.

They land on Paradise Island, and find strange creatures there, including a talking dog named Dug. They also just happen to find Charles Muntz, who, when Carl was a boy, had set off to Paradise Island to bring back one of the strange creatures.

But now, it is time to go home, and getting back isn't as easy as they might have thought.

Specifications

  • Disney/Pixar
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo
  • Directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Disney/Pixar is really getting the hang of creating animation films that everyone can enjoy, young and old alike. In this one, they have included some material that might bring tears, just as does life's real adventures.

Technical

Like Monsters, Inc., reviewed just previous to this movie, UP has spectacular image quality, especially if you watch it on a flat panel display, as the images never will have passed through a lens. The surrounds were not used as much as with Monsters, Inc., but still, more than the average flick.

Extras

Disney has put four discs in the package. The extras are on the other three discs, and they include Dug's Special Mission, The Making of, The Many Endings of Muntz, Global Guardian Badge Game, Married Life, Travel to the Real Paradise Falls, the SD version on DVD, and a Digital Copy for your Video iPod.