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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part I

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"Ratatouille"  (Blu-ray)

RatatouilleSynopsis

In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.

Specifications

    • Walt Disney Pictures
      2007, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 51 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English Uncompressed PCM 5.1
    • English DD 5.1
    • Directed by Brad Bird
    • Starring Patton Oswald, Ian Holm, Brad Garrett, Brian Dennehey, Peter O'Toole
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I will say without hesitation that this was one of the best films I saw this last year. Pixar continues to deliver some of the best stories out there and their level of animation is second to none. I will say I didn't see this as much of a kid's movie (which may explain the rather lukewarm box office take here in the US despite the raving reviews), but my daughter still loves it. Brad Bird continues to be one of my favorite animated film directors and I can't wait to see what the folks at Pixar come up with next.

Technical

Like Cars, this Pixar Blu-ray release leaves nothing to be desired. The image is what reference video is all about. Depth of image is extraordinary and detail is exquisite. This is literally one of those images that seems impossible to improve upon. Even in the difficult lighting conditions of the Paris streets I saw absolutely no banding or compression issues. The use of dynamic lighting effects creates an even more realistic image quality than we saw with Cars and the level of dimensionality to each character is jaw dropping. Pixar continue to raise the bar everytime.

Sound design is once again fantastic. Pixar always delivers in this category and they've never disappointed yet. Dynamics are excellent throughout and some of the more exciting moments really open up the soundstage. The score is an absolute delight and one of the best I've heard all year. Voice work is also excellent and the balance of dialogue and the rest of the soundstage is seamless. Like the video, a real treat!

Extras

Like the Cars release, this one gets quite a few extras and all of them are in HD. You get a feature video commentary with Brad Bird that is done PiP style, plenty of production features, interviews, animation features and a cute chef game that wasn't too cheesy. On top of that you get a pair of animated shorts; Lifted (which is superb and the directorial debut of sound maestro Gary Rydstrom) and a new short Your Friend the Rat that is a fusion of several different animation styles and quite funny. Some trailers are also included.