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Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2008

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"Wall•E" (Blu-ray)

movie-november-2008-wall-e.jpgSynopsis

Some hundreds of years in the distant future, earth has become one big junkyard. A company called BnL has robots roaming the cities, compacting all the trash.

One of these robots is named Wall•E. This is actually an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth Class.

Wall•E goes about his business, but is a very lonely guy. All the humans have moved to a ship called Axiom, which orbits in space. It is a nice place to live, but they all hope to go home to earth one day.

Other robots, one of which is named Eva, are sent to earth to search for the emergence of plant life in the heaps of trash that cover the ground. Wall•E is frightened when Eva shows up in his neck of the woods. Slowly, they get to know each other, and a bond of affection develops. Then, when Eva discovers that Wall•E had found a small plant and was keeping it, she takes it back to Axiom, where the captain of the ship, examining the plant, opens his directive to find that discovery of plant life back on earth means that everyone can go home to earth and recolonize.

The ship's computer, realizing that this means the end of Axiom, tries to steal the plant and keep everyone  - and Axiom - in status quo.

 

 

Specifications

  • Disney-Pixar
  • 2008, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 38 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring (voices of) Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver
  • Directed by Andrew Stanton
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Although it's a tour de force of Pixar's spectacular animation skills, Wall•E doesn't have the magic of Ratatouille, mainly because during the first half of the story, no one is speaking, except for a highly computerized "Wall•E" and "Eva" as they try to communicate. Nevertheless, it is a must see, because it is indeed entertaining, as well as state-of-the-art animation. Axiom must be one mother of a ship if all humans have lived there for some 700 years.

Technical

Great imaging from Blu-ray is now the norm and expected, and delivered here. But, if you use a flat panel HDTV, the picture will never have passed through a lens (which always degrades the image no matter how good the lens), and you will be rewarded with detail that is simply over the top.

Extras

There are several discs, and extras include Cine-Explore, Geek-Track, The Axiom Arcade, The Pixar Story, and many other things.