Wall-E 3 Disc Special Edition Review by The Wall-E Builders Group
Well I finally got to sit down a finish the first DVD of the Wall-E 3-Disc Special Edition DVD.
For those of you who purchased the single DVD, I'm sure you are well pleased and found you got your money's worth!
I saw the single DVD at some places for $14.
One thing I've noticed about a lot of the Disney DVD's lately is, they seem to be releasing at $16-$24 at most retail stores.
So, on the fist DVD we got to see the animated short "Burn-E", and the animated short "Presto", both were great!
But there was also a short sneak preview of the new attraction "Wall-E's Tour of the Universe - Wall-E takes you on a real ride through space"...Sweet!
Looks like fun!
They showed some very nice images from telescopes and the Hubble.
Not exactly sure how it's going to work, but it looks like a lot of fun. I'm sure it's going to be a big winner!
There were also a couple deleted scenes included on the DVD which I found really neat.
The final two things on DVD 1 are the animation sound design: building worlds from the sound up. Super documentary of the legendary sound designer Ben Burtt shares the secrets of creating the sounds of Wall-E.
We all know and love Ben from Star Wars, and his awesome design of the language of R2-D2. I am also a member of the R2 Builder's Group for a few years now, and building my own R2-D2, so I really admire Ben Burtt, and found the fact that he was involved in this project to be a BIG selling point of the movie to me.
Of course he did far more in Star Wars than just design R2's speech...who would of ever thought you got a Laser Blaster sound from a slinky??
And the last feature I have yet to enjoy, is the Audio commentary with Director Andrew Stanton.
I just need to find the time to pull that one off, then I will post about it.
All in All the first DVD has been great and I am very happy with it! I threw disc number 2 of the Wall-E 3-Disc Special Edition in and watched "The Pixar Story" By Leslie Iwerks.
This documentary made by an award winning filmmaker tells the story of the beginnings of Pixar Animation.
I have to say first off, I love documentaries to begin with.
So I can't really say whether this is something that you will enjoy if you don't normally watch them.
But I found it very interesting and entertaining.
They talk about the very beginnings and the relationship between Pixar and Disney, as well as their break up and reunion.
They also really dig into the workings and personal stories of some of the Directors and how they developed their skills and movies over the years, as well as some of the trials and tribulations they had to overcome to become what they are today.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is unfamiliar with the background of Pixar and get a taste of who they are.
A new found respect for them is what I walked away with after watching this special!
For those of you who do not have the second DVD...find someone who does and watch this with them! I finished watching the Additional deleted scenes, which was really cool. I especially like the fact that you can listen to Andrew Stanton's explanations in the Directors Narrative about why the scenes were deleted, or roles reversed.
The treasures and trinkets is a pretty cool selection of Wall-E shorts as well, although most of these have been on the internet for over a year now, it's nice to see them in full resolution.
We at The Wall-E Builder's Group currently have the largest selection of Wall-E videos, promo's and short's on the internet. Membership is free there, and you can check out the Video Archive.
I would have liked to see ALL of the shorts added to the set...considering there are far more than they show.
We have more in our archives than are located on the 3 Disc Special Edition.
Perhaps the Blu-Ray edition has more?
The BnL shorts were wonderful!
Again, not all of the BnL shorts were on here, but a lot I've never seen were!
I still have the "Lot's of Bots" story book to watch, which has 2 versions, an interactive, and a read along version.
And I still have to watch "The Making of..."
The last feature I checked out on Disc 2 was the Bot Files, where I discovered many NEW bots that wil have to be added to the website under "Friends of Wall-E"
There are MANY bots here that are worth noting, and for us crazed roboticists, building!
I hope that someone with the Blu-Ray version will share in their viewing experience and what it has that the 3 Disc Special Edition is lacking.
Another interesting thing to note...
I got mine from Amazon.com
While at Walmart yesterday, they had the 3-Disc Special Edition...but it was $10 MORE than I paid at Amazon.com!!
I can't believe that!
So...if you haven't got your copy yet...GO TO AMAZON.COM!!!