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カールじいさんの空飛ぶ家 (期間限定) [DVD]
- アスペクト比 : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 言語 : 英語, 日本語
- 製品サイズ : 25 x 2.2 x 18 cm; 90.72 g
- EAN : 4959241958105
- メディア形式 : 色, ドルビー, 吹き替え, 字幕付き, ワイドスクリーン
- 時間 : 1 時間 36 分
- 発売日 : 2012/7/4
- 字幕: : 英語, 日本語
- 言語 : 日本語 (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX), 英語 (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
- 販売元 : ウォルト・ディズニー・ジャパン株式会社
- ASIN : B0085JN7Q2
- ディスク枚数 : 1
●短編アニメーション 「晴れ ときどき くもり」
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No doubt it is argued by many that both Pixar and Disney are responsible for some controversial decisions lately; more often than not, it was a minority of Americans that felt 'Wall-E' demonstrated environmental concerns, which was apparently a problem as were all supposed to sit on our backsides doing nothing, and that the protagonist in 'Princess and the Frog' has no right to be black, because Princess are supposed to be trim, pale figures with blonde hair (Courting a Prince with as much personality as a Prune. Sorry Walt!). The good news is that 'UP' has very little content for the P.C brigade to pick up on!
After discussing the film with others, it was always the opening scenes of the film that came to conversation - a wonderful reel of sequences that fast-forwards the life of Karl Frederickson - a quiet young boy who aspires to venture out to the mystical Pleasure Island with his new friend, Ellie - both of them being avid explorers. But the Karl of the modern day is a grumpy old man who is in danger of being sent to an elderly folks home when the plots of land around his house are being developed for new buildings. Trust him to remember the joy he once had of having his own balloon stand in his younger days, eventually leading him to the quick conclusion that he could sail up, up and away with his beloved home and escape to the Island he always dreamed of... Despite my reluctance to give away more information, the film truly unfolds into an unexpected adventure.
As to be expected from Pixar, the visuals are gorgeous and continue to exceed any films before it (possibly even Wall-E). The directing was noticeably very effective - key frames were well thought out, but the film never strays into a dizzying 3D environment, but rather having a more linear look in the layout terms which helps the travelling theme to the film. Whereas other CGI film companies tend to faff around with annoying camera angles and visual oddities, Pixar have always been careful to use the computer medium to its advantage - creating situations that would have been impossible with traditional animation techniques, yet never too far away to suggest we haven't learnt anything from the past 70 years.
I also found the balance of 'Humour and Heart' perfect; granted, I read before writing this that many reviewers suggested their kids either cried too much or didn't laugh enough. Given that companies like Pixar will always be in the shadow of the Disney 'Golden Age', I can only laugh at such suggestions. Films like 'UP' are an incredible achievement when so many themes and standardisations have been run to ground in films over the years - to continue to produce such original content is what makes Pixar so special. The way they can balance Humour and Heart should be recognised as a fantastic quality, given how mushy and lifeless many "kids" TV/film content are these days (Hannah Montana? Yuck). If films like this are considered too distressing for 'darling children', I really don't recommend subjecting them to the wonderful morals demonstrated in films like Pinocchio (1940) - masterpieces of film-making.
'UP' possibly ranks as Pixars most adventurous outing, and no doubt one of their best along with the likes of Toy Story, Wall-E and Monsters Inc. In fact, the only issue I have with the product is that of Disney's incompetence regarding release schedules. I've found it quite frustrating that 'Fantasia' Diamond Edition has yet to be officially announced in the U.K, yet in the U.S, a trailer was released a month ago on their release of 'UP', available via BD Live, yet no trailer has even been put on this Blu-Ray/DVD. Whats even more puzzling is that the discs contain trailers from back in October! Come on Disney, all we want are dates... My only guess is that the trailer will be put on 'Dumbo', which is being released March 22nd if you're interested. That is currently available to Pre-Order, why not go check it out?
To try and summarise though, I think 'UP' is just a genuinely heart-warming film that, granted, simple in plot, proves you can pack a lot of entertainment in to such a basic concept. The Blu-Ray is, as usual, of amazing quality and far more so than the DVD - bear in mind however that, as with any Blu-Ray, you are really only going to see the benefits to a good degree on a 30-inch and bigger Television. This is the point at which DVD's really become 'softer' and Blu-Rays only start to show how detailed they can be. To be fair however, our TV is only 26-inches and the difference is still wonderful. God help us when Green-Ray comes out! Then Purple...
Regarding the other version of 'UP' that includes a "Digital Copy Disc", all that means is that it includes a disc that allows you to copy the film to your Computer so you can transfer it to an MP3 player with video play-back, or anything similar. Given that their are 'various' ways of easily ripping a DVD to ones computer anyway, the fact you could just 'place' the DVD in your computers drive to watch it (radical huh), and of course the fact that once you've used the Digital Disc its completely useless, I feel its poor value and wasteful on Disney's part. Never the less, I'm done ranting.
The sound, as another reviewer has indicated, is excellent. During the action scenes it'll rock your room (at least in the Master Audio setting).
The film is also far more moving than I was expecting. Friends had told me it was good, but I'm not really one to buy into mass opinion that much. Still, very quickly I realised what all the fuss was about. It's really sweet and thought-provoking at the same time. Children will also love the balloons (which look wonderful on the Blu-ray), the animals, the boy and so on.
There are two nice additional shorts (of the same quality as the Presto and Burn-E extras on Pixar's WALL-E Blu-ray, I'd say). These are nice to see - and one features a story from the dog's perspective which, again, is great for the kids!
All in all then, it's a solid, five-star experience. Except... Really, what's with the whole 'Superset' format? There are FOUR discs in the box: (i) a digital copy (this may appeal to some; not so for me); (ii) the main Blu-ray (which is 5/5 great!); (iii) an extras Blu-ray disc (some nice stuff, but not warranting a separate disc in my opinion); then (iv) a DVD version. Apparently the DVD version has some extras that are not on the Blu-rays. I've not had time to check, but if so, that's a bit silly really. Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks et al. ... please take note!
I'm pretty sure all the content could have been squeezed into a far more economical overall package. Still the premium was not too much and the film itself, which was my main reason for splashing out, is excellent quality and I'll be returning to it time after time.
The story itself is imaginative and fun, it begins quite sadly though, a lot happens in a short amount of time and leaves you, as the viewer, feeling pretty rotton and sorry for the main character. But that soon changes, and is soon forgotton as the mood lifts and it creates a much more jovial atmosphere.
That said, the story is a bit far fetched, of course, but keeps in line right up until about 3/4 of the way through. Here some things really push the plotlines to the edge of wierd. But luckily it's well written and done in such a way as to keep you interested despite the odd... obscurities.
A brilliant film for the family, fantastic animation, great story and a great experience. Pixar, in my mind, have yet to put a foot wrong.