WALL•E (The Criterion Collection) [4K UHD]
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Pixar’s high-water mark of digital animation—a prescient vision of a dystopian future within a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story
Now in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Combo Pack
A high-water mark of digital animation, this prescient vision of a dystopian future is packaged within a dazzling pop- science-fiction love story, making for an urgent fable for our troubled millennium.
It’s the twenty-ninth century, and humans have long since fled Earth for outer space, leaving WALL•E, the last functioning trash-compacting robot, to go about the work of cleaning up a pollution-choked planet, one piece of garbage at a time. When he meets EVE, a fellow automaton sent to detect plant life, the pair are launched on an intergalactic quest to return humanity to Earth.
Transporting us simultaneously back to cinema’s silent origins and forward light-years into the future, WALL•E is a soaring ode to the power of love and art to heal a dying world.
4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Combo Pack includes one 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+ & two Blu-rays with the film and special features
Director-Approved Special Edition Features
- New programs on Stanton cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
- New program featuring Stanton and coscreenwriter Jim Reardon
- More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
- Two audio commentaries
- Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
- Deleted scenes, short films, and more
A high-water mark of digital animation, this prescient vision of a dystopian future is packaged within a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story, making for an urgent fable for our troubled millennium. It’s the twenty-ninth century, and humans have long since fled Earth for outer space, leaving WALL•E, the last functioning trash-compacting robot, to go about the work of cleaning up a pollution-choked planet, one piece of garbage at a time. When he meets EVE, a fellow automaton sent to detect plant life, the pair are launched on an intergalactic quest to return humanity to Earth. Transporting us simultaneously back to cinema’s silent origins and forward light-years into the future, WALL•E is a soaring ode to the power of love and art to heal a dying world.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
- One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
- Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtracks
- Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, coproducer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus MacLane
- New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
- Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
- Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
- The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
- More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
- Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton
- “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and coscreenwriter Jim Reardon
- Deleted scenes featuring commentary by Stanton
- A Story (1987), a student film by Stanton
- BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- English descriptive audio
- PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and artwork from the WALL•E team
- Package Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 8.32 Ounces
- Director : Stanton, Andrew
- Media Format : 4K
- Release date : November 22, 2022
- Actors : Willard, Fred
- Studio : The Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B0BDMTDSHK
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 3
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Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
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In the film Wall-E the two main characters, Wall-E and Eve are portrayed by Ben Burt and Elissa Knight under the unique direction of Andrew Stanton and Alan Barillaro. Andrew Stanton is an Oscar-winning film maker who has directed movies such as Nemo and the Toy Story series. Alan Barillaro has directed movies such as The Incredibles, Nemo and Monsters Inc. As you can see, these directors have extreme experience in creating world renowned movies that everyone loves. The screen writing was limited due to the nature of the robotic film, but Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Jim Reardon did a great job where they were needed in the film. Overall, the directors and screenwriters had to work together immensely to make this film work, because of the limited amount of dialogue. Most of the story in Wall-E is told non-verbally, which creates a difficult dynamic between the directors and the screenwriters.
The storyline of Wall-E is creative and takes a new approach at engaging the audience through unique visualization. The beginning of the movie starts off subtly as Wall-E is on his daily route to turn trash into cubes and curiously find interesting objects that find a way to entertain him. While Wall-E is going through is usual daily routine to clean up earth, all the sudden something out of the ordinary appears in the sky and Wall-E’s life is changed. The director uses low angles to give the proper perspective that Wall-E is a small robot that spends his time close to the ground, showing the tall piles of trash that humans left behind on earth, depicting the movies main theme. For this 2008 Disney Pixar film, I would say the cinematography is outstanding based on the fact that it won the Academy Award for best animated feature film. Stanton and Barillaro create a pleasant and engaging transition from boring life on earth, to the exciting life in space. The directors show that Wall-E is lonesome, and his only friend is a little bug. The colors are bland, only using brown tones to show how dry and dirty the earth is. Visually, life in space is the most captivating. The bright colors and illuminating lights give the space ship a bright flashy look that extremely appealing. For children watching this movie, space is portrayed as though it is a lot more fun than life on earth. Everyone is sitting on hovering chairs that work somewhat like cars. Each person has their own hologram screen that controls everything they do in life, and the best part, is that robots do everything for you. These inviting scenes keep everyone eyes engaged and grasp your attention for what comes next.
The directors do a great job of creating three dimensional characters as well. They do this through using robots who have very minimal communication skills. Anyone who watches this movie can see that the directors and screenwriters worked together to create a dynamic relationship between the two main characters. Wall-E, who can only speak in short phrases, is depicted as a lonely robot. As an inanimate object, Wall-E takes a little more effort to give human characteristics to. The directors had to find original ways to show that he is lonely by personifying him. They use one specific scene to show this. At the end of each day, Wall-E goes back to his “home” which is an old storage container. On the fist night of the movie, he is sitting there by himself watching an old movie he collected from the polluted earth. The scene in the movie shows two people singing to each other and holding hands. Wall-E proceeds to hold his own hand because of how lonely he is. His whole world is changed when the spaceship comes to earth and the love of his life appears. Eve, the other main character in this movie, is a new, chic, white, flying robot who steals Wall-E’s heart. As soon as he lays his old, rusty robot eyes on her, he knows he never wants to live without her. This dynamic is deeply rooted into the plotline of the movie, but amazingly is done with few words. Sike.dukes.edu insightfully made the connection that the humans in Wall-E are showed as though they function as robots, whereas the robot’s function as humans. Most screenwriters and directors get to develop characters through dialogue, but in this case the people creating the movie had to use clever ways to make these robots three dimensional. The creators did this to support their message that electronics could take over our lives and force us to function as robots.
The innovation in this film was ingenious during the time it was made. In 2008, pollution, obesity and the impact of electronics were not front-end issues in the world. Wall-E was created at the beginning of the diplomatic debate on pollution. It was unusual to see a movie bringing to light the uncommon subject of pollution during this time. The writers also intertwined the concern of electronics and their long-lasting impact on humans. The scenes in space depict human kind as a very obese population. The directors show humans sitting in front of screens, not communicating face to face for hundreds of years, and becoming obese because of it. These subjects were very controversial in 2008. According to Riley Nakagawa with fairrhetoric1030006, the directors did not intend for the underlying themes of pollution and health to be so dominate throughout the movie. She says, “Although the director, Andrew Stanton, did not intend for this message to be displayed in the film, he wanted to focus on the last robot on Earth that falls in love. The only way to do that was to make the background and other subjects less appealing.” In doing so, these larger themes were brought out. Stanton and Barillaro added to Wall-E’s loneliness by showing he is sad about what humans have done to the earth by pollution. There is even one scene where he chooses to help a human who fell off his “hoverchair”, which depicts a slightly pathetic moment of a human who cannot pick themselves up or walk, due to what electronics have done to our lives. Many people probable never thought much of these themes because it is a children’s movie, but just like any other Disney Pixar movie, there is underlying meaning that parents can understand, which adds to the innovation of this movie.
Overall, this children’s movie has many strong themes that engage all audiences. It uses strong cinematography that supports its storyline and plot. The innovation of new subject matters is impeccable. I would recommend this film to anyone. It is a fun, light hearted way to show big worldwide issues, along with a great love story and a good, ole fashioned happy ending.
Now let's get into the Blu-ray set here. The visuals are every bit as stunning on Blu-ray as they were in the movie theater. The problem with DVDs was that the quality was always inconsistent between movies. My Stranger Than Fiction disc looks almost like 1080i, but not my Batman Begins . Not so with Blu-ray, as far as I can tell. The bigger the screen you have at your disposal the more impressed you're likely to be. I was trying to finish up my laundry as I started the movie but I could not pull my eyes away from the movie because of how jaw-dropping the visuals were. And as if that wasn't enough, the audio is equally impressive. My TV only has simulated surround sound, but it felt pretty real to me. It's funny how a movie with so little dialogue can have such powerful audio through its score and robot noises and such. I can't even imagine how incredible this set will be for those with a true Dolby setup at home.
I should really step back for a second and remark at how impressed I am by the all around presentation from Disney. They really know how to brand themselves and their intellectual property. The first thing I encountered was BD Live stuff, and so I gladly went to the Disney site to setup my account and had no troubles at all. I'm 99% sure you could go right past all of this, but I just chose not to because I was excited about BD Live. There was only 4 features available, 2 of which I couldn't use. One was movie chat, where you and other friends with the movie can watch the move at the same time while text chatting. Yes, it will synchronize your movies, so I guess this would be good for cousins in different cities or when dad is on a business trip or something. They made the smart move of only allowing this between trusted friends, not just random strangers. Another one is movie mail, in which you can splice together scenes from the movie to make messages to send to trusted friends, and also add in video of yourself (no idea how, maybe through an EyeToy for PS3 owners?). I did use the movie challenge feature though, where you can join in live trivia challenges with strangers online in 10 minute rounds of 8-15 questions. I could choose from easy or medium, and I chose easy. They were fairly simple questions and what I loved was how it would just be at the bottom of the screen while you watch the movie. So you can pause the movie, open this up, and play while resuming playback. It's actually pretty fun and you get points depending on how fast you answer. The last feature is reward points, which is confusing to me but I think you earn them through the trivia and other stuff on the Disney site and you can redeem them for avatars and other bonus features and stuff, but I think that this is still in the process of being fleshed out more.
I liked the BD Live features because I felt like they were easy to get to and integrated well, but the other stuff was even better. First of all, there are 3 ways to watch the movie, or two in addition to just watching the normal movie. One is called Cin-experience, where you get insightful director's commentary in addition to picture-in-picture pop-ups of artwork and (silent) videos of animation from the pre-visualization and design stages of the film. I usually never listen to these commentary tracks, but in a movie with as little dialogue as Wall-E, I gave it a shot and loved it. The artwork really does add a surprising amount to the experience, and I learned a lot of cool random things about the movie, like that it took them over 3 years to put it together (it sounds like they started thinking about it in the late 90s). You could also turn off the artwork from the pop-up menu, which is a standard thing with Blu-ray discs. If you watch the movie normally, you can pop-up stuff from the main menu without having to pause the movie, like choosing a scene via screen shot rather than having to do the guesswork of skipping ahead or backwards on your remote. The other way to watch the movie is kind of like Science Mystery Theater where a group of four people who helped with the film and are generally kind of geeky point out random trivia and scientific inconsistencies and such, with a silhouetted couch occasionally popping up. It really was them on the couch, or else they put an undue amount of effort into animating their arms and hands as they talked. It was a really fun spin on a commentary track and I enjoyed the little of it that I tried out (I will watch the whole movie with it eventually). The only gripe I had with these was that you couldn't just turn them off in the middle of the movie. You could fairly easily stop the movie and go back to the main movie to choose the chapter and then resume playing in normal mode, but it should've been an easy on/off switch. Despite that odd pitfall, it really does help show why Blu-ray really is better than DVD.
There's more extras than that, and what's more exciting is that they're pretty much all in high-definition, even the promotional "sneak peeks"! While I appreciate the throwback to the video cassette Disney movies where they start out with "Coming soon to video" and all that (they had the same style and everything), I still don't think I like them starting out when you put in the disc the second time. I forgive it because there were a couple of really cool ones that looked gorgeous in HD, including one for the Disney documentary Earth. That's probably going to be in every big box electronics store as a demo once it's out on Blu-ray a year from now. It was simply the most incredible thing I've seen on my TV, including Wall-E. Anyway, there are real extras here, so let me stop teasing you with these psuedo-extras. The Axiom Arcade has 4 8-bit games that look like they would've been on your NES, and I thought that they were nifty, though maybe too advanced for kids not on the tail end of elementary school. There was also an interactive storybook for kids and "Trinkets and Treasures", which seems like it was animators playing with Wall-E and Eve to do random things, like Wall-E breaking a vacuum (which was one of the early teasers for the film). For the adults there's a documentary that's over an hour long, 3-D fly throughs of the virtual sets, Buy and Large shorts, a short Geek-o-rama featurette, profiles of all the robots in the film, and deleted scenes (spliced together frames to form a rough cut) with video commentary from the director before and after the scenes. There's also the Presto short from when the movie was in theaters and a short called Burn-E, which is a deleted scene that more or less evolved into a short (there's also an option to view it with story boards). I'm probably leaving something out, but you get the idea: there's a lot here. Not counting the 3 possible viewings of the film, there's well over 2 hours of high-definition content here. Disney probably has no intention of douple dipping with this film because this set is packed with stuff. If you enjoyed the film, I highly recommend picking it up.
I went into Blu-ray with plenty of skepticism, but I've been pretty impressed so far, especially with Wall-E. It's a great movie that has gotten star treatment on Blu-ray.
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Going to the pictures to see WALL-E made me realise that I HADN'T seen it all, and most likely never ever will. Pixar takes everything to a whole new level here. The CGI, the storytelling, the presentation goes BEYOND all their previous works. It's totally unlike anything they've ever done before, and the result is a true work of art that shouldn`t be dismissed.
The setting is future Earth. It's now a polluted, rubbish-tip of a wasteland that the human race has abandoned. The only life-form left is a remarkable, reliable little waste-disposal robot labelled WALL-E. He's the very last of a failed clean-up operation and has been on his own for 700 years. He's still going after all that time, though, and has developed a personality and a great curiosity for all things human. But he's also very lonely.
That all changes when a sleek-search robot codenamed EVE comes to Earth to carry out her `classified' objective. Soon, WALL-E's desire for companionship turns into a true outer space adventure that will uncover so much about the Earth and the human race.
Now, if it's Pixar, the CGI goes without question. You can always count on it to be faultlessly beautiful. However, the animators have TRULY surpassed themselves with WALL-E. Things like the polluted landscapes, dust, rubbish, rust/decay, the way robotics work, the sun's rays, the beauty of the cosmos etc is just absolutely astounding. When I was watching the film, it was all animated/presented in a way that was just so realistic and life-like. Even things like the camera shots/focus were expertly pulled off.
And if that wasn't impressive enough, WALL-E turned out to be a film that incorporated live-action sequences as well, featuring actual actors in front of the camera. The way it blends with the CGI is just so seamless and adds another dimension to the rich storytelling. NOTHING feels out of place here.
But the reason why Pixar are the undisputed masters of this sort of thing is not just because of the imagery. The plots that they write to go with the animation are equally renowned. There is just so much to WALL-E's story. It incorporates so many different aspects of storytelling in such creative, intricate fashion. For instance, the first half-hour is virtually the equivalent of a silent-movie. There's no dialogue whatsoever in this part of the film, which relies on actions, expressions and the setting to tell the tale. And it works fabulously, making the movie so captivating. It reels you in and doesn't let go, proving that actions speak louder than words.
As things progress, the viewer becomes exposed to such a wonderful cast of human and robot characters, so much philosophy and a perfect representation of the best and worst aspects of humanity. Not only that, but there's also some absolutely brilliant humour throughout, which is typical of Pixar films. It evokes so many emotions and makes you realise that there is hope at the end. Plus there are some absolutely brilliant homages to
classic sci-fi films, such as 2001: Space Odyssey.
WALL-E himself is such a wonderful character, deserving of enormous sympathy. He's also an unlikely hero that's impossible NOT to love and root on for. EVE is a polar opposite but just as easy to fall in love with. Both are treated with such great development and how they both convey their emotions is wonderfully executed. It's a love story that is just so plausibly conceived and executed, which is testament to the film's artistry.
And finally, the end credits. This normally wouldn't mean anything to anyone, but these really do deserve just as much praise. When they roll, it perfectly symbolises the evolution of mankind through the telling of wonderfully animated cave-drawings, Egyptian markings, and paintings in the style of Monet and Van Gogh. It adds even more power to the film's ending. Also, Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth" is a fantastic closing song and there's a brilliant recap done in the style of retro computer graphics e.g. old school Nintendo. It all rounds off something that can be called a perfect film.
As for the DVD package, it's a two-disc set that folds out and has a beautifully embedded foil cover. There are some outstanding special-features as well that fills the set up quite nicely. There's an audio commentary with director Andrew Stanton, a look at the Sound Design, trailers, the in-depth documentary "The Pixar Story", some great deleted scenes, live-action "BnL" shorts, "Making Of" featurettes, a "Lots of Bots" storybook (which is good for kids), a "Bot Files" database (profiling the characters in the film) and WALL-E's Treasures and Trinkets, a collection of hilarious mini-films.
All these extras are fantastic, but really, the ones that you SHOULD check out more than any other are the animated shorts. Starting with Presto, this is the theatrical short that accompanied WALL-E in the cinemas. The premise is a magician trying to pull the classic "rabbit-out-of-the-hat", only the rabbit won't cooperate until he's had his carrot. And BURN-E is the all new animated short that tells the tale of a repair-bot cursed with bad-luck, who was just trying to do his job throughout the course of the film. Both these shorts are absolutely hilarious and are five-minutes of utter perfection.
WALL-E is one of those things that's easily on a par with Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and the rest of Pixar's masterpieces. It is simply a phenomenal film that will appeal to kids, adults and all animation lovers. Do not hesitate to own it.
I've bought it in the past for friends; most people I know who have seen this film adore it!
It's a portrayal of Earth that people could easily see happening, which makes it slightly scary to think about, but you soon forget it once immersed in this masterpiece. A film that can make you laugh, cry and honestly root for the protagonists is a keeper in my eyes. I particularly liked the unorthodox Disney villain!
The most adorable thing about the film was that all Wall-E wanted was to hold Eve's hand. I could watch this film again and again, and won't be surprised if I end up buying another copy when my brother wears this one out.