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Running Time: 54 minutes
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Audio Commentaries, The Pixar Shorts: A Short History, Sesame Street Shorts,
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles,
Released: November 6th, 2007
The shorts are presented in a variety of aspect ratios, but with the exception of the very first short - "The Adventures Of Andre and Wally B." and "Mike's New Car" - they're all in anamorphic widescreen. Other than a little bit of noise on these films, they all look spectacular. Detail is phenomenal (especially in the backgrounds), and color saturation is excellent - everything looks remarkably vibrant, and really pops right at you. Pixar films were always known for their stunning quality on DVD, and that tradition continues here.
an exception of some of the early films (which are in Dolby Digital
2.0), most of these shorts feature English Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks.
Just like the transfers for the short films, they are outstanding. The
soundscape for these short films are rich, with great range and fine
subwoofer use. Dialogue is always crisp and easy to hear, and the
musical cues are quite encompassing and are richly spread through the
channels (especially in "One Man Band"). Surround effects are very
discrete too, with great use of the rears that really bring you into
the action (such as the variety of vehicle noises in "Mike's New Car,"
the brooding Banshee and Mater driving around in "Mater and The
Ghostlight" and the murmurs of the UFO in "Lifted). All of these Pixar
stories are further brought to life with these deep sound mixes.
With the exception of "Jack Jack Attack," all the shorts feature Audio Commentaries,
which are great listens. John Lassetter, Evan Ostby and Bill Reeves
contribute to the original Pixar shorts from the 1980s, and then the
respective directors appear on their own shorts (such as Jan Pinkavera,
Ralph Eggelston Gary Rydstrom), and even some special guests (like
composer Michael Giacchino on "One Man Band," and the kids of the
directors of "Mike's New Car"). Fans of Pixar will want to give all of
these listen (yes, even the "Mike's New Car" one, which is pretty
cute). The speakers often talk fast since there isn't much time to get
across everything, but they still jam in a lot of information within
their few minutes: inspirations for their shorts, the technology at the
time and tons of other fun factoids (I particuarly enjoyed the
commentary on "Mater and The Ghostlight," as there was a very
interesting backstory in how that short developed). Obviously these
commentaries aren't much of a time investment, so even if you're a
casual fan of computer animation or the work of those geniuses in
Emeryville, give these a spin.
Pixar may be best known for its classic animated films, but I'm glad to see that this release honors their roots, as the company has really made some wildly inventive animated shorts over the years. Like with Pixar's other DVD releases, the transfers and audio mixes are top notch, and the supplements nicely detail the studio's origins and the creation of the shorts. Now how many years is it going to be before we see Volume 2?