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Wreck-It Ralph

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Mar 5, 2013
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Disney’s Oscar nominated terrifically entertaining video-game adventure "Wreck-It Ralph" blips onto Blu-ray this month for young and old to enjoy. Okay, not so much the older-older crowd who won’t understand pretty much all of the video-game references. But for those middle-aged and under, "Wreck-it Ralph" is a charming and clever adventure about learning to fit in and overcoming society’s expectations. Starring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman as the voices of Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz respectively, the Blu-ray offers a crisp transfer that looks just as spectacular as it did on movie screens.

Offered in a 4 Disc Combo Pack, Disney has packaged the film with both 3D and 2D versions on Blu-ray, the DVD, and a digital copy. The 3D is stunning, particularly in the wide shots where you get a full view of the world the magicians of the film have created. The Special Features lack a little here, which is surprising giving Disney’s usual habit of overstuffing their releases with every extra imaginable. Here, you can whip through the features in under and hour.

  • The best supplement is the Oscar-winning theatrical short, "Paperman." A black and white animated ode-to-love, this 7-minute mini-movie is charming, funny, and gorgeous to watch.

  • "Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of’ Wreck-It Ralph’" - Director Rich Moore and other members of the production team discuss how they came up with the concept of the film and how it evolved over the process of making it. (17 minutes)

  • Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide to "Wreck-It Ralph" - Every time you pause the film, Chris Hardwick appears to discuss the film’s gags. (10 minutes) It can also run during the film itself.

  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes - 14 minutes of extended or alternate scenes that provide another look into the evolution of the film. Here, most of the scenes are unfinished and even have different character voices, but it’s interesting to see how the story changed and ideas were dropped.

  • Video Game Commercials - fake commercials for four of the video games featured in the film, all presented as if they were taken from the time period the games would have been popular. (3 minutes)

    Overall, the film itself is worth the price and if you have a 3D TV, the 3D version is an added plus. Special Feautres are slim but the bonus of "Paperman" is worth it.

    "Wreck-It Ralph"
    3D Blu-ray Combo Pack
    $49.99
    www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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