Director: Brad Bird
Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Dreamers Wanted… Disney invites you to an incredible world of epic imagination where anything is possible. Buckle your seat belt, as the director of The Incredibles takes your family on an action-packed thrill ride.
Join former boy genius Frank (George Clooney), optimistic, science-minded teen Casey (Britt Robertson), mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy) and the brilliant David Nix (Hugh Laurie) in a world of pure Disney imagination. Tomorrowland transports you on an inspiring and magical journey of wonder and adventure to a place where if you can dream it, you can do it.
When young and intellectual Casey Newton (Robertson) is arrested, upon being released she discovers a mysterious object included with her possessions, an old item apparently from the 60’s world fair which transports her to a beautiful and unexplainable location whenever she touches it. After being transported to a futuristic world for a couple of brief minutes, Casey heads out in search of more knowledge regarding the item and whether or not the place she was transported was in fact real. Through a series of dangerous near misses, Casey soon finds herself pursued and attacked before reluctantly joining forces with an odd young girl and a cranky gentlemen and previous boy genius named Frank (Clooney) in a race against time to save this amazing place which only days ago she never could have imagined even existed.
Brad Bird (The Incredibles and The Iron Giant) directed ‘Tomorrowland’ and also co-wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof (TV’s Lost & The Leftovers) and Bird does a more than capable job at the helm, guiding this entertaining and fast-paced futuristic family adventure with ease. The film is also complemented by the cast which is comprised of some talented and well known individuals sure to be familiar to most including George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw and a number more, most of whom at the very least deliver capable performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Tomorrowland’ is a fast-paced, beautifully crafted adventure that delivers out of this world fun and action packed excitement for the entire family. While there is some violent content, it’s always executed in a comedic manner, the only significant harm being done to robots and electronic based equipment. There are certainly some intense and perilous situations, yet the film is incredibly fun and family aimed, providing a little bit of everything in order to keep everyone thoroughly entertained from start to end and always keeping the questionable content extremely limited along the way. Overall, ‘Tomorrowland’ is out of this world fun and while it may not win any Oscars, it’s certainly a well done and enjoyable family film which I would highly recommend checking out; it should be a perfect movie selection for an evening in with the family.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Tomorrowland’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.20:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks gorgeous as a whole, delivering a sharp, detailed and beautiful video presentation throughout, the gorgeous sequences occurring within Tomorrowland, along with the darkly lit and fast moving sequences all hold up impressively, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible, thanks largely in part to the healthy bitrate provided. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation that looks gorgeous and should easily please most folks out there.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds wonderful, providing a sharp, clean and at times quite aggressive audio presentation, utilizing all seven available channels regularly in order to surround the viewer with ships and other objects whizzing by, along with any number of action oriented auditory effects, many of which also provide an ample workout for the bass, yet never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible at any point. Overall, this is a hard hitting, top notch 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes a great deal of fun to the overall viewing experience and certainly shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Tomorrowland’ includes a nice collection of fun extras. Included on the release are a number of Deleted Scenes with filmmaker introductions (running approximately 23 minutes in length altogether), in addition to an Animated Short: ‘The Origins of Plus Ultra’ (approximately 3 minutes) and ‘The World of Tomorrow Science Hour- Hosted by Futurologist David Nix (5 minutes). Also included are a number of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include behind the scenes footage along with interviews/comments from members of the cast and crew exploring different aspects of the film, its universe and bringing it all to life, they include: Remembering the Future: A Personal Journey Through Tomorrowland with Brad Bird (running approximately 7 minutes), ‘Casting Tomorrowland’ (approximately 7 minutes), and ‘A Great Big Beautiful Scoring Session’ (6 minutes). Lastly we are treated to ‘Brad Bird Production Diaries’ (5 minutes) and a ‘Blast from the Past Commercial’ (under a minute).