Director(s): Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black (VOICES)
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD November 3, 2015
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.
The powerhouse team of Disney and Pixar once again strikes gold with this year’s animated hit, the wonderful and moving ‘Inside Out’ which explores the idea of just how the human brain operates, and the answer is far more fun than you would have ever imagined. Following a young girl named Riley and the numerous conflicting personalities that run her brain’s daily activities including Joy, Anger, Fear, Sadness and Disgust, ‘Inside Out’ is easily the best animated film of the year and one that children young and old alike will surely want to revisit time and again.
‘Inside Out’ is a magical and thrilling story which takes a concept which many (myself included) found initially unappealing and managed to mold it into something truly original and moving. Filled with spot-on voice performances from numerous notable actors including Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Kaitlyn Dias, Richard Kind and many more and guided with near perfection and obvious passion by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, ‘Inside Out’ is a phenomenal film that the entire family is almost certain to enjoy. Some of the much younger children may find some moments a bit intense or uncomfortable, yet the content is kept quite family friendly throughout in the expected Pixar fashion.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Inside Out’ also includes an impressive collection of bonus goodies that are sure to provide plenty of enjoyment for the entire family in one degree or another. Not only are we treated to the Pixar short ‘Lava’ which accompanied the film in theaters, the release also includes a hilarious new animated short titled ‘Riley’s First Date?’ which includes all of your favorite characters from ‘Inside Out’ and most of the voice actors also reprising their roles. The Blu-ray release also includes numerous other great extras spread between the Feature and Bonus discs including a number of Deleted Scenes and tons of behind the scenes content featuring interviews and comments with the cast and crew and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below).
In addition to the impressive collection of extras the Blu-ray release of ‘Inside Out’ provides, it also delivers exceptional high definition video and audio presentations, therefore I would say it’s pretty safe to assume this release will definitely be a must own for many of the Disney and/or Pixar fans out there, not to mention for the parents of the kids who already can’t stop talking about the film, and of course the adults that are as crazy about it as they are.
The 3D Blu-ray release of ‘Inside Out’ features a full 1080p High Definition MVC encoded 3D presentation utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The 3D video presentation looks phenomenal, delivering a rich, warm and detailed presentation throughout with impressive depth and clarity and no noticeable crosstalk or other issues present at any point. This is one of the brighter and more gorgeous 3D presentations I’ve had the pleasure to experience as of late and it should not disappoint in the slightest.
The 2D Blu-ray release which is also included with the 3D Blu-ray combo pack features an AVC encoded full high definition video presentation also utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The 2D Blu-ray video presentation looks also fantastic, delivering in every way on par with the 3D version and providing an overall gorgeous and impressive video presentation with no faults to be found within.
Overall, while both video presentations look magnificent and deliver in every aspect required of them, the 3D presentation is definitely the most enjoyable and the detail and depth perfectly compliment this films wonderful animation; the 3D version would almost certainly be the one I select for the majority of future viewings although the 2D will likely work far better for the children watching who don’t have the patience to keep the 3D glasses on throughout.
The Blu-ray release (Both the 3D & 2D disc) features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic, providing a clean, detailed and at times notably active audio presentation, utilizing all seven available channels on numerous occasions in order to surround the viewer with the films wonderful soundtrack in addition to any number of suitably fitting auditory elements occurring in some of the more perilous sequences, yet never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a top notch 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes yet another layer of fun to this wonderful film.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Inside Out’ contains no shortage of great bonus goodies. Included on the release is the Pixar short ‘Lava’ (running approximately 7 minutes in length) which is available in both 3D & 2D on the respective Feature discs. Also included on the release is the new animated short ‘Riley’s First Date?’ (running approximately 5 minutes), an ‘Audio Commentary with directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen’, in addition to a number of ‘Deleted Scenes with introductions from director Pete Docter’ (running approximately 17 minutes in length altogether) and a fun compilation of animated moments with your favorite stars of the film in ‘Mind Candy’ (approximately 14 minutes). We are also treated to a number of Behind the Scenes Featurettes which explore different aspects of bringing the film to life and include plenty of behind the scenes footage and interviews and comments with members of the cast and crew, they include: ‘Story of the Story’ (approximately 11 minutes), ‘Mapping the Mind’ (8 minutes), ‘Mixed Emotions’ (7 minutes), ‘Our Dads, the Filmmakers’ (7 minutes), ‘Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out’ (7 minutes), and ‘The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing’ (5 minutes). Lastly we are treated to ‘Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out’ (approximately 11 minutes) and three trailers for the movie: ‘Remember’, ‘Experience’ and the ‘Japan Trailer’.