When Wreck-It Ralph hit theaters I was ecstatic. It felt like we had been posting it on the site for so long. I thought it was never going to get release. I was so excited that I even violated my “no crowded movie theaters” rule to see it. I was not disappointed. The film was an ode to the classic video games of my youth wrapped in a slick Disney packaging with just a hint of Pixar thrown in for good measure. So when the movie came out on home video this week, I did not hesitate to jump in and start watching it.
For me the movie was all about the cameos and references and it did not disappoint. Which is why I was so very excited to pick the film up on home video. So that I could freeze frame and really enjoy everything I might have missed. That is exactly what I spent the last 2 nights doing (well that, and enjoying the wealth of extras.) After doing so I happy to report that the Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) (the version I picked up) is a great addition to my movie collection.
I watched the Blu-Ray and I gotta say the picture is AMAZING and I should know at this point. I was watching it on my larger TV and kept freezing ALL THE TIME trying to spot every little reference on the screen. Each and every freeze looked perfect like a still shot should. As for audio, I cannot say I am qualified to say it is outstanding, but it seemed to be pretty good on my TV with the DTS-HD High Res Audio.
When I pick up a Blu-Ray, it should always pass the picture and audio test. That is the promise of the format, but what puts Wreck-it Ralph over the top is the wealth of extras.
- “Paperman” Theatrical Short — A Young Man In An Office Sees The Girl Of His Dreams In A Skyscraper Window Across The Street. But How Can He Get Her Attention?
- Bit By Bit: Creating The Worlds Of WRECK-IT RALPH — Game Jump Through The Worlds Of The Film With The Filmmakers, Artists And Animators Who Created it
- Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide To WRECK-IT RALPH — Hosted By Chris Hardwick
- Deleted & Alternate Scenes
- Video Game Commercials — Original Commercials For Fix-It Felix, Jr., Hero’s Duty And Sugar Rush
I love Paperman. It certainly deserved the Oscar, but the Disney Intermission is what is really cool. When you pause the move Chris Hardwick pops up and starts talking about the video game and Disney references in the film. It is a clever feature and very entertaining.
It is my hope that Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) becomes a bit of a classic. Why? Well two reasons. One, because it should. It merges both video games and animation in a seamless and slick package that is filled with heart. The second reason is related to the first. I want more! I want to return to the arcades of my youth and stroll around on the other side of the screen and I want to see a new generation fall in love with the games that I hold so dear.
I just hope Ralph can keep the dream alive. Because retro arcades could use a few more heroes…
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