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Blu-ray Review: FINDING DORY (2016): Pixar’s Next Must-Own Blu-ray

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Finding Dory (2016) Blu-ray Review, a Pixar Animation Studios movie directed by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane and starring Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Albert Brooks as Marlin, Ed O’Neill as Hank, Kaitlin Olson as Destiny and Ty Burrell as Bailey

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Plot

Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about “the jewel of Morro Bay, California”, accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets out to find her family. She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank, an octopus, who becomes her guide.

Disc Specifications

Run Time: Approx. 97 minutes

Ratings: PG

Format: Blu-Ray

Blu-ray Bonus Content

Disc One:

Piper (1080p, 6:05): A short film about a baby bird leaving its nest for the first time.

Marine Life Interviews (1080p, 2:04): Vintage-looking interview snippets with characters from the film talking about Dory.

The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar (1080p, 9:05): A closer and detailed look at the challenges and process of creating “the most complicated character” Pixar has ever made.

What Were We Talking About? (1080p, 4:31): Building a story around a character who cannot remember much of anything, the challenges inherent to working with a main character with that challenge, how she played in the first film, and rediscovering her for this film.

Casual Carpool (1080p, 3:47): Ride around town with Director Andrew Stanton and several voice cast.

Animation & Acting (1080p, 6:57): A look inside the complexities and processes of the voice acting for an animated film.

Deep in the Kelp (1080p, 3:20): Jenna Ortega, from Disney’s Stuck in the Middle, hosts a quick look at how Pixar filmmakers research real creatures for the film.

Creature Features (1080p, 3:02): Key voice cast briefly discuss their characters.

Audio Commentary: Director Andrew Stanton, Co-Director Angus MacLane, and Producer Lindsey Collins discuss the process of making a sequel, changes from concept to final product, story construction, establishing and working with new characters, challenges of the core story, cut scenes and rearranged ideas, structure, themes, voice work, and much more. This is a well-versed and very interesting track that serves as a quality insight into the movie and the moviemaking process.

Disc Two:

Behind the Scenes (1080p): A five-part feature.

Skating & Sketching with Jason Deamer (4:14): The longtime Pixar employee and Character Art Director discusses his time at the company and the character design process.

Dory’s Theme (4:57): Making the music and discussing how it compliments the film with Director Andrew Stanton, Composer Tom Newman, and Music Editor Bill Bernstein.

Rough Day on the Reef (1080p, 1:11): A collection of fun computer glitches from the making of the movie.

Finding Nemo As Told by Emoji (2:47): As the title suggests, emoji quickly tell the story of the first film.

Fish Schticks (3:35): A collection humorous extra moments.

Living Aquariums (1080p): This is pretty cool: a collection of four themed digitally animated “fish tanks” designed for ambient enjoyment. Included are Sea Grass (3:03:52), Open Ocean (2:48:30),

Stingrays (2:48:42), and Swim to the Surface (1:02:20).

Deleted Scenes (1080p, 50:15 total runtime): An Introduction with Director Andrew Stanton precedes the following scenes: Losing Nemo, Sleep Swimming, Little Tension in Clown Town, Meeting Hank, The Pig, Dory Dumped, and Starting Over. The scenes are not presented in a completed state.
Trailers (1080p): Included are Sleep Swimming: United States Trailer (1:43), Theatrical Payoff: Japan Trailer (2:09), Can’t Remember: Spain Trailer (1:22), and Journey: Russia Trailer (2:31).

Audio, Video, and Plot Assessment

 

Rating: 10/10

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About the author

Mathieu Brunet

My name is Mathieu Brunet (it's French) and I have been an independent film critic for the past 5 years. My passion is animation and I've been writing and making my own video reviews of animated features on my YouTube channel (ElectricDragon505), which now has about 55,000 subscribers, housing videos with total views over 20,000,000. I am the creator of Electric Dragon Productions which includes AniMat's Reviews and AniMat's Classic Reviews.

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