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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blu-Ray Review - Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph
Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Joe Lo Truglio, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Carolla, Rachael Harris, and Edie McClurg

Special Features: Paperman Theatrical Short, Bit By Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph, Disney Intermission: The Gamer's Guide to Wreck-It Ralph, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Video Game Commercials, DVD, Digital Copy, and 3D Version of the film

From the box:

Prepare for adventure when "the most original film in years" (Bryan Erdy, CBS-TV) that thrilled audiences of all ages drops on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D!  From Walt Disney Animation studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey into Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.

For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game.  In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart.  As he explores exciting new worlds  he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz.  then when an evil enemy threatens their world, Ralph realizes he holds the fate of the entire arcade in his massive hands.

Featuring an all-star voice cast and breakthrough bonus features that take you even deeper into the world of video games, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph has something for every player.  Bring home the ultimate reward on Disney Blu-ray 3D!

For a while, it seemed like Disney could not deliver anything exceptional that did not have Pixar's name on it.  Finally, it seems, they've done it with Wreck-It Ralph.  Featuring the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Jack McBrayer (to name a few), Wreck-It Ralph is a funny, extremely clever, and fun journey into the world of video games.

By now, you probably now the story.  The gist of it is, a video villain wants to be a hero and along the way he meets all sorts of video game characters, including the super sweet and also pretty bad ass Vanellope.  Along the way we see glimpses and references to numerous old school games.  At one point, I did in fact yell out, "It's burger time!"

Ralph is strong in pretty much every aspect.  Visually stunning, marvelously acted, top notch animation, clever writing, and really pretty smart.  It's a movie for people who love video games to love and a movie that people who don't know the first thing about games to enjoy.  It's funny, exciting, and a good time for all to have.

Wreck-It Ralph delivers its message of not letting yourself be defined by what others think you should be really nicely.  It's definitely a message that needs to be heard and films like this one and ParaNorman (which I still feel is a better movie) deliver it really well. 

The blu-ray is looks amazing.  I was not able to see the 3D aspects of it because I didn't waste money on a 3D TV.  The special features are great as well with one exception.  When you pause the movie it counts down and launches the Gamer's Guide.  The feature itself is not a bad thing, but the fact that this automatically happens when you pause the movie is a bit of an annoyance.  Granted, you probably won't pause the movie very often for it to be much of a problem.  It just seemed like a strange thing to do to me.  Parents are sure to be pausing the movie often if they are watching with young kids.  I think it can be disabled as well.  Probably best had they just not done that in the first place if you ask me.

That aside, Wreck-It Ralph is a perfect movie to watch with family, with your friends, with your gamer nerds, or whoever.  Pair it with ParaNorman for a perfect evening of animation excellence!

I give Wreck-It Ralph....

9 out of 10 Joysticks!

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