Pixar’s Inside Out Blu-ray review

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Pixar has fallen off the animation throne as of late, but it is slowly trying to get back at the top. With its latest effort, Inside Out, the animation studio is definitely working its way up there.

Life is tough when you’re a kid who has to move away. It’s during a time when kids are still trying to find out their identity, but everything around them is taken away like friends or favorite hangout spots. In Inside Out, young Riley and her parents move away to the city of San Francisco. Inside Riley’s mind are different emotions: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust. Things go wrong when Joy and Sadness are accidentally thrown out of headquarters. Now they must find a way back there by traveling through the different memory islands and other areas before Riley has a complete meltdown.

Inside Out is a tale that gives audiences an emotional roller coaster ride. You’ll laugh, you’ll tear up, and you’ll also be tensed (if you’re afraid of giant clowns wielding a hammer). The different emotions are funny and adorable, and together they make quite the combo. Bing Bong, Riley’s old-school imaginary friend, is definitely a fan-favorite and is involved with a very moving scene.

The film is recommended, and the mix of humor and tender moments help remind us why Pixar is still one of the top animation studios out there. From the likable emotions to a sweet message about how they can co-exist, Inside Out is an entertaining flick that is wonderful for the whole family.

Movie Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

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The Inside Out Blu-ray is presented in 1080p and features wonderful visuals for your HDTV. There are two distinct worlds, the mind world and the real world. The mind world is very colorful, especially with the different emotions having a strong color theme: Anger representing red, Fear being purple, Disgust being green, Sadness being blue, and Joy being a glowing orange. The real world has a less saturated look compared to the mind world, but the colors still are nice. The picture is clear as we get to see details including the tiny fuzzy bubbles surrounding the emotions, the strands of hair on Riley and the other human characters, and the animated island memories.

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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The audio is presented in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The surround sound is put to good use as we hear the rumbling of a giant clown walking, memory balls clanking about, and the rainbow wagon soaring. The dialogue is clear and towards the center. The abstract scene is really cool as the sound starts to go from immersive to flat to match the characters turning from 3D to 2D. The movie doesn’t have a big action-packed scene in the third act, so that means we get quieter scenes.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-


Special Features

The first Blu-ray disc contains the following:

Lava (7:12) – This was the short that was shown before Inside Out in theaters. James Ford Murphy and his team create a very touching short featuring a volcano expressing his love for another volcano. The music is emotional and has a Hawaiian theme.

Riley’s First Date? (4:40) – This short follows Riley on her… you guessed it… first date. Riley’s date shows up at her house, with her dad sitting alone

Paths to Pixar – The Women of Inside Out (11:22) – This features interviews from the many women involved with the project including production manager Dana Murray, Joy’s voice actor Amy Poehler, director of photography lighting Kim White and more. We get to learn about them when they’re younger, whether they knew what they wanted to be when going to school, imaginary friends, and more.

Mixed Emotions (7:17) – This feature explores how the team designed the different emotions including concept, lighting, and range of emotions.

Commentary – Director Pete Doctor and co-director Ronnie del Carmen supply the audio commentary. The duo talks about the history of making the film, the invisible story and the cinematography. It’s funny to hear Doctor and Carmen talk about how they were against the opening scene of Riley being born and how they changed their mind afterward. What’s really interesting is how the process of pre-production for the animated film is different from live-action films. With live-action films, you have maybe one or two screenwriters working on the script for the director to translate on screen. With Inside Out, they come up with the idea of emotions, but they weren’t sure what story to tell with emotions. It pretty much boils down to having many stories to tell and fit it in a 95-minute movie.

Extras from the Bonus Blu-ray disc:

  • Story of the Story (10:30) – Director Pete Doctor talks about how the film was born out of an observation on his daughter. The film went through many different stories before it became a story about Joy and Sadness bonding together to help Riley grow.
  • Mapping the Mind (8:24) – The filmmakers talk about the look and layout of Riley’s mind and how grand it is.
  • Our Dads, the Filmmakers (7:25) – The video was filmed by Doctor’s and composer Michael Giacchino’s daughter. They visit their dads’ workplace and learn what it takes to direct and compose a film.
  • Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out (7:09) – Sound designer Ren Klyce discusses creating sound for the film.
  • The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing (4:43) – Film editor Kevin Nolting talks about how tiny tweaks can really change the film from being boring to being exciting. Timing is important and certain scenes that story artists would think is funny end up not being funny.
  • Mind Candy (14:26) – This is a video filled with random gags and skits featuring your favorite Emotions.
  • Deleted Scenes (16:53) – There are 4 deleted scenes including “Riley Grows Up,” “Joy’s Decline,” “Misdirection,” and “Construction.” These are introduced by Pete Doctor.
  • Trailers – There are three trailers including the “Remember” teaser, “Experience” trailer, and the Japanese trailer.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Final Reaction

Inside Out has a stellar video presentation with complementing surround sound. Pixar fans are surely in for a treat as the studio is able to bring them a tale about friendship, family and how the different emotions can help a person cope with life.

Final Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

Inside Out is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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