Press Release by Disney/Pixar
Burbank, California (August 10, 2009) -- The #1 Animated Film of the Year! From the Creators of FINDING NEMO and MONSTERS, INC. comes the hilarious and unforgettable adventure, Disney/Pixar’s UP, coming to Blu-rayalso Hi-Def and DVD with Disneyfile Digital Copy on November 10, 2009.
An exhilarating, hilarious and heartfelt animated adventure comes home when Disney•Pixar’s UP arrives on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on November 10, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Blending inspired whimsy with powerful emotion, the hugely successful feature film is an artistic and entertaining tour de force for the entire family. UP is available in a four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, and a two-disc DVD, which both include DisneyFile, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic devices, as well as enough bonus features that keep the fun coming.
Academy Award-nominee Pete Docter (2008, Best Original Screenplay, WALL•E; 2001, Best Animated Feature Film, Monsters, Inc.) directs one of the funniest fantasy- adventures of all time featuring a gifted voice cast that includes Ed Asner (ELF), Christopher Plummer (INSIDE MAN), UP co-director and writer Bob Peterson (MONSTERS, INC.), Delroy Lindo (THIS CHRISTMAS) and John Ratzenberger (who has lent his voice to every Disney•Pixar feature film).
UP is the tenth in an unprecedented streak of critical and box office triumphs for Disney*Pixar that includes four Academy Award winners for Best Animated Feature --WALL*E (2008), RATATOUILLE (2007), THE INCREDIBLES (2004) and FINDING NEMO (2003)
BONUS FEATURES FOR UP:• Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson.• Dug’s Special Mission – An all new original short film that follows the misadventures of Dug as he attempts to complete his “special mission.” The short is directed by UP Story Supervisor, Ronnie Del Carmen.• The Many Endings of Muntz – Many ideas were hatched about how to dispose of the film’s arch villain, Muntz, and now viewers can see the many alternate endings proposed during story development.• Partly Cloudy –The hilarious short film that preceded screenings of UP. Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies? The answer lies up in the stratosphere where the cloud Gus is a master at creating “dangerous” babies, which prove to be more than a handful for his loyal delivery stork Peck. Directed by Pixar story artist, animator and voice actor Peter Sohn.• Adventure is Out There – This action-packed documentary tells the story of the filmmakers’ own trek to the tepuis mountains of South America to research the design and story of the film. And, only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, hours of features and behind-the scenes bonus features including:
• Cine-Explore – A visual montage of concept art, clips and documentary coverage that illustrates the directors’ commentary.• Geriatric Hero – A character study of Carl, from research to realization including art and design, rigging, animation and story. It focuses on the issues of aging, “simplexity,” shape language and compelling character arcs.• Canine Companions – For anyone who ever wondered where CG puppies come from, an introduction to the design, behavior and language of dogs.• Russell: Wilderness Explorer – A character study of Russell from inspiration and design to finding the character arc and authentic voice for this wilderness ranger.• Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin – Find out how avian research and development at Pixar helped bring a mythical, 13-foot tall iridescent bird to life.• Homemakers of Pixar – Carl and Ellie’s house is an important “character” in the film. Fans follow the development of the house from story to art to its ultimate realization in the computer.• Balloons and Flight – Carl’s house and Muntz's dirigible presented the filmmakers with two different problems—how could they make a physical impossibility possible? And, in the case of the dirigible, how would they unearth a fallen giant and let it soar?• Composing for Characters – Composer Michael Giacchino returns to score his third Disney•Pixar feature film. See how the UP filmmakers collaborated with Giacchino to create the memorable score and compelling musical themes.• Married Life – The original story concept that became the powerful “Married Life” scene, showing Carl and Ellie’s love story.• Global Guardian Badge Game – Players try to locate countries, states and capitals around the globe in a multi-layered BD-Exclusive geography game enhanced by BD-Live.
Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy. UP follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure.
Up has a suggested retail price of $39.99 SRP (US) or $44.99 SRP (Canada) for the 2- Disc DVD and $45.99 SRP (US) or $52.99 SRP (Canada) for the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo pack. A 1-Disc DVD is also available at SRP $29.99 (US), $35.99 (Canada)
STREET DATE: 11/10Direct prebook: 9/1Distributor prebook: 9/15Pricing: 2-Disc DVD: $39.99, 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo: $45.99Feature run time: 96 minutesRated: PGBonus Materials Not Rated in USTechnical specifications may only apply to feature.Aspect ratio: DVD: Widescreen 16x9Sound: SD: 5.1 Dolby Digital, BD: Dolby Digital EX 1080PLanguages: English, Canadian French, Spanish
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