Thursday, 25 March 2010

Disney Blu-ray film review: Up


We've just watched the latest Disney film Up on blu-ray, and what a fantastic film it is.  It tells the tale of the newly widowed Carl Friedricksen, a retired balloon salesman, who ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off on the adventure of his childhood dreams. He unwittingly takes along Russell, an 8 year-old Wilderness Explorer, and along the way they meet a talking dog - very funny - and a 13 foot-tall bird.

You may have already heard that it's a sad film, and it is in places, but it's beautifully thought-out and the sadness is there to emphasise the underlying message of love, friendship and adventure.  I loved it, as did The Teenager who gave it 5 out of 5 on our points system.  Tall Daughter thought it was a bit too sad - I think it may have reminded her too much of her own Nana and Granddad - and gave it a 3 out of 5.

We were all agreed on one point though: this is the best Disney film since Monsters Inc. and the animation is stunning.  The Teenager wants me to mention that we could actually see stitching on Russell's Wilderness Explorer badges, and the accuracy of the characters body language and mannerisms was fantastic.  I have to say that if you have never watched a film on blu-ray you're in for a treat when you do, they really are much clearer and vivid than DVDs. 

Here's clip of when Carl and Russell meet Dug the dog. 



The Blu-ray was sent to us by Katie at Thinkparents.  Image and trailer courtesy of Disney.