Inside Out Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 10/10
I love it. Inside Out won me over very quickly and from that moment I was hooked. Tears streamed, I laughed, I chuckled, I frowned, I thought, I felt, and I laughed some more. I really don’t know what else you want from a movie. I know, it’s animation, so what!? I’m nearly 50 years old now and I’ll watch an animated movie and have a great time if the story and the characters and the whole experience makes me glad to be alive. I know, I know, how the heckola can a movie do all that? Trust me, I have a cynical mind, a cold heart, and a very very hard nut to crack when it comes to belly laughs and genuinely being moved by movies these days. It was a pleasure and a joy to watch Inside Out and I will be watching it again and again.

What makes it so good to me? People wrote about emotions and how we cope or don’t cope and they put it all in the mind of a young girl coping with some hard times. Now, mind you, she is only coping with her family moving to a new town, so none of the standard Disney parental mourning, which was a relief. Our little leading lady is coping with exactly what did when I was exactly her age, so that might have something to do with how much I enjoyed it and why.

The voices are just right. The dialogue is fun and at times pretty deep for a cartoon:) I was expecting to be annoyed with Joy and in line with Sadness, but as Pixar writers love to do, they turned me around and I saw both emotions equally as charming without being annoying. There really isn’t much to say when I want to gush about a flick. What more would you want to hear? It looks fantastic, of course. It has fun music. It addresses sadness and growing up with nothing less than some honest fessing up to the deep feelings we all have, and even toss in a touch of the imaginary friend who apparently lives in the minds of some folks. I never had an imaginary friend. When I was a very young girl the other girls just bugged me so much that making up one to follow me around probably would have been a big drag!

Just see this movie. OK. That is all.

Features: 8/10

  • All New Short Riley’s First Date (5 Minutes) – A new short film that serves as a sequel to Inside Out. It’s full of laughs as Riley invites a boy over and mom and dad react.
  • Lava Short Film (7 Minutes) – I imagine you will see this one in this years Oscar short animated films category. Witness a love story between two volcanoes.
  • Story Of The Story (10 Minutes) – Voice cast and crew discuss the story and development of Inside Out.
  • Paths To Pixar The Women Of Inside Out (11 Minutes) – Female cast and crew discuss what it takes to work for Pixar, this piece is very inspiring for women everywhere.
  • Mixed Emotions (7 Minutes) – A quick look at the character design used in the movie.
  • Mapping The Mind (8 Minutes) – The mind of an 11 year old girl is a difficult thing to visualize. Here we see how Pixar did it.
  • Our Dad’s The Filmmakers (7 Minutes) – Elie Docter & Grace Giacchino talk about their dads work on Inside Out.
  • Into The Unknown The Sound Of Inside Out (7 Minutes) – The sound department get a featurette all of their own. Here we see how subtle sounds were used to create the inside of a mind.
  • The Misunderstood Art Of Animation Film Editing (5 Minutes) – I have never seen a featurette on editing an animated movie. Pixar and editor sit down to explain how it’s all done.
  • Mind Candy (14 Minutes) – A compilation of moments from the movie and lots of outtakes.
  • DVD & Disney Anywhere Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
Because I truly put this movie in the Classics department in my mind, the cover doesn’t quite live up to that. It’s cute and fun, yes, but does it capture the whole zest of the experience, not quite. I would still have a mini poster of it just for the love of the movie..

Audio & Video: 10/10
Inside out’s picture quality is as good as it gets on Blu-ray. This 1080P AVC encoded image is pristine, colorful and as impressive as anything to date. The thing you will notice first is how rich and detailed the world created here is, and if you look closer you will see how impressive the textures are on each individual character. The movie has no dark scenes so shadow detail and black crush are a non issue. This is one of the best transfers of the year no doubt.

The DTS-HD Master audio 7.1 soundtrack is equally as impressive bringing the mind of an 11 year old to life through all 7 channels. Surround sound is constant and even, dialog is centered and sometimes echos around the room. Where the track feels most alive though is during scenes that contain music. This is Disney at their most impressive you will be impressed.

Overall Score 10/10