There are DVDs you might want to rent on a rainy day, and then there are DVDs you absolutely must buy the day they arrive in stores. Already one of the best reviewed films of the year -- and a strong candidate for a Best Picture Oscar nod -- Pixar's WALL-E finally arrives on DVD this Tuesday, November 18th in spectacular fashion. Folks, if you haven't converted to Blu-ray yet, I'd seriously recommend penning a letter to Santa real soon, because not only are WALL-E and The Dark Knight unveiling pretty ridiculous Blu-ray DVDs during the next month, but the format is really starting to produce some outstanding product.

That all being said, you've probably already realized that I'll be giving you a sneak peek at the 3-Disc Blu-ray DVD for WALL-E, which is all sorts of awesome, but I'll also clue you in on what the regular DVD offers too. First off, feel free to check out the gallery below, which includes images from the brand new short film BURN-E (featured on both Blu-ray and DVD), along with a few Fun Fact Sheets, like one called Hidden Things (little Pixar Easter Eggs throughout the film) and one called How Did They Make That Sound (pretty self-explanatory).

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From Cinematical's review of WALL-E:

It's hundreds of years from now, practically no life (save for a cockroach) remains on the giant garbage dump that's become Earth, and, funnily enough, the only remaining sign of humanity can be found inside the planet's last functional robot: a trash collector (and compactor) named WALL·E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class). It's been roughly 700 years since humans last populated Earth, and in that time WALL·E has wasted away doing what he was originally programmed for: collect, compact and pile trash so that it's out of the way.

However, over the years WALL·E has managed to develop a bit of OCD, collecting certain items and methodically storing them in the large metal container he calls home. One day, while out searching for more trash (and knickknacks), a spaceship arrives to drop off another robot -- one whose mission it is to scour the area and search for life. And it's a girl ... named EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). Read More



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BURN-E
On Blu-ray: Includes Picture-in-picture presentation of storyboards by director Angus Maclane

If you've seen WALL-E, you'll no doubt remember the part where WALL-E is roaming around in empty space before being shot back inside one of the open doors of the Axiom (that huge futuristic human cruise ship), only for it to slam shut and lock out a poor unknown robot worker, who, when we last leave him, is banging on the door to be let back in. Well, the new fabulous short film BURN-E tells his story; how WALL-E inadvertently made it so he had to be outside fixing a broken light in the first place, and then inadvertently locked him out too. And all BURN-E wants to do is fix this damn light, but no matter how hard he tries -- and how many chances he gets -- it just won't happen ... no thanks to WALL-E, of course.

Not only do we follow BURN-E's entire journey, which picks up roughly half way through WALL-E (the movie), but his quest to fix the light and re-enter Axiom is intercut with the events unfolding on WALL-E's adventure. Truly one of the more clever features on the new DVD, though we advise you to first watch the feature film in order to truly appreciate this short.

Those who can't wait for DVD can catch a sneak of the short over here.


Other notable Blu-ray features:

  • Cine-Explore with Director Andrew Stanton
  • Geek Track - Pop-up Commentary By Pixar's Geek Squad
  • The Axiom Arcade - Video Games With A WALL•E Twist
  • 3-D Set Fly-Throughs - See Film Locations From A Whole New Angle -- Here, you're shown a map of the Axium, and by clicking on a section of the ship, it will fly through the area so you can catch the little details away from the actual film.
  • BD Live (US Only)
The remainder of the special features are included on both Blu-ray and regular DVD. They are:

  • Presto -- An Amazing Animated Theatrical Short Film (This is the short film that played before WALL-E in theaters, which tells of a battle of wits between a magician and his rabbit.)
  • The Pixar Story" By Leslie Iwerks - An Award-Winning Filmmaker Tells The Riveting Story Of The Innovative Company That Revolutionized Hollywood
  • Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds From The Sound Up - Legendary Sound Designer Ben Burtt Shares Secrets Of Creating The Sounds Of WALL•E
  • Lots Of Bots" Storybook - This Imaginative Storybook Comes To Life Loaded With Fun Games
  • BnL Shorts - An Amusing Peek Into The Inner Workings Of The Buy n Large Corporation
  • Audio Commentary - With Director Andrew Stanton (Solid commentary from one of Pixar's finest, and definitely worth a listen.)
  • Sneak Peek: WALL•E's Tour Of The Universe - WALL•E Takes you On A Real Ride Through Space
  • "Making Of" Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
Finally, the third disc includes a digital copy of the film, which you can use to upload to your computer or iPod or whatever gadget you feel like abusing.

And here are a few specs for you DVD nerds:

Blu-ray

Feature:
1080p High Definition / 2.39:1
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
English, French, Spanish Language Tracks

DISC 1 BONUS:
1080p High Definition
English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital
English SDH

DISC 2 BONUS:
1080p High Definition
English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital
English SDH

DVD
May Only Apply to Feature Film

Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Surround Sound
Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio

WALL-E arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18th. Definitely worth a purchase, especially for you parents out there -- the special features alone will keep your kids busy for days.