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Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review

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by AVForums Jan 1, 2004

    Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £21.99

    Picture

    The Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector's
    Edition DVD attempts to satisfy all
    consumers by including THX-certified
    transfers in anamorphic widescreen
    and 4:3. Rather than compress
    both transfers onto one disc, the widescreen version is included on the
    first disc, with the fullscreen version
    on the second. We focused on the
    widescreen version, which does a
    magnificent job of capturing the film's
    1.78:1 aspect ratio. As with previous
    Pixar DVDs this is reference-quality
    digital-to-digital transfer boasting
    sharp definition, brilliant colours free
    from bleed and impeccable detail
    levels. The fullscreen version is of
    comparable quality, but obviously fails
    to recreate the original composition.
    Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector

    Sound

    Audio for Finding Nemo comes in the
    form of a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX mix and
    if you don't think cartoons do much for
    surround setups them get ready for a
    shock. Finding Nemo's mix creates a
    vibrant world through well-positioned
    audio cues in the surround speakers.
    If you're wondering about the LFE
    channel, then skip to Chapter 25 and
    check out the sequence with Darla
    banging on the outside of the fish
    tank - that bass will shake the pictures
    off your walls in seconds.
    Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector

    Extras

    As we've come to expect from Pixar's
    DVDs, the extras offer something for
    everyone. Most of the adult-orientated
    material is included alongside the
    widescreen transfer and kicks off with
    a Making Nemo documentary that
    runs for 26 minutes and provides a
    technical exploration of the creation
    of the film. Following on from this is
    a Visual Commentary by co-writer
    Bob Peterson and directors Andrew
    Stanton and Lee Unkrich. It is called a
    Visual Commentary because at several
    points it takes you out of the film to
    deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes
    material. For those unwilling to sit
    through the commentary to view these
    extras, a separate index screen also
    provides links to the supplements.
    Also included on the first disc are
    four galleries (Art Review, Characters,
    Environments and Color Script),
    seven snazzy Virtual Aquarium DVD
    screensavers and a THX Optimizer.
    Head over to Disc Two and the first
    extras you'll find are Exploring the
    Reef and Knick Knack. The former is a
    short seven-minute featurette hosted
    by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Nemo and
    friends and the latter is the wonderful
    (if bizarrely censored) Pixar short from
    1989 that was screened before the
    movie in cinemas. Moving over to the
    bonus features menu and in addition
    to those mentioned above, you also
    get Mr Ray's Encyclopedia (a guide to
    the creatures in the film), a Fisharades
    set-top game, a readalong Nemo
    story, a behind-the-scenes section
    (character interviews, a studio tour
    and publicity material) and repeats
    of the Virtual Aquarium and THX
    Optimizer options found on Disc One.
    Fans should also keep their eyes open
    for Easter Eggs hidden across both
    the discs including new character
    animation and spoof adverts.
    Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector

    Verdict

    Finding Nemo represents everything
    we've come to expect from Pixar, including
    top-of-the-range DVD presentation.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    9

    Picture Quality

    10

    Sound Quality

    10

    Extras

    7

    Overall

    9

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