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

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Finding Nemo: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review
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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
Finding Nemo represents everything
we've come to expect from Pixar, including
top-of-the-range DVD presentation.

Scores

Movie

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9

Picture Quality

10

Sound Quality

10

Extras

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.
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7

Overall

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9
9
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