Wreck-It-Ralph Smashes onto Blu-ray

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney, Disney Movies, Features, The Disney Review

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Published on March 02, 2013 at 4:02 am with 5 Comments

George: Jeff and I made it pretty clear on Communicore Weekly that we both loved Wreck-It-Ralph. In our minds, it should’ve taken the Oscar, but we’re not here to talk about that. We both received our review copies of the Blu-ray of Wreck-It-Ralph and it’s pretty obvious that we both still love the film.

Jeff: The film is absolutely amazing. It has a wonderful story, well developed characters, and the animation is fantastic. Also, for video game nerds, it is chock full of little references to all of your favorite, classic games, from Q-Bert to Sonic the Hedgehog to Street Fighter. Seriously, it was a total win all around in our book.

George: With the strange randomness of Blu-ray extras lately, I wasn’t sure what we would see (or wouldn’t see). When the disc showed up, my family watched the movie right away. Even though we saw it twice in the theater, we still watched it twice at home before venturing into the special segments. By far, the most exciting part was the special intermission that occurs when you pause the disc. Instead of getting a paused screen, Disney (and probably other releases) started adding bonus content that plays when the movie is paused. Ideally, this entertains the people on the couch when someone needs a bathroom break or has to refill the popcorn. We first saw this on the Muppets and it was just as exciting and entertaining as the film. Sadly, nobody wanted to leave the room when we paused the film. So, Jeff, tell us who’s on the intermission of Wreck-It-Ralph.

Jeff: You guys, it’s Chris Hardwick, of Nerdist fame! I LOVE THAT GUY! Seriously! I’m going to see him do stand-up in April! Anyway, yes, Chris shows up as your intermission host, and helps point of some of the Five Legged Goats (or, if you know them by their non-Disney name, Easter Eggs) of the film. He only scratches the surface of all the hidden video game references, but it’s great to see Disney really catering to their audience here by getting a host who knows his stuff and is very funny in doing so. By far, that was my favorite of all the Blu-Ray extras. But that’s not to say the rest weren’t fantastic as well.

George: Disney added a short to the theatrical release called Paperman and, in many ways, it’s the antithesis of Wreck-It-Ralph—sort of. It’s a black-and-white short that has as much heart as Wreck-It-Ralph and does it with being purposefully old school. It’s a beautiful mixture of line and computer animation. There are a slew of other bonus features that talk about how the digital worlds were created that offer a lot of insight into creating a video game world that looks decidedly 8-bit.

Jeff: There are a few alternate / deleted scenes that don’t really add anything to the mix. But there are a handful of “commercials” for the games featured in the movie, just like you would see on TV back in the 80s/90s for your local arcade. Those are a neat touch.

George: Needless to say, this is one of the best films released by Disney (including some of the Pixar releases) over the past few years and would have sold tons of copies even without the extras. It’s a great film for Disney fans, families and gamers! It’s a visual treat with fantastic animation, voice acting and songs! S-U-G-A-R, jump into your racing car…

Jeff: On top of that, visually, it’s amazing, especially with this Blu-Ray transfer. This is seriously a must own for kids of all ages. We definitely recommend this film!

But that’s just how we see it. What do YOU think?


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  1. Cool! Never saw it, but printed out the $7 coupon good for the first two days of release that’s floating around the Internet. The 3D wasen’t even mentioned…. I hope the 3D is as good as tangled.

  2. Wreck it Ralph was one of the surprise hits of the year for me. I LOVED it. Really spoke to me since so many of the games I grew up with were represented. Lots of heart and a great story.

  3. I absolutely LOVE Wreck it Ralph. I saw it 3 times in theaters and can’t wait to own it the second its released!

  4. Great Review Guys

    It is just been released in the UK in the conemas, so I will go and see it. From what you have told us, it is going to be a great film, and I love all of the Video Game Character Cameos. That is awsome that they took the time to get the green light to use these characters. Very similar concept to Toy Story, but they are poles apart in the story.

    Thanks Again Guys

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  5. The 3D was great on the Blu-ray (especially the menu). I was worried the first 1/3 of the movie, but boy did it pay off!!! Was not expecting the bad guy AT ALL!!! FUN. This is THE ONLY Disney cartoon I want to see a sequel made for.