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Brave Blu-ray Five Disc Collectors Edition Review

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  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly
  • Written By: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
  • Directed By: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
  • Distributor: Walt Disney
  • Original Year or Release: 2012
  • Extras: DVD, Digital Copy, Blu-ray 3D, see below
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Brave Blu-ray Five Disc Collectors Edition Review

Worth the Blu-ray Experience

By Kimberly McCall     November 20, 2012

The trailers for Pixar’s Brave seemed to paint a picture of a sweeping epic adventure with a strong and unconventional female lead character. When I saw this movie in the theater, I was expecting to be thrown back in a vast tale set against a gorgeous celtic backdrop while I cheered for the young heroine fighting for a voice in a time that did not permit it. After seeing the film, I decided the trailer had been very misleading. After watching the blu-ray (and being familiar with the movie) I drew the conclusion that I liked Brave very much. It is just not what anyone expected.

What we get instead of an epic adventure is a much smaller, more personal story with a little magic that is, perhaps, perfectly fitted for a children’s book at bedtime. In fact, if you notice, the child audience seemed to have liked Brave just fine. Those who were disappointed were adults and critics. 

In the original theatrical trailer, we are already introduced to young, feisty princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) and her parents, the King and Queen of Scotland (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson). The story is nothing new for Disney: a young princess believing there is more to life than being given away in marriage and resisting her well meaning, but old fashioned parent(s). There are the laughs and the lovable supporting characters and the inevitable adventure and plot resolution. However, Brave chooses to depart from the typical storyline and really dive into character through classic celtic storytelling and myth. This, I think, shocked audiences who thought they knew what was coming. Now that you know the story, go and bring home the blu-ray.

It is almost redundant to review Pixar quality on blu-ray. It’s beautiful and darn near perfect, of course. The emerald backdrops pop. Every strand of that massive red hair on Merida’s head shines and bounces. The light and color compliment the magical story, making it well worth the at-home view. However, what really impressed me about the blu-ray was the long list of special features. If you are a creative sort who enjoys watching everything that goes into making an animated film, you will not be disappointed. The special features contain everything from cast/crew interviews to a step by step featurette through the entire creative process. There is incredible art to be seen, voices to be heard, locations to scout, and lots and lots of editing. What is so refreshing is to see how much everyone making Brave loved it. I mean really loved it. Honestly, the special features will make you want to hop a plane and go work for Pixar. 

I appreciate Brave all the more after seeing it a second time and watching the special features. Any film that has been made with love (big or small) is worth the watch. Is it a smaller story than we were all expecting? Yes. Does that make the message any less important? Well, just ask the younger audience. In a world where bigger is always better, sometimes the smaller tales have the most lasting impact.
Blu-ray Extras Include: La Luna Theatrical Short, The Legend of Mordu Short, Merida and Elinor, Brave Old World, Bears, Brawl in the Hall, Wonder Moss, Magic, Clan Pixar, Once Upon A Scene, Extended Scenes, Director Commentary, Fergus and Mordu An Alternate Opening, Fallen Warriors Montage, Dirty Hairy People, It is English Sort Of, Angus, The Tapestry, Promotional Pieces, Art Gallery, Wee Gaffes, Teasers, and Sneak Peeks


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axia777 11/20/2012 10:36:45 AM

LOVED LOVED LVOED this movie,  This is the best Pixar since the Incredibles IMHO.  Brave was a high point for Pixar.  Far better than the mdeiocer Cars movies.  Toy Story 3 was good but no where near as great as Brave.  Bravo to Pixar.

InnerSanctum 11/21/2012 12:51:34 PM

 I have yet to watch the film, but looking forward to it.  However, 5 discs?  Not even for my favorite films of all time.  

InnerSanctum 11/21/2012 12:52:11 PM

 BTW, why did we get Cars 2 and not Incredibles 2?  

hanso 11/21/2012 3:49:01 PM

Cars generates money for Disney and the Incredibles do not.

decepticons2 11/22/2012 5:27:34 PM
ask anyone with a small boy under 8 if they have or had any cars crap. no one has to even watch cars2 foe it to cash in. that said brave felt off somehow. almost like it was written in the golden age minus any music from ashman or menken. sorry if i got the names wrong. will check later.
Miner49er 11/24/2012 4:56:54 PM

@ hanso: but if they shoved The Incredibles under Marvel...

hanso 11/25/2012 7:30:15 AM

 Miner, it wouldn't matter.  The Cars property is huge for Disney, one of its biggest ones along with Toy Story in terms of selling merchandise.  The Incredibles isn't and wouldn't be regardless if it was under Marvel or not.  Plus now with Disney owning Marvel I would assume they'd rather move Marvel superhero merchandise than Incredibles one.

I had read somewhere a few months ago that Pixar has to deliver something that Disney can move merchandise wise, I believe it was something along the lines of 1 out of every 3 movies, but don't quote me on that.  This is why we are seeing a bit more sequels from Pixar.  Maybe we'll see Incredibles 2 down the line but I'm not getting my hopes up. 

dnbritt 11/25/2012 1:46:40 PM

My son (and I) love Cars.  He's 3 and doesn't care a lick about Cars 2, but he still owns every character's car they put out for the movie.  That's why Cars 2 got made.  The first movie was really good.  The second one sucked.



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