Pixar once again waved their magic wand this year with the animated hit, Inside Out. Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black, the film captured the imaginations of viewers young and adult through a tale of what happens with our emotions and memories. The film has grossed a whopping $850 million at the global box office and is sure to add to that number now that it is available on video.
Consumers have several options when it comes to purchasing a Blu-ray copy of Inside Out including a 3-D version (the Ultimate Edition), Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo, and a Target exclusive edition. The special features included on all three are:
- Lava – This is a cute animated short that features two singing volcanos. Destined to be together or destined to be apart? This short film is beautifully choreographed with a catchy, Hawaiian themed tune. If you saw Inside Out at the theaters, you probably remember this one and may still even be humming the tune.
- Riley’s First Date? – This animated short is a the perfect epilogue to the film. You can feel Riley and her parents moving to that dreaded next chapter of “raising a teenager.” It’s fun and for the brief running time, we get see the emotional teams for each character involved. Mom and Dad do not want their little girl to grow up too fast!
- Paths to Pixar: the Women of Inside Out – This feature focuses on the women behind the scenes of the film. At a time when Hollywood is under great scrutiny for the lack of opportunities and equality for females, this is an encouraging and inspiring addition.
- Mixed Emotions – What I found most interesting here is how much time and research went into developing each character. This short documentary reveals just how meticulous the artistic folks at Pixar can be, and their tenacity to get it just right. Those who really enjoy animated film will get a kick out of the earlier versions of Disgust and Sadness.
- Behind the Scenes – Rather than one, this is really six features (or chapters) that give an extensive look at the behind the scenes. This where film geeks will get their money’s worth. While the rest of us will probably just skip it.
- Commentary – If you’re into commentaries, then this is a good one. Director Peter Doctor and Assistant Director Ronny Del Carmine give some great insights into their thought process and what they see when they watch the film. Not every meaning and nuance is likely caught by the viewer after first watching the film, and so having the director fill us in on what he intended is not a bad thing. Got to give Doctor and his team credit, the film is a deeper than most animated pictures out there. The commentary track only validates this point further.
The Target exclusive edition comes with some additional features but I did not view that version. Right now the film is competitively priced at many retailers, so I’ll leave it to you whether you must have any more additional content.
Is the Inside Out worth owning on Blu-Ray? Of course!
Even without the bonus feature the film is an instant classic and among the best work in Pixar‘s history. The added bonus features available on the Blu-Ray only serves to enrich the entire experience.