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    'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird Finds Blu-ray Delectable

    Author: JOHN GAUDIOSI
    HomeMediaRetailing
    Posted: November 1, 2007

    Ratatouille, heaped praise on the Blu-ray format and what it brings to computer-generated movies during the Blu-ray Disc Festival.



    Ratatouille disc, however, he did have crews documenting the process from start to finish.





    A home theater enthusiast, Bid loves the way Blu-ray brings the movie he created into homes.

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    Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

    GAH!!! now i have to have a bluray player.


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    • #3
      Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

      Note that everything in the quotes above would apply to HD-DVD as well as Blu-Ray.

      I suggest Brad Bird is promoting Blu-Ray as part of his professional obligations (Disney supports Blu-Ray, obviously), and not so much as a matter of his personal opinion.

      Also, I'm of the opinion that most DVD 'extras' are unnecessary. Just give me the dang movie. When I buy a set of bedsheets, I don't get a booklet explaining how sheets are made and introducing me to the managers at the factory, nor do I want one.

      And don't even get me started on "Interactive Animated Menus!", bullet-pointed on the box as if it somehow improves the experience. The more work they put into the menu, the longer it takes to actually get to what you want. And they often give away key information from the second or third act of the movie in clips or soundbites. (OK, now I'm going off-topic, since this also applies to standard DVDs.)

      In summary:

      * Brad Bird is promoting Blu-Ray over HD-DVD because he has to.
      * All of Bird's comments above would apply to any hi-def format, not just Blu-Ray.
      * Just give me the movie. Any 'extras' beyond maybe a commentary track are a waste of my time and yours. If you want to put more info on a higher-priced 'special edition', that's fine, but 99 times out of 100 I'll buy the 'standard edition'.

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      • #4
        Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

        I agree with Mr. Bird with everything he's said. I'm a huge fan of DVDs that give you endless hours of behind the scenes footage, that take you through every step from the script to the release of the film. And I much prefer the Blu-ray over HD DVD, especially since I've already invested in it, and because I believe it delievers the best quality picture, sound and bonuses that's possible. I just can't wait till tomorrow!

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        • #5
          Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

          I do not own Blu-ray as of yet but there is some validity to what Mr. Bird has said about the benefits of an Hi Def DVD experience.

          I had the opportunity to screen Ratatouille at the Pixar Studios in their State of the Art movie theatre. It was presented directly from the digital source. The film itself is an artistic masterpiece, IMO, and the level of detail in the animation is stunning. It did not really hit me how much of a difference it was to see the film in it's true digital form until I saw it at Century Theatres on opening day. It was then that I felt disappointed by the lack of quality these films are presented in in comparison to what I had previously experienced.

          Bird claims Blu-ray (HD-DVD's) present the film as it was meant to be seen, just like it is seen by the artists at the studio. If this is truly accurate than just the film experience alone is a high selling point for me.

          But I am still holding out until I see the prices drop...
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          • #6
            Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

            Just to be clear, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are two different formats (which give essentially the same result).

            Blu-Ray is basically a 'high-definition DVD', but it's not HD-DVD.

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            • #7
              Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

              Right...

              I wrote:

              Bird claims Blu-ray (HD-DVD's) present the film as it was meant to be seen, just like it is seen by the artists at the studio.
              I meant HD-DVD as in the general Hi Def format and not the competing "HD-DVD" format.

              Sorry, that was a little confusing
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              • #8
                Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                Aw, man! i wish they'd put the extended cut of the film onto the Regular DVD version, how cool would that be?
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                • #9
                  Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                  Blu-Ray is more advanced than high def dvd. BUT
                  this bigger question is what is more affordable at this
                  point. High Def DVD have begun appearing at much
                  more affordable prices, But Blu Ray is still quite a bit
                  more expensive ~ even though it is more advanced,
                  it will need to become more affordable to remain
                  competitive with HD DVD.

                  And I do like the extras, behind the scenes, deleted
                  scenes and songs, various commentaries, They all
                  add value to the dvd and extend repeatability.
                  BUT, most of the Games with the dvd's are worthless.
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                  • #10
                    Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                    The only real capability BluRay has over HD-DVD is in capacity, but we've had this conversation in the other thread so I'm not going to retread it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                      Originally posted by SimpTwister View Post
                      When I buy a set of bedsheets, I don't get a booklet explaining how sheets are made and introducing me to the managers at the factory, nor do I want one.
                      Obviously, you're not a sheet snob, as so many of us around here are.

                      Now if you were to have used "hot dog" instead of "bedsheets," you'd have a very valid point.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                        I just purchased the Blurays of Ratatouille and the Pixar Shorts today.

                        I first watched the short of "One Man Band" and my jaw absolutely freaking dropped. It looks.... I can't even begin to describe how amazing it looks. There are textures I've never seen before. Wow, just.. wow.

                        Ratatouille has a really stupid game, but the movie itself is also visually breathtaking. I saw the DVD version last week, and while it looks really good, the Bluray version is a definite step up (I'm running the Bluray (Ps3) via HDMI input into a 50" 1080p LED-DLP set). It sounds fantastic as well, but I don't have the best speakers right now and can't use the subwoofer due to neighbor issues, so it is hard to compare.

                        Visually though... sorry bluray haters, but you're missing out on the Disney stuff.
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                        • #13
                          Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                          Thanks for the info Chernabog!
                          I can't wait to experience it in my own home...
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                          • #14
                            Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                            Originally posted by ROBONICS95 View Post
                            Thanks for the info Chernabog!
                            I can't wait to experience it in my own home...
                            There are a lot of extras on the Ratatouille Bluray too (in the Cinema exploration feature). I'm still trying to see if there's a comparison as to what features are on what disc (and then compared to whatever the heck is on that bonus disc you get at Target).

                            It seems that there's a lot more on the Bluray special feature wise than the DVD since there's this huge menu, but it is hard to tell without having complete DVD specs to compare it to.
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                            • #15
                              Re: 'Ratatouille' Director Brad Bird finds Blu-ray delectable

                              Originally posted by Chernabog View Post
                              There are a lot of extras on the Ratatouille Bluray too (in the Cinema exploration feature). I'm still trying to see if there's a comparison as to what features are on what disc (and then compared to whatever the heck is on that bonus disc you get at Target).

                              It seems that there's a lot more on the Bluray special feature wise than the DVD since there's this huge menu, but it is hard to tell without having complete DVD specs to compare it to.

                              Having seen both versions, were you able to see the added animation to Ratatouille that Bird had mentioned was available on Blu-ray?
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                              "I don't care about critics. Critics take themselves too seriously. They think the only way to be noticed and to be the smart guy is to pick and find fault with things. It's the public I'm making pictures for." - Walt Disney

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