Cars on Blu-ray is one of the most impressive
video and audio quality experiences that I have ever experienced out
of the big screen and
the 2006 movie by Walt Disney Studios is also rather impressive as well.
I strongly believe that Cars should be used a reference Blu-ray to
showcase the power of this amazing new high definition standard.
With that said,
Cars is the creation of Pixar Animation Studios
which is directed by
John Lasseter and stars Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, an
arrogant and quirky racing rookie whose life is soon about to be
It should also be noted that Pixar Animation Studios are also the geniuses behind
"Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" with this current film using
the same computer technology to create an almost surreal and
awe-inspiring cinematic experience.
Cars revolve around "cars", as
Finding Nemo featured the underwater world of fish and The
Incredibles, the world of super heroes and villains. Even though
these cars are inanimate and soulless creations in the real-world,
the developers have someone managed to portray real-world emotions
which assists in drawing the viewer into this universe.
Onto the story... when Lightning McQueen pushes himself
to the limits in the legendary Piston Cup, the most unusual thing in
racing history occurs, a three tied race. The organisers decide to
hold another race in California a week from race day but
unfortunately for Lightning McQueen, he accidentally ends up in
Radiator Springs, a forgotten country town that features a plethora
of strange and eccentric characters.
As our hero unintentionally
destroys the main street of Radiator Springs, he is forced to fix
the road with old Betsty and soon discovers that the cars of this
town are not so strange after all.
Befriending an old tow truck called Tom
Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), a former lawyer from California called
Sally (Bonnie Hunt) and the mysterious Doc Hudson (Paul Newman),
these strange characters give our arrogant hero the much needed
boost he requires in life that life is not all about racing and
living the fast lane.
Featuring a star studded cast that includes
Richard Petty, Cheech Marin and Michael Keaton to name a few, Cars
is your classic Disney family movie that contains action, humour and
adventure in a story for all ages and times on one of the most impressive video
formats of all time, Blu-ray.
The video quality of Cars on Blu-ray
supports true 1080p High Definition Widescreen (16:9) which is truly
an extraordinary experience as it is the most visually impressive Blu-ray disc that I
have ever experienced. The pixels are so clear that some scenes in
the movie such as when Lightning McQueens stumbles upon Doc's
secret, even the fine dust particles can be seen. Match that with
true Blu-ray sound and this movie is perfect in both the audio and video
When it comes to extras, Walt Disney
Studios have included an engaging Cine-explore special feature which
allows the viewer to change between audio commentary, view
documentaries/artwork which can be done either manually or
automatically. Definitely a must see Blu-ray special features if you
are interested in the history and making of this entertaining film.
The Blu-ray disc also features some other entertaining specials that
both children and adults alike will enjoy
In conclusion, Cars on Blu-ray is an
amazing compilation which features perfect audio and video which
will be used by some as a reference Blu-ray disc. A great story that
can be enjoyed by everyone, especially children, Cars is the must
have disc of 2008.
The ultimate interactive dashboard interface, which appears
in-movie giving the viewer a customised behind-the-scenes
Car Finder Game
This exciting new feature shifts BD-Java capabilities into high
gear with unprecedented in-movie interactivity. The feature
takes full advantage of the
incredibly detailed world of Cars, offering cool facts on the
actual cars that serve the basis for each character in an
engaging and fun game. Seamless navigation allows you to search
for as many cars as possible while watching the movie, earning
points for every car you find and unlocking Car Guides
containing cool specs on each “Car-acter’s” make and model – all
217 of them! And, for the first time you will have the option to
save your game allowing you to take the disc out, lay other
great Disney Blu-ray movies, put your Cars Blu-ray Disc back in,
and pick up right where you left off!
Radiator Springs featurettes (SD)
Movie Showcase – Instant access to
select movie scenes that showcase the
ultimate in high definition picture and sound.