Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

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Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Cast: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres

     
 

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A stunning animated adventure for the whole family, Pixar's runaway box-office smash gets the top-shelf treatment on this Disney/Buena Vista release. Viewable in either original 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, either way you watch it, the transfer is absolutely stunning -- even if not viewed on the preferred high-definition television. Looking… See more details below

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A stunning animated adventure for the whole family, Pixar's runaway box-office smash gets the top-shelf treatment on this Disney/Buena Vista release. Viewable in either original 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, either way you watch it, the transfer is absolutely stunning -- even if not viewed on the preferred high-definition television. Looking just about as perfect as a film can when transferred to DVD, the image is incredibly sharp and crystal clear. Likewise, the THX-mastered soundtrack, rendered in English, Spanish, or French Dolby Digital EX, surrounds the viewer with all of the sounds of the ocean to remarkable effect. As flawless as the presentation of the film is, though, it's hard to surpass this disc in terms of impressive extras as well. Starting with a brief introduction by director Andrew Stanton and co-director Lee Unkrich, the duo offers viewers a sensible plan of attack for viewing the somewhat intimidating amount of extras, encouraging viewers to watch the film, then the making-of documentary, and then the super-informative visual commentary track. Given all of the bonuses offered in the commentary track alone (which features Stanton, Unkrich and co-writer Bob Peterson), it seems somewhat unfair to simply label this incredibly detailed feature of the disc a "commentary" track, as it virtually redefines the boundaries of what can be accomplished in such a feature. The track is frequently interrupted to show footage of the actors performing the voice-overs, early production sketches, and deleted scenes -- future commentary tracks are bound to follow cue in including such detailed information. Clocking in at nearly a half-hour, and almost unnecessary after the commentary track, is an entertaining making-of featurette. Interviews with John Lasseter and the rest of the film crew show a marked dedication to getting details as authentic as possible, even going so far as to send the director and other crew members scuba diving in order to experience the coral reef firsthand. Subsequently addressing every detail from lighting to writing, there are few stones left unturned in the making-of featurette. The Design Gallery, separated into four categories -- Art Review (with optional commentary), Characters, Environments, and Color Scripts (which alone offers over 300 images) -- breaks down every visual aspect of the film in unparalleled detail. Rounding out the options of the first disc is the ability to turn your television into a virtual aquarium by utilizing looped footage of Finding Nemo's stunning underwater backgrounds. Once again beginning with a brief introduction by Stanton and Unkrich, a seven-minute featurette entitled "Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau" kicks off disc two with an informative and entertaining look at the sea. Humorous banter between Cousteau and Finding Nemo's scaly protagonists is sure to keep the kids laughing while they learn. Next up is an early Pixar short entitled Knick Knack, and Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia offers accurate information on every ocean dweller featured in the film. After the kids play a quick game of "Fisharades," a Storytime feature is sure to keep younger fans occupied. Wrapping things up on disc two, a behind-the-scenes feature is broken into three parts including "Character Interviews," "Studio Tour," and "Publicity." "Character Interviews" are sure to amuse the kiddies by offering a quick Q & A session with Marlin, Nemo, and, of course, Dory. The Studio Tour follows young Alexander Gould (the voice of Nemo) on a fun and not too educational adventure through the Pixar studios. Publicity materials consist of four trailers, fishy facts about three of the film's supporting players, and a print gallery of poster, bus shelter, and other promotional materials. After all of these things, it probably goes without saying that this exhausting release of Finding Nemo is sure to please viewers because, like the movie itself, this incredible disc includes something for everyone.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Sebastian from The Little Mermaid was right: It is better under the sea! The No. 1 box office hit of 2003, Pixar's Finding Nemo makes a big home video splash, especially in the DVD edition, which is loaded with see-worthy features that will immerse viewers in Nemo's breathtakingly beautiful computer-animated undersea world. This instant family classic contains all the lures of a film by the creators of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Monsters, Inc.: state-of-the-art animation, sophisticated storytelling that doesn't treat the audience like minnows, vividly rendered characters, and impeccable voice work. Albert Brooks is well cast as Marlin, a neurotically overprotective clown fish, who embarks on a desperate search to find his young son, Nemo, plucked from the ocean and now languishing in a dentist's fish tank. As Marlin gets in over his head, he meets a variety of sea creatures, some friendly (Ellen DeGeneres's Dory, a cheerful blue tang with poor short-term memory), and others not (Barry Humphries as a self-improving great white shark striving to think of other fish as "friends, not food"). Other memorable additions to Pixar's gallery of classic characters include a turtle who converses in surfer dude speak (voiced by the film's director, Andrew Stanton), and a flock of single-minded seagulls who pounce on any potential foodstuff with the squawk, "Mine." As with Monsters, Inc., there won't be a dry eye in the house at the film's surprisingly emotional conclusion. This "Collector's Edition" offers lots of bait. In addition to segments that plunge animation enthusiasts into this film's production, this two-disc set also contains interactive games, the delightful Pixar short Knick Knack, the educational short film Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau, and a feature that transforms your TV into a virtual aquarium. Don't let this be the one that got away.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Finding Nemo is a superb achievement on three distinct levels. First, the look of the film is gorgeous. The Pixar crew has created a fully realized underwater world. The colors are bright and entrancing, while the movement of the fish is so realistic that the viewer never for a second suspends belief. The story is beautifully structured. After establishing the relationship between Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Alexander Gould), the film sets up the separate worlds they each inhabit (the ocean and the fish tank). The screenwriters have dreamed up creative plot points, formulating exciting obstacles (like the wrecking of a filtration system, a dangerous jellyfish zone, and a dentally challenged eight-year-old) that allow the film to maintain an exciting pace without sacrificing character or humor. Each member of the cast appears to have been hired for their skills as a performer more than for their name recognition. Brooks, DeGeneres, and Willem Dafoe all communicate real emotional truth in their characters, while such talented vocal performers as Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, and Barry Humphries lend pitch-perfect comedic support. Finding Nemo is an inventively written, gorgeously drawn, and perfectly acted animated film.
Rolling Stone
Leave it to a g-rated cartoon to give the live-action epics a lesson in action, fun and bracing originality. Peter Travers
Entertainment Weekly
You could trawl the seven seas and not net a funnier, more beautiful, and more original work of art and comedy than Finding Nemo. Lisa Schwarzbaum
San Francisco Chronicle
The visuals pop, the fish emote and the ocean comes alive. That's in the first two minutes. After that, they do some really cool stuff. C.W. Nevius

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
UPC:
0786936215595
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Wide-screen viewing presentation; filmmakers' visual commentary including deleted scenes and recording sessions; "Making Nemo" documentary; review of the art of Nemo, narrated by the artists; virtual aquarium feature with scenes from the movie.
Disc 2: Full-frame viewing presentation; "Exploring the Reef" with Jean-Michel Cousteau; Pixar Animation Studios short film "Knick Knack;" sneak peek at The Incredibles; "Fisharades" game; learning fun with Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia; Pixar Animation Studios behind-the-scenes tour; virtual aquarium feature with animation not included in the movie.
Both wide- and full-screen versions offer English, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Marlin
Ellen DeGeneres Dory
Alexander Gould Nemo the Clownfish
Willem Dafoe Gill
Brad Garrett Bloat
Allison Janney Peach the Starfish
Austin Pendleton Gurgle
Stephen Root Bubbles
Vicki Lewis Deb and Flo
Joe Ranft Jacques
Geoffrey Rush Nigel
Andrew Stanton Crush
Elizabeth Perkins Coral
Nicolas Bird Squirt
Bob Peterson Mr. Ray
Barry Humphries Bruce the Great White Shark
Eric Bana Anchor
Bruce Spence Chum
Bill Hunter Dentist
LuLu Ebeling Darla
Jordy Ranft Tad
Erica Beck Pearl
Erik Per Sullivan Seldon the Seahorse,Sheldon the Seahorse
John Ratzenberger Fish School

Technical Credits
Andrew Stanton Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Lee Unkrich Director
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Randy Berrett Art Director
Sharon Calahan Cinematographer
Anthony Christov Art Director
Robin Cooper Art Director
Ralph Eggleston Production Designer
Jinko Gotoh Associate Producer
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Jeremy Lasky Cinematographer
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Ricky Vega Nierva Art Director
Bob Peterson Screenwriter
Kevin Reher Casting
David Reynolds Screenwriter
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
David Ian Salter Editor
Michael Silvers Sound Editor
Graham Walters Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. New Parents
2. Main Titles
3. First Day of School
4. Field Trip
5. The Drop Off
6. Nemo Lost
7. Meeting Dory
8. Sharks
9. The Tank Gang
10. The Abyss
11. Anglerfish
12. Nemo's Initiation
13. Fish Impressions
14. Jellyfish
15. The Filter
16. Sea Turtles
17. News Travels
18. Off Ramp
19. Dory Speaks Whale
20. Algae
21. Inside the Whale
22. Sydney Harbour
23. The Aquascum
24. Pelicans
25. Darla!
26. Goodbye Dory
27. Nemo and Dory
28. Fishing Net
29. Reunion
30. Back on the Reef
31. Tank Escape
32. End Credits
Side #2 -- Full Frame
1. New Parents
2. Main Titles
3. First Day of School
4. Field Trip
5. The Drop Off
6. Nemo Lost
7. Meeting Dory
8. Sharks
9. The Tank Gang
10. The Abyss
11. Anglerfish
12. Nemo's Initiation
13. Fish Impressions
14. Jellyfish
15. The Filter
16. Sea Turtles
17. News Travels
18. Off Ramp
19. Dory Speaks Whale
20. Algae
21. Inside the Whale
22. Sydney Harbour
23. The Aquascum
24. Pelicans
25. Darla!
26. Goodbye Dory
27. Nemo and Dory
28. Fishing Net
29. Reunion
30. Back on the Reef
31. Tank Escape
32. End Credits

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