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A Bug's Life [DVD]

A Bug's Life [DVD]

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This piece combines a text storyline with color drawings to convey the film's original plot and characters. Featuring a star-studded voice cast, A Bug's Life presents an amazing new perspective on teamwork and determination! It's "hosted" by a puppet named Fleabie who tours the Pixar studios and observes different aspects of the production. AVC image just leaps off the screen with vivid, brilliant colors, amazing detail, and a total lack of DNR. Essentially it shows how a number of individual sounds were pulled together (and from where) and then clips from the movie itself showing how they all fit together: amongst other things, you'll find that one of the flying bugs sounds is a combination of a real Huey helicopter mixed with bubble wrap.

Next we move to Sound Design, which includes just one piece: a demonstration from sound designer Gary Rydstrom of how the movement noises for each of the characters were created. T. Flea (John Ratzenberger), the bugs accompany Flik back to his home, thinking that he is a talent scout. For the record, you can't watch each of these with either the fullscreen or widescreen images; the score accompanies the widescreen version - as does the commentary - and the effects go with the fullscreen rendition.

Outtakes, Geri's Game, “ Finding Nemo Fishy Facts” and “A Bug’s Land Game” also form their own headings. The DVD provides absolutely amazing picture quality with excellent sound and an extensive roster of extras. I could have lived without the odd self-consciously shaky camerawork, but I liked these intros quite a lot; they conveyed necessary information in a fun way that usually would be covered by stiff text pages. Throughout DVD Two, most of the different areas include introductory video comments from various filmmakers. A re-issue of an upgraded re-release, the May 2003 2-disc version of A Bug’s Life actually marks the 1998 flick’s fourth DVD incarnation.

Back when I first reviewed this set in 1999, I griped a bit because I thought the guys devoted too much time to praise for the movie. It was quite different than the final product, with a different main character and several new situations. While the original set of bloopers still accompanies either version of the film, we can see both of them fullframe here without any intrusive text. The disc is broken down into several sections: Pre-production, Production, Sound Design, Release, Outtakes and finally Geri's Game. Story reels film somewhat kinetic versions of the storyboards and accompany them with dialogue and effects.Sony 36" WEGA KV-36FS12 Monitor; Sony DA333ES Processor/Receiver; Panasonic CV-50 DVD Player using component outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Sony SA-WM40 Subwoofer. The progression demonstration shows us the steps computer animation goes through to reach the final product. What's more they go a step further and add some BR exclusive content and bothered to upgrade many of these extras to HD (unless noted. These aren't the same as deleted scenes; as the filmmakers explain, most segments created for animated films gets used because they’re so expensive to make. The technical wizardry and the very tight storytelling are all part of it, but for my money the main thing is that their movies have is heart, sympathetic characters that you can empathize with.

Hält zwar nicht mit den großen Disney-Klassikern wie "König der Löwen" mit, aber alles in allem recht unterhaltsam. One curious note: while Dave Foley and Joe Ranft clearly reprise their roles as Flik and Heimlich, I'm not so sure that Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary do the voices of Hopper and Francis for this piece. Both the original Region 1 and 2 releases of A Bug's Life were lightweight on additional material, so it's a pleasant surprise to see a feature packed list. In the pre-production section of this disc, there are a "Fleabie" reel, the original treatment for A Bug's Life, a storyboard pitch, a comparison between the storyreel and final versions of a scene from the movie, and two abandoned sequences ("Original Museum Opening" and "P.It's sharp, it's utterly clear and both the greenery and the blue tones of the ants are displayed with depth and contrast that rivals Pixar's more recent releases (and dare I say it, this looks better than Finding Nemo).

Added to that is a very tight script, one where every scene serves a purpose and is integral to the movie. It covers four stages, from first to last: 1) A story reel, which offers a rough approximation of how the finished product should look and move; 2) Layout, which creates very crude and awkward computer animation to "block" the scene and get it started; 3) Animation, when the characters are fully animated and the scene is done except for the finishing touches, which occur in 4) Shaders and lighting, the portion where all the "fine points" are added to create a realistic and full image. The effects track is quite entertaining; it's very interesting to hear those sounds without any other accompaniment and it gave me a greater appreciation of all the work that sound designers have to do (plus I loved hearing PT Flea's cool "plink" noise on its own). For all intents and purposes, my review of the 2003 Collector’s Edition is the same as the 1999, but more than a few differences exist, mainly because I treated the visual and auditory components as new to me and rewrote them in their entirety. We see 16 still frame screens of posters and ad campaigns from the US and elsewhere, plus we observe two theatrical trailers.Plus, this DVD edition has been created directly from Pixar's digital source, producing the clearest picture possible, and two viewing formats: original wide-screen and special full-frame, digitally recomposed to retain the entire image. Lato "tecnico" da segnalare, tuttavia, la mancanza della codifica in master audio in italiano(classico) mentre in inglese comunque la traccia si ferma al master audio 5. Some of the technologies we use are necessary for critical functions like security and site integrity, account authentication, security and privacy preferences, internal site usage and maintenance data, and to make the site work correctly for browsing and transactions. Even without the excellent story this movie would be a joy to sit through because it is so beautiful.



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