Pixar: Short Films Collection-Volume 1 (1984)
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Featurette-Pixar Shorts : A Short History
Short Film-4 Sesame Street shorts
|Year Of Production||1984|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||John Lasseter|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Arabic Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Romanian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Croatian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Slovenian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||Varies|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Some films|
One of the great memories I have of going to the cinema as a child are the shorts which always came before the main feature, usually one of the Merrie Melodies cartoons or something along those lines. These days this practice has virtually disappeared, however, it still remains with the feature films produced by Pixar and has done since their first major feature Toy Story. Their latest release Ratatouille also screened with a short called Lifted, which is included here. This disc collects 13 of their short films, some of which were made to work on specific technical advancements and others as smaller projects to grow talent within Pixar. If you have a decent collection of Pixar films in your DVD collection you will certainly also have some of these films already. The technical advancements from the earliest film, made in 1984, to the newest ones is quite incredible. I was also very interested to learn that Pixar actually started out as a hardware and software company supplying medical imaging and other graphics focused industries. The animation division was very much a sideline/R&D activity when it began.
The films included here are mostly wonderful, and include the following:
All in all, this is a wonderful collection of short films and the only real criticism I could come up of this collection is that it only runs 52 minutes in total. The disc is nicely packaged with a cardboard slipcover. Highly recommended.
The video quality is excellent. All of the films seem to be in original aspect ratio, although IMDB lists Mike's New Car as 1.85:1 and it is 1.33:1 here, which certainly surprised me.
In order the films are in the following aspect ratios (all are 16x9 enhanced unless noted), 1) 1.33:1 (4x3) 2) 1.47:1 3) 1.80:1 4) 1.75:1 5) 1.88:1 6) 1.66:1 7) 1.90:1 8) 1.33:1 (4x3) 9) 1.85:1 10) 1.78:1 11) 2.35:1 12) 1.78:1 13) 1.80:1. In other words, every aspect ratio under the sun is featured here!
The picture was wonderfully clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise or grain of any description.
The colour was fantastic with incredible richness and depth of colour. There were no colour blemishes of any kind.
The only artefacts I noticed were some small specks on the earlier films.
There are subtitles in English, Arabic, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian & Serbian.
There was no noticeable layer change.
The audio quality is also excellent.
This DVD contains a variety of different tracks dependent upon the film. The first film has a Dolby Digital 2.0 track encoded at 192 Kb/s. All the rest have a main soundtrack of English Dolby Digital 5.1 encoded at 384 Kb/s. Ones with dialogue also feature a variety of foreign language tracks, although not all the options appear on every film. The other options are Arabic Dolby Digital 2.0 encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in Romanian, Croatian & Slovenian. I did notice that the Slovenian track was replaced by the standard English one on Jack-Jack Attack.
Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The music runs the gamut of styles from classical to country to vocal and sounds great on all the films.
The surround speakers were well used by the newer films especially Jack-Jack Attack and Lifted.
The subwoofer was also used by the newer films, although, as you might expect, not overly.
|Surround Channel Use|
Well designed menus are featured including scenes form the films, soundtrack music and some nice motifs.
Commentaries are included by the filmmakers (or people close to them) on all films except for Jack-Jack Attack.
16x9 enhanced. This is an interesting documentary on the history of Pixar and computer animation in general. Interviews are included with most of the major players at Pixar, covering technical issues, the Pixar business and discussion about all of the film projects. Good stuff.
There are four shorts here featuring the two characters from Luxo Jr. They were made for Sesame Street and have an education bent. They are worth having but not overly entertaining. They are Surprise (0:21), Light & Heavy (0:57), Up and Down (0:33) & Front and Back (0:41).
I found three Easter Eggs on this disc, as follows:
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
On this basis, let's just call it a draw.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is excellent.
A good selection of extras are included.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|