The Incredibles (Blu-ray)

Once one of the world's top crime fighters, Bob Parr (a.k.a. Mr. Incredible) fought evil and saved lives on a daily basis. But 15 years later, he and his wife Helen (the former Elastigirl) have been forced to take on civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs. Itching for action, Mr. Incredible gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment.

Pixar has quite a track record with its films, and this is one of their best. I love how they take something from our society (rampant personal injury lawsuits) and weave it into a story about superheroes that can no longer practice their craft because someone gets a sore neck when being saved from certain death! The cast is brilliant here with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter as the husband and wife crime fighting team along with Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone.

Video Highlights

  • AVC/1080p encodes on a BD-50 discs
  • Outstanding detail
  • Vivid color saturation
  • Excellent depth

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtracks
  • Immersive presentations
  • Pinpoint discrete effects from every speaker
  • Chest-thumping bass

I've yet to watch a Pixar film on Blu-ray and not be blown away by the presentation, and the trend continues here. The color saturation at the beginning is intentionally drab to depict Parr's boring new lifestyle, but once the crime fighter puts his tights back on, things really liven up (especially on the tropical island). The audio track is just as impressive with deep bass, pinpoint discrete effects, and creative sound design.

Bonus Materials

  • Includes 2 Blu-ray discs, DVD, and Digital Copy
  • Two audio commentaries
  • The Incredibles Revisited
  • Boundin' with optional commentary
  • Jack-Jack Attack with optional visual commentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • The New Nomanisan: A Top Secret Redevelopment Plan
  • Paths to Pixar: Story Artist
  • Studio Stories: Gary's Birthday
  • Ending with a Bang: Making the End Credits
  • Making of The Incredibles
  • Classic DVD bonus features
  • Trailers, TV Spots, Interactive Art Gallery
  • Movie Voucher for Cars 2

At nearly two hours long, younger kids may have a hard time staying with this one through the protracted first act, but it really sets up the story for what's to come. Disney has given this movie the A-list treatment it deserves on Blu-ray with a fabulous presentation and some new supplements. Highly recommended.

Release Date: April 12, 2011
Studio: Disney

Movie: 9/10
Picture: 10/10
Sound: 10/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS40 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Integra DTC-80.2 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Belkin PVA-PF60 power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics