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Finding Nemo: Three-Disc Collector's Edition

Score: 90%
Rating: G
Publisher: Walt Disney Home

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/3
Running Time: 100 Mins.
Genre: Animated/Family
Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD,
           English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX,
           French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby
           Digital EX, DVS 2.0 Dolby

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish


  • Disc 1:
    • Knick and Knack Theatrical Short
    • Aquarium
    • CineExplore
    • Finding Nemo - A Filmmaker's Roundtable
    • Reinventing the Submarine Voyage
    • Deleted Scene: Alt Opening
    • A Lesson in Flashbacks
  • Disc 2:
    • Aquariums
    • Art Review
    • Making Nemo
    • Exploring the Reef
    • Studio Tour
    • Old School:
      • El Capitan Pitch Selects
      • School Progression
      • MA Reference
      • Whale Mouth
      • International Mine
      • Pelican Animation
      • Glenn McQueen Tribute
      • Aquascum 2003
    • Outtakes
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Publicity Pieces
    • Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia
  • Disc 3: DVD Version

It's been 10 years since little Nemo's (Alexander Gould) abduction and his father Marlin's (Albert Brooks) journey across the ocean to retrieve the lost boy, but even so, Finding Nemo still holds as both a great piece of CG filmmaking and a good story. This particular Blu-ray release not only depicts that underwater world in vibrant colors, but the Three-Disc Collector's Edition also contains a startling number of special features, both old and new.

Nemo is a young clownfish who is picked up by a deep sea diver and dropped off in the diver's aquarium. Seeing the abduction, Nemo's overly-protective father overcomes an unimaginable number of obstacles in order to find his son and free him.

Marlin is quickly joined by Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a regal tang with a serious short-term memory problem. Dory not only acts as the film's comedic relief, but she also has a surprising variety of skills, sometimes surprising even to herself. Without Dory, Marlin's quest would be short and fruitless, but the two help each other to leave the reef, fend off sharks, avoid angler fish, swim through a jellyfish forest and even meet a bale of sea turtles, all the while, Marlin's struggle precedes him and the story of this small fish's search for his son makes its way to Nemo, who is surprised to hear what his typically-frightened father will do in order to find the little clownfish.

While Nemo is stuck in the small tank, he befriends other fish. Most, like Bloat (Brad Garrett), Peach (Allison Janney), Gurgle (Austin Pendleton), Bubbles (Stephen Root), Deb (Vicki Lewis) and the shrimp, Jacques (Joe Ranft) all come from pet stores, but there is one fish from the deep blue, Gill (Willem Dafoe), who not only wants freedom for Nemo, but for all of them. While Marlin is on his quest, the film frequently cuts back to the tank to see what schemes these guys are working out in order to reach the ocean.

Like I said above, there are a lot of special features on this Blu-ray set. Not only are all of the original DVD special features provided in the Finding Nemo: Three-Disc Collector's Edition, but there are also a few new featurettes. One of which is a roundtable discussion between the filmmakers as they look back at the work 10 years later. Another talks about revamping the classic Disneyland Submarine Voyage to feature Nemo and his friends. Other new featurettes includes Director Andrew Stanton's views on the original opening of the film, as well as his attempts to intertwine Marlin's tragic early life with the rest of the film in other early drafts of the film.

This collection also contains an interactive segment called "Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia" that goes explores the real fish represented in the film, as well as a more involved commentary called CineExplore that not only has voiceover discussions about the film, but also popups featuring photos and concept art. There is also a collection of backdrops for your TV that show off several lovely underwater settings.

As for the old special features, these include everything from animation progressions, discussions about how to do some of the trickier effects, a featurette where Gould tours Pixar, and a short tribute to animator Glenn McQueen.

Like all of Pixar's work, watching Finding Nemo on Blu-ray is a sight to behold. If you are even the slightest fan of this film, then you will want to add this newest release to your collection. I would say that there are even enough newly-added special features to warrant buying the movie, even if you already have it on DVD.

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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