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 "Finding Nemo 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Nemo is a clown fish, raised in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef by his father Marlin.  When he ventures too close to a boat one day and is captured by a diver, Marlin must chase after him to get his son back.  Along the way he will encounter sharks, jellyfish, turtles, undersea mines and more.

Specifications

  • Pixar
  • 003, Color, Rated G, 1 Hrs 41 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould (voices)
  • Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Slight Cartoon Violence
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Finding Nemo is one of the most loved films in the Pixar catalog.  Watching it again for the first time in years, it really is one that is truly wonderful.  Adults will love it, my 3-year-old loves to watch it and will sit down and watch it from beginning to end.  Now he wants to watch it every day, multiple times a day, yet the story and writing is so great, it doesn't bother me at all.

Technical

On its transfer to Blu-ray, Finding Nemo looks better than ever.  Their undersea home is incredibly bright and colorful, with not an issue to be found.  Even in the deep sea where blues could lead to banding, none were visible when I looked.  This is likely as good as Finding Nemo has ever looked at theaters or in home.  The 3D transfer works well, with some scenes having a lot of depth but some not having as much as I’d expect.  The image itself looks great and is free of crosstalk and artifacts.

The audio keeps up with the video as well.  Effects keep you in the environments of the film, and bass is present when needed.  Dialogue is clear and well anchored, and Pixar has done a fantastic job with this lossless mix again.

Extras

The 3D version of Finding Nemo comes packed with extras.  Aside from 3D, 2D, DVD, and Digital Copies of the film, you get Picture-in-Picture commentary, deleted scenes, trailers, storyborards, countless featurettes, a short film, and even aquarium screen savers.  I’m not sure what more Disney and Pixar could add to this package.