Incredibles 2: Home Entertainment Review

The Incredibles are back! After 14 years, Incredibles 2 has arrived. Instead of picking up 14 years later though, it picks up right where the first one left off. This time the Incredibles have a new mission to bring supers back. This is all thanks to a brother and sister duo who have an incredible love for supers. As part of this mission, Helen takes the lead as a superhero in part of an elaborate public relations campaign to make superheroes popular (and legal) again.

Of course, things are never as easy as they seem. The law of unintended consequences leads to some unanticipated adventures. Through the adventures that ensue, this incredible family grows as a family and also has heroes! They discover who they are, not just as individual superheroes, but also as a super family!

Incredibles 2 carries on the adventures that began in the first movie and then takes the Parr family to a whole new level super!

Quality

Incredibles 2 is a, dare I say it, incredible movie to watch. The colors are vibrant. The scenes are crisp and beautiful. Both main characters and background characters add depth that brings the world of The Incredibles to life. Quite simply, this is a beautiful movie to watch. The sound that accompanies the video is equally beautiful. My entertainment room came to life with the sounds of the movie and this made for an incredible listening experience.

DUMPLING BOY -- In Disney•Pixar’s all-new short “Bao,” a dumpling springs to life as a lively, giggly, dumpling boy, giving an aging Chinese mom another chance at motherhood. When Dumpling starts growing up fast, however, Mom must come to the realization that nothing stays cute and small forever. Directed by Domee Shi, “Bao” opens in theaters on June 15, 2018, in front of “Incredibles 2.” ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Extras

There was an enjoyable collection of extras included with Incredibles 2. They were fun to watch and went in depth to some of what went into creating the movie. This included some parts of making a movie that wouldn’t necessarily be thought of initially. It was particularly fun to see how Brad Bird got started in animation and built his career. These are definitely worth checking out. The digital exclusives were also fun. Here is a look at what bonus features came with Incredibles 2:

                Digital Exclusives:

  • The Coolest Guy in Show Business – In this partially illustrated documentary, Samuel L. Jackson reflects how his childhood and love of comics shaped his passion for film and imaginative storytelling.
  • 2 SuperScene Breakdowns – Casual commentary-style pieces looking at specific scenes in the film (The Racoon Fight and Mrs. Incredible) through a particular creative focus like action choreography, set design or story. 

                Blu-ray & Digital:

  • All-New “Auntie Edna” Mini-Movie – When Bob Parr visits super-suit designer Edna Mode looking for help with his high-energy toddler Jack-Jack, Edna pulls an all-nighter designing a suit to harness the baby’s seemingly limitless powers.
  • 10 Deleted Scenes With Introductions – Suburban Escape,  Kari Revisited, Return of the Supers, Chewed Out, Late Audition, Slow Day, Frozone and Honey, Restaurant Robbery, Fashion Show and Security Breakdown.
  • Super Stuff – From buildings and vehicles to costumes and props, every action movie requires a lot of really cool stuff. Meet the makers and learn what it takes to design and build such a uniquely incredible world.
  • Heroes & Villains – A collection of mini-docs about the backstory and major design ideas behind the “Incredibles 2” characters — featuring voice actors, director Brad Bird, and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters feel real.
  • Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer – This short piece explores the many ways a single production designer has influenced the look, feel and character of the Pixar universe, culminating in “Incredibles 2.”
  • Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird – Brad Bird’s passion for animation dates back to his childhood and mentorship under Disney’s Milt Kahl, and that enthusiasm and powerful insight emanates from every film he’s made. Take a deep dive into Brad’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his time at Pixar.
  • Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes – At its heart, “Incredibles 2” is about family dynamics and the challenges of being a working parent. Meet the parents of Pixar as they discuss their personal connections to the film and their experience with stretching to balance work and family.
  • SuperBaby – A documentary/hip hop music video hybrid hosted by Frankie and Paige from Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark. This piece explores how Jack-Jack came to life onscreen — from design to special effects to animation — all set to a hot beat.
  • Commentary – Get inside commentary from animators Alan Barillaro (supervising animator), Tony Fucile (supervising animator, story artist and character designer), Dave Mullins (supervising animator) and Bret Parker (animation second unit and crowds supervisor).
  • Theatrical Short: “Bao” – An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
  • Making “Bao” – Director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short — discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom, and her love of food all informed the making of the food-fantasy “Bao.”
  • Outtakes & Stories – Raccoon Fight Story, Evelyn Animation Outtakes, Puppet Animator Interview, Outtakes Goofy Arms Story and SuperBaby Music Video.
  • Character Theme SongsVintage Toy Commercial TV Spots , Toolkit Montage and Global “Incredibles 2” Trailers

                        DVD:

  • Theatrical Short: “Bao” & Commentary

I really shouldn’t neglect to give an honorable mention to the shorts that are included with this release. Every time I watch Bao I grow to love it even more. Auntie Edna is also enjoyable in a completely different way. Also, there is a making of Bao feature that is definitely worth watching.

Final Thoughts

Incredibles 2 is a movie that is fun to watch but also has a lot of heart behind it. This seems to be a theme that comes with Pixar films. This movie though does the original proud and is a worthy sequel. Watching it again in my entertainment room I definitely caught things that had been missed before. Some of these were humorous moments (loved the raccoon scene!), others were details. Couple a great movie with a solid set of features and the beautiful short Bao and this is an all-around quality addition to anyone’s movie library. Both Incredibles 2 and Bao are worth watching and re-watching. This release easily gets a hat tip. Go out and get it for your movie library!

Incredibles 2 is available for digital download on October 23 and Blu-Ray on November 6.

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