Rusty returns in Planes: Fire & Rescue for a whole new adventure that is all about second chances and facing fears. All of this happens when Rusty is damaged and his future is looking bleak. Couple this with an accident at the airport that necessitates the need of a second firefighter and Rusty finds himself flying to Piston Peak National Park to learn just that. There he learns from the best fire fighting helicopter of them all, Blade Ranger. Blad Ranger is joined by his team Dipper, Windlifter, Cabbie, and the Smokejumpers. When a massive wildfire endangers the area, Rusty learns a lesson about heroics and sacrifice.
Planes: Fire & Rescue looked and sounded pretty good. The colors were nice and there were some absolutely beautiful. However, it didn’t pop out of the screen like the Pixar Cars movies do that the Planes movies are attempting to emulate. The sound was actually more impressive to me than the visual was. There was a nice utilization of the surround sound which is always a perk when there are planes flying around. It really adds a lot.
The bonus features for Planes: Fire & Rescue were cute but left me wanting more. I found myself wishing they had done more bonus features that went into the making of the film a bit more. In Disney’s Planes I remember a feature that went into the director’s connection with planes and I wanted more like that. There weren’t any features that I didn’t like. Here is what comes with the blu-ray release:
- Exclusive Animated Short – “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular”
- “Welcome to Piston Peak! – This mock-umentary promotional piece shows off all the highlights of the acclaimed Piston Peak National Park and its aerial firefighting team.
- “CHoPs” TV Promo – An in-world TV promo with announce.
- Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky – This high-energy, music-driven behind-the-scenes piece takes an inside look at the real smoke jumpers and firefighters who attack wildfires from the air as Director Roberts Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron take us through their journey in making the film.
- Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”
- Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions:
o “Dusty’s Dream No More”
- Animated Shorts:
o “Smokejumpers”*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer
Planes: Fire & Rescue takes Rusty and the gang into a new direction that perhaps wasn’t expected from a racing plane. This was a nice idea that made for a cute movie. However, it won’t go down in the history books as a hit for Disney. The movie came off as formulaic with a plot that feels pretty familiar and the same could be said for the characters. There are some redeeming qualities about this film though. It does have some cute and funny moments. It does have some beautiful scenes. However, those are tempered by a story that might be a bit intense for little ones or those kids. Planes: Fire & Rescue is a cute movie. If you liked the first movie, you will most likely enjoy this one as well. If you are a Pixar purist, you might want to avoid it. If you are looking for more family friendly films to add to your title for the kids/grandkids as Christmas nears, this is definitely a safe one to add to the collection or to put under the tree.
I give this film a hat nod for family friendliness and lessons that come from the film. No hat tip though as it just doesn’t get pass that cute level and enter the realm of a strong film. Go into this film expecting a Pixar film and you’ll be disappointed. Go into it just to enjoy it and you’ll be fine.
Planes: Fire & Rescue Blu-Ray Press Release:
THE PLANES ARE BACK IN THE YEAR’S ULTIMATE
HIGH-FLYING COMEDY ADVENTURE!
DISNEY’S “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE”
Landing on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere,
DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014!
~ Includes All-New Exclusive Animated Short “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular” and More! ~
BURBANK, Calif. September 12, 2014 — Disney’s Planes are back in the high-flying comedy adventure “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE,” landing on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms Nov. 4, 2014. In this heart-pumping, laugh-filled follow-up to last year’s smash hit “PLANES,” world famous racer Dusty Crophopper joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. Featuring non-stop action, memorable characters and never-before-seen bonus features, “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” is this fall’s must-own animated family film!
After flying to the top of the box office this summer as the #1 animated movie in America three weeks in a row, “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” soars to spectacular new heights on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring wondrous high definition picture and sound, plus thrilling bonus features, including the all-new exclusive short “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular;” the mock-umentary promotional piece “Welcome to Piston Peak;” “CHoPs” TV Promo and “Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky,” an exciting inside look at the making of the film featuring real-life smoke jumpers and firefighters. Additional bonus features include Spencer Lee’s “Still I Fly” music video, deleted scenes with filmmaker introductions, and two “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” shorts: “Dipper” and “Smokejumpers.” Exclusively available on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) are the bonus shorts “Blade Ranger” and “Piston Peak.”
“PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” is fueled by a star-studded voice cast that includes Dane Cook (“Planes”) as Dusty, Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Dipper, Ed Harris (“Gravity”) as Blade Ranger, Captain Dale Dye (“Saving Private Ryan”) as Cabbie, Cedric the Entertainer (“Ice Age”) as Leadbottom, Erik Estrada (“CHiPs”) as Nick “Loopin” Lopez, Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) as Chug, Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) as Dottie, John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect”) as Cad, Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”) as Mayday, Stacy Keach (“Planes”) as Skipper, Regina King (“Ray”) as Dynamite, Anne Meara (“Night at the Museum) as Winnie, Jerry Stiller (“The King of Queens”) as
Harvey and Wes Studi (“Avatar”) as Windlifter. It was directed by Roberts Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”).
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere
· Exclusive Animated Short – “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular”
· “Welcome to Piston Peak! – This mock-umentary promotional piece shows off all the highlights of the acclaimed Piston Peak National Park and its aerial firefighting team.
· “CHoPs” TV Promo – An in-world TV promo with announce.
· Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky – This high-energy, music-driven behind-the-scenes piece takes an inside look at the real smoke jumpers and firefighters who attack wildfires from the air as Director Roberts Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron take us through their journey in making the film.
· Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”
· Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions:
o “Dusty’s Dream No More”
· Animated Shorts:
*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer
· Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”
Exclusive DMA Discover Content:
· Animated Shorts:
o “Blade Ranger”
o “Piston Peak”
Feature Run Time: Approximately 83 minutes
Rating: Feature Film: “PG” in U.S.; “G” in Canada (CE + CF)
Additional Bonus Features Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.39:1
DVD = 2.39:1
Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby
DVD = English, Spanish, & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, & French
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ABOUT “PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE”:
“PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
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