Blu-ray Review: Finding Dory
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Finding Dory
3D Blu-ray Combo Pack | Blu-ray Combo Pack | DVD
Directors: Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane
Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse
Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, and Ed O’Neill
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 103 Minutes
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Sequels are becoming more popular over at Pixar. While the studio prides itself more on its original storytelling, their sequels are not to be overlooked. As we have seen, these sequels are not just an easy cash grab, they have heartfelt meaningful stories that are able to tap into every emotion. Finding Dory is proof of that. Not even 13 years since the release of the film was enough for fans or Ellen DeGeneres to forget about the impact that Finding Nemo has created. Now the Blu-ray is out, and we are here to review all the special features for you. Don’t forget to check out our review of the film. Check it out below.

As much as the colors pop on TV, nothing really beats a viewing in a theater. That being said, I really enjoyed watching Finding Dory on my television. The film itself is a nice treat as it puts a twist on the idea of “finding” the title character, Dory. Much like its predecessor, the film focuses its attention on Dory overcoming her shortcomings by not letting her short-term memory loss be a burden to her.

There is a ton of research that goes into a Pixar film. Normally, it takes up to four years of research and production before a Pixar title is released. So with Finding Dory, they went on a research trip to various aquariums, which you can learn more about in the “Deep in the Kelp” bonus feature. “The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar” takes a look at Hank (Ed O’Neill), the septopus, and what the animators had to go through to bring this character to life. Other bonus features include “Creature Features” where the cast chats about their characters and “Casual Carpool” where Andrew Staton gets to drive around town with his voice cast to talk about the film. “Animation & Acting” offers a look at the art of voice acting. Trust me, it isn’t as easy as it looks. Then there is the audio commentary with director Stanton, co-director Angus MacLane, and producer Lindsey Collins talking about making the sequel happen that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Other bonus features include a five-part behind the scenes feature that takes a look at character design process called “Skating & Sketching” with Jason Deamer, Stanton, composer Tom Newman, and music editor Bill Bernstein talking about creating the music in “Dory’s Theme,” some of the computer glitches the production team experienced in “Rough Day on the Reef,” humorous moments in “Fish Schticks,” and finally “Finding Nemo As Told by Emoji” which is pretty much self-explanatory.

There are also deleted scenes, which are incomplete or were works in progress before the scene was taken out. “Living aquariums” which you can use to turn your television into ‘fish tanks’ designed for ambient enjoyment.

Overall, the Finding Dory bonus features are fun, and definitely worth a look.

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