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Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1

Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Featuring the voice talents of Bob Peterson, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bret Parker, Bud Luckey, Eli Fucile, Jason Lee, Larry The Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Wallis, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Cheech Marin & Paul Dooley

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Bonus features include the featurettes Pixar Shorts: A Short History (23 minutes) and the following snips from the children

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 53331
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 54
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/06/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Alvy Ray Smith, John Lasseter, Jan Pinkava, Ralph Eggelston, Pete Doctor, Roger Gould, Buf Luckey, Brad Bird, Andrew Jimenez, Mark Andrews & Gary Rydstrom, Jeff Pidgeon & Max Brace
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In 1984 Pixar revolutionized animation with their creation of the computer-generated short film, The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. Not satisfied with turning the computer graphics world on its head, the dedicated geeks at the Pixar Studios blazed forth on a trail to create more realistic computer animation with increasingly engaging plots for their films. In the Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 you will find 13 short films that garnered three Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
As can be expected from a collection of computer-animated shorts spanning over a 23-year period, the anamorphically enhanced DVD (with various aspect ratios) has varying levels of picture quality. The earlier productions are a far cry from the incredible animation quality of the more recent films, but considering the type of computer equipment available in 1984, it is still remarkable. There is very little pixel breakup to be seen in any of the shorts, and colors seem to be faithfully reproduced. Black levels can vary between the different productions, ranging from inky to milky. Noise and edge enhancement are not problematic. The most recent films look fantastic, with good resolution, although there are times when the picture can look somewhat soft. (Danny Richelieu)

Again, as a collection of shorts spanning over two decades, the audio quality can vary between each short. Of the 13 shorts, five have Dolby