Finding Nemo 3D

Featured In Issue 172, December 2012

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When Nemo (Gould), a little clownfish ventures out of the safety of his sea anemone home and away from his school teacher Mr. Ray, he is snatched up by a diver. Nemo's father, Marlin (Brooks), sets out on a desperate search to find his son. But Finding Nemo is going to be a bit trickier than Marlin could ever imagine, since he has been placed in an aquarium at a dentist's office. Marlin's going to need the help of a seagull and a vegetarian fish with a short-term memory problem to find Nemo...and Nemo is going to need an aquarium full of fish to help him get back to the ocean and into the fins of his father! (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features include animated depictions of seven "Aquariums" scenes from the movie; the featurettes "Art Review" (HD 08:38), "Making Nemo" (HD 25:35), "Exploring The Reef" (HD 07:01), and "Studio Tour" (HD 05:24); technical "Old School" segments; outtakes; deleted scenes; publicity pieces; Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia of sea creatures; upfront previews; and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is absolutely stunning. The lush color palette is richly and warmly hued with vivid saturation that pops off the screen. Every vibrant color you can imagine is here in full, exciting saturation. The light and shadows undulate on the ocean floor, which is a perfect mix of sandy tan and gray. The orange stripes on Nemo and the other clownfish in the movie are impressively vivid; Dory's blue is quite electrifying; and the coral, jellyfish, and sea anemones have depth and transparencies that appear realistic. Contrast is superb throughout with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadows. Resolution is impeccable. The 3D delivers an engaging dimensional depth and perspective without resorting to gimmickry. The imagery exhibits realistic distinctions between foreground objects and their backgrounds. There is absolutely no crosstalk or ghosting to mar the experience. This is a pristine, beautifully colorful viewing experience in both 2D and 3D, but the dimensionality seen in the 3D version of "Finding Nemo" definitely is the preferred experience. Experiencing this classic in 3D is an absolute delight. (Gary Reber)

While the previous DVD featured a Dolby® Digital 5.1 soundtrack with Surround EX™ for back surround channel in the tradition of other Pixar productions, this new remastered Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel encoding offers superb movie sound of particularly distinguished creative and technical achievement. A lot of the soundstaging is actually of a somewhat quiescent nature, consistent with the often-serene underwater environments. What's really notable with the creativity is the presence of the myriad of underwater-type sound effects, both for ambiance and acute directionality. And then, there are several punctuated moments for which the soundfield really comes alive, such as the explosion of the mines and the collision of the submarine. Both of these instances also exemplify the powerful deep bass potential for this soundtrack, with full-throttled LFE channel engagement and enough sub-25 Hz energy to possibly challenge your subwoofer. The spatial soundstage, though often subtle in activity, is consistently active and panoramic in the front channels, with ample surround envelopment provided by atmospheric effects and the music. The back surround channel signal has been folded into the Dolby 7.1 surround format's two added rear channels. The added channels are effective in the rendering of a spacious, holosonic™ soundfield behind the listener, and also sometimes with directional effects as well during segments with schools of fish. Fidelity is excellent and absolutely state-of-the-art. The music sports a wonderful dimensional presence and simply sounds beautiful. Finally, dialogue is smooth, natural-sounding, and pleasant to the ears. It is also directional across the screen. This latest sonic achievement continues to raise the bar in terms of movie sound creativity and technical prowess. (Gary Reber)