Making its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-Ray today is Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles”.

In a world where super heroes (a.k.a. “the supers”) are real and even partner with law enforcement to help put villains behind bars, the unthinkable happens.  In a strange series of events, ordinary citizens decide to sue the supers (namely, Mr. Incredible) for injuries they suffered during their rescue from the bad guys.  An unidentified government agency covers the financial burden of the lawsuits and decides that it’s in the best interest of everyone if the supers go in to hiding and become ordinary citizens themselves.

Years pass and we come to find Bob and Helen Parr (formerly Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl) living in the quiet suburb of Municiberg with their three children.  Helen is now a housewife and Bob works as a claims rep for an insurance company but misses the glory days.  Bob loses his job but hides it from Helen and simultaneously resumes secret “hero work”, making trips to Nomanisan Island while telling Helen that they are out of town business trips he is going on.

Helen starts to suspect Bob of cheating on her and decides to pay him a surprise visit.  Meanwhile, their two oldest children (Violet and Dash) have stowed away on the jet that Helen flies to Nomanisan.  Bob has been captured by the villain of our story, Syndrome.  As a child, Syndrome was Mr. Incredible’s “biggest fan” but rejection (by Mr. Incredible) has now caused him to become the villain and it’s now up to Bob’s family to work as a team and escape from Nomanisan.

As with any Pixar film, good story is key to a successful picture, and the Incredibles is no exception.  Several key themes lend themselves nicely to the plot and to its ultimate resolution.  Mr. Incredible’s desire to work alone in his early days as a superhero have now led to Buddy becoming the villain and he needs to overcome his problem with that and learn that being a “team player” is necessary both as a super and as a family man.  Meanwhile, the rest of the world needed to learn that the supers they they forced into hiding are necessary.

As with just about any other Disney Blu-ray I have reviewed here, the picture and sound are (forgive me for the pun) “Incredible!”

There’s an entire disc devoted to the bonus features on this one.  It’s a bit lengthy, but I’d have to say without a doubt my favorite bonus feature is “The Incredibles Revisited”.  It was nice to see Brad Bird, John Walker, Mark Andrews, Rick Sayre, Lou Romano, Teddy Newton, and Tony Fucile sit down at the table an reminisce years later about their experiences making the picture.  There’s some great stories to be heard there!

BONUS FEATURES:

Blu-ray:

Includes The Following All-New Bonus Features Plus All The Classic DVD Features:

  • The Incredibles Revisited – A roundtable discussion with Writer/Director Brad Bird, Producer John Walker, Story Supervisor Mark Andrews, Supervising Technical Director Rick Sayre, Production Designer Lou Romano, Character Designer Teddy Newton, and Supervising Animator Tony Fucile.
  • Paths To Pixar: Story Artists – Continuing the popular bonus feature series that viewers have seen on many other Disney•Pixar releases, this exciting new feature showcases multiple Pixar story artists giving viewers exciting insight into their work, their inspiration and the personal paths that eventually led them to a career at Pixar.
  • Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday – Trying to make a movie when there are not enough work days and too many birthday parties? This feature showcases how The Incredibles crew solved that problem.
  • Ending With A Bang: Making The End Credits – Interview with Director of Photography Andy Jimenez and Character Designer Teddy Newton about the process of creating the end credits for the film.
  • “The New Nomanisan” Island Redevelopment Plan – A guided tour of Nomanisan Island, post-Syndrome, pitching the island as a vacation resort paradise.

Classic DVD Features:

The DVD in the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack Includes:

  • The Incredibles feature film
  • The original short film Jack-Jack Attack
  • Pixar’s Academy Award®-nominated short film Boundin’ (2003 Best Animated Short)

As an added bonus, here’s a clip from the bonus feature Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday