Saturday, 28 October 2017

Digital HD Review - Cars 3

Disney/Pixar; 102 minutes
Now available Digital HD and 4K Ultra HD is Disney/Pixar's Car 3. The film will be arriving on Blu-ray 4K Ultra and Blu-ray on November 7th!

Directed by Brian Fee, the computer-animated film features the talented voice-cast of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Lea DeLaria, and Kerry Washington.

Cars 3 centers on an aging Lightning McQueen being beaten on the race track by a rookie named Jackson Storm. After several months of resting in Radiator Springs, McQueen plans on making his big return to the world racing in Florida, but first he must be retrained.

With a new sponsor, Sterling, and a young new trainer, Cruz Ramirez, McQueen tries his best to use the latest technology to help improve his speed. However, he slow learns that the only way to win the race is to rely on the help of Doc Hudson's old crew.

Digital Special Features are:
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy.Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest BillboardBlink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3”For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.
  • My First CarA collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) ForTake a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • CommentaryBrian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • And more…

Final Thoughts

Like many of the theatrical films during the summer, Cars 3 didn't do very well. Sure, it made nearly $380 million at the box office, but with a $175 million budget, plus whatever the marketing cost, it definitely underperformed. Lot of this probably had to do with the fact that the previous film, Cars 2, received mixed to negative reviews. 

Personally, I didn't like Cars 2 at all and I wasn't a big fan of the original film either. That being said, I still like most Pixar films, so I decided to keep an open mind while watching Cars 3 on Digital HD early this morning.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised, as it turns out Cars 3 is a lot better than the second film, and slightly better than the original. The computer-animation is excellent, especially during the racing scenes, the entire voice-cast are great, and the overall story is clever with a few heartwarming moments. There are plenty of special features that comes with the Digital HD.
Cars 3 is available on!

*Note - I received a complimentary digital copy from Disney Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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