This Blu-ray release is packed with a perfect line-up of extras which are all presented in HD.
- Commentary track by director Andrew Stanton with optional PIP. Accompanied by filmmaker photos, concept art, storyboards, and a wide range of other visuals, the director talks about the making of the movie, from early ideas, through development of the robots, to changes made to the later parts of the movie. This is a very informative commentary which I found quite interesting. Stanton has a good and engaging voice and the PIP show a lot of nice images.
Play Movie with Geek Track: Trash Talk & Trivia
- Commentary track with Bill Wise (character team supervisor), Lindsay Collins (co-producer), Derek Thompson (story artist) and Angus McClain (lead animator and story consultant). This is shown with the four commentators as silhouettes in the lower right part of the screen. This track is more for fun than most commentaries, with a lot of goofy comments and references to pop-culture, although there are some nice titbits of information in there. I enjoyed it, but it was not as good as the first one and I fast-forwarded through parts of it.
(5 min.) - Animated short where a carrot triggers a war of wits between a magician and his long-suffering bunny. This short film is hilarious and is definitely among the better of Pixar's generally great animated shorts.
(7 min.) - Another animated short, this time directly related to the main feature. We follow BURN-E, the repairbot, who is determined to do his job, but is foiled at every turn by WALL-E's adventures aboard the Axiom. Not quite as funny as "Presto", but still a very enjoyable look at the cost of the wanton destruction heroes often cause. "BURN-E" can also be watched with PIP showing the storyboards for the short film.
WALL-E's Treasures & Trinkets
(5 min.) - A vaudeville of WALL-E's favourite misadventures. Funny string of short clips with WALL-E and other characters from the movie.
"Lots of Bots" Storybook
(3 min.) - A short narrative about the various robots of the movie, where you can play along by solving puzzles. Mostly for the younger audience.
- Four 1980's arcade-like games with simple, but classic visuals. Cool idea although I do not think I will be playing them much.
- Gallery/encyclopaedia of the many robot types in the movie.
(23 min.) - 4 scenes in varying stages of development, that did not make it into the movie. These can be played with introductions by director Andrew Stanton and they should. What made them interesting was Stanton's information on why they were initially made and why they were eventually cut from the final movie.
Behind the Scenes
- 3 featurettes. "The Imperfect Lens" (14 min.) covers how the filmmakers created the look of WALL-E; "Animation Sound Design" (19 min.) covers the sound design of the movie; and "Captain's Log"(8 min.) covers the evolution of the visual design of the humans in the movie. These featurettes were all quite good and informative; I especially liked the second one with sound effects guru Ben Burtt.
(9 min.) - Five BnL shorts, from an orientation movie on piloting the Axiom to a rollout of the BnL robotic product line and a history of the BnL corporation. These are the full versions of some of the BnL footage from the movie and are quite entertaining.
3D Set Fly-Throughs
- Fly-throughs of eight Axiom sets and two Earth sets.
- Large still gallery of everything from character design to publicity. There are an amazing amount of material here, both conceptual art and fully rendered images.
- Seven WALL-E trailers from around the world.
The Pixar Story
(88 min.) - Documentary showing the history of Pixar, directed by Leslie Iwerks and narrated by Stacy Keach. This is really the gem of these extras. It tells the story of Pixar from the beginnings in '79, through all the ups and downs before the success of Toy Story
and onwards up to Cars
(the documentary was made in 2007). It is a fascinating story which alone is almost worth the price of this release.
Disc one also has a "Maximize Your Home Theater" feature included which can help you set up your screen and sound system, as well as a couple of trailers, which also auto-play when you put the disc in your player (fortunately they can be skipped).
There are also a couple of Easter eggs included on the movie disc of this release. The first is found by pressing the up button on your remote when "Play Movie" is highlighted. This should turn the red "E" in the film's logo blue and by then pressing enter, you can watch a featurette called "Geek-O-Rama" (5 min.) This short featurette reveals, much as I expected, that every Pixar employee is a big geek and proud of it. Easter egg number two is found by highlighting "Set Up" in the menu and then pressing left on your remote, making a dot appear under "Sneak Peeks". Press enter and you can watch a very short animation test.
I wish every Blu-ray released could have this many good extras, but that is probably asking too much. I am always looking forward to the animated shorts included on Pixar releases and they did not disappoint on this one. Furthermore the inclusion of "The Pixar Story" was a real treat and it should be watched by any fan of animation. There are plenty of releases out there with more extras, but it is the quality of these, that really deserves the highest mark.