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After having seen this in the cinema I had to go out and buy this, I was not sure whether to get the ordinary DVD or the Blu-ray at first. The Blu-ray version cost just £6 more (£16.99 on Amazon) and after watching an HD trailer I thought that it was worth the exra money.
The plot line itself is very good, it is about a rat (Ratatouille) who has an outstanding passion for food and dreams of becomming a chef. He tried to achieve his goal by having help from the bin boy. The film itself has won an academy award for the Best Animated Feature. This proves the standard of the film.
Throughout watching the film I found that the animation was outstanding and the plot line to be enteratining throughout. The Blu-ray movie offers other special features such as the making. I think that in order to appreciate the true quality of the animation it is well worth buying this movie on Blu-ray. It is ideal for a family to watch in an evening and I found that you can quite easily watch it again.
Pixar has done an outstanding job once again and I would throughrally recommend this to all. Whislt I think it does appeal mostly to a younger audience their are parts that will appeal to all ages making a universal film. The voice acting in the film is also very good and really well matched, helping to give a true portrayal of the film. I hope this was helpful and thank you very much for reading.
Ratatouille definitely rates as one of my favourite Pixar films ever. Even though it was an okay film, I was a little disappointed by the movie Cars after the consistently high quality of Pixar's output. So it was with baited breath that I waited for Ratatouille to make an appearance. I had seen the teaser adverts for it and was not entirely sure what I would think. A lot of what they were showing was the dumb nonsense going on between the two Rat's Remy and Emile. I know that it is a children's film at heart but the one thing that worried me was that there would be absolutely nothing to sink my teeth into. Suffice to say, when it finally came out I had nothing to worry about. It won an Oscar for best Animated Feature film (the fact that it was up against and bear another amazing film "Persepolis" is something quite controversial in my mind but I shall glaze over it for a moment) and was nominated for four others. It basically tells the tale of Remy, a rat, who dreams of being a chef. and his attempts to do it through the clumsy Alfredo - who has no talent whatsoever but has the advantage of being a human being. The film really is a masterpiece for young and old alike - and if you can get past the thought of a rodent preparing food then you're set for an amazing movie.
When an animation from one of the main studios is released on blu-ray, it's always worth taking a look. In many cases, the state of the art computer graphics will showcase the abilities of your particular player - and this certainly is the case with 'Ratatouille'.
Directed by Brad Bird, Disney and Pixar once again combine - this time telling the tale of a rat who is a fan of French chef 'Gusteau'.
Gusteau's claim was that 'anyone can cook', and 'Remy' the rodent takes his advice personally...
Ratatouille was a film that I wasn't really that interested in watching. However, during one particularly fruitless visit to Blockbuster, I decided to give it a go - as I believed it would undoubtedly be better than the rubbish which was on TV that particular evening.
The animation on display really is top-notch. This is most apparent, and easily shown with a character like a rat - where each strand of fur is clearly defined, and looks extremely organic - Pixar have really come on in the last few years since their groundbreaking (but technically inferior) Toy Story.
I've always had a problem with the way Pixar depicts and animates human characters - with a goofy and unimpressive style, and in Ratatouille, this is pretty much the same story - although this issue is probably my personal bug-bear, and overall the animation IS fantastic.
The voice acting is very good, and feels like it fits with the characters nicely. Patton Oswalt stars as Remy, and plays the voice role perfectly. One of the highlights for me was the superb restaurant critic Anton Ego (voiced by Peter O' Toole) who really stole the show.
Ratatouille is in general very good - perhaps not the greatest Disney / Pixar offering, but one that features a clever script which kept me entertained throughout. Having said that, it may not be the best movie for kids, as although they'll enjoy the 'fluffiness' of it, there are some wordy bits of dialogue which may loose them in places.
The disk costs £15.98 from Amazon and features numerous special features including high definition trailers of other Pixar films.
Please don't let the fact that Ratatouille is seen as a "childrens movie" put you off. After films such as "Cars" and "The Inredibles", Pixar Studios had a lot to live up to, and maintain the title of the best animation studio worldwide.
Based in Paris, France, the story follows Remy the rat, who seems to have a special talent not seen before in the animal kingdom. Remy has an incredible sense for smell, and therefore can instinctevly mix foods together to create a tantalising dish; similar attributes to a chef!
When Remy discovers a Garbage boy whos useless in the kitchen but wants to make the cooking scene, Remy and the Human called Linguini comically team up to create fantastic dishes and put Linguini's Grandfathers restraraunt back on the market, and once again a 5 star cuisine.
There are many laughs to be had along the way, with the film lasting 110 minutes; a very good amount considering the movie is purely animated. Both adults and kids alike will gain enjoyment from Ratatouille, with the film being perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon to enjoy with all the family.
The main selling point of Blu Ray is the pristine picture quality the format brings, and Ratatouille is possibly the best looking film on Blu Ray so far. The film includes many vibrant colours which look fantastic on a top end HD TV, and cinredibly detail can be seen throughout the whole film. Whether you're looking at Linguini's hair or Remy the Rats fur, every single piece stands out and moves differently. You will be astounded by Ratatouille's picture quality, and this alone will make you watch the film over and over again.
For those of you looking for extra features, you will not be dissapointed as Disney offer us 9 different features, including deleted scenes, animation briefing, and even an interactive game called "Your Friend the Rat".
All of this comes together to make Ratatouille a fantastic, must-own title on Blu Ray.
They say that if you live in a city that you are never more than a few feet away from a rat. I assume this is an average as I find it unlikely that the rodent population of London would be organised enough to take it in turns to stand close to a human. I for one hope it is not true because I hate the things. They are not pleasant to look at and if you find you have them expect food to be eaten, bin bags opened, and floors pooped on. In fact the rat, along with the cockroach, is probably the least popular animal around. So why would Pixar make a film about a Rat who wants to be a chef? If anybody can make it work, they can.
Remy is no ordinary rat, he has a nose for flavour. Whilst his brethren are all to willing to eat left overs and garbage he will only eat the best. In fact Remy's noise is so good he considers himself somewhat of a chef. Therefore, when he is separated from his clan whilst in Paris he discovers himself at the kitchens of renowned restaurant Gusteau's once ran by Auguste Gusteau, a top chef who believed anyone can cook. Remy's only route into the kitchen is through his unlikely friendship with pot cleaner Linguini. Using hair tugs and nips, Remy is able to control Linguini and make him appear as a chef. How long can the gruesome twosome's plan go uncovered with Remy craving plaudits and Linguini craving fellow chef Colette?
'Ratatouille' is Pixar's most accomplished film to date. This does not mean it is the best, but in terms of looks and film quality it is. Personally, I found the two 'Toy Story' films to be better films, but 'Ratatouille' is a film that takes the step up from being for kids into the world of proper cinema. At almost 2 hours long this film takes its time to tell an in-depth and well balanced story. Although the characters are cartoon like they are all given fleshed out motives and it is this that makes 'Ratatouille' feels like a normal film and not a cartoon. However, whilst this may benefit an adult audience I feel that the longer running time and slightly subdued and intelligent pace may alienate the younger audience.
Despite this I doubt there is that much to fear as the film also contains some pretty stunning set pieces that are fast paced enough to capture anyone's attention. The chase scene through the kitchen in particular is the very pinnacle of CGI film making so far and this is only enhanced by the BluRay version. The film is also very funny with jokes that will make an adult chuckle, but also jokes for children. In particular the character of Remy's brother, Emile, is there as comic relief for youngsters.
Having only mentioned it briefly I can not go any further without praising the look of the film. Without doubt this is the best looking CGI cartoon so far. The use of textures and colours have moved on so much since the early 2000s it is almost unbelievable. The idea of realistic food and hair being portrayed only 10 years ago was out of the question. The biggest praise I can give Pixar is that not once was I thrown out of the experience by dodgy effects of dubious textures. It is clear why they are known as the best in the industry.
Another area of quality is the voice acting. Like usual, Pixar take the intelligent route of hiring talented comedic actors rather than star names. This means that names such as Patton Oswalt and Lou Romano voice the characters and not the bland payday A listers who have ruined many a film with their dull tones e.g. Pitt in 'Sinbad' or Willis in 'Over the Hedge'. Oswalt as Remy is the clear standout as his likable personality suits the character perfectly. Peter O'Toole as food critic Ego was also good giving a menacing gravitas to the film. Also it was nice to see former 'Arrested Development' actor Will Arnett appear in yet another animated form!
'Ratatouille' is a great film that perhaps outstays its welcome a little too much. It's measured pace makes it appeal to the adult audience, but in doing so children many get fidgety. However, this is a minor criticism for a film that is otherwise funny, touching and heart felt. Pixar have produced a proper film in brilliant CGI and for that they deserve their continued accolades. With 15-20 mins less running time this could have been the perfect family film, as it is, it is still very close.
Film 4 out of 5
Director: Brad Bird and Jan Pinkavac
Starring: Patton Oswalt
Price: Amazon uk £17.98 (BluRay)
Play.com £17.99 (BluRay)
Out of all the studios producing BluRay films Disney are currently the best, even outdoing Sony. 'Ratatouille' is no exception as the transfer is brilliant giving the film a vibrancy and sharpness better than the cinema. This is the film I put on when people want to witness the quality of HD technology, a gorgeous piece of film making.
Alongside the quality print is an abundance of extras to satisfy any fan. There is a fun 'Cooking Mama' type game on the disc for the kids as well as numerous featurettes. Other standouts are the Pixar short 'Lifted', a brilliant animation about a botched abduction, and the next level of director's commentary. This commentary style is only possible because of BluRay, not only do the director and producer talk through the film but art and set designs flash in and out - wonderful for any one deeply interested in the film or planning academic work.
For BluRay 5 out of 5