Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will begin to release 3D movies on Blu-ray Disc worldwide for the first time, beginning this summer with the computer animated release Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. And I’m not talking about the paper red and blue glasses that you might have gotten with some past DVD and Blu-ray releases. This new disc will coincide with the release of Sony Electronics’ 3D compatible Bravia LCD televisions and 3D compatible Blu-ray disc players, essentially brining the digital 3d experience of recent theatrical releases into your living room. Additional 3D Blu-ray titles are expected to appear this summer from Sony. Look for an announcement this spring.
I wonder if the 3D version of the film will be included on the regular Blu-ray release, or if Sony plans to release the 3D versions as their own standalone releases. I would hope that it would not be the latter, as 3D adoption in the home is probably going to take a few years longer than the industry is expecting. And it would be good to have Blu-ray discs which are forwards compatible.
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
(DVD available as single-disc and 2-Disc Super-Sized Edition)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of the best movies of 2009. And in response to all the double-takes that I suspect I’m getting right now, I say: No, seriously. Let’s forgo the whole “fun for the whole family” spiel for a moment, because that could just as easily refer to any kid’s film that succeeds in not making the parents want to gouge their eyes out. This movie though, is something else. This movie is something special. While Pixar has the market cornered on heartfelt, story-driven entertainment, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs dominates with its gags, delivering 90 minutes of non-stop, brilliantly funny lunacy. It’s a film destined to become a favorite amongst geeks, with most of its humor seemingly being geared specifically toward that crowd (which makes sense, given that the film is written & directed by two of the creators of Clone High, a hilarious but short-lived animated TV series with similarly geeky sensibilities). Some viewers may even be taken aback by just how outright weird it can often be, but it’s those very additions that make the film so oddly wonderful. From the minute the title blasts onto the screen in all its glitzy, retro glory, the movie is like one big sugar high. Before you even have a chance to be worn down by its whimsical, hyperactive nature, it expands into a cunning yet playful parody of the disaster movie genre in all of its forms, delivering a number of genuinely thrilling action sequences in the process. You’re not likely to confuse the film as anything other than insubstantial fluff entertainment, but who cares? It’s easily some of the most fun I’ve had watching a movie in a long while, and is deserving of all the praise it can get.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Single-disc DVD – Director’s commentary. 2-disc DVD – Includes everything on the single-disc DVD, as well as extended scenes, early development scenes, a making of featurette, another featurette on the voice talent, a “Raining Sunshine” music video with an additional behind the scenes feature and sing-along function, and Flint’s Food Fight Game. Blu-ray – Includes everything on both DVDs, as well as a digital copy of the film.
|BEST DVD PRICE*|
|Amazon – $15.99|
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $20.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores (including Amazon).
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE|
|Amazon – $24.99|
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 by David Chen
In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the sad state of Disney’s live action brand, assess Tomas Alfredson’s proclivities for gender-bending storylines, offer up some unabashed praise for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and report back on the first week of the fall TV season. Special guest Adam Kempenaar joins us from the Filmspotting podcast.
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Consider me shocked that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is not only a good kids film, but a great comedy in general. The first film from former How I Met Your Mother and Clone High writer/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Cloudy manages to take the premise from the classic children’s book and transform it into a madcap comedy that proudly displays a unique sense of humor.
It works as a kids film because it remains lighthearted throughout, while also conveying some worthwhile messages about sticking with your dreams and passions—but it also works as a great comedy for adults with subtly mature humor, and a perfectly chosen cast. And somehow, along with everything else the film has going for it, Cloudy also manages to be a brilliant parody of the disaster film genre.
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NOTE: I’ll just go over this one more time before we begin. The current polarised lens, digital 3D system is superb; anaglyph systems don’t work one tenth as well. Bear that in mind as I share with you some anaglyphic 3D stills from films that will on release come in the digital fashion. These images don’t even hint at how well the actual film’s 3D will work.
Toy Story is being released in 3D this October, and our first look (though compromised, see above) has been revealed by Entertainment Weekly. Also in their gallery of 3D stills are Up, Monsters vs. Aliens, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Alpha and Omega. No Christmas Carol, no Final Destination and, most disappointing of all, no Avatar. Some samples below the break – but red/blue glasses will be necessary.
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Sony Pictures Animation has released the movie trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, the film tells the story of a scientist named Flint Lockwood, who while trying to solve world hunger who encounters a problem of global proportions, as food begins to fall from the sky like rain. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, executive producers of the television show How I Met Your Mother, and featuring a voice cast comprised of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Tracy Morgan and Mr. T. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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It’s like one of those dreams where everyone is laughing crazily at a neverending dinner table. An awesome ensemble cast has filled out for 2010’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a 3D animated film based on the bestselling children’s book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett:
Anna Faris (yes, in a gentler type of mouthy-role) and Bill Hader will voice the lead characters. Tracy Morgan, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Mr. T and Bruce Campbell are also on board. Faris will voice a ” weathergirl covering the phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior.” Hader will voice “Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who dreams of creating something that will improve everyone’s life.”
First published in 1982, the book is set in Chewandswallow, a town where the weather serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner on the daily. “The wind brings hamburgers” et al. One day, the weather stops offering choice sustenance and the townspeople freak. The film will reportedly tell the origins of the phenomenon, aka kids’ earliest conception of the munchies. Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Clone High) will write and direct for Sony Pictures Animation.
Discuss: Mr. T vs Ash vs Tracy Morgan’s Astronaut Jones, who wins?