As with all of the Disney/Pixar films, I really enjoyed Cars when it was released back in 2006. Apart from the near-photo realistic visuals, it sported a fantastic cast, especially with the great Paul Newman in one of his best (and sadly final) roles. While some have lamented that the Cars series isn’t Pixar’s best, I still love them dearly and appreciate any chance to revisit their strange auto-centric universe whenever I can.
Now Disney tunes up their modern classic by giving it a 3D version and more with the 3-disc Cars: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that features both the 2D and 3D versions of the film in one amazing package.
For those who don’t know, Cars takes place in a universe where vehicles are the people there, and do just about everything we do. But the main thing everyone loves here is a good race, and Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the best race car out there. Being at the top though has made him pretty arrogant and full of himself, as he treats his friends and crew badly while focusing on nothing but winning and getting the ladies. While on his way to the big championship race, he accidentally gets stranded in a backwater town called Radiator Springs and gets into trouble with the law there. Now as he serves out his community service, he learns a lot about humility while also making some new friends along the way, including the legendary race car Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), a lady friend named Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt), and of course the always funny and loyal Tow Mater (voiced hilariously by Larry the Cable Guy) who all show him what being a real friend and racer is all about, all while trying to find a way to get him the championship before it’s too late.
It was nice to revisit Radiator Springs and the great cast of characters there. I had forgotten just how fun and cool this movie was, and now it’s made even better on Blu-ray 3D. This version takes an already great film and makes it better by adding a nice amount of depth to the scenes, some which actually look like things are coming at you. Like the big race at the beginning for example, there were some parts that really made me feel like I was in the middle of the action. And since this is a very well done high definition transfer, everything looks and sounds perfect here, adding even more to the already awesome experience.
There’s also plenty of special features here that’s sure to keep viewers’ engines racing long after the checkered flag has waved. There’s the usual behind the scenes documentaries, some excellent Pixar shorts such as “Mater and the Ghostlight” and “One Man Band” that are sure to bring some laughs as you watch. There’s also some deleted scenes and more that show how this fun film changed and came together as it went along.
Cars: Ultimate Collector’s Edition polishes up the 2006 classic with the addition of a well-done 3D version of the film, some high definition extras and more that truly makes this a must-have set for those who never bought it before or want to complete their library with the best version possible. If you and your family are looking for something great to watch, race on down to your local store for this one. You’ll fall in love with it faster than you can say Lightning McQueen’s catchphrase “Ka-chow!”.