Whether you realize it or not, an interesting experiment is currently going on in the home video marketplace: the selling of movies that made their debut not in theaters, but on streaming. In other words, to take something home that you already saw at home. The question is, will people be willing to pay for something they can already see via subscription? Is a hard physical copy important to enough consumers that this sort of thing can be supported? ….Honestly, I hope so.
They came out with a physical disc for The Mitchells Vs The Machines last year, and I snapped it right up. The important thing is that the discs still offer the Disc Experience: meaning they contain things you can’t see any other way, that they are packed with bonus features including the all-important feature-length commentary. When done properly, a good DVD or Blu-Ray feels like walking into a museum dedicated to something you love and knowing in that instant you’ll spend hours there. The Mitchells disc was made in that fashion and I recommend it.
Pixar’s Turning Red, another movie that annoyingly didn’t get a theatrical run, will at least get a disc. But what’s in it — is it an improvement on the Disney+ version? We would say so:
- Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins, and director of photography Mahyar Abousaeedi.
- Life of a Shot – Domee Shi and members of the crew describe the many-layered process and artistry involved in creating the hilarious Red Peony scene – from observing red pandas in a zoo to creating a storyboard to finalizing the animation and background lighting.
- Build Your Own Boy Band – Step backstage to learn how 4*TOWN came to animated life. From creating each band member’s persona to writing and producing the songs to fine-tuning the details of their stadium performance, the filmmakers reveal how they designed the ultimate boy band.
- Ani-Mei-Tion – Because Mei’s heightened emotionality is central to the story, it was important that her look and movement reflect that energy. Learn how Domee Shi led the animation team to incorporate hints of expressive anime to create Mei’s lovable, dynamic character.
- Deleted Scenes
- Deleted Scenes Introduction – Director Domee Shi introduces scenes not included in the final version of Turning Red.
- Intro Meilin – In this alternate opening, Ming and young Mei have their portrait taken in a studio…but Ming has her own specific vision for the photo.
- Taming The Panda – Under her mother’s guidance, Mei learns techniques to control her ability to magically turn into a red panda…to varying degrees of success.
- The Debate – Mei runs for class president against frenemy Tyler, and the speeches get a little out of hand.
- Fei And Christina Hang – Mei (formerly Fei) shares a banana split while having a heart-to-heart with Aunt Christina.
- 4*TOWN Dilemma – Mei scores tickets to her dream concert, but her strict mother won’t let her out of the house. What will she do?
- Roping In Leo – Pleading with Leo for help with getting out of trouble, Mei learns a couple of his closely guarded secrets.
- Easter Egg – Robutton Deleted Scene – An alternate ending in which Mei, finding herself sitting next to her 4*TOWN dream-idol Robaire on a flight to California, has some feelings.
The weird thing is that we don’t see the making-of documentary that was released alongside the film on its release day; we thought for sure it’d be in there.
Turning Red will be released on digital April 26, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3.