As my home-programmed film festival continues, I'd like to look at a fistful of Blu-ray titles that could ostensibly be called "kid's films" that have all arrived here at the house recently.
Have I mentioned yet how much I love anyone who includes both a Blu-ray and a regular DVD in the same package? I think it's vital in most households. For example, I've got the Blu-ray set-up in my office, while the other rooms in the house only have regular DVD players still. We had a second Blu-ray player, but it just gave up the ghost. That's what you get for buying a cheapo Best Buy in-house brand. Next time I buy a player for the living room, I'll probably just get a second PS3. I've had great luck with the machine so far, and I love the way it handles firmware updates.
In the meantime, I like having a copy that the kids can play and having a gorgeous Blu-ray copy for my own use. In the case of "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," the format really allows you to analyze and admire the exquisite work that was done by all of the animators as they put the film together. I reviewed the film theatrically, and if anything, my love for it has grown with a few repeat viewings. The Blu-ray is technically amazing, as rich a transfer as you'll find on anything today. It's also got a fair sampling of extra features, the most ridiculous of which is "A beginner's guide to whack-bat."