WALL-E Becomes First Pixar Film Inducted to the Criterion Collection

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WALL-E Becomes First Pixar Film Inducted to the Criterion Collection

Pixar’s Wall-E is getting a special three-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray release from the Criterion Collection this fall. It’s the first Disney or Pixar movie to receive a Criterion release. 

The special edition of “Wall-E,” the first collaboration between Criterion and Disney’s Pixar, features a 4K digital master approved by director Andrew Stanton. The three-disc set will be available Nov. 22, 2022, and is currently available to pre-order from Criterion’s website.

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So, why is this so significant? The Criterion Collection is a distribution company that focuses on preserving, restoring, and redistributing films that are considered the most significant in cinema.

Criterion describes the film, “A high-water mark of digital animation, this prescient vision of a dystopian future is packaged within a dazzling pop-science-fiction love story, making for an urgent fable for our troubled millennium. It’s the twenty-ninth century, and humans have long since fled Earth for outer space, leaving WALL•E, the last functioning trash-compacting robot, to go about the work of cleaning up a pollution-choked planet, one piece of garbage at a time. When he meets EVE, a fellow automaton sent to detect plant life, the pair are launched on an intergalactic quest to return humanity to Earth. Transporting us simultaneously back to cinema’s silent origins and forward light-years into the future, WALL•E is a soaring ode to the power of love and art to heal a dying world.”

Below is a list of what you’ll find in the upcoming home media release:

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack 
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film, presented in both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and two Blu-rays with the film and special features 
  • Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtracks 
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, coproducer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus MacLane 
  • New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts 
  • Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton 
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels 
  • The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks 
  • More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots 
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a masterclass with Stanton 
  • “WALL•E”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and coscreenwriter Jim Reardon 
  • Deleted scenes featuring commentary by Stanton 
  • A Story (1987), a student film by Stanton 
  • BURN•E (2008), a short film by MacLane 
  • Trailers 
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • English descriptive audio 
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s sketchbooks, script notes, and drawings; and artwork from the WALL•E team

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Image Credit: Pixar


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