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Cars [DVD] (2006)


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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin
  • Directors: Joe Ranft, John Lasseter
  • Writers: Bonnie Hunt, Joe Ranft, Dan Fogelman, Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENV5WK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pixar's latest movie features the talents of Owen Wilson and Steve McQueen, set in the world of car racing.

Lightning McQueen is a cocky, rookie race car. Speeding on his way to a big race, he crashes into Radiator Springs, destroying lots of the inhabitants belongings. In order to make up for what he did, the cocky roadster is sentenced to community service. Though he will do anything to get away from the work, McQueen must learn to respect and bond with the Radiator Springs inhabitants in order to get out of the town and back on the racetracks.

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There's an extra coat of hot wax on Pixar's vibrant, NASCAR-influenced comedy about a world populated entirely by cars. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the slick rookie taking the Piston Cup series by storm when the last race of the season (the film's high-octane opening) ends in a three-way tie. On the way to the tie-breaker race in California, Lightning loses his way off Route 66 in the Southwest desert and is taught to stop and smell the roses by the forgotten citizens of Radiator Springs. It's odd to have such a slim story from the whizzes of Pixar, and the film pales a bit from their other films (though can that be a fair comparison?).

Nonetheless, Cars is another gleaming ride with Pixar founder John Lasseter, who's directing for the first time since Toy Story 2. There's the usual spectrum of excellent characters teamed with appropriate voice talent, loads of smooth humor for kids and parents alike, knockout visuals, and a colorful array of sidekicks, including a scene-stealing baby blue forklift named Guido. Lightning's plight is changed with the help of former big-city lawyer Sally Carrera (Pixar veteran Bonnie Hunt), the town's patriarch Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), and kooky tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). The Incredibles was the first Pixar film to break the 100-minute barrier, but had enough story not to suffer; Cars, at 116 minutes (including some must-see end credit footage), is not as fortunate, plus it never pierces the heart. Trivia fans should have bonanza with the frame-by-frame DVD function; the movie is stuffed with in-jokes, some appearing only for an instant. Ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2011
Format: DVD
As pretty much noted by everyone who has seen it, Cars is visually stunning but unable to live up to the narrative standards set by previous Pixar big hitters. But mid tier Pixar is still better than most other animation offerings from other stables. Plot simply finds arrogant race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) about to hit super star status, only to suffer a highway crash that leaves him stranded in a ghost town called Radiator Springs. A once thriving town, Radiator Springs is now only home to the loyal locals and very much a product of an era long since gone. Forced to stay due to community service, Lightning is desperate to leave the place he calls "Hillbilly Hell", but as he comes to know the people of the town he comes to find a new perspective on things.

Cars is made up of three segments, the beginning where we are introduced to Lightning and the other cars involved in the race circuit, the action rip-roaring and setting up the film nicely. The middle section in Radiator Springs where it becomes a coming of age-life lesson-friendships formed-piece. And the final section as we get back out on the track for more wonderful racing and the character development reaches the winning line. It's the middle (bulky) section that many have problems with, and not just the children anxiously awaiting more athletic car shenanigans, the adults too have found this something of a chore to get thru. I liked it, felt it was a nice move from Pixar to get "Shawshank" like with the characters, a nostalgia nod to yesteryear and we get to spend time in the company of Doc Hudson, voiced almost poignantly by legend Paul Newman.

How you find that middle section may determine how much you enjoy Cars, but rest assured that even if you find it too talky, too slow, what bookends it is pretty darn great anyway. And of course the visual treats available on every inch of the screen make it a winner as well. 7.5/10
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eolake on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
"Cars" is the first Pixar movie I did not buy immediately. But finally I got tired of waiting for the rental copy, and I bought it.

The delay was due to the trailer not really doing much for me. Also, I felt that cars is a dubious choice for animated characters. Unlike bugs or toys, they don't have arms or faces, so it's a little forced, methinks.

That said, I'd have to say they pulled it off. Actually, looking at real cars after having seen this movie, I half expect them to move and open their eyes.

"Cars" is not the best or funniest Pixar movie. My faves are Monsters Inc, Toy Story 2, and The Incredibles. But "Cars" was still very worthwhile, I enjoyed it. And it is visually gorgeous. The scenery especially is amazing.

If you get the DVD, be sure not to miss the extras. The two shorts included, for one thing, are falling-over funny.

I also appreciate the basic message of the movie: winning is not everything. The western world is still a bit fixated on Being Number One. And contests can be fun and they can be inspiring, but ultimately they are just games, they are not life.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steps on 12 Oct 2006
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Brash and arrogant rookie stockcar racer Lightning McQueen (a typically laconic Owen Wilson), gets lost on route to a championship race in California and winds up in sleepy backwater town Radiator Springs. The town's residents, including a seemingly bad tempered old time racer Doc (a gruff Paul Newman), peppy Porsche Sally (Bonnie Hunt) and simple but innocent tow-truck Mater (Larry The Cable Guy), help the young charge learn `valuable life lessons' and the importance of community and friendship.

Pixar have ruled the roost on the animated movie market for the best part of a decade now, but with the likes of Monster House, Over the Hedge and Ice Age 2 jostling for a slice of this lucrative pie, is Pixar's latest number one on this years starting grid?

To set your mind at rest, Cars is great fun. It's funny, good natured and displays, in each frame, bundles of imagination that once again puts many live action movies to shame. John Lasseter sets out his stall early on, commencing with a thrilling racing sequence that introduces McQueen and his familiar neon lit world via a stunning set piece before relocating to the broken down confines of forgotten town, Radiator Springs.

Radiator Springs itself is the kind of gentile town that's often remembered with hazy nods to 60's Americana and its inhabitants are struggling to relive the glory days. When Lightning arrives in town causing a whole heap of damage along the way they see it as a reminder of better times and the young hot rod gets a glimpse of what he is missing from his pampered lifestyle. The pace slows drastically through the town sequences and the film itself stutters, suffering from the fact that a movie centred more on the racing rather than Car's well intentioned `message' would be far more exciting.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
There has been a generally cool reception from critics for Pixar's latest.

Many felt the story stale and the characters not up to much.

The story is of a cocky young race car called lightning McQueen who needs to learn a lesson in manners and caring for others. To that end he winds up getting caught speeding through a dusty old forgotten town somewhere on route 66. His punishment is a weeks hard labour and while there he meets and learns to appreciate the locals.

The story is simple but then this is a film for little 'uns mostly so what do you expect? At first the fantastic animation captures the attention along with the fun to be had seeing cars behaving like humans,( at the racetrack the fans in the stands are all cars, using their headlights to make a mexican wave), but 15 minutes in the glitzy bright animation and novelty begin to wear off and you're left feeling that it's going to be a bit of a disappointment.

However this is not the case as once Mcqueen, (Owen Wilson doing a great job of making him a bit of a whiney & spoilt so and so ), reaches the backwater town of radiator springs things improve dramatically.

Here we are introduced to funny and likeable characters that carry the movie. Paul newman is amongst the voices of the townsfolk as an ex-racer with a seemingly grumpy attitude but the standout is the delapidated towtruck Mater,(tow-mater, geddit?), a hilarious hick whose presence makes this film so much better.

In truth the story and what happens are not of much importance, rather it's the inter-reaction of characters in this small but happy town that makes Cars worth while.

Be warned that it does run on probably a bit too long for very young children.
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