Wallace And Gromit: The Complete Collection 2009

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Wallace and Gromit - the Academy Award (Oscar) - winning claymated pair have specially re-mastered all four of their smashing half hour specials in this complete collection! Titles Comprise: A Grand Day Out: Wallace likes a nice bit of cheese with his crackers, so when this eccentric inventor finds his fridge empty and the local corner shop shut for the Bank Holiday, he is forced to look further a field for his cheddar. The two modelling clay heroes blast off in their home-made rocket on the ultimate day trip - Wallace and Gromit are off to the moon! The Wrong Trousers: This time the modelling clay stars are plunged into a hilarious tale of skulduggery involving an extraordinary pair of automated trousers and a villainous penguin. Posing as an innocent lodger, the fiendish fish-eater sets about recruiting mild mannered Wallace as an unwitting accomplice to his dastardly plot - a diamond heist with a technically advanced, trouser-inspired difference. It is left to Gromit to turn detective and save the day as malice and mayhem culminate in a breathless train-top chase - around the sitting room! A Close Shave: Trade is booming for Wallace and Gromit's Wash'n'Go window cleaning service and love is in the air as Wallace falls for the owner of the local wool shop, the lovely Wendolene. But Wallace has a new incentive - a Knit-O-Matic machine - and adventure looms. Sheep are being rustled, wool is in short supply and Wendolene's malevolent pooch is on the prowl... featuring Shaun the Sheep! A Matter Of Loaf And Death: Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery - Top Bun - and business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Can Gromit save his master from becoming the next baker to be butchered?

Starring:
Sarah Laborde, Peter Sallis
Rental Formats:
Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Sarah Laborde, Peter Sallis, Melissa Collier, Sally Lindsay, Anne Reid
Director Nick Park
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 2 November 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A. Foxley on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Marking 20 years of 'Wallace and Gromit', 'The Complete Collection' brings together all four of the dynamic duo's television films - 'A Grand Day Out', 'The Wrong Trousers', 'A Close Shave' and 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' is glorious HD - for the very first time, in the case of the first three. There's little that can be said about the films themselves that hasn't been said already - they're all brilliant, and have all garnered a plethora of richly-deserved awards to reflect that. The question is - what is the Blu Ray like?

Picture and sound quality on this release is excellent, particularly on 'A Matter of Loaf and Death', but even the earliest film, 'A Grand Day Out', looks impressive. The high definition presentation highlights a few visual elements that perhaps weren't so obvious in SD - obviously painted backdrops, thumb-prints in the plasticine figures, and so on - but none of these detract from the films themselves, and to some extent actually enhance them, as it gives you a better sense of the sheer amount of work that has gone into even the smallest scenes. HD is also great for spotting little visual gags that Nick Park and co. have left scattered throughout the background. All the films are accompanied by commentaries, and there's a wealth of behind the scenes material too - though unfortunately this is all presented in SD.

I've seen these films countless times down the years, but the Blu Ray release really does give them a new lease of life - and compared with the standalone release of 'A Matter of Loaf and Death', it's terrific value for money too.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
It's not really the 'complete' Wallace and Gromit- no "Curse Of The Wererabbit" (available separately), no "Cracking Contraptions" (now hard to find), and none of their advertising and commercial appearances.

That aside though, you get all four of the half-hour Wallace & Gromit movies. The first three, originally shot on film, have been remastered for HD and done absolutely beautifully. They've been cleaned up very carefully, a lot of old movies don't look as good on Blu-ray as these do. Watching in HD, instead of exposing any problems with the puppets or sets, actually makes the whole thing more stunning. The attention to detail is captivating.

Each film has a commentary, as well as a 'making of' which charts the changes in technology and budget between the first and most recent films. A couple of other brief extras such as a photo gallery and a behind-the-scenes on the W&G Harvey Nichols poster campaign help fill the disc.

Ideally a 'complete' collection would have been a box set featuring "Cracking Contraptions", but what you do get is still beautiful animations with wit and charm.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The four excellent short adventures on one BD. Seeing the four together in HD you can see the development of technique, however the first stories are as clever and funny as ever.

Only one real complaint, the music in "The Wrong Trousers" has been changed. Both the birthday card and the Penguin's radio. Just sounds does not sound right with the new tunes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noel Savage on 29 Jan. 2010
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If you know about Wallace And Gromit, you hardly need a review to tell you how clever and fun these videos are. The story lines are complex enough for the most discriminating adult (there are dozens of little bits on newspapers, cereal boxes and so on) while the animated characters hold the attention of nearly any child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spanielsam on 7 Oct. 2010
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Wallace and Gromit's adventures are a classic must have for anyfamily dvd collection - I purchased them as I want my 5 month old daughter to enjoy them when she is older as much as I have done. The films are smattered with adult jokes so they are entertainment for everyone! Highly Recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. van Leeuwen on 11 Dec. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The animations are simply great, and that's what it is about. The later movies are razor sharp and beautifully lit.
However: three points of criticism.
First, it is not the complete collection. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is not on this disc.
Second, the menu. It feels like an old fashioned dvd menu, not accessible during movie playback. Special features return to the main menu after playback, instead of the Specials submenu.
Third, subtitles. Only English SDH is available, and after each movie it forgets this setting.

Nonetheless, these are minor issues, the movies are Grand!
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Format: DVD
This DVD has all 4 half-hour episodes of Wallace and Gromit and Extras.

A Grand Day Out: Wallace and Gromit are spending a night in, relaxing. Wallace loves a bit of cheese with his crackers, so he goes to the kitchen only to discover that they our out of cheese, which Wallace finds unbearable. Being a bank holiday, all the stores and shops are shut, so they are forced to go a bit further.

The Wrong Trousers: It's Gromit's birthday. His birthday gift from Wallace is a pair of 'techno trousers', which is more of an advantage for Wallace and Gromit, as Gromit can go for walks on his own without Wallace escorting him. Meanwhile, Wallace has lots of bills to pay and does not have enough money to pay them off. So he rents his spare room out for a few nights, and a penguin is the one to book the room for a few nights. This penguin is posing as an innocent lodger, but is he?

A Close Shave: Wallace and Gromit now run a window cleaning service, called ''Wash'n'go''. Wallace and Gromit start noticing there house is being vandalized and there food is disappearing. But they have no time to investigate, as Wallace and Gromit get a call from a customer saying there windows need cleaning. Wallace soon falls in love the costumer, named 'Wendolene', who has a dog, 'Preston' who is on the prowl. *Featuring Shaun the Sheep.

A Matter of Load and Death: This time Wallace and Gromit have opened a bakery, called 'Top Bun'. A deadly Cereal Killer has murdered 12 backers, and they are the only ones left in the town, so business is booming for them. Meanwhile, Wallace meats the girl of his dreams. Little does Wallace know - He is at risk of being the next baker to be butchered, and as usual, it's up to his faithful and loyal pooch Gromit to save him.
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