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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great disc--but not all region!
Perhaps the best animated film of all time, well deserving of many repeat viewings. Much enhanced by 3D. However--disc was described as all region, and in fact turned out to be Region B locked, and not viewable with most US players. Fortunately I have access to an all region player, so was not a problem, but this misinformation must be corrected on your site!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Search for "Region Free" to end up with Region B blu-ray disk (Beware)
Make note, you may have searched for a region free blu-ray format of this movie and ended up here, but in truth this blu-ray 3D movie is not region free. This is a region B movie and will not play on region A or B blu-ray players.

The ad states this is a region B blu-ray, but when this ad was found, a search for "region free" was conducted. Purchased...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great disc--but not all region!, 26 Aug 2014
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Perhaps the best animated film of all time, well deserving of many repeat viewings. Much enhanced by 3D. However--disc was described as all region, and in fact turned out to be Region B locked, and not viewable with most US players. Fortunately I have access to an all region player, so was not a problem, but this misinformation must be corrected on your site!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximise your HDTV!, 15 Oct 2011
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T. Butcher (Kent, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ratatouille [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Whilst I shalln't go into a great deal of depth regarding the actual film (all other reviews have focused on this in great depth so please refer to those!) I'll simply tell you it's more of that Pixar brilliance you come to expect from the guys with the little lamp!

I wanted to focus on one tiny aspect of this Blu-Ray which very few have mentioned (perhaps they don't know it's there!) and that is the calibration tool provided on this disk! Now, for the technophobes out there when you receive your HDTV it's all shiny and nice and the picture quality is most probably good. But in order to get the very most out of your Blu-Ray films and HD Games you need to play around with some of the more in-depth settings in your TV's menu. This can be confusing if you've never done it before however included in the special features of this disk is an easy to follow guide on how to do this! Spend 5 minutes tweaking the settings as you're told to by the disk and your viewing experience (Visual & Audio) will be GREATLY improved!

I think that this alone is a great reason to buy this blu-ray as some calibration disks can cost crazy amounts! So at the very least rent this blu-ray!

Once again, great film but a brilliant little tool that will change the way you view all of your films!

If you have any questions add a comment to this review and I'll get back to you ASAP!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RATATOUILLE [2007] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray], 3 July 2014
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RATATOUILLE [2007] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER – 2007 BEST ANIMATED FEATURE!

From the creators of 'Cars' and 'The Incredibles' brings to you an animated adventurous breakthrough hilarious comedy with something for everyone. With delightful characters, experience Paris from a new perspective, and savour a gourmet Blu-ray 3D experience for the first time ever!

In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy [Patton Oswalt], a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini [Lou Romano] set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.

Experience Ratatouille with the revolutionary clarity and spectacular audio enhancement. It’s a rare treat you’ll enjoy again and again. But a word of warning to you Blu-ray Collectors in North America, that this Blu-ray 3D is UK Exclusive, and is only available in the Region B/2 version.

FILM FACT: ‘Ratatouille’ was nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Animated Feature Film, which it won. At the time, the film held the record for the greatest number of Oscar nominations for a computer animated feature film. The film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards® including Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Film. The music for ‘Ratatouille’ gave Michael Giacchino his first Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Score as well as his first Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album.

Voice Cast: Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter Sohn, Peter O'Toole, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Julius Callahan, James Remar, John Ratzenberger, Teddy Newton, Tony Fucile, Jake Steinfeld, Brad Bird, Stéphane Roux, Jack Bird, Andrea Boerries, Marco Boerries, Lindsey Collins, Thomas Keller, Brad Lewis and Lori Richardson

Director: Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava (co-director)

Producers: Andrew Stanton, Brad Lewis, Galyn Susman and John Lasseter

Screenwriters: Brad Bird (original story), Jan Pinkava (original story) and Jim Capobianco (original story)

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Cinematography: Robert Anderson and Sharon Calahan

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital EX, English: 2.0 Dolby Digital, English: 2.0 Descriptive Video Service, English: 5.1 PCM EX, French: 5.1 DTS Digital Surround and German: 5.1 DTS Digital Surround

Subtitles: English SDH, French and German

Running Time: 111 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 2

Studio: PIXAR Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – When PIXAR first announced 'Ratatouille' as its next project, a lot of people were sceptical, especially an animated film about rats cooking in a French restaurant? It sounded completely unappetising and, to be blunt, like commercial suicide. How do you sell such a potentially sophisticated and just plain foreign concept to the American masses? As big a fan as I'd been of the company's stellar past work, I just couldn't see this one as being a hit.

But, oh ye of little faith! 'Ratatouille' proved to be the little rodent that could, not only surmounting its marketing challenges with ease (it's grossed nearly $600 million at the worldwide box office, and still counting), but proving to be 2007's most delightful surprise. It's an absolutely enchanting concoction and a movie so imaginative and delightful that yes, I would rank it right up there with the absolute best that PIXAR has yet produced.

'Ratatouille' 3D is deceptively sublime, a stunning film that appears as light as a soufflé but is really quite a sophisticated dish. Although the concept of a talking rat film is hardly anything new. PIXAR has never been interested in churning out the same old kind of frantic, cluttered, pop-culture-referencing stew that usually passes for an animated movie these days. Instead, under the mindful direction of Brad Bird who brought you 'The Incredibles' and 'The Iron Giant' we get a story that's downright literary, and a dynamic cinematic style that borrows from such a disparate bag of classical traditions, that frankly it's unlike anything I've ever seen in a mainstream animated feature. Who else but PIXAR could combine the slapstick farce of Charlie Chaplin, elegant visuals right out of a Seurat painting, and a Cyrano de Bergerac inspired tale about a bunch of chefs and rats cooking together, and somehow make it universally resonant?

In 'Ratatouille' 3D Brad Bird returns to two key themes he also explored in 'The Incredibles' and the importance of pursuing excellence over mediocrity, and the always-unbreakable bonds of family. 'Ratatouille' frames its story in the most unlikely of places, however, and with the most unlikely of heroes. Remy (voiced astonishingly well by comedian Patton Oswalt) is a blue rat blessed with one very cultured palate. He's smart, fastidious, talented and filled with grand dreams of being the world's greatest chef, much to the consternation of his slacker but still good-natured brother Emile [Peter Sohn] and his grizzled father Django [Brian Dennehy], who both find his determination to create culinary masterpieces a sure sign of madness.

Following an unexpected series of events that see Remy and his family evicted from their rural haven, the plot kicks into high gear, with Remy forced to escape through the sewers (in the first of one of many beautifully staged action sequences), and winding up in Paris. Following his nose as much as his ambition, he discovers a small restaurant once owned by the legendary chef Aususte Gusteau, whose famous motto ("Anyone can cook!") had an immediate influence on Remy. Sneaking in late one night to add a little spice to a soup, the next day the dish is suddenly a sensation.

This leads to the film's odd-couple pairing, as the restaurant's completely untalented garbage boy, Linguini [Lou Romano], is pegged as the chef of the soup. Desperate to keep his new star job, Linguini employs Remy's services as a "ghost chef," which leads to a classic series of complications. Can Remy and Linguini find a way to work together and avoid discovery? Things get even more complicated after Linguini falls for the kitchen's beautiful Colette [Janeane Garofalo], and a particularly nasty restaurant critic [a brilliant and terrific Peter O'Toole] begins asking one too many questions about the nature of the dish.

3D works on every level. It's funny and intelligent, wonderfully written and performed, and has an incredible visual zest and buoyancy. An exceptional attention to detail has always been a hallmark of the best Pixar films, and 'Ratatouille' is superlative even by their high standards. Bird, and his team of writers, animators and actors have fully conceived and executed a unique universe that feels alive and real. It's also a structural feat of engineering, with Bird effortlessly alternating between rodent and human perspectives. This is masterful storytelling, not just great animation or cute characters, and by the time 'Ratatouille's 111 minutes have flown by, we feel like we've only scratched the surface of this magical, fantastic new world.

Ultimately, what impressed me the most about 'Ratatouille' 3D is that it dares to be totally original. Once again, PIXAR has proven that it is not only by far the best producer of animated movies on the planet, especially now in the stunning 3D version, but it's a company that has no intention of resting on its creative laurels. I can only hope PIXAR continues to nurture these instincts, because for me, they've never stepped wrong. 'Ratatouille' 3D stands tall among ever-growing canon of PIXAR classics, and I can't wait to see what's next on their menu.

Blu-ray Video Quality – PIXAR and Disney presents 'Ratatouille' in a totally awesome 1080p 3D video image at its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.39:1, and every single pixel is, well totally perfect. This is simply the best 3D high-definition presentation I've ever seen of an animated feature, apart from the 3D ‘UP.’ A direct digital-to-digital conversion, the transfer is as delicious as the greatest French feast you've ever had. The film's colour palette is just absolutely gorgeous, with delicate shades of pinks, blues and greens contrasting wonderfully with deeper crimsons and purples. The finely-tuned shadings and gradients are so smoothly rendered that the image leaps off the screen. This is gloriously three-dimensional animation, and the sense of depth and texture to the image is exactly what high-definition is all about. All other elements of this presentation are superb as well as the blacks, contrast and sharpness are spot-on. Simply put the picture quality of this Blu-ray edition of 'Ratatouille' 3D is absolutely flawless.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track on this Blu-ray disc is absolutely stunning. 'Ratatouille' 3D is more warm and subtle, but no less engrossing. This is a perfect example of how fantastic great sound design can be and should be even when it's not ramming you over the head with bombast. This soundtrack is not unlike a great fine wine. From every word of dialogue to the wonderful score by Michael Giacchino, it all just seems to slide out of the speakers. Completely constructed in the studio, it's just so clean and smooth. The use of surrounds is just as elegant. Atmosphere is king here, with transparent pans between channels and excellent spatiality, which delivers a constant sense of envelopment yet is never overpowering. And lest one thinks dynamics might be wimpy, low bass is certainly deep enough when needed, especially waiting for the lightning bolt to hit the 2 rats on the roof, well really feel it, and the robust highs are equally wonderful. Dialogue is perfectly rendered, and I never even thought of touching the volume button on my remote.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Fine Food and Film [Feature Documentary] “Fine Food and Film” takes a look inside the kitchen of world-renowned chef Thomas Keller and the studio of Academy Award® winning director Brad Bird. Find out how these two artists get their ideas, inspire their crews and instil passion and creativity into their work.

Animated Shorts:

1. Your Friend The Rat: Rats are Disgusting? Or just misunderstood? Join Remy and Emile, as they attempt to persuade humanity that rats aren’t all that bad.

2. Lifted: A young alien student tests the patience of an increasingly weary instructor, as he attempts to abduct an innocently slumbering farmer in LIFTED, the comical latest short film from PIXAR Animated Studios.

Cine-Explore Features:

Animated Briefing: Behind-the-scenes individual videotaped segments featuring Brad Bird leading his story team through various meetings about a particular scene. Each runs between 3 and 5 minutes, and combine to make this is a very tight but comprehensive hour-long documentary. 13 Chapters.

Documentary Shorts: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Ratatouille. 10 Chapters.
Deleted Scenes: Early story explanations in scenes that were deleted from the final film. They are Chez Gusteau, First Day and Meet Gusteau.

Deleted Shots R.I.P.: A tribute to shots cut from the final film sequences left on the cutting room floor. Actually, this extra is a bit of a trick 'n treat, but I won't spoil the surprise, just watch it on your own and have a chuckle. 5 Chapters.

Gusteau’s Gourment Game: Anyone can cook, but are you talented enough to run Gusteau’s kitchen? I personally gave up on this, as it was far too complicated and they should of made it so much clearer on how to set up a meal?

Extras:

The Will: Here is short 3 minute vignette with composer Michael Giacchino, who offers the opportunity to see a scene with two different scores, the one that appears in the final version, and an alternate that was shelved.

Remembering Dan Lee: A very sweet 3 minute tribute to a young PIXAR animator who passed away during the making of 'Ratatouille.' Whose untimely death from cancer, cut short a really wonderful career.

Finally, 'Ratatouille' 3D stands tall among the tallest of PIXAR animation accomplishments. It's adventurous, witty, visually captivating and utterly charming. This Blu-ray release has now been brought to us in a stunning 3D presentation that is now even more fantastic, boasting absolutely stunning perfect 3D image and stunning audio, plus a great package of beautiful extras. As you will of seen I have reviewed loads of next-gen 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs over the last year and a half, and most of them have received a perfect five star rating overall, but I'm happy to report that 'Ratatouille' 3D has been added to my list of other stunning 3D Blu-ray presentations for me and of course PIXAR goes to the top of the list. This is a definite must-own disc that no Blu-ray Collection should be without. And as you will have read I had the stunning 'Ratatouille' 2D Limited Edition SteelBook, which has now disappeared and I now have upgraded to the ultimate 'Ratatouille' 3D version, that has exceeded my expectations in having the ultimate version and as usual PIXAR have done a very professional presentation and is up there on par with my PIXAR animation ‘UP’ Limited Edition SteelBook 3D Blu-ray and I can assure you that 'Ratatouille' 3D is totally stunning, and I cannot praise it enough, as it has awesome 3D images that will blow you away and it is such an honour to have another stunning PIXAR animation added to my ever increasing PIXAR Animation Studios Blu-ray Collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ratatouille, 27 Dec 2007
This review is from: Ratatouille - Limited Edition With Fridge Magnets (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] (DVD)
This was the best family film I saw all year in 2007. What seems at first a simple story about a rat who wants to cook, turns out in fact to be something more, deeper and more subtle. It was funny, charming, and also very touching. The animation was truly stunning and both my husband and children aged 5 and 8 loved it. Wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-ray 3D is Region B, 29 Aug 2014
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Loved the movie. The 3D is worth the money but the disc isn't listed correctly. It is Region B. Not Region Free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Endearing, 2 Jun 2009
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Mr. Bennett J. Dunn "Flaze" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ratatouille [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I really thought I'd hate this film when it came out; it looked to be just another piece of hyperbolic cartoon-animal silliness as is the trend these days. Happily though, the film was much more than this.

The premise is fairly simple: there is a rat, Remy, with refined gustatory senses who wants to cook and taste exquisite food rather than the muck his fellows eat. To this end, he contrives to enter a once reputable restaurant in Paris, prompted by the ghost(/figment of Remy's imagination) of the famous chef Gusteau (whom Remy deeply admires), who used to own that restaurant; and, after some complications, Remy ends up secretly showing the new (and inept) chef Linguini how to cook inspirational food once again.

The villains of the film are the bad-tempered, money pinching 'Skinner' (the present head of the restaurant), contemptuous of Linguini and jealous of his apparent culinary success; and the cold, opprobrious critic 'Ego' responsible for the restaurant's recent decline. Both are dealt with in quite different ways, but we find a sort of justificatory raison d'etre for the worse villain who in the end is 'not so bad'.

Ratatouille is engaging because of the criss-crossing of narrative threads: both Remy and Linguini have their own separate concerns as well as sharing in each others, but as the climax approaches, both sets of concerns touchingly (if a little predictably) resolve into the same aim.

However, a dominant 'strand' of the film is that talent can be found in any section of society (including rats!) and that it is not pretentiousness in fine cuisine that wins the day, but genuine and unaffected quality. This idea resonates very strongly at a deep level, which is incidentally why people like Susan Boyle and Paul Potts were so cherished on the tv show Britain's Got Talent, for they were exactly the kind of people the viewers were most impressed by.

In the same way, Remy is ultimately cherished not only for his natural talent, but for his driving determination to do (very well) what he loves best, and so help someone else who needs all the help he can get!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Treat, 15 Oct 2008
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Remy, an ambitious rat has always dreamed of making it as a top chef in France and after an accident, he winds up in the French Capital and helps nervous chef Linguini to create a name for himself.

Pixar have become the biggest animated company in the world, joining forces with Disney just after the millennium and though the companies have had their differences, there can be no question that they can still make fine cinematic viewing, which is evident with this 2007 Oscar winning animation.

The Incredibles director Brad Bird returns to Pixar and creates a wonderful sentimental story which takes a while to get into but leaves a smile on your face come the end.

The beginning is intriguing with the camera freezing right on a rat that has just dived out of the window away from a human and simply narrates "I should rethink my life a little" this little sentence along with a few other well scripted words helps paint the picture of what being a rat is like, and soon the audience is engulfed into a life of hardship, about looking like pests and living in a world of survival.

The plot is consistent but does take a while to get fully into as the characters are introduced slowly. Once the main ideology is set down about cooking and Linguini is introduced, does the plot pick up and we see a strong man and animal relationship develop which is highly likable and funny at times. Like other Pixar films the comedy is equally measured alongside a good plot and a heavy use of human emotions, for animals and humans.

A side issue of animal cruelty is evident towards the end and has a great twist to the evil side of the world, creating hope for the characters.

The comedy comes thick and fast during the middle of the film when Remy and Linguini meet and the sheer ideology of a rat cooking will provide plenty of giggles, if not as strong as Toy Story or Monsters Inc.

Pixar's animation is the at it's very best here with the graphics mouth watering and just keeps getting better throughout the 111 running time.

Ratatouille does rely on a few clichés but creates a wonderful atmosphere in doing so with good comedy and a feel good narrative which is healthy for the entire family

8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANIMATION AT THE LEVEL OF A WORK OF ART, 27 Jun 2014
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Robert Blenheim (Daytona Beach, Florida) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ratatouille [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Possibly the 2007 film that is closest to perfection is Pixar's "Ratatouille", an animated comedy that seems to focus on the story of a rat named Remy who has a sense of smell and a great talent for the culinary arts, and who becomes a secret chef at a French restaurant, managing to be a hit to the gourmets who don't know their chef is a rodent.

But something magical happens about half way through: The focus switches more to the story of the scullery kitchen lad and his fellow kitchen superiors (including the dominating Colette, voiced by Janeane Garofalo) and we realize that the human animal was really the film's main subject all along. Its visual look is like great French paintings and its animation state-of-the-art, thanks to directors Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, all set off by a wonderful music score that breathes life, love and Paris in every bar. Amazingly, the film's poetic setting contrasting the Parisian slums (the world of the rats) with the high-class restaurant for connoisseurs reminds one of the best of Ernst Lubitsch (like the romantic setting of the garbage scow in his 1932 "Trouble in Paradise"), but it is Lubitsch as if some Preston Sturges slapstick had wandered into it.

This is a marvelous, life-affirming masterpiece, and one of the two films of 2007 that uses food to express a deep and profound love of life.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and touching, 15 Feb 2008
This review is from: Ratatouille - Limited Edition With Fridge Magnets (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD] (DVD)
I was less than enthusiastic when my husband brought this one home, but what a magical few hours it turned out to be. I adored this tale of Remy, his wonderful clan, acerbic father, genial, dotty brother and all. The human characters were equally as warmly portrayed, genuinely likeable. The villains had a touch of style, too. And there were many moments that had myself and my husband laughing out loud, some of them very subtle. (I loved the fact that the rats, when threatened, ran TO the boats, for example. A fun twist on rats leaving sinking ships!) I even cried at the happy ending. One we'll watch again. Treat yourselves!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY BUY BUY !!!, 11 Feb 2008
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Buy this DVD. It is one you will watch again and again. For the cynics the story is predictable, but for the rest of us its how it gets there that matters. The detail is amazing, like one of the villains uses a somewhat rare French Facel Vega motor car. Perfect as a villains car. The romantic interest uses a powerful Motorbike. Perfect. The rest of the DVD and its detail almost brings the very smells of France, Paris and the food to life. I love the story, it plays well in these modern times,with modern villains. It might even get you to be inspired in the kitchen! Pixar and Disney have truly done it again.
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