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DVD Review: “Up (Blu-ray Combo Pack)”

(Disney. 4 discs. 1 hour, 29 minutes. Rated PG for some peril and action. Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson.) Voices of Ed Asner (Carl Fredericksen), Jordan Nagai (Russell), Christopher Plummer (Charles Muntz), John Ratzerberger (Tom), Delroy Lindo (Beta), Bob Peterson (Dug/Alpha). Music by Michael Giacchino.

Cuddly entry from Disney/Pixar earned close to $300 million at the domestic box office. It must be my advancing age, but I’m identifying more with curmudgeons. Carl (perfectly voiced by Asner) is a retired balloon salesman, lonely and grouchy after his wife has died. To avoid being shipped off to a retirement home, he attaches about a thousand balloons to his house and flies to South America to realize a lifelong dream. He doesn’t realize that he has a stowaway: a persistent, annoying 8-year-old named Russell. You’ll also meet Dug, the goofy golden retriever who just wants a master; Kevin, the 13-foot-tall bird with a penchant for chocolate; and Muntz, a (human) explorer who once inspired Carl in his youth. Endearing characters help keep this sentimental story aloft. UP doesn’t surpass my top three Pixars (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles), but it’s enjoyable. Comes in a four-disc Combo Pack which includes Blu-ray + bonus features (including 8 featurettes), DVD, and digital copies. The theatrical short, Partly Cloudy, is pretty good; the bonus short, Dug’s Special Mission, plays like an UP outtake. Also available in two-disc DVD.

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