This release contains a lot of content, some old and repackaged, and some new. So much that it overflows onto a second “Bonus” Blu-ray - much of the original DVD Collectors Edition content can be found here. One interesting feature that can be found spanning both discs are scenes called Aquariums. They can be accessed via a menu selection or a fish symbol found on the bottom of all menus. They’re nice to watch and really show off the high definition that Blu-ray provides. But only one scene has fish in it, which I sort of felt was disappointing.
There’s a Filmmaker’s Roundtable feature where 10 years later Stanton, Unkrich, and their team sit around a table and literally talk about the movie and some of the decisions they made and why. Stanton discusses how he was trying to invoke the same sort of feelings as when Bambi loses his mother. They take a look back at their research trip to Sydney and how they did scuba diving on the great barrier reef. In a moment of excitement they discuss how excited they were when the seagulls found their characteristic “Mine!”
Reinventing the Submarine Voyage discusses the history and recreation of the Submarine Voyage ride in Disneyland to the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. You get to see the creation of the submarines themselves and how they were built at a real shipyard. A look back at the live mermaids that used to swim around in the lagoon. And how they decided to close the ride until they could come up with a way to re-invent it. This was almost done when Atlantis: The Lost Empire came out, but was abandoned when the movie didn’t do well in theaters. After a nautical engineer inspected the old subs and said they had at least 50 more years of use they were re-invigorated. And how when Finding Nemo came out, the deal was sealed.
You can watch via storyboards an Alternate Opening to the movie that consists of Marlin watching over Nemo as he sleeps. There’s also a piece called A Lesson in Flashbacks where Andrew Stanton discusses how his original idea for the movie was to tell Marlin’s story up until the point where Coral dies as a series of flashbacks throughout the movie. The idea is still one he hopes to use one day, but it was abandoned when it didn’t play well with audiences.
On the Bonus disc you will find Mr. Ray’s Encyclopedia an interactive book where you can learn about the real life counterparts of the fish stars of the movie. In addition to a number of production outtakes you will also find a Glenn McQueen Tribute about the Pixar team member who died during the production of Finding Nemo and where Lightning McQueen gets his last name. And don’t miss the commercial for the Aquascum 2003.
If you don’t already own a copy of Finding Nemo, but want to, this is a great release to grab a copy of. It is chock full of content that will have you watching and listening for a while. If you’re like me it makes an excellent high definition upgrade. Finding Nemo itself is just a great movie all around and you really can’t go wrong owning a copy of it.