The criteria collection has been one of the leaders in high-end home video since 1984. During these 35+ years, they have released hundreds of films on laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray and 4K, covering every imaginable genre, style and international cinema. But Criterion has never released a Disney or Pixar film before.
The first ever will be the autumn 4K release of WALL E, one of Pixar’s most beloved films, with the story of a small robot cleaning up what’s left of an abandoned, dystopian Earth. The new Kriterium edition of Wall E was overseen and approved by director Andrew Stanton and comes with a number of special features including…
- 4K digital master, approved by director Andrew Stanton, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
- Two audio commentaries: one with Stanton and the other, character supervisor Bill Wise, co-producer Lindsey Collins, story artist Derek Thompson and lead animator Angus MacLane
New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influences and production designer Ralph Eggleston’s color scripts
- Tour of the Pixar Living Archive with Stanton
- Go behind the scenes of the making of the film, including segments from early animation reels
- The Pixar Story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
- More than a dozen documentaries exploring the film’s production and robots
- Anatomy of a Scene: The Plant, a master class with Stanton
- “WALL-E”: A to Z, a new show with Stanton and co-writer Jim Reardon
- Deleted scenes with commentary by Stanton
- A Story (1987), a student film by Stanton
- BURN-E (2008), a short film by MacLane
Here is the cover art for the disc by Jason Raish:
It’s not like WALL E wasn’t already available on a variety of home video formats — you can watch it right now on Disney+ if you’re a subscriber — but Criterion’s discs are a cut above the rest. More importantly, if Disney and Pixar are now working with Criterion, it opens the door to many more potential Criterion releases of Disney classics with the kind of in-depth special features and extras that you generally can not find streaming or most standard home video releases. The possibilities there are really exciting.
The Criterion Collection 4K UHD Edition of WALL E will be available on November 22.