Wreck-It Ralph may have lost to Disney's sister Pixar and their film Brave for the Best Animated Film Oscar, but that takes nothing away from the incredible story that is Disney's most recent film.
When it arrived in theaters, it was accompanied by the Oscar-winning short film Paperman (check out the Paperman full movie) and that instant classic is also on the DVD and Blu-Ray of Wreck-It Ralph. That is simply the beginning of the bounty of bonus features that are sure to thrill.
Shown off in the Wreck-It Ralph trailer, John C. Reilly is the title character, an 8-bit video game villain who decides, as his game -- Fix-It Felix -- celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, that there must be more to life than video game villainy. Sure, he has his Bad-Anon meetings. They are not helping. And worse, as the citizens of his game continue to ignore him and loathe his mere presence, he learns what he believes is the key to acceptance. Fix-It Felix gets a medal at the end of every victorious game. Wreck-It Ralph needs a medal.
Since he won't get it in his game, he leaves and explores the greater arcade. Traveling through the wires that connect all the games (known as Game Central), he finds that his 8-bit world is a relic and things in video games have changed greatly. Our favorite Wreck-It Ralph quotes have to be: "When did video games become so violent?"
One of the biggest treats of any Disney DVD and Blu-Ray is the attention to detail they put into pumping up the extras on a home video release. Wreck-It Ralph is no different. Want proof of their perfection? Check out this Blu-Ray/DVD extra about creating an 8-bit video game world:
That kind of excellence is rarely seen in the world of bonus features. That is merely the tip of the proverbial home video iceberg with Wreck-It Ralph. This should set the standard for all Mouse House projects going forward in terms of behind-the-scenes action. The look inside Ralph's world is intense.
The doc Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds Wreck-It Ralph is as detailed a look at the filmmaking process for animated films as we've seen in some time. The featurette takes viewers to the various worlds of the film including Game Central Station, Sugar Rush, Hero's Duty and Fix-It Ralph.
Fans of gaming will treasure the commercials created specifically for the home video release for the various arcade games featured in the film. Also quite special is the DisneyIntermission feature, The Gamer's Guide to Wreck-It Ralph. When pausing the main feature, host Chris Hardwick appears to offer viewers 10 different video avenues to go on that explore further the real-world video game references made throughout the smartly crafted film. To paraphrase Coolio and his hit song, it's like you're living in gamer's paradise!
Wreck-It Ralph is already available in HD Digital and HD Digital 3D and makes its debut March 5 on DVD, Blu-Ray and Video on Demand. For more on the film itself, check out our Wreck-It Ralph review.