Movie Review: The Secret Life Of Pets Blu-ray Combo Pack

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The Secret Life of Pets features the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. The film was directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney.

Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?” The movie follows Max (Louis C.K.), a spoiled terrior that lives a comfortable life with Katie (Ellie Kemper), his female owner in a New York apartment building. Max also has a lot of animal friends that live in the building and they all visit each other when their owners are away. What happens is, his owner ends up adopting Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a long-haired giant and Max has a hard time warming up to the big mutt at first. Duke also isn’t as well mannered as Max is and it gets on his nerves sometimes. The two end up getting loose while being walked in the park and they get into all kinds of crazy trouble. In their furry adventure, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats as well as Snowball the rabbit (Kevin Hart) and his rebel band of sewer rejects that want to get back at humanity for abandoning them. They’re also contuniously on the run from animal control that chases them throughout the big city. It’s a wild adventure that lasts all day long but the two eventually find their way back home and ultimately become friends.

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Well, so far Illumination and Universal have a winning formula when it comes to animated movies that just keeps on entertaining. I really enjoyed the story that was about friendship as well as imagining and exageratting what our pets might be doing when we’re not at home. There’s a headbanging poodle in the movie! Max and Duke don’t hit it off in the beginning but as their adventure plays out, Max discovers that Duke hasn’t had the good life that he’s been fortunate enough to have and he eventually warms up to the big mutt and the two ultimately become good friends.

The movie also has a wonderful supporting cast of characters that all contribute to the lighthearted story. Snowball is one of the funniest animated characters to come along in a while. He has that whole “little man syndrome” if you know what I mean. As far as the animation goes, it’s the trademark look and style that Illumination is now known for. Each character has their own unique look and appearance courtesy of the amazing artists who do such an amazing job. To go along with that are some silly attitudes and personalities that are all brought to life by the talented voice cast.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs are plain with no artwork and only feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. There’s also a sticker sheet included with this Blu-ray Combo Pack that features eight of the main characters.

Bottom line is, The Secret Life of Pets ended up being a wonderful animated comedy that I completely enjoyed from beginning to end. It’s no surprise that this was the top-grossing movie in the U.S. this year because it has a little something for everyone and really is that entertaining. Big kids and little kids alike can sit down and enjoy this charming family friendly animated comedy. Director Chris Renaud and co-directer Yarrow Cheney were able to capture so much magic with these interesting animals that it left me wanting more. So yeah, I hope we get a sequel or many sequels to this hilarious movie! This release is also packed with some impressive extras that include three new mini-movies. The fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures will release on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on December 6th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos TrueHD /DD-DVS 2.0 / French DD 5.1 / Spanish DD 7.1

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English DD 5.1 / DVS DD 2.0 / French and Spanish DD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include nearly an hour of bonus content that includes three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie and Mower Minions.

  • The Humans that Brought You Pets – Producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, and writer Brian Lynch discuss what went into creating The Secret Life of Pet’s compelling characters and non-stop action. (08:43)
  • Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors – The comedy superstars who give voice to the film’s menagerie of characters talk about their roles and the process of bringing them to life. (03:47)
  • All About The Pets – Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet, with the help of animal trainer Molly Mignon O’Neill take you on an educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets. (06:26)
  • Hairstylist To The Dogs – Inspired by “Hairspray Live!,” Eric Stonestreet, with the help of a professional dog groomer Jess Rona, will take you through the basic steps to help your pups look as awesome as possible when they’re hanging out with their pet pals. (03:41)
  • How to Make an Animated Film – A behind-the-scenes look at how to make an animated film from the various departments that make up Illumination. (04:13)
  • Anatomy of a Scene – Filmmakers and animators take us through the multi-step process it takes to create a specific scene in the Secret Life of Pets (04:46)
  • The Best Of Snowball – A rapid-fire, fun and oddly musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners (01:15)
  • “Lovely Day” Lyric Video (02:23)
  • Hot Dog Sing-Along – Join Max and Duke as they perform for their dinner in the sausage factory. This straightforward sing along is fun for the whole family to enjoy. (01:12)
  • Fandango: Brian the Minion on Pets – Part 1. (00:57) Part 2. (00:53) Part 3. (00:56)
  • GoPro®: The Secret Life of Pets (02:04)
  • Sing Trailer (04:02)
  • Mini-MoviesNorman Television (04:01) – Weenie (04:05) – Mower Minions (04:27)
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies – A fun and interesting take on the Making of the Mini-Movies – we’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them. (07:23)

 

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