A Bug's Life
Disney / 1998 / 91 Mins / Rated G


MOVIE
A Bug's Life is pure classic Disney. Made by Pixar of Toy Story fame it's the story of a group of ants who are being bullied by a group of grasshoppers. One lone ant named Flick goes into a wonderfully constructed ant version of New York to hire "warrior bugs" to stop the grasshoppers. Once they arrive at the ant colony Flick realizes that they are not "warrior bugs" but circus clowns. Now Flick and his new friends have to come up with a plan to beat the grasshoppers at their own game.
VIDEO
This has to be the best transfer seen on DVD, EVER! Created directly from the original digital source without the intervention of film, A Bug's Life looks absolutely sensational. There were no MPEG artifacts whatsoever and film artifacts did not exist as this was a digital transfer. Shadow detail was sensational and the colors were exceptional. This is far and above reference quality!

Side A of A Bug's Life is framed at a 4:3 full frame version and side B is framed at the original 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an flipper disc, but the flip only separates the two different versions so this is acceptable.

AUDIO
A very nice 5.1 track that is very immersive. The surrounds get some good use as does the .1 subwoofer channel. Sound steering was sensational as is expected as A1 sound designer Gary Rydstrom was responsible for this soundtrack.
EXTRAS
Amazingly this Buena Vista disc has extras, not many mind you but it's a start.

Outtakes - Two sets of quite funny outtakes that run nearly 3 minutes.

Short Feature - Geri's Game is a short Oscar winning film about an old man who plays Chess by himself in a New York park. Great!

Subtitles - Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
An outstanding disc of reference quality. Get it today!

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 02 Jul 2000 22:54:36 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating G
Running Time: 91 Mins
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 24/9/1999
Catalog Number: 34631
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Buena Vista
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 37
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio:

Side A: 4:3
Side B: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: Outtakes (2)
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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