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WALL-E will be the first Disney film in the Criterion Collection


Home video company Criterion announced Thursday a feature from Pixar Animation Studios VAL-I will join the Criterion Collection in November as the first Disney or Pixar film to receive a Criterion release. The Criterion Edition will be released on November 22nd, with pre-orders opening on October 18th.

Criterion, a curatorial company that preserves, restores and releases films of special cultural significance and importance from around the world, has almost no animated films on its roster. VAL-I to join Watership DownFrench science fiction film Fantastic planetand Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox in the company’s limited line of animated films. In addition to being the first film by Disney or Pixar, WALL-E is the only CG-animated film currently in the company library.

VAL-I was a landmark film for Pixar. The story of a tiny robot garbage compactor left on a polluted, abandoned Earth, it was widely acclaimed upon its release in 2008 for its extraordinary guile and confidence, directed by Andrew Stanton (also director Finding Nemo and Finding Doraand screenwriter of all four Toy Story films) and his co-writer Jim Reardon, starting the story at 40 minutes with almost no dialogue and carving out time in the story’s increasingly fast pace for lyrical visual moments like a zero-gravity robot dancing in space.

As usual for Criterion, the company plans to release the film with a variety of extras, including new commentaries, essays, behind-the-scenes documentaries and more. Here’s a full list of features courtesy of Criterion:

  • 4K digital master approved by director Andrew Stanton with Dolby Atmos soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc with the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+ and two Blu-ray discs with the film and special features
  • Alternative 5.1 surround sound DTS-HD Master Audio and stereo soundtracks
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring Stanton and the other featuring character supervisor Bill Wise, co-producer Lindsay Collins, story artist Derek Thompson, and lead animator Angus McLain
  • New programs on Stanton’s cinematic influence and color scripts by production designer Ralph Eggleston
  • Pixar Living Archives Tour with Stanton
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, including clips from early animated films
  • A Pixar story (2007), a documentary by Leslie Iwerks
  • More than a dozen documentaries about the production of the film and robots
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Plantmaster class with Stanton
  • WALL•I”: A to Z, a new program featuring Stanton and co-writer Jim Reardon
  • Deleted scenes with Stanton’s commentary
  • History (1987), Stanton’s student film
  • BURNING•E (2008), a short film by MacLaine
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Descriptive sound in English
  • PLUS: Essay by Sam Wasson; selections from Stanton’s scrapbooks, script notes, and drawings; and works of art from Art WALL•I team
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