WALL-E joins the Criterion Collection

WALL-E, Pixar’s 2008 masterpiece, is added to the Criterion Collection, a curated list of films considered “significant classic and contemporary films.” Its induction means the film is getting a special 4K Blu-ray edition, which comes with a bunch of extras.

It’s not the first time the film has been available in 4K, but – and I’m sorry to be that person – the Criterion release cover art is so much better than the standard 4K Blu-rays, in my opinion. It may also have a slightly better HDR master (it comes with Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 Plus versions, compared to the standard HDR10 for the regular version), and its three-disc set includes things like a student film directed by the director Andrew Stanton, a Pixar documentary, script notes and production artwork.

Seriously, this is such a fun cover.
Image: Criterion

As Polygon“, points out Tasha Robinson, WALL-E is the first Disney/Pixar film introduced in the collection, and is one of the few animated films selected by Criterion. Personally, it’s hard to think of a more deserving Pixar film; despite being extremely short on dialogue, it is able to capture the attention of children and adults alike (although for different reasons – I first saw it when I was nine and I loved the adorable robots; nowadays I look at it more as a cautionary tale mixed with the most wholesome love story ever).

WALL-E will be available from Criterion on November 22, alongside a 4K restoration by Spike Lee Malcolm Xwhich is another excellent — but very different — movie.


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