The high mark for me of seeing any movie in a theater these days is whether or not I want to buy it when it comes out on DVD a few months later. There's never any doubt in my mind when it comes to a Pixar film, and WALL • E is no exception. It's out as of today on DVD, and you really haven't seen it until you've seen it on an HDTV in Blu-ray.
I have a slightly inferior set-up at home, mainly due to the fact that I bought a cheaper HDTV about 3 years ago and I don't have a true HDMI connection, but even on my set, WALL • E was incredible. Vivid colors, crisp, precise textures, the grain of the dirt on earth, the twinkle of the stars in space: it's all amazing on Blu-ray. If you're smart and brave the store wars on Black Friday next week, I'm sure you'll find some great deals on Blu-ray players and HDTVs. Do yourself a favor--providing you're not heavily invested in the stock market, and still gainfully employed--and invest in a Blu-ray player and a new HDTV. After all, all broadcast TV and cable networks must start sending out a digital signal as of February, so you might as well beat the rush now. And if you do so, do yourself a bonus move and make that first Blu-ray DVD a Pixar one. In addition to WALL • E, you can also get Cars, Ratatouille, or the Pixar Short Film Collection. Don't worry...everything else by them will be available in the years ahead, as this still-new format is perfected. In addition to the original film, you also get the great short Presto, which was with the movie in its original theatrical release, plus a brand new short, BURN • E. A second disc features the documentary The Pixar Story.
You can read my original review of WALL • E by clicking here. Nothing has changed in my assessment of this wonderful, beautiful, and touching film, one of Pixar's best (and when they're all Grade A movies, that's saying a lot), except to add it's even better at home.