I have to be honest, at 47 years old, Wall E isn't normally the kind of film I would spend my hard earned on. I didn't go and see it at the cinema despite my wife urging me to do so, and didn't even give it a second thought as a serious movie for a serious movie goer.
Ok I will eat humble pie right now. Despite being prominently a movie for children, Wall E has a serious message and stands out as a landmark piece of cinema. It's a story of our planet Earth laid to waste and abandoned, of humanity allowing itself to become dependant on machines over a period of 700 years to the point where evolution has taken charge and transformed man into a helpless obese state.
It's also a love story of sorts and delivers the feelgood factor from start to finish. Wall E is the star of the show, a loveable but lonely robot with a superb work ethic who is slowly clearing the Earth of the rubbish that the humans left behind. Wall E is rescued from his solitude when he discovers the last green plant on Earth, a discovery that activates the interest of a survey ship carrying EVE, a survey robot, who Wall E develops a relationship with.
Without spoiling the plot Wall E,s discovery results in the recolonisation of Earth by humanity and a superb climax which continues into the end credits (so watch it to the very end.)
Visually Wall E is incredible in Blu Ray Hi def. At times it is hard to believe that you are watching animation with incredible detail, photo realistic landscapes and a feeling that the whole movie could have been shot on film and not created on a computer.
Colours are deep and involving, blacks are solid and even though many of the Earth bound shots are in a dusty city none of the detail is false or artificially rendered. Absolutely beautiful to watch.
The audio is similarly involving and is actually DOLBY DTS 6.1 ES, not 5.1 as stated on the box. The soundtrack to the film is a mixture of original songs and other music that everyone will recognise. Featuring heavily in the flim "Hello Dolly" starring of all people Michael Crawford. The songs from this film are on Wall E,s favourite (and only) VHS tape and I was absolutely fascinated to see that Crawford doesn't even get a credit at the end.
Overall this is a masterpiece or digital film making without a pixel out of place (a direct quote from Pixar's advertising campaign) with a totally absorbing soundtrack and an end credit soundtrack (penned by Peter Gabriel) which was worth the money alone.
In my opinion a must own Blu Ray film and a huge step forward in Hi Def home cinema.