REVIEW: We’re ‘un poco loco’ for the home release of COCO!
We’re not just un poco about Disney-Pixar’s COCO, we’re completely obsessed. With ugly crying on each subsequent viewing we were drawn in by the warmth, the beauty, and fantastic story about a young boy who discovers the importance of family through an awesome adventure through the Land of the Dead.
We were so excited to get the opportunity to review this home release and without further adieu, we’ll jump right in to look at the EXTENSIVE roster of bonus features attached to this picture.
Blu-ray Bonus Features
The Blu-ray disc offers a few features that you can enjoy along with the film.
- Filmmaker Commentary is an expected piece here as it’s been very clear that director Lee Unkrich was incredibly passionate about this project so getting to hear his perspectives throughout the film are certainly a welcome addition on this release. We also get commentary from Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
- Welcome to the Fiesta is an incredible piece used for initial exploration of the film’s unique environment, skeleton’s, and more. You can watch this with or without Commentary. I would advise WITH to hear from our same filmmaker commentary crew above. It’s also the longest single-shot piece of animation ever created at Pixar… and it was never intended to be used in the movie!
- Mi Familia is a really fun featurette that offers not just a funny piece at crew members and their family traditions, rules, and superstitions but also really shows the lengths that projects like this take to establish believable well-crafted worlds. We also get some great looks at the research trips to Mexico that helped influence filmmakers to create the unique visuals for this film.
- Dante is an expected piece exploring one of Disney-Pixar’s most memorable pooches! Bringing to life the Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dog came with its own bit of research and exploration and that’s what we see in this fun featurette.
- How to Draw a Skeleton is the last bit of extras on the disc before needing to jump digitally and that is a romp with Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga who gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
Digital Bonus Features
All the other bonus features that come with this release can only be accessed digitally or via the third disc in the set with just Bonus Features. This is really where you get into meat on the bones!
- A Thousand Pictures a Day is a 20-minute look at more of the research trips taken to Mexico for cast and crew to absorb the Mexican culture that they would ultimately bring to life on the big screen. There’s some really great looks here at what would eventually turn into the very romanticized take on the culture. As Lee Unkrich himself has stated, this film is intended to be a love letter to Mexico.
- The Music of “Coco” offers some really interesting tidbits about the gorgeous universal language shown in the film… the music! The 13 minute piece features a look at even more research for this film; this time with musicians of Mexico who also influenced the beautiful fusion of music used to give the story its unique DNA. I also wasn’t originally aware of the involvement by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez who created the iconic “Remember Me.”
- Land of Our Ancestors is another great piece featuring Unkrich talking about how Pixar artists were inspired by research trips to come up with the unique ways in which the vibrancy of the country influenced the Land of the Dead. It was very important that the world NOT feel scary.
- Fashion Through the Ages explores the lengths taken to bring the personal style to the characters both living and dead in the film. There was a lot of considerations to take, especially for the relatively novel approach of designing clothing for skeletons! It’s really a dizzying aspect of the film that you might not have even given a second glance when watching the movie. Not only that but this clothing had to DANCE! Lots and lots of great learnings in this piece.
- The Real Guitar takes a look at the majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. The guitar was initially designed by Pixar but then realized and hand-crafed by a master luthier.
- You Got the Part is a really, really, really, (did we mention REALLY) awesome featurette showing how temp/scratch voice artist for Miguel, Anthony Gonzalez, would actually become THE voice actor for the character. His reaction is adorable and his mother is tear-inducing. It’s a REALLY great extra!
- Paths to Pixar: “Coco” is a cool piece about the Latin film crew members on the project and their personal stories and paths to coming to work for Pixar.
- How to Make Papel Picado is a feature that the little ones should enjoy, it’s a demonstration with artist Ana Ramírez González to create papel picado which is used extensively in the film, including its opening sequence.
- Trailers and Promos takes a look at various marketing for the film including US, Mexican, and Brazilian clips. This section also includes Un Poco “Coco” with a montage of the original animation created to promote the film. You see these types of animations in special commercials and advertisements prior to the release of the film.
- Deleted Scenes with Introductions are a mandatory feature for any self-respecting home release and for these seven clips here, we once again have director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina to provide context. Here’s official descriptions of those scenes from Disney:
- Día de los Muertos – In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.
- The Way of the Riveras – A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.
- Celebrity Tour – Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.
- The Bus Escape – The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
- Alebrije Attack – Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
- The Family Fix – After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
- To the Bridge – As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.
See it for Yourself
The Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for Digital 4K Ultra HD or the 4K UHD Combo Pack, which includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy.
COCO on digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere and also on Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand is available now.