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'Cars' spin-off 'Planes' releases on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital

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'Planes' Blu-ray

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If you have a franchise that people love and you know it, there's only one thing to do. Exploit it by coming up with ways to expand on the concept to maximize the amount of money you can make from it. Disney took its "Cars" series into the sky with the Pixar-less "Planes" and instead of soaring high, the movie coasted along the lower atmosphere. With its release on Blu-ray and DVD, the film gets another chance to charm families in the comfort of their own homes.

A crop-dusting plane named Rusty (Dane Cook) dreams of being a racer. There's only one problem with this: he's afraid of heights. A veteran fighter named Skipper (Stacy Keach) takes Dusty under his wing and trains him to enter a prestigious race. Dusty's determination to participate in the event inspires his competitors to either love or hate him, leaving the outcome of the contest a mystery.

"Planes" is presented in 1080p high-resolution at its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The picture is clean and the color palette makes each character and its surroundings pop out of the screen at you. Would we expect any less from the ever-resourceful Disney studios?

The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound for "Planes" puts home viewers right in the middle of all the action. You'll be flying high on cloud nine as the sonic blasts of racing planes and the energetic soundtrack blend together to thrill the senses. Coupled with the exceptional animation, the stunning audio quality will complete a phenomenal family experience.

The "Planes" Blu-ray comes with a few special features. It contains deleted scenes, one of which is a completed musical scene. There's also making-of and "Meet the Racers" featurettes. An educational featurette which counts down the top 10 real-life fliers rounds out the bonus material.

Those expecting Pixar animation quality from "Planes" will no doubt be disappointed. It doesn't have the same essence and depth audiences have come to expect from the studio that brought us "Cars," "Toy Story," and "The Incredibles." However, it will please the target demographic it was designed to. Parents might be disappointed in its presentation, but children won't notice the difference as they're captivated by the excitement on the screen.

"Planes" is available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

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