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Published on August 22nd, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella


‘Brave’ Blu-Ray & DVD Release Date and Details announced

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Disney • Pixar’s Brave was one of the biggest animated films at the box office this year and even though we felt it was well short of what we expected out of a Pixar film, the film was still a satisfactory escape for those who’ve enjoyed Disney films in recent years, made outside of the Pixar studio that is. We were looking for a coming of age journey of a princess and we instead saw the multi-layered relationships within one royal family–in particular between a mother and daughter– as well as the traditions, both old and new that kept it strong. The Blu-ray and DVD release on November 13 may help make up for the film because there’s a lot on it to keep the kids (of age and of heart) busy. And for anyone who loves the craft of animation knows that these Pixar releases are must-own study/inspiration tools.

EDITOR’S PICK: Listen to our podcast on Brave

There are three ways to bring Brave home: a 5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (with DVD, 3D Blu-Ray, and Digital Copy), a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (with the DVD), and a 1-Disc DVD. A detailed list of what extras come with each package. While we’re not one to steer anyone towards 3D or Digital copy discs, we’d definitely steer clear of the single disc DVD given the treasure trove of extras on the Blu-ray, plus you get the DVD.

Some of the extras that should be worth checking out are the director’s commentary“The Legend of Mor’du” Short, which is all-new original short film, “La Luna” Theatrical Shortthat accompanied the film in theaters, Brave Old Worldwhere the production team travels to Scotland to soak in the culture and people to nail the look of the country (always my favorite on these Pixar releases), and Wonder Moss, where the animators show what they did to reproduce the lush, green look of Scotland. Sounds a lot like the blu-ray release of Up.

Below the blu-ray cover art is a listing of the extras on each version of the release and tech specs of each version of the film.

brave blu-ray release

(BD 3D + BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD + DIGITAL COPY)


  BLU-RAY – DISC 1  Extras:

  • “La Luna” Theatrical Short – Fans will love this charming short that accompanied the film in theatres.  It follows a young boy on his first night working the family business alongside his father and grandfather.
  • “The Legend of Mor’du” Short – This rousing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the legend behind Mordu, as told by the eccentric witch who transformed him.
  • Brave Old World – Fans will watch as members of the “Brave” production team investigate Scotland, exploring its land, culture, people and dialects. The research they gathered was brought thrillingly to life in the film.  Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.
  • Merida & Elinor – With the creation of Merida and Elinor, the Pixar filmmakers delved deep into the relationship between mother and daughter. Highlighting contrasts in character design, clothing, animation, voicing, even hairstyle, watch how the filmmakers explored this most important of relationships.
  • Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in “Brave.” Each of the bears, gentle Mum-Bear and terrifying Mor’du, demanded a different approach to creating their physical appearance and personality.
  • Brawl in the Hall – A fascinating and hilarious inside look at the process of creating “Brave’s” fighting Scots, through animation, crowd simulation and fight choreography – not to mention a room full of grunting men whose vocal chortles added authenticity to the raucous scene.
  • Wonder Moss – Fans will explore how “Brave’s” technical artists examined the real Scottish countryside and studied the laws of nature, then turned these findings into computer codes that would blanket Merida’s Scotland in lush moss, lichen and bracken.
  • Magic –The magic and mystery of  Scotland is revealed to fans in this charming feature about the legends – from mystical potions to the will-o’-the-wisps – seen in “Brave.”
  • Clan Pixar – At Pixar, getting into character is a team effort. From making Haggis to Kilt Fridays to celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the “Brave” production crew truly embraced Scottish themes and customs fueled the Pixar crew throughout the creation of “Brave.”
  • Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evolution of the storylines throughout the production of the film, including alternative openings to the film and many deleted scenes.
  • Extended Scenes – Three separate scenes are highlighted in their extended form. Director Mark Andrews discusses the decision making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes.
  • Director Commentary

BLU-RAY DISC 2 Extras:

  • “Fergus & Mor’du” An Alternate Opening – Once upon a time, “Brave” had a different opening scene. Eventually cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus feature narrated by the film’s director Mark Andrews.
  • Fallen Warriors Montage – A selection of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in production are presented to fans in various stages of completion through a video montage narrated by director Mark Andrews.
  • Dirty Hairy People – Fans will enjoy this uproarious bonus feature discussing the development of “Brave’s” Scots – including the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.
  • It is English…Sort Of – This bonus feature helps fans interpret some of the more Scottish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scottish actors who play the key characters and contributed their own dialects and sayings. 
  • Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted companion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.
  • The Tapestry – Fans will learn the story behind this embroidered emblem of family unity, which was lovingly crafted by “Brave’s” team of artists.
  • Promotional Pieces – This bonus includes promotional clips for “Brave,” including: “Feast Yer Eyes,” “Relics,” “Clan DunBroch,” “Launch,” and more.
  • Art Gallery – A selection of breathtaking art from the creation of the film, showcasing characters, sets, scenes and stunning landscapes.
  • Wee Gaffes – A video montage of simulation, animation and shot bloopers.
  • Renaissance Animation Man – Get a look at Director Mark Andrews’ love of Scotland, sword-fighting, music and more!
  • Teasers and Sneak Peeks

  BLU-RAY 3D DISC Extras:

  • “La Luna” Theatrical Short

BD Feature Disc 1 (See above) + BD Supplemental Material Disc 2 (See above) + DVD (See below)
1-DISC DVD Extras

DVD Includes:

  • “La Luna” Theatrical Short
  • “The Legend of Mordu” All-New Short
  • Director Commentary

Technical Specifications (applies to film content only):

Brave Blu-ray 3D Feature Film
Resolution: 1080p HD
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Sound: 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Near Field Mix, French 7.1  Dolby Digital Plus, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles, English Commentary 2.0 Dolby Digital

Brave Blu-ray Feature Film
Resolution: 1080p HD
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Sound: 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Near Field Mix, French 7.1  Dolby Digital Plus, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles, English Commentary 2.0 Dolby Digital

Brave DVD Feature Film
Resolution: 1080p HD
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Enhanced for 16×9 televisions)
Sound: English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Near Field Mix, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Commentary 2.0 Dolby Digital

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