PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE
When a damaged gearbox ends his racing career, world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (the voice of Dane Cook) decides to try aerial firefighting. Training with a fire and rescue team, Dusty learns what it takes to fight a life-threatening wildfire. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" provides some laughs and a few thrills in this worthy sequel to "Planes", but this isn't high praise because the original was just a mild attempt to cash in on the popularity of "Cars". Mostly for the kids, there are a couple of frightening moments for the small ones in the family. The colorful animation and Brad Paisley singing may also please some adults.
Flying into home video on 11/4/2014, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition of "Planes: Fire & Rescue" contains a spectacular transfer of the movie that equals the theatrical experience with its 1080p video and 7.1 DTS-HD soundtrack. For fans of this film, there are enough bonus features to make this a worthwhile purchase. A delightful new animated short, "Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular", is almost worth the price alone. Other extras include "Air Attack", a short about real firefighters, and "Welcome to Piston Peak!" - a brief "promotional" travelogue. There's also a fake "CHoPs" TV promo, deleted scenes, the "Still I Fly" music video and more surprises. Sure to entertain the youngsters for hours, this animated adventure still fails to rise above the level of "Cars".