In June, the latest Pixar beauty charmed viewers as “Luca” arrived on Disney+ with a tale of friendship and adventure. Now, just six weeks later the animated delight is set to make its physical debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on August 3.
After a series of recent tearjerkers from the studio in “Soul” and “Onward,” “Luca’ diverts from the recent Pixar pattern for a simple coming-of-age story that will leave audiences smiling from start to finish. Starring the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer and Emma Berman, “Luca” tells the story of two young boys, Luca (Tremblay) and Alberto (Grazer), as they spend the summer exploring the seaside town of Portorosso and making friends with Giulia (Berman). Only, the boys’ summer of fun is held back by their darkest secret: they’re actually sea monsters in disguise.
The film’s heavy emphasis on the importance of friendship is only further reinforced on this home release, as the bonus features dive deep into the characters’ relationships and explore the idea that we all know, or are, a real-life Luca, Alberto or Giulia. The bonus content also includes over 30 minutes of deleted scenes from the film, including two alternate openings. While it’s clear the best version made its way into the final product, the two “what-ifs” provide an interesting twist on what could have been. The scenes are not fully animated sequences, but instead call somewhere in between storyboards and cartoons, but each delivers a fun and informative bit of context to the full film.
Let’s take a look at everything the home release has to offer.
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
- Our Italian Inspiration – Experience the joy of discovery as Pixar artists travel to Cinque Terre, Italy, to absorb the beauty and culture of the coastal region which inspired the characters and the quintessential Italian backdrop of “Luca.” (14:21)
- Secretly A Sea Monster – Explore the artistry and technical innovation of Luca’s transformation from sea monster to human, and how the theme of transformation is central to the emotional journey of the main characters. (12:23)
- Best Friends – Best friends can challenge us, inspire us, annoy us, and encourage us. The cast and crew of “Luca” share their own stories about how besties influenced their lives, and how those experiences informed the creation of screen pals Luca, Alberto and Giulia. (7:15)
- Deleted Scenes (30:30)
- Introduction – Director Enrico Casarosa introduces scenes not included in the final version of “Luca.”
- Starfish Hunt (Alternate Opening) – Luca explores the shore and the sea, gathering mussels and starfish, in this serene alternate opening to the film.
- Isola Del Mare (Alternate Opening) – Luca welcomes viewers to the quiet island he calls home.
- Festa Del Mare – The boys go to a festival filled with fun … and danger.
- Here Comes Giulia – Giulia explores Isola Del Mare, where she meets Luca and Alberto, and asks so many questions.
- Gelato Trouble – Giulia offers to treat Luca and Alberto to something called “gelato.”
- Sea Monster Cannery – Luca dreams about a magical place filled with Vespas and gelato, but things aren’t quite what they seem.
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.