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Video Verdict: ‘Brave,’ ‘Savages,’ ‘The Watch’

The main character in “Brave” is Merida, a feisty Scottish princess who favors archery over the traditional duties of a royal lady.

This week’s new home video releases include a gritty crime drama from director Oliver Stone, an uneven comedy featuring Ben Stiller and a terrific animated movie from the geniuses at Pixar.

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‘Up’ avoids gimmicky 3D

Carl Frederickson launches his house into the sky in the movie "Up."

Carl Frederickson launches his house into the sky in the movie "Up."

Don’t go to Pixar Animation Studio’s first 3-D feature expecting things to fly out of the screen and hover in your face. That’s not going to happen.

“Our job is to make the audience forget they’re at the movies, as opposed to reminding them they’re watching a movie,” said producer Jonas Rivera. “We treated the screen more like a window looking in, you know, almost like a diorama. That just felt right.”

In other words, the 3-D version of “Up,” opening nationwide Friday, gives the action extra dimension, but it isn’t filled with typical 3-D gimmicks.

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Ed Asner helps ‘Up’ soar

Actor Ed Asner, left, and producer Jonas Rivera work on the vocal track for "Up."

Actor Ed Asner, left, and producer Jonas Rivera work on the vocal track for "Up."

When it came time to cast the lead voice actor for “Up,” Pixar filmmakers didn’t look beyond veteran actor Ed Asner.

The animated movie, opening Friday, tells the story of Carl Frederickson, an embittered elderly man who attaches hundreds of helium balloons to his home and floats to South America. Asner, said producer Jonas Rivera, was perfect for the role.

“That line between curmudgeon and sweet, old man was very blurry, and that was Carl,” Rivera said. “We had to make Carl appealing “» and no one doesn’t like Ed. “» He was electric to us, and we couldn’t imagine it without him, really.”

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