It’s that time of the year again where all the cool movies from the summer time start getting released on DVD and Blu-ray. Today brings us Pixar’s annual movie, Monsters University, the prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. The movie hits several formats today, including Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray combo pack, and DVD.
I missed Monsters University in the theater (check out our review here), but I was a huge fan of the original so I was eager to check this one out and I wasn’t disappointed. Doing a prequel to an existing movie can be somewhat difficult as you know how all of the characters end up, but I think the crew working on the movie did a pretty good job of keeping me curious as to how they got there. I don’t think it had quite the heart as the first one and the stakes weren’t as high this time around, but as with any Pixar movie, there are plenty of lessons to learn and there is plenty of entertainment for adults. It’s hard to judge the quality of transfer to disc because animation uses a slightly different process than film and I have yet to see a bad transfer of an animated movie, however, Monsters University looks crisp up on the screen with every bit of detail visible.
The Monsters University disc is loaded with extras, but they are more geared toward adults. They detail the process of getting Monsters University made. You really get a glimpse of what it’s like to work at Pixar and make some of the greatest movies around. If you are an animation or film student, this would be a great disc to pick up merely for the behind the scenes features. One of the standout features was the Pixar short The Blue Umbrella. This little five minute short had more heart than most full-fledged movies do, and it was about an umbrella that falls in love. In my opinion it’s one of the best shorts I’ve seen from them.
Overall: 7 out of 11
Monsters University hits shelves today so go and pick up your copy. Check out the list of specifications below.
- “The Blue Umbrella” Theatrical Short
- Audio Commentary
- Campus Life
- Story School
- Scare Games
- Welcome To MU
- Music Appreciation
- Scare Tactics
- Color And Light
- Paths To Pixar: MU Edition
- Furry Monsters
- Deleted Scenes
- Set Flythroughs
- Art Gallery
- Promo Picks
- Actors: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Peter Sohn
- Director: Dan Scanlon
- Writers: Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird
- Producers: Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Kori Rae, Lee Unkrich
- Format: AC-3, Animated, Collector’s Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Rated: G
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Run Time: 104 minutes