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"Monsters, Inc." (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Monsters, Inc.

Synopsis

At Monsters, Inc., all the boogey men who scare children in their bedrooms at night are trained.

One day, a human child named Boo (Gibbs) accidentally walks through the secret door into the world of Monsters, Inc.

Sully (Goodman) and Mike (Crystal) do their best to hide the child, since if she is discovered by their boss and they are blamed, they will be banished from Monsters, Inc. forever.

Unfortunately, Boo is discovered in their world, so Sully and Mike are banished.

Now to the problem of getting back into Monsters, Inc., and at the same time, getting the child back into her real world of humans.

Specifications

  • Disney/Pixar
  • 2001, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs
  • Directed by Pete Docter and David Silverman
    Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This was a big hit for Pixar back in 2001, and the Blu-ray version literally jumps off the screen. It will be especially sharp to those with flat panel displays, as opposed to projectors, because the images will never have passed through a lens. The animation is spectacular, and Disney/Pixar has learned how to entertain both the kids you take to see their films, and the adults who take them.

Technical

I think this is about as sharp as Blu-ray can get. Wow!! And finally, full use of the surrounds.

Extras

There are four discs in this special package, so you can imagine all the extras. They include Ride and Go Seek, Filmmakers' Round Table, Mike's New Car, For the Birds, Pixar Fun Factory Tour, Banished Concepts, the SD version of the movie, and a Digital Copy for your video iPod.