Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray Review (UK Import)

Disc 1 Size: 36.2 GB
Disc 2 Size: 20.5 GB
Film Rating: G
Region: ABC (Free)

Video
Monsters, Inc. comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation, and let me tell you, this is one of the most amazing Blu-ray releases I have ever encountered, simply gorgeous and stunning. Detail was absolute perfection, from the tiny details in the environments to the textures of the characters. Colors were also absolutely fantastic, popping and vibrant at all times, if there is any animated release to demonstrate Blu-ray, this is it!

I found myself in awe more than a few times, and while I no longer get the 'wow' factor that that came when first adopting the format, this presentation made me feel like this was the first time I had seen a Blu-ray disc in motion. The DVD can't compete whatsoever, there is so much more to be seen and any fan of the film should upgrade without hesitation. 10/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and sounds absolutely stunning. Dialogue is clear like never before, and the film's effects will transform your home theater into whatever scene you are viewing. The effects are so dynamic and aggressive, there is no way one could be disappointed. I was also impressed with the fantastic direction used, feeling like you are in the room when an announcement is made over the intercom or hearing helicopters fly over your head. This track is beautiful and top notch, and I didn't expect anything less. 10/10.

Extras

Disc 1:

Introduction by Director Pete Docter (HD)
As featured on various high-def releases, the Director of the film introduces the Blu-ray, basically reassuring you of your purchase. It's quite neat actually.

Filmmakers' Round Table (21:35) (HD)
Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Bob Peterson reflect on the film and share their fun memories working on the film.

Monsters, Inc. Ride And Go Seek: Building Monstropolis In Japan (7:59) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes of the new Disneyland Japan attraction, includes interviews with thew crew involved in creating the ride.

For The Birds (3:29) (HD)
The funny and popular Pixar short 'For The Birds' in beautiful high-definition.

Mike's New Car (3:48) (HD)
An animated short involving Mike and his new car.

Audio Commentary
with Director Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton and John Lasseter.

Disc 2:

Roz's 100 Door Challenge (BD-Java Game)
Interactive trivia game, very dull but at least it's new.

Pixar Fun Factory Tour (3:47) (SD)
John Lasseter shows off the Pixar Studio.

Story Is King (2:03) (SD)
David Silverman introduces the story-board artists, Story Supervisor Bob Peterson explains the job of a story-board artist.

Monsters Are Real (1:32) (SD)
The crew and cast talk about the monsters' fear of children in the film.

Original Treatment (13:40) (SD)
The original pitch for the film.

Story Pitch: Back To Work (4:36) (SD)
Bob Peterson pitching a scene.

Banished Concepts (Intro SD) (Concepts HD)
Includes an introduction by Co-Director Lee Ulkrich, the following concepts are featured:
Assistant Sulley (2:15)
End Of Day (2:22)
Bad Scare (2:51)
Scream Refinery (1:06)
Original Sulley Intro (1:00)

Storyreel (5:14) (HD)
The storyreel version of the Boo bedtime scene.

Final Color (5:14) (HD)
Watch the final version of the Boo bedtime scene.

Split-Scene Comparison (5:14) (HD)
See both the storyreel and final color versions of the Boo bedtime scene via split-screen comparison.

Art Gallery
Includes Characters, Color Script, Concept Art and Posters.

Designing Monstropolis (2:52) (SD)
David Silverman explains the design process.

Set Dressing Intro (3:22) (SD)
Set Dressing Supervisor Sophie Vincelette shows how they create the sets.

Location Flyarounds (7:26) (SD)
See the many Monstropolis locations and get to see them without the characters taking up the screen.

Cast Of Characters. (5:54) (SD)
The crew explains the recording process, as well as thoughts from the cast.

What Makes A Great Monster (1:28) (SD)
The art department shows off the many ideas of monsters, as well as the evolution of the characters.

Animation Process (3:14) (SD)
The crew shows the steps in animation.

Early Tests (8:05) (SD)
Early animated look at Mike and Sulley.

Opening Title Animation (2:09) (SD)
The crew talks about the decision to add a fun intro rather than a scary one.

Hard Parts (5:02) (SD)
The crew talks about creating new ideas for Monsters Inc. and being original.

Shots Department (2:16) (SD)
The crew talks about simulation, and the challenges that came with it.

Production Demonstration (HD)
Includes intro, storyreel, layout, animation and final color.

Monster Song (3:17) (SD)
Go behind-the-scenes with Billy Crystal and John Goodman as they sing ''If I Didn't Have You.''

Sound Design (4:16) (SD)
Gary Rydstrom explains the sound design process.

The Premiere (:59) (SD)
Footage from the premiere of the film.

Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots (HD)
Two theatrical trailers, four TV spots, International inserts, Multi-Language clip reel, toys, and outtakes and Company Play are included, which was featured at the end of the theatrical release.

Wrap-Up (:46) (SD)
Conclusion of the Pixar Studio tour.

Monster TV Treats (1:13) (SD)
TV vignettes for the film, during all diffferent types of events. Baseball, football, Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Ponkickies 21
Interactive Japanese game, includes a random rock paper scissors game.

"If I Didn't Have You" Music Video (1:12) (HD)
A music video featuring clips from the film.

On The Job With Mike & Sulley (2:33) (SD)
Mike & Sulley talk to a reporter about their jobs.

Welcome To Monsters, Inc. (:56) (SD)
Introduction for new Monsters, Inc. employees.

Your First Day (3:38) (SD)
An overview of the company.

History Of The Monster World (1:36) (HD)
Bud Luckey draws and narrates a history of the schism between man and monster.

Blu-news Summary
The Blu-ray release of Monsters, Inc. was the first time I have seen the film in a couple of years, and it was absolutely fantastic to be able to revist the film in 1080p high-definition. I actually enjoyed the film much more this time around, I always felt it was mediocre among Pixar films overall. Mediocre in Pixar films is not mediocre among all films though, as Pixar is levels above all other animation studios. The film is very funny and unique, and still very heart-warming at the same time. If you haven't seen the film yet, what are you waiting for?

The Blu-ray release is jaw-dropping to say the least, bringing an ultimate package filled with tons of extras and even exclusive Blu-ray features. The video and audio presentations are perfection, and one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen or heard. The Blu-ray release is 'A Must Own.'

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1 comment:

Dennis said...

Man, those screenshots are crazy. Tons of extras - nice. I ordered this earlier this week. Can't wait to 'experience' it. Excellent review, Loys!