BUENA VISTA has finally released an all-time family classic, "MONSTERS
INC.," on blu-ray.
With the exception of the dull "CARS," every PIXAR film from the studio
has been incredibly witty, funny, and often poignant, but in ways wherein no
age group is patronized.
The plot offers a brilliant idea in that all the scary monsters creating
sleepless nights for kiddies, are actually real, but not bad at all. They're
just transported over from "monstropolis," their special domain. The energy
harnessed from the kids screams is what actually powers their world. Making
things difficult (and funnier)for the monsters is the fact that monsters
have an actual fear of kids, believing them to be deadly. Monstropolis's
most praised citizen for scaring, James P. Sullivan, is voiced by John
Goodman. Goodman demonstrates in every single scene just how much the right
voice can make for a film. It's impossible to imagine anyone else in this
role being as effective. HE's THAT GREAT! Sullivan's best friend, Mike is
played by Billy Crystal. As annoying as this critic finds Crystal's work to
usually be, he's actually perfect in his role, a monster with one-eye.
After introducing the basic set-up of both worlds and their connection,
things get more complicated, though never dull, when Sullivan accidentally
creates a situation allowing for the adorable little human girl, "Boo," to
cross over into their world. Now, it's up to Sullivan and Mike to get Boo
back to her world before either world is made aware of their mistake.
Everything about this film screams "CLASSIC!" The dialogue, the look, the
characters, the writing,...It all feels so fresh and inspired. While kids
will be constantly entertained, there are plenty of gags that are almost
side-splitting for adults! When it's poignant, it feels well earned and not
manipulative. "MONSTERS INC." is a film that can easily be re-watched
without losing any of its magic. It's also perfect for holiday gatherings.
It's hard to imagine anyone exclaiming, "Not Monsters, Inc. again!"
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC
MPEG-4 blu-ray release. The colors are just as deep and vibrant as one has
grown to expect from PIXAR blu-ray releases. "MONSTERS, INC" with its
digital origin, is just perfect for blu-ray. Contrast is also flawless, with
inky blacks so impressive as to make it stand out above many other blu-ray
releases. The detail jumps off of the screen in virtually every scene.
OUTSTANDING!!!! In comparison to the dvd, the high-def image bests it in
every possible way.
BUENA VISTA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, which also bests
the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in every scene to scene comparison. The listening
environment presented is one of the most immersive available. From the first
moments, it's made obvious surround and discrete effects are going to be
used extensively and creatively for maximum impact. The "scary" scenes grow
scarier(in a fun, very short-lived way)due to deep bass. But, as incredibly
impressive as the early part of the film is, it actually gets even more
impressive and fun as it continues! Definitely a reference quality soundmix!
The 4-disc Blu-ray edition of Monsters, Inc. features all of the
supplemental content from Disney's 2001 Collector's Edition DVD, adds in
some intriguing exclusives (namely a filmmakers roundtable), and includes
both a standard DVD and Digital copy of the film. However, while there's
admittedly a lot of material to be found, a few odd decisions held it back
from perfection. The numerous DVD leftovers aren't just a tad dated, they're
peppered with some forced humor that fails to earn laughs. If I saw another
monkey or scooter, I think I would have screamed. It doesn't help that much
of the discs' 2001 content is presented in lowly standard definition. Ah
well, once I got past the at-times wonky tone of the set's second disc, I
was able to enjoy all of the production info the Pixar team had assembled;
enough to almost make me overlook those blasted scooters. Almost.
BUENA VISTA has provided an incredible amount of extras for this 4 disc
release. Well, two of the discs making this set are actually just the
standard dvd, and a Digital copy.