University - Ultimate Collector's Edition (2013/Disney/Pixar
Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy)
A/A/B Sound: A-/A-/B Extras: B Film: A-
the prequel to the insanely popular 2001 film Monster's
Whereas many film franchises suffer once prequels start to arrive,
the Disney/Pixar team has seemingly found a formula to create solid
gold. With such imaginative hits as Toy
Story 2 and
Story 3 under
their belts the coming of Monsters
promise and what was delivered was nothing short of fantastic.
the tale of how best buds Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal ) and James P.
Sullivan [Sully] (John Goodman) met. Acting as a rather ingenious
that before monsters can be professional â€˜scarersâ€™ [as seen in
they must first attend one of the prestigious universities that teach
the art of scaring. Recall that children's screams are what powers
the monster world. At Monsters
monsters refine and hone their skills; Mike and Sully being no
is a hardworking, over achiever who has wanted to be a scarer his
entire life (backstory included); though not large or intimidating,
he will let nothing stand in his way. Sully, on the other hand,
comes from a long line of scarers and with natural talent on his side
he puts little effort into his studies. So with their philosophies
on scaring split, Sully and Mike are at odds with one another;
leading to a career altering showdown during a final exam. Sully and
Mike are suddenly expelled from the scaring program by the daunting
Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren).
their futures looking bleak, Mike devises a plan (through a series of
wagers and loopholes) to get back into the scare program. Mike,
Sully, and a band of several other misfits must compete in the
university's Scare Games to prove they have what it takes to be among
Going to head to head with the jocks (Revenge
of the Nerds style)
Mike and Sully have their work cut out for them. With little skill
and even less know how the crew of Oozma Kappa (OK) must pull
together use teamwork to their advantage.
how was the film? Though critics did not look as favorably on this
film as the first; I would argue it is just as good. Monsters
lack the originality of the base concept established in Monster's
but what this film does is expand upon the existing universe. This
is not a cash grab, nor is it a rehash of the original; it is simply
a great film for kids and adults alike. Monsters
to grab your attention with stunningly realistic visuals and jokes
that cater to the full spectrum of viewers. My wife was smiling ear
to ear throughout the film and laughed at every pun, jab, and gag the
monstrous crew was throwing out; that is saying a lot. The film will
definitely be more amusing for college grads as there are a lot of
â€˜insideâ€™ jokes on top of your stereotypical college jests
of the Nerds-type
jokes if you will); but again the range of jokes will amuse even the
most discerning movie goer.
the end, Monsters
so good it's scary.
a look back at our reviews on Monster's
refer to the links below:
Inc. Blu-ray 3D
technical features on this Disney/Pixar 3D Blu-ray are astounding.
If I said it once, I've said it a thousand times; Disney/Pixar knows
Blu-ray. The picture is presented in an AVC encoded MPEG-4, 1.78 X 1
Widescreen that looks beautiful from beginning to end. Whereas I am
not the biggest fan of the 3D format Monsters
flawless here on Blu-ray. With perfectly balanced colors, solid
contrast, inky black levels, and a texture/detail like no other the
Blu-ray is amazing and with those features appropriately amped up on
the 3D Blu-ray this is demo quality material. The realistic
atmosphere that this Computer Generated film is able to accomplish is
awe inspiring and something that I commented on throughout the
multiple viewings. Whereas in most cases I don't think 3D enhances
the film at all, here 3D adds another dimension to the experience.
sound is nearly as impressive in a 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Track that uses
the full speaker range. The speakers light up with life, music,
dialogue, and various other complex elements that create a dynamic
sound stage for the creators to display their masterpiece.
Prioritization is solid and though not the best Pixar has had on
Blu-ray it is very well done.
DVD is merely a downgrade of the already perfect Blu-ray releases.
must have taken some past criticisms of their extras to heart
(usually filled with senseless kiddie games); and has created a slew
of bonus features that not only show the making of the film, but also
manage to show what it is like to work at Pixar. Bravo. The extras
include the following:
Copy of Film
Blue Umbrella Theatrical Short
to Pixar: MU Edition
Monsters: A Technical Retrospective
Michael P Dougherty II