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Monsters, Inc. (2001/Disney/Pixar Blu-ray Set w/DVD & Digital Copy)


Picture: A-/B-     Sound: A/B-     Extras: B     Film: A-



There are things that go bump in the night and now their making some big noise on Blu-ray.  Monsters, Inc. has quickly become one of the most beloved animated films of all time; and I have no problem saying that.  The 2001 Disney/Pixar film is amazing from beginning to end as it bobs and weaves through an astoundingly creative tale that turns the stuff of nightmares into the things of dreams.  The film has comedy; the film has action; and most importantly the film has heart.


The film was written by a huge team consisting of Jack W. Bunting, Peter Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Dan Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, Jill Culton and Andrew Stanton.  The directors were David Silverman, Peter Docter and Lee Unkrich.  If the stunning team of writers and directors weren’t enough the creators ensured that a remarkable voice cast would propel the film to the next level as the likes of John Goodman (Sulley), Billy Crystal (Mike), Mary Gibbs (Boo), Steve Buscemi (Randall), James Coburn (Mr. Waternoose), Jennifer Tilly (Celia) and of course John Ratzenburg (Abominable Snowman).  The framework was there from the beginning as the creative team was put in place to ensure a successful end product.


The film starts off with a power company known as Monsters Inc. that runs the city of Monstropolis on the power of children’s screams.  Each night a band of normally friendly monsters (specially trained of course) go through their individualized doorway portals to scare unsuspecting children in their beds.  Over the years children in the “real world” have become desensitized to the monsters’ tricks and in turn making it hard for the company to fulfill its’ power needs.  Working the “Scare Floor” late one night, the Monsters Inc.’s best scarer, Sulley (a large, blue, fluffy monster) finds an unattended doorway that is powered on and decides to step inside.  Once inside the doorway Sully finds an empty bedroom with no child to be found; but unbeknownst to Sulley a small child (clinging to his furry blue back) follows him back into the monster world.  Fearing the trouble that he could get in (plus the contamination) for bringing a human child, Sulley and his friend (and roommate) Mike Wazowski nickname the child “Boo” and dress her as a monster in order to blend in.  The two futilely attempt to return the girl to her home world and in turn both action packed and comedic chaos ensue.  The boys try to take the girl to the company’s president, Mr. Waternoose, but unexpected events occur that make things worse than before.  So buckle down and gear up for one of the best animated films of all time.


The technical features on this new Disney/Pixar Blu-ray are astonishing as the picture and sound are some of the best Blu-ray has to offer; as well as some great and exclusive extras to top it off.  The picture is presented in a 1080p AVC encoded High definition 1.85 X 1 widescreen that offers vivid colors, a crisp image, solid contrast, dark and inky blacks, free of digital artifacts and an overall image like no other.  The picture is nearly perfect with only very fine details here and there straying from that perfection; but my small and picky gripes don’t take away from the fact the picture is amazing and act as a wonderful demo for any HD presentation.  Whereas I had my small issues with the picture that kept it from a perfect rating, the audio is awe inspiring in its DTS-HD Master Audio lossless 5.1 Surround Sound.  The audio manages to utilize the entire surround spectrum and speaker range as it boasts an extreme fullness and depth that not many films can deliver.  The entire soundscape is heard with crisp dialogue, a wide ambient noise range and a note worthy directionality that flies across the speakers with ease.  As you can see I am very impressed with the sound.


The extras go beyond those that were found on the DVD release (also included in this set) by adding a number of Blu-ray exclusives.  The standard definition extras include:


  1. Trailers
  2. Audio Commentary
  3. For the Birds Short
  4. Mike’s New Car Short
  5. Pixar Fun Factory Tour
  6. Banished Concepts
  7. Storyboard to Film Comparison
  8. Designing Monstropolis
  9. Set Dressing
  10. Location Flyarounds
  11. Monster File
  12. Animation
  13. Music and Sound
  14. Release
  15. Monsters Only
  16. Wrap-Up
  17. Art Gallery



As previously mentioned all the extras listed above are the same as those found on the most recent DVD release and if nothing else Disney/Pixar sure knows how to keep fans overwhelmed with bonus features to sift through.  Each extra is valuable in its own may and is not simply a “throw-away” promo like many less worthy films feature.  Most of the extras are short, but give a nice look at the films production/creative process; as well as the reaction to the film.  The bonus features make it fully apparent why Monsters Inc has become a true fan favorite.


The High Definition extras include:


  1. Director’s Introduction
  2. Filmmakers’ Round Table
  3. Monsters Inc Ride and Go See: Building Monstropolis in Japan – an in depth look at the new Monster’s Inc attraction in Japan…trust me when I say it looks awesome.
  4. Roz’s 100 Door Change – A silly kids game that may amuse some



All in all Monsters Inc is a classic.  From the first time I viewed the films in theater I knew there was something special; it had extreme creativity and a comedic, heart warming story that I had never seen before.  I love the film and highly recommend it; especially with its newly upgraded and stunning Blu-ray presentation.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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