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 "Monsters, Inc. 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

In the city of Monstropolis, power is provided to the residents by Monsters, Inc.  To generate this power, they send monsters into the bedrooms of children at night to scare them, capturing their screams to power their town.  Sulley Sullivan is the best of the monsters at scaring children, and is closing in on the all-time record for scaring.  Attempting to rival him is Randall Boggs, a chameleon who likes to bully the monsters as well as scaring the children.

One night while trying to see what Randall is up to, a child manages to escape back to Monstropolis with Sulley.  Sulley and his friend Mike now have to figure out what to do with the child while trying to avoid being found out, as this is the biggest no-no in their line of work.

Specifications

  • Pixar
  • 2001, Rated G, 1 Hr 32 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
  • English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
  • Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi (voices)
  • Directed by Pete Docter
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

While the idea of monsters harvesting the scared screams of children to power their city sounds a little creepy on the surface, it really isn’t at all, and Monsters, Inc. is another fabulous Pixar movie for adults and children.  The characters and story are wonderful, the movie moves right along and never drags, and it really gets better the more that you watch it.  Even if your child loves it and forces you to watch it daily, as we know children love to do, as a parent you will still enjoy it every viewing.

Technical

Pixar has been going back through their catalog and converting their older films to 3D.  Since they are rendered in a computer, the process of doing this is much more logical than, say, converting a flat film picture like Titanic to 3D after a decade.  Pixar has always done a great job with 3D and here they do as well, adding some very realistic depth to the image, but not forcing things to pop out of the screen and causing excess eye strain.  The times that 3D starts to fail is when characters are at the edges of the screens, since adding depth to them results in weird effects and the framing was done for the 2D film, but overall the 3D film looks just great.

Audio was always good on Monsters, Inc. and that is the case on the Blu-ray as well.  A lossless 7.1 TrueHD track is continually engaging and pulls everyone into the movie.  Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, ambience is well done, and there isn’t anything to complain about with this audio track at all.

Extras

Pixar has loaded up this release with extras, from a 2D copy on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy, commentary, multiple featurettes and short films, a look at the upcoming Monsters University, some 3D short films, a filmmaker’s round table, games, and more.  I’m really not sure what else Pixar could add to this collection.