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Monsters, Inc. (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2002] [Region Free]
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2009
This film is just a visual and audio treat. We have watched this blu-ray numerous times and each time is as funny as the last. It just seems to keep getting better with each viewing as we see more and more details in the picture, more and more subtle hints, jokes and producer tricks.

The story is moving, about monsters that work in a factory and scare children, collecting their screams for electricity to run their world. It has adult humor about the 9-5 grind, lots of laughs for the children, and of course, the bad guy. There is something for everyone in this film, and the characters are realistic, well portrayed, and you forget that you are watching a cartoon after a while. I don't post spoiler reviews, but the story is excellent here and one of their finest to date.

The DTS-HD MA sound delivers thumping bass and very realistic and believable surround sound perfectly balanced on all channels. The Subwoofer is well integrated into the sound effects for a nice deep addition to regular sound effects however, when it should thump, it really does. All channels get a good workout and really throw you into the movie. TEN stars for sound.

This cartoon may be a bit dated in terms of technical aspects but it is still an awesome display of cartoon. The picture is 1080P and just crystal clear and unbelievably cool to watch. Ten stars for video too.

After such an awesome sound/video quality, the story could be mediocre and it would still get five stars. However, the story is also very cool and entertaining to watch. This is one of the best blu-rays I have bought, and even better than some of the newer cartoons.
You can't go wrong with this Blu-Ray. A big thumbs up!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I know Monsters Inc is popular, but I've always thought of it as living in the shadow of the other Pixar films; it came nestled between the more successful and considerably more famous Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo, it's not one of the 'Brad Bird masterpieces'; it's even outshined by the comparatively duller Cars, a film that coasted into kids' hearts despite being missing something perhaps only we older Pixar afficionados can see.

This is a shame, as Monsters Inc is one of the studio's very best films, and indeed one of Disney's very best by default. First time director Pete Docter knows his stuff- the film is filled to the brim with background detail, and after the discovery of the child the pace is frantic 'til the thoroughly satisfying conclusion. Following three films directed by studio head John Lasseter, Docter paved the way for the other directors to tackle their own ideas, and ironically Lasseter's return to directing (with Cars) fell far short of the bar set by Andrew Stanton with Nemo, Bird's The Incredibles, and this sterling effort.

The Blu Ray is a stunning transfer. While it's arguable that the film's groundbreaking fur rendering looks dated now, it still looks amazing compared with lesser offerings from Dreamworks. EVERYTHING in this film, in fact, looks amazing, from the subtle hues and colours of the sky to the photorealistic blizzard and underground halls. The animation on token child Boo is so human its impossible not to fall in love with her, share her fears and her delights. Background detail is too presented with astounding visual clarity- see the combination locks in the locker room or cars in the exterior shot of the building for proof.

Billy Crystal and John Goodman are the perfect double act to lead the film, though there's good support from a spiteful Steve Buscemi as the piece's villain Randall and Bob Peterson as grumpy, paperwork-fond Roz, who really shines in the outtakes reel (which for this release has been removed from the film and put on the extras disc).

The extras aren't as excellent as I would have hoped for, though this is a catalogue release rather than a new film, so that's understandable. It's been released as a tie-in for Docter's second film as director, the apparently-awesome Up, though the significance of that is lost on us as we don't get it until October anyway. The only new extra of significance not ported over from the DVD special edition (which itself has long been out of print, and is replaced by the standard edition in the yearly 'Complete Pixar' collections) is a far-too-short (at 20-odd minutes) discussion between four of the film's creators about their inspiration and experience. I know it's essentially a kids' film by I would appreciate a longer feature all the same.

I can't recommend this film highly enough. It's touching, exciting (the door chase is spectacular in HD) and hilarious ("23 19!"). It looks amazing, everyone in the family will love something about it and you've no excuse not to buy it. Away you go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 August 2012
Not only is Monsters Inc a fantastically well thought out and produced concept, it has characters which I feel are completely unrivalled by some of Disney's other popular characters. Mike and Sulley (our two main monsters) are brilliant - they are funny, witty characters with heaps of charisma; so much so that you can't help but fall in love with them. But Boo (the human child who is let into the monster world by accident) is the most adorable character imaginable.

The story centres around Mike and Sulley who work for the Monsters Incorporated Scaring company. The Incorpation essentially opens doors into the human world and, in order to collect power for the monsters world, sends the monsters into an unsuspecting childs bedroom and makes them scream. The scream acts as the monster worlds energy source. Boo - a human child, is accidentally let into the monster world and Mike and Sulley must do everything they can to keep her hidden (or risk decontamination procedure, not to mention being fired) and return her safely back to her door (each child has a specific bedroom door which appears in the monsters world).

I loved this movie anyway, and a part of me did think "Whats the point in buying the blu-ray when I have the original already?". But I can assure you that the Blu-ray is absolutely beautiful. Sulley's fur for instance is probably one of the most detailed, spectacular parts of the movie. Additionally, alongside the much improved visual aspects, the audio aspects have been greatly improved - to the extent that you can hear the characters footsteps or rustles of some paper on the street floor.

I can't recommend this enough, to all ages and even to those who already own the standard DVD because it is such a vast improvement. The bonus features are also pretty good and give us some insight into what the creators had in mind when coming up with Monsters Inc. This is a feel-good, family movie that everyone should see - particularly in Blu-Ray!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
A totally winning combination. Great film, lovingly re-rendered in 3D with superb high definition and totally immersive surround sound soundtrack.

My favourite 3D so far, depths are clear and deep, which actually helps emphasise the background jokes, pop out 3d pops right out to tickle your glasses. Detail is fantastic, makes you want to reach out and straighten scully's hair, oh and to me the film is even funnier than it was 10 years ago.

Clearly a lot of love and care has gone into this release, and it shows in very frame. It's like an old friend has lost two stone and taken up weight training.

If you need a film to show off your system then this is it, also handy to keep the kids quiet and if you need a giggle on a Sunday afternoon. Brilliant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2010
Having enjoyed everything about this film since first released - the animation, the story, the subtle humour and great production, I was quite happy to buy the blu ray version - and I must admit - I come back to this widescreen version everytime - admittedly blu ray produces a sharp image but something is lacking that makes this version the best to enjoy this brilliant film.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2009
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.85:1

Languages of the feature film:
- DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
- DTS 5.1: French, Dutch
- Dolby 5.1: Belgian Flemish

Subtitles for all the videos:
- Dutch, French, English, English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
An outstanding and perfect picture and sound quality, this film couldn't have been watched in better condition than it is today thanks to the blu-ray.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2005
I went to see Monsters inc because it was a Disney Pixar collaboration and I had loved their previous films Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Monsters inc doesn't disappoint with great gags, amazing animation and characters that everyone will adore.
Both the young and not so young will love this film. I would have given it 5 stars but then I saw Finding Nemo ( a true 5 star film!) what showed up a few flaws in this film, nevertheless you should still see this movie!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Recently, authors Benjamin Hoff and Ernest Shepard have explored the philosophy of Winnie the Pooh. In similar vein, interesting concepts can be discerned behind the storyline of Monsters Inc. I have notched up a good few viewings with my three year old daughter! So without taking away the fun, here goes.
Firstly, at heart, it is an old fashioned pitting of good versus evil, the good guys Sulley and Mike, up against Randall and Waternoose, the villains of the piece. Interestingly, Waternoose, nominally the boss, is portrayed as manipulated by the evil Randall, ensnared by his own greed and desire for success, masked by an aura of `for the good of the company/city'. Reminded me of the attitudes of some of the commercial executives behind the current financial crisis.
With Randall, we seemingly have a more typical `baddie'. He is upfront, will stop at nothing to achieve his ends, and is shown as jealous of the honest success of Sulley. To begin with, the goal appears to oust Sulley as top scary-monster, but, chameleon-like as he is, a darker, more sinister Randall emerges. His real goal is the kidnap of children, and using his `scream extractor' to effectively silence them, in order to power Monster City the quick, easy, and unethical way. The use of technology, without recourse to moral values, has a long history; however, our age is the age of nuclear weapons, spy satellites and cyber-crime, for example, the dark side of new technology.
Traditionally, children, like other minorities, have been denied a voice, a say in the issues that affect them. In the film, Boo, is a little girl with a difference. She is not scared of Sulley, and this ultimately begins a process that enables Sulley to see beyond the obvious, and expose the corruption that `goes all the way to Waternoose' as the film puts it.
Empowerment is the modern name for the same process, enabling minorities to find a voice and learn how to use it. For all the corruption, greed and hypocrisy of this world over the last couple of hundred years, it is cheering to reflect on some historical examples. The abolition of the slave trade, the ending of racial segregation in countries such as the United States, and South Africa, the downfall of Nazi Germany and its repression of minorities, as well as legislation and organisations protecting children, also those with physical or learning disabilities.
At one point in the film, when all seems lost as Sulley and Mike are banished to the Himalayas, pragmatic Mike, berates Sulley the idealist, for risking everything over just one child. Sulley battles on, and ultimately succeeds in rescuing Boo, with Mikes help. Co-operation, not antagonism wins through. Only a story, but how many of these characters can you recognize in your world?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2003
Five stars really doesn't give this film justice. It is the best animated film ever, yes better than shrek and definetely on par with Toy Story, if not better. This is one of my favourite films of all time, without question.
Pixar are absolutely brilliant. I mean they take such a simple yet unoriginal idea (monsters coming out of children's cupboards at night to frighten them) and they elaborate it to make an utterly fantastic film! The plot is simple yet effective, the characters are superb; Boo is the cutest character ever to grace the screen, it's hilarious; Mike is just the funniest character in this, the animation is excellent, it's just one of the finest films ever made!
The special feaures are also superb, with over 3 hours of them, you will love it! This film should be in everyone's collection. It's not just a kid's film, im 18 and i absolutely love it! I cannot stress how good this film is and if your a fan of Pixar, i cannot stress enough how important it is to have this DVD. Buy it, watch it, love it, watch it again and again and.......you can watch it again and again and still laugh it, no joke.
Buy this now, it is an outstanding film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Nineties and early 2000s will be seen as a golden age of animation, but what's specially amazing about the finest Disney/Pixar films, like this and the two Toy Story films, is that far from relying on the latest animation effects to please audiences, the film-makers have created perfect gems of scripts that stretch one's whole idea of characterisation and story-telling. Why do so many of the critics seem to think that this film's overly cute? Name me one adult film that contains a wittier dissection of office politics; not to mention the gentle humour at the expense of self-aggrandizing organisations that thrive on paranoia (Child Detection Agency = CIA, anyone?) and health/environmental scares ('Nothing is as toxic as a human child!'). The way the basic set-up of the story is presented through a monsters' training seminar plus a TV commercial for the scare factory is mouth-wateringly clever, and as for the brilliant logic of the duplicate doors ... try writing a re-telling and you'll see how totally cinematic the conception is. All this sly humour for the adults, plus non-stop chase, rescue and spectacle for the kids. Sheer genius!
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