Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Available To Own For The First Time On 5-Disc Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack -- Monsters, Inc. (Review)

Available To Own For The First Time On 5-Disc Blu-ray
3D Combo Pack

Ultimate Collector’s Edition” -- Debuts February 19, 2013

"“Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney•Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray 3D in the “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” 5-Disc Combo Pack on February 19, 2013.

In addition to hours of delightful bonus features, the “Monsters, Inc.” Blu-ray 3D
“Ultimate Collector’s Edition” features a sneak peek at the upcoming all-new Disney•Pixar release “Monsters University.”

The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.

Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis.  But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. Assisted by Mike, the two pals plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home.  When the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams.

Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up”) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), “Monsters, Inc.” features a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson and music by Randy Newman."
Cast:                                       John Goodman as the voice of James P. Sullivan “Sulley”
                                                Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike Wazowski
                                                Mary Gibbs as the voice of Boo 
                                                Steve Buscemi as the voice of Randall Boggs
                                                James Coburn as the voice of Henry J. Waternoose
                                                Jennifer Tilly as the voice of Celia
                                                Bob Peterson as the voice of Roz
                                                John Ratzenberger as the voice of The Abominable Snowman
                                                Frank Oz as the singing voice of Fungus

Director:                                Pete Docter
Co-directors:                        David Silverman, Lee Unkrich

Executive Producers:          John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

Original Story By:                 Peter Docter, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon and Ralph Eggleston

Blu-ray Contents:                 Disney Enhanced HD Picture and Sound
                                                “Monsters University” Sneak Peek
                                                Toy Story Toons: “Partysaurus Rex”
                                                “For The Birds” Short
                                                “Mike’s New Car” Short
                                                Filmmakers Round Table
                                                Audio Commentary
                                                Roz’s 100 Door Challenge Game
                                                Pixar Fun Factory Tower
                                                Banished Concepts

DVD Contents:                      Audio Commentary

Street Date:                          February 19, 2013
                                                Direct Prebook: December 25, 2012
                                                Distributor Prebook:  January 8, 2013

Rating:                                    “G” in the U.S. and Canada
                                                Bonus material is not rated

Feature Run Time:               Approx. 92 minutes

Suggested Retail                   “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” 5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack
Prices:                                    (Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD + Digital Copy)
                                                $49.99 U.S. and $56.99 Canada
                                                3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack
                                                (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD)
                                                $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada

Aspect Ratio:                        Blu-ray 3D:  1.85:1 1080p High Definition
Blu-ray:  1.85:1 1080p High Definition
                                                DVD:  1.85:1

Sound:                                   Blu-ray 3D: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD; Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital EX; French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
                                                Blu-ray: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD; Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital EX; French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
                                                DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:                               Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD: English, French and Spanish

My Thoughts: 

Now, I am not going to bore you with a review of this movie, as you have probably seen at a million times like we have. :-)  Monsters, Inc. is one of Pixar's most popular movies, which both parents and children enjoy watching together.  I know as my husband and I used to love watching it before we had children, and now more than ever with the girls.  And, with a new Monsters, Inc. movie releasing in theaters this summer, titled "Monsters University," I am guessing fans of this movie will be flocking to pick up this new Ultimate Collector's Edition, 5 Disc DVD set to watch prior to the June theater release.  And, if you have a 3D Blu-ray player and 3D television, you will be in for a treat, as this is the first time that Monster's, Inc. is available in 3D format for at-home family viewing.  

We don't have 3D capabilities in our house, but our neighbor does.  So, this past weekend when the big snow storm hit the East Coast, my neighbor and I used this as a great way to entertain our children by making popcorn and having a neighborhood movie night for families to come together and watch Monsters, Inc. in 3D.  All I have to say is "Wow!" It is one thing to see this movie in regular format, but once you add 3D effects, it makes it that much more enjoyable.  

And, if you are fans of Toy Story, then you will love the bonus short feature the lovable dinosaur Rex, as he throws a party.  Even though we saw this short in theaters, my girls can't get enough of Rex and couldn't stop laughing at the short.

With all the bonus features which are included on this 5 disc collection, you will find your family entertained for hours.  We especially loved the Pixar Fun Factory Tour and Roz's 100 Door Challenge Game, which is available on the Blu-Ray disc.  In addition to all these bonus features and a great movie you will find yourself watching over and over again, and not getting tired of, those who purchase this DVD set will also get a FREE movie pass for one to see Monsters University when it arrives in theaters this summer.  All you have to do to redeem is enter the Magic Code online and print out your pass.  Now, has is that for a cool deal? :-)

So, mark your calendars and head to your favorite local retailer on Feb. 19th, when this new Blu-Ray/DVD/3D Blu-Ray Combo Collections Edition hits store shelves.  Or, pre-order through your favorite online retailer now and sit back and wait for Monsters, Inc. to arrive at your door next week. Either way, you will be in for a treat when you sit down and watch this movie with your entire family -- in regular format or 3D.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this product from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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