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Monsters University (DVD)
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QUALITY: Unsurprisingly, the video quality is stunning. Little else needs to be said about the transfer. It's flawless.
EXTRAS: There are a TON of extras!
If you like the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking, the extras here are about as extensive as I've seen before. Not only do the shorts give a background of life on Pixar's campus (Campus Life), but plenty of dedication to each aspect of making the film. Of course, there's also some deleted scenes.
What's nice about the scenes is that director Dan Scalon talks you through the scene in detail and why it was cut. They are of course unfinished, but still interesting to see what could have been part of the movie.
If I have one complaint, it's the layout of the bonus features menu. Despite the features being on a blu-ray disc, the menu does not operate like a blu-ray menu. Typically, you're able to operate within the menu while the movie (or features) are playing on screen. Instead, you need to return to the menu screen to select the next option. It's a small caveat, but there we go.
SPOILERS BELOW. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM.
If you don't care about the end being discussed, then by all means read on...
My wife and I saw Monsters University and both loved it. Many of the Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes however, seemed to miss the point of the film entirely.
"This is a safe, predictable, edge-free, nearly bland effort from a studio that rarely hedges its bets." - Richard Roeper
"[It] conforms to [Pixar's] apparent drift toward the average, with toy sales taking priority over originality.Read more ›
Wall E will always be my favorite Pixar film, and Toy Story 2 will always be my second, but fighting for third place for a long time has been Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, the original Toy Story, and Up. That is the kind of company Monsters U is keeping. It does everything right, from delivering plenty incredibly funny moments balanced with the kind of emotionally powerful and heartfelt scenes that have made Pixar a household name. This movie is so funny I chocked on my popcorn. I haven't laughed this hard in a movie since 21 Jump Street. And it wasn't that cheap appeal to the lowest denominator type humor either. There aren't any fart jokes, poop jokes, inside innuendos about sex or drugs. None of that nonsense here. This is good old fashioned honest to God comedy that's drop dead hilariousness and perfectly appropriate for all ages.Read more ›
So...does Monsters University live up to the hype? Well....yes it does! However......it doesn't quite have the charm of Monsters, Inc....and I think that's because it lacks Boo. After all, Boo was the "cute factor" in the first movie....and in this movie, of course, you don't have that. BUT...aside from this "lack of cute factor," Monsters University does not disappoint!
In the movie, we learn the famous scare team's back story. We begin the movie with Mike Wakowski (the "walking eyeball") as a young school child...and he is so adorable! We find out about this overly enthusiastic character's past and how he developed his all consuming desire to become a "scarer."
Then we cut to Mike Wakowski as a new college student at Monsters U.....we find out how earnestly he wants to achieve his goals...how devoted he is to book learning about scare tactics...enter James Sullivan (Sully)..who hails from a long line of scarers and who doesn't "go by the book" at all. Sully is overly-confident that he will pass all the tests without ever cracking a book....hence the team of Mike and Sully is born!
Of course, they don't exactly hit it off at first....
There are many new characters to meet in this Pixar prequel.....a whole group of funny misfit monsters in a "nerd" fraternity....there are frat parties and college hijinks, and most of all, a big competition...all of this providing plenty of brightly hued action and humor for young children - with enough amusing dialogue and character development to keep parents entertained, as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice 3D effects (better than Monsters, Inc). Great picture and story. Loved itPublished 5 hours ago by Al
Watched with 3 grand kids ages 7-14 and everyone really enjoyed it. The humor was age appropriate and even the adults got a laugh out of it!Published 11 hours ago by Lynda Kowalski
You know exactly what Monsters University is.
Admit it, you are an adult and you are about to watch an adorable movie with fluffy monsters. Read more
My son loves this movie! Good plot line that everyone is different but can accomplish great things :)Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer