By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders
Halfway through Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray I had an epiphany – I absolutely love this movie. Coming in as one of Pixar’s best in terms of characters and charm, the film had me laughing harder than I ever expected. The fainting scene? Hilarious. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to watch it on my new 50” Panasonic Plasma like I did the Up Blu-ray; review coming soon. No matter, as it still looked plenty stunning on my 32” Sharp Aquos.
Monsters, Inc. on Blu-Ray
The problem with Blu-ray, at least from the animation studio’s perspective, is that it allows the casual viewer to easily spot advancements in CG-animation. Monsters, Inc. looks amazing, no doubt, but you’ll notice that the characters aren’t as detailed as those featured in Pixar’s later films. They do excel at one thing, however, and that is hair. I don’t know how they get hair to look so real, but this movie almost feels like a coming out party for lifelike hair. Watch Sulley as he moves around the screen and see his hair react to everything around him. Put some wind on him, such as in the final door segment, and it blows naturally. Wow. Really.
When it comes to the new special features, there seems more here for people who love going WAY behind the scenes. Like, you want to sit around and hear the film’s creators discuss what exactly they were eating when they came up with certain ideas to put into the film. A lot of talking and reflection, for sure, but I was hoping more for featurettes that showed the animation process. Eh, I guess I’ll let it slide considering that they not only give a DVD copy of the film with the 4-Disc Blu-ray, but a Digital Copy too.
Not that any of this matters. It’s Pixar, it’s great, and you know you’re buying it.
Monsters, Inc. comes out to Blu-ray on November 10th.