Recent DVD release: Monsters University

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

By now I think everybody has gotten a chance to see Monster’s, Inc, and if you haven’t then you should go out and rent that movie before you go and see this one.  This film follows the young version of Mike Wazowski (voices by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) as they go through their freshman year at University.  Monsters University is actually Pixar’s first ever prequel to one of their films and it’s available for Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.

We know that Mike and Sulley are the best of friends back in Monster’s, Inc., but that wasn’t the case when they went to University.  They started out being complete rivals to see who was the most fearsome “scarer”.  Sulley believes that the ability to scare is something you are born with, and Mike has the book smarts and the quick on his feet strategy.  They soon realize that there’s no way they can get through the tough first term in the scaring faculty, if they want to graduate unless they work together.  Mike and Sulley soon find themselves inside of the least scary fraternity on campus, Oozma Kappa, in order to remain at school.  Without Mike and Sulley making all the jokes and laughs like in the previous film, we get a stumbling group of monsters with no inherent ability to scare at all.  But they all help the two by joining the Scare Games, a competition between different fraternities and sororities on campus on scaring ability.  Through the games they begin to use their individual strengths while helping each other to reach their full potential.

Thankfully Monsters University has been transferred to Blu-ray with all the vibrant color of the big screen.  The best representation of all the colors diversity that can be seen would be the first scene that Mike enters on campus.  The creation of the campus and all the different monsters pop off the screen from Mike’s bright snotty green to the sharpness of the campus buildings and statues.  Notably are the changes in time through the story as we get to see the campus go from spring to fall and winter.  If you have a powerful enough home theatre system than you can get the most out of this Blu-ray/DVD release.

Like most other release there are the small shorts, behind the scenes making of, deleted scenes, trailers and Director commentary.  The best part I would say would be the making of from the perspective of the production crew.  Two of the special features if you were only going to watch two would have to the Monthropology and Music appreciation features.  My favorite part of Monthropology goes over the creation of an inspiration for the head mistress by the animation crew having a giant centipede brought in for replication.  The music section is scored by Randy Newman and the Music appreciation goes into his process of creating the tunes used in the film and his inspiration behind them.

Blu-ray/DVD rating: 4/5 Scare Games

Fun for all ages