Published on November 2nd, 2013 | by Greg

Monsters University: Now On Blu-Ray!

It’s past the time for scares, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy some Monsters. Whether you’re preparing your Christmas gift lists (the first time those words have appeared this year), or just wanting to cozy up and enjoy a good flick, it’d be hard to find better family fare than Pixar’s latest film, Monsters University.

If you’re already a fan of the first, then this one is a must-see- how could you not love walking eyeball Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) or companion James P. Sullivan (John Goodman)? But even if you haven’t seen, or barely remember, the original, it’s easy to hop in and enjoy this sequel thanks to it’s clever origin story. As you might imagine, this isn’t an origin story like dark comic books that have been all the rage lately, but rather a fairly light-hearted romp on college friendship that definitely offers something for all ages.

Fraternity pranks might not seem the most kid-friendly topic, but it works out surprisingly well, and this is ultimately a college buddy movie that hearkens back to other classics in the genre. There’s a little Animal House along with a little Harry Potter, and the new cast adds to the fun (Helen Mirren owns her role as a Dean).

We watched the Blu-ray edition, and it was an incredibly impressive transfer- lush colors, sharp and detailed hairs and eyes, great depth and dark blacks. Sound is equally solid, with plenty of room for roars and sounds, with balanced dialogue and rich (if only so-so) music. Even if it’s not the most original creation, it’s hard to find much to fault with Monsters University’s funny, clever writing, solid acting and voiceover work, and lively animation. Available now in several formats including a multi-disk edition, for around $25. Rated G.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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