The technical presentation, however, earns top marks. The 16:9 Blu-ray image is so sharp and detailed, with such outstanding manipulation of focus that one almost wonders if 3D is even necessary. But every so often a shot will drop the jaw with its realistic illusion of depth, evident down to subtle elements like a shaft of sunlight or a swirl of dust. The third dimension also does wonders to impart a sense of scale to the proceedings, as the grounds and halls of M.U. are flat-out expansive. And in 2D or 3, the range and vibrancy of the colors is nothing short of astounding.
The Dolby TrueHD audio is reference-quality as well. The mains and particularly the surrounds are host to some fun discrete effects, and the speakers work well together to convey directionality across the 7.1-channel soundfield. When you hear the Frisbee whoosh by, you’ll know what I mean. One of the Scare Game scenarios boasts a Thunderdome-like 360-degree spread, fine resonance is exceptionally clear, and the bass is quite powerful, notably in the music.
As theatrically, Monsters University is preceded on disc by the 3D animated short “The Blue Umbrella.” The 2D Disc Two, meanwhile, packs an audio commentary by director Dan Scanlon, producer Kori Rae, and story supervisor Kelsey Mann. A third disc, all in HD, features about a dozen segments that take us behind the scenes and/or share what an amazing place Pixar Animation Studios is to work. Several rough deleted scenes can be found here too. The bundled DVD includes the commentary plus “Umbrella” in standard definition, and a Digital Copy rounds out this solid set.
Studio: Disney, 2013
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio Format: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Length: 104 mins.
MPAA Rating: G
Director: Dan Scanlon
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi