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directed by Peter Docter, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich
USA 2001

Sulley, the main monster of "Monsters, Inc.," looks a little like a bear, except he's purple and aquamarine. His horns and generous build are reminiscent of Shrek. Then again, the little girl who befriends him thinks he's a cat.


But the creature Sulley most resembles is a human, thanks to John Goodman's soothing baritone and an emotive puss designed by the whizzes at Emeryville's Pixar. A big guy who slouches a bit as he schlepps off to his factory job, Sulley could be somebody's dad or grandpa, albeit one with more back hair than most.

Sulley is the warm heart of "Monsters, Inc.," the latest computer animation achievement for Pixar and Disney ("Toy Story," "A Bug's Life"). Though a bit indulgent of its star power at times, "Monsters" is funny and sweet enough to delight kids and inventive enough to satisfy adults.

Excerpt from Carla Meyer's review at the San Francisco Chronicle located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 28th, 2001

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Comparison:

Buena Vista (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Walt Disney Studios (2-disc - Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Walt Disney Studios (4-disc - US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Guillaume Mareri for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc DVD) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Disney (Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Disney (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Buena Vista

Region 1 - NTSC

Buena Vista
Region 2 - PAL
Walt Disney Studios Home  Entertainment (Japan)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Walt Disney (4-disc US)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:00 1:28:21 (4% PAL speedup) 1:32:15 1:32:15.821
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.22 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,776,862,099 bytes

Feature: 21,978,310,656 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Total Bitrate: 31.76 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,068,603,530 bytes

Feature: 21,977,174,016 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Total Bitrate: 31.76 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc dvd)

 

Bitrate:

Buena Vista (France)

 

Bitrate:

Japan

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

USA

Blu-ray

 

Audio DD 5.1 EX English, (DD 5.1 French on Canadian edition only) DTS French, DD 5.1 English & French

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4060 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4060 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-ES Audio Japanese 1509 kbps 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4060 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4060 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital EX Audio French 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital EX Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, none English, French, none English, Japanese, none English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Buena Vista

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary
• Short film "Mike's new car"
• Short film "For the birds"
• Exclusive Sneak Peaks "Finding Nemo"
• Funny Outtakes
• "The Monster World"
• "The Human World"

DVD Release Date: September 17th, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Buena Vista

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary
• Short film "Mike's new car"
• Short film "For the birds"
• Exclusive Sneak Peaks "Finding Nemo"
• Funny Outtakes
• "The Monster World"
• "The Human World"

 

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2002
Digipack

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Disney

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,776,862,099 bytes

Feature: 21,978,310,656 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Total Bitrate: 31.76 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary
• Short film "Mike's new car"
• Short film "For the birds"
• Exclusive Sneak Peaks "Finding Nemo"
• Funny Outtakes
• "The Monster World"
• "The Human World"

•  Roundtable with Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Darla Anderson
•  Interactive Game
• Disneyland Tokyo attraction

 

Blu-ray Release Date: May 20th, 2009
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Disney

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,068,603,530 bytes

Feature: 21,977,174,016 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Total Bitrate: 31.76 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary - Director Pete Docter, co-director Lee Unkrich, writer Andrew Stanton, and executive producer John Lasseter
• Director's Introduction
• Filmmakers Round Table
• Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Japan
• For the Birds Pixar short
• Mike's New Car
 

Disc 2
• Roz's 100 Door Challenge
4 Featurettes
• "Story is King" s
• "Monsters Are Real"
• "Original Treatment"
• "Back to Work"
• Pixar Fun Factory Tour
• Banished Concepts
• Storyboard to Film Comparison
• Designing Monstropolis
• Set Dressing
• Location Flyaround
Monster File
6 Animation Production Documentaries
• "Animation Process"
• "Early Tests"
• "Opening Title Animation"
• "Hard Parts"
• "Shots Department"
• "Production Demonstration"
• Music & Sound
• Premiere, two theatrical trailers, four TV spots
• "Monsters Only" Section
• Wrap-Up
• Art Gallery

DVD of the Film
Digital Copy
BD-Live Capable

 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 10th, 2009
Thick Blu-ray case

Chapters 33

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Disney (US) - Region FREE Blu-ray - November 09': I can't discern any differences in the video or English audio transfer from the Japanese Blu-ray. Although the US edition reports a higher file size - this is most probably due to the seamless addition of both French and Spanish for text signs, extras and the DUBs etc.

So the difference is solely in the package and the extras, IF you don't require the foreign language option (the presentation starts with your choice of 'English', 'French' or 'Spanish'). To 'cut to the chase' - the 4-disc US set has the important ones like the commentary, roundtable discussion and shorts. It adds more production featurettes, the massive art gallery, the Digital Copy disc and a standard DVD of the film. the US disc is also BD-LIVE capable.

Both Blu-rays are Region FREE as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player. The Japanese 1080P disc is far more expensive and only had the appeal of getting the Blu-ray 6 months earlier for those who didn't require the Japanese DUB. The image quality remains totally flawless and is highly recommended as a reference disc for your system.

Gary Tooze

ADDITION: Disney (Japan) - Region FREE Blu-ray - May 09': This is the Japanese package that contains 2 Blu-ray discs (a dual-layered first with the feature and a single-layered second with more that 22 Gig of HD supplements that run for over an hour.) Both are Region FREE as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player.

The DVDs were reference quality for SD and the Blu-ray is superior in all the usual areas. Colors are brighter, detail stronger and there is more information in the frame's side edges. Everything has tightened up and the quality may be one of the best Blu-rays I own (and I own almost 1000). It consistently looks 3-dimensional with brilliant colors. It is incredibly impressive with stunning visuals every few minutes. Clicking on the Blu-ray captures to reveal the 1080 resolution images should give you a better idea of how 'reference' the hi-def transfer is.

The DTS-HD Master audio at over 4000 Kpbs is, likewise, pristine. Every nuance of sound - effect, theme music or dialogue - is crisp with dynamically resonating precision. This has absolutely no faults that I was able to determine with the A/V. The voice of 'Roz' (Bob Peterson) sounds slightly different to me but I may be imagining things. I'll continue to run tests and compare when I have the time. There are both English and Japanese optional subtitles and a Japanese DUB.

After about 5 adverts, director Peter Docter introduces the Japanese Blu-ray (and probably the eventual US one) and tells us that the supplements include all the extras on the previous DVD releases, plus the following Blu-ray exclusive extras:
•  Roundtable with Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Darla Anderson
•  100 Interactive Game - 'Doors'
• 
Sneak Preview - Disneyland Tokyo "Monster Inc.' attraction

As the menus are in Japanese I haven't yet ventured into discovering all the 2-disc package has to offer - extras-wise. But, honestly, I was more interested in the transfer which is absolutely magnificent. I can't extol it any more - it will get a lot of play in my household, for my two boys, friends... and even myself to 'Wow' at the quality. I'll report more as I come across it. I imagine the eventual US release (scheduled for November 09') will be the same with some minor variations. There is a UK release coming at the end of July, 2009 HERE.

Gary Tooze 

ON THE DVDs: Video quality on the two DVDs is almost the same. PAL is just slightly cropped on left side (see the orange cow on wallpaper - 2ndcap). Although there are stronger contrasting colors on NTSC version, PAL's one offers a sharper picture (see details on little girl's hairs - last cap).

The DTS track on region 2 is convincing but I still prefer Original Version as the French dubs aren't good as the English track. The Canadian Region 1 has a French  dub. Subtitles are superior on the PAL edition.

There's plenty of extras on both editions, which are the same.

 - Guillaume

 

 



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1) Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc DVD) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Disney (Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Disney (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc DVD) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Disney (Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc DVD) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Disney (Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Disney (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc DVD) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Disney (Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Disney (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Buena Vista ( Collector's Edition 2 disc DVD) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Buena Vista (Edition Collector 2 DVD) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Disney (Japan) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Disney (US) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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Distribution

Buena Vista

Region 1 - NTSC

Buena Vista
Region 2 - PAL
Walt Disney Studios Home  Entertainment (Japan)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Walt Disney (4-disc)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

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