We are mere weeks away from Halloween, so it’s only natural that Monsters are coming out to play. In fact, Disney/Pixar’s unleashed their own monsters via the Monsters University Digital HD and Digital HD 3D release last October 8, 2013. They’re also going to follow it up with a proper retail release of the 4-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ra 3D Como Pack 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack,
3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack,DVD and On-Demand on October 29, 2013.
We currently don’t have access to a proper 3D setup so we won’t be focusing on the 3D aspects of the release. In any case, the 3D is just an extra – the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating – and whether owning Monsters University on home video will be worth your money or not will depend largely on the film itself (and maybe a few of the extras included in the set.)
The Movie: No Boo?
Let’s get this out of the way first. Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters, Inc. and focuses on Sulley and Mike during their college days – how they met, how they became best friends despite their differences and the path they took in order to become the top scarers in Monsters, Inc. This means no Boo, as she’s probably not even born yet during the events of the film.
It can’t be denied that Boo is one of the most popular characters in the original film but her absence here isn’t such a bad thing. It’s true that there’s a dearth of “daaww-sooo-cuuuutee,” moments but you won’t miss it much once you realize that Monsters University doesn’t really need it to work this time around. Rather, it is more of a college buddy comedy that’s reliant on Mike and Sulley’s chemistry (or initial lack thereof).