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‘Monsters University’ Now Available for Digital Download

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Posted by Brkyo614 • October 8, 2013

Disney has recently experimented with home release schedules for its major titles — last year’s Wreck-it Ralph, for instance, launched digitally weeks before physical copies hit shelves. Monsters University is the latest movie to follow suit; Amazon and iTunes now have the film up for download in HD ahead of its October 29 Blu-ray release.

Fans will be happy to hear that the digital version includes most of the extras set to come with the traditional release later this month. Those looking for a standard-definition download will still have to wait until the 29th.

Download the film at iTunes or Amazon, or pre-order the Blu-ray or DVD edition today.

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‘Monsters University’ Blu-ray Special Features Revealed, Releasing October 29

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 9, 2013

It was rumored last month, but now Disney has spoken: Monsters University will arrive on home video on October 29, just in time for Halloween. Four versions are lined up for release: a 4-disc 3D Blu-ray edition with 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy discs, a 3-disc 2D Blu-ray edition with DVD and Digital Copy discs, a standard 2D Blu-ray with a DVD copy, and a standard DVD. Like other recent Pixar releases, only the Blu-ray SKUs will include a sizable lineup of bonus features:

  • Campus Life – What’s it like being on a production crew at Pixar? Get a look at a day in the life of the “Monsters University” crew through their own eyes.
  • Story School – This documentary examines the challenges of creating a prequel as well as themes that run through the story, and the change in focus from Sulley to Mike. We’ll also look at how gags are developed – from writing jokes to brainstorming a million ideas, only 5% of which actually end up in the movie.
  • Scare Games – At Pixar, we play hard while we work. The same people who keep the film production moving – producers, managers, coordinators and artists – are also the ones who bring spirit and excitement to some of our extracurricular activities. We check out the MU production teams as they go head to head in the mostly playful Pixar Scare Games competitions.
  • Welcome to MU – Sets aren’t just buildings, they are the worlds our characters live in and explore. This look at the Monsters University campus and its development is told from the perspective of the artists who created each piece of the campus from the architecture to the ivy leaves.
  • Music Appreciation – Randy Newman’s scores are a mainstay of Pixar films, and this documentary will give you a privileged look at his creative process. We follow the “Monsters University” scoring process from spotting to writing and on to the scoring session. including special college-themed recording sessions.
  • Scare Tactics – Animators are actors who digitally bring the characters to life. In this look at how the MU animation team worked, you’ll see their process of how they channeled their own monster-selves and created moments on screen that were really funny, really scary and also really serious, sometimes all at the same time.
  • Color and Light – How can a single painting set the tone for an entire scene? We’ll look at the creation of the colorscripts and how they were realized technically in the final film. Along with the process, this piece explores the many layers of technical innovation required to produce such a naturalistic feel.
  • Paths to PixarMU Edition – When one door closes, sometimes another door opens – one with an even more exciting opportunity behind it. Members of the MU crew tell their own compelling backstories and share the challenges they overcame along their paths to Pixar.
  • Furry Monsters: A Technical Retrospective – Explore the difficulties in creating characters that are 20 years younger with tools that are 10 years more advanced in this contrasting look at the differing technical challenges that arose when making “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Monsters University.”
  • Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes – “Rivalry,” “Recon,” “Movie Night,” and “Drama Class” – are highlighted with an introduction from director Dan Scanlon.
  • The Blue Umbrella – This animated short film from Pixar Animation Studios, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg, played in theaters in front of “Monsters University.” “The Blue Umbrella” tells the story of an evening commute in which the rain starts to fall and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
  • Additional Bonus Features – Audio Commentary, Promo Picks, College Campaign, Theatrical Campaign, Set Flythroughs, Art Gallery and more!

Pre-orders are available now on Amazon:

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New ‘Monsters University’ Behind the Scenes Clips

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 17, 2013

Last week we shared a fascinating look at Monsters University‘s animation process. Now, Pixar has provided even more insight into the research and fun behind Monsters U with two short featurettes.

First, an unsettling look at how Dean Hardscrabble’s design came to be:

Pixar is known for boosting employee morale in unorthodox ways; this may be one of the most creative methods yet:

Both of these clips seem to be trimmed from the more extensive featurettes we’ll see on the film’s Blu-ray disc, which may release as soon as October 29. Be on the lookout for further details and enjoy these new clips!

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‘Monsters University’ Blu-ray Cover Art; Now Available for Pre-Order

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 5, 2013

Holding out until the home video release to check out Monsters University? Amazon is now taking pre-orders for both the 3D and 2D Blu-ray editions of the film.

Details are scarce at the moment, but Amazon has updated their product pages with cover art for each version. (Surprisingly, the standard Blu-ray art is actually better than the 3D cover in this case.) More concrete news — including information on special features — should be coming in the near future.

Monsters University is in theatres now; expect it to hit DVD and Blu-ray sometime in November. Head over to Amazon to pre-order.

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (11/20/12)

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Posted by Brkyo614 • November 20, 2012

As the year comes to a close, the excitement surrounding Brave and other 2012 Pixar releases is settling down; all that’s left is the December 19 release of Monsters, Inc. 3D. Nonetheless, a few worthwhile Pixar stories have made the rounds recently.

Pixar Honors Steve Jobs: Many forget the influence of the late Steve Jobs on Pixar’s upbringing, providing essential financial support and leadership for the company up until his death. The studio’s staff, though, have certainly not forgotten – in honor of Jobs’ legacy, the studio recently erected a sign above the entrance to its main building in Emeryville, officially declaring it "The Steve Jobs Building". (Via Pixar Times)

Enrico Casarosa Unveils La Luna Statue: Following his previous tease, La Luna director Enrico Casarosa recently tweeted a first look at a maquette based on the short’s lead character, Bambino. Just 500 will be available exclusively at the Pixar studio store next month, and a wider release is unfortunately unlikely.

Amazon Lists Monsters, Inc. for 3D Blu-ray Release: A month prior to the 3D theatrical release, Amazon is already listing a 5-disc 3D Blu-ray edition of Monsters, Inc. for pre-order. No release date has been announced yet, but check back in the coming months. (Via Pixar Talk)

First "For Your Consideration" Ad for Brave: With the movie awards season rapidly approaching, Pixar is aiming to drum up some enthusiasm among critics through a new ad for Brave, recently seen in Variety. Likely the first of many, the print ad aims to net the film a few Oscar nods by reminding readers of the visceral beauty of Brave. (Awards Daily, via Pixar Talk)

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Reminder: New Pixar Blu-rays Hit Shelves Tomorrow!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • November 12, 2012

The 13th should be a good day for Pixar fans in the US, as Brave and the second volume of Pixar Short Films Collection both arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in North America.

Brave, coming in standard DVD, 3-disc Blu-ray, and 5-disc Blu-ray 3D packages, includes the feature film, the new short film The Legend of Mor’du (see the first stills at Entertainment Weekly), and Enrico Casarosa’s La Luna. The Blu-ray editions contain a second disc with a plethora of bonus features omitted from the standard DVD. Blu-ray.com and Examiner both praise the pristine audio/video quality and solid supplemental features, so this should be a near-perfect home video release as expected from Pixar.

Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2 compiles twelve of Pixar’s newer shorts onto one disc (see the full selection on the DVD and Blu-ray Amazon pages) and also showcases student films from John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. DVDizzy and Blu-ray.com suggest that this one isn’t a must-own, but Pixar loyalists should take interest in the audio commentaries and rare student films.

Both of these titles will be available on Tuesday, November 13. Additionally, be on the lookout for the Finding Nemo Blu-ray on December 4.

Which of these new releases will you be picking up?

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Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2 Confirmed for November 13!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • September 4, 2012

Though rumors have been circulating for a few months now, an entry on the Disney DVD website has officially revelaed that a second compilation of Pixar short films is on the way this November.

The DVD and Blu-ray release features a lineup of 12 Pixar shorts, including Presto, Day & Night and La Luna. The cover art also suggests that Dug’s Special Mission, Hawaiian Vacation, and Partly Cloudy are definite inclusions. Alongside the shorts will be a slew of new bonus features outlining the background of some of Pixar’s crew, including short films from directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter.

The total run time of the collection clocks in at a slim 63 minutes. If you enjoyed the first volume of Pixar shorts, though, head over to Amazon.com to preorder its successor.

(Via Pixar Geek)

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‘Brave’ Blu-ray Dated for November 13!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • August 17, 2012

As Brave‘s theatrical run nears its end, Disney is divulging a few more details on the home video release.

The 3-disc Blu-ray and 5-disc ultimate collector’s edition were listed on Amazon about a month ago, but now the Disney Store also has the 3-disc edition up for pre-order. Details are still light, but the product description confirms a November 13 release date. Interestingly, Brave will not share a simultaneous launch with Finding Nemo on Blu-ray on December 4.

The Disney Store also is offering a free lithograph set as a pre-order bonus. The site has yet to list the 5-disc edition of Brave, but it should come alongside more details on bonus features soon.

Pre-order Brave on Blu-ray from the Disney Store or Amazon.

(Via Stitch Kingdom)

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‘Brave’ Blu-ray Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Posted by Brkyo614 • July 15, 2012

Although Brave has only been in theaters for less than a month, information on the home video release has already been made public.

Amazon.com has two editions of Brave up for pre-order, with a first look at cover art to the right: A five-disc "ultimate collector’s edition" featuring 3D and 2D Blu-rays, a DVD, and a digital copy of the film, as well as a standard version that includes the 2D Blu-ray and DVD. A DVD-only release will inevitably be announced in the future.

Despite no confirmed release date or special features, pre-orders are already on the rise; the 3D Blu-ray is currently the best-selling Blu-ray on Amazon, and the 2D edition is ranked at #7. A full announcement from Disney will likely come around August.

Pre-order the 3D Blu-ray here or the standard edition here.

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Now Available: Cars 2 on Blu-ray/DVD + Toy Story Trilogy!

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Posted by Martin • November 1, 2011

A truckload of Pixar releases hit stores today including a wide range of Cars 2 home video options and the Toy Story Trilogy bundle.

The standard Cars 2 Blu-ray and DVD "combo packs" are pretty bare bones when it comes to bonus features and other goodies, but the HD picture is as eye-popping as ever. Included on every release is an audio commentary with John Lasseter and Brad Lewis, Hawaiian Vacation, and the brand new "Cars Toons" short, Air Mater.

If you’ve seen the other "Mater’s Tall Tales" vignettes, the set-up for Air Mater will be pretty familiar. Re-imagining Mater as a plane was a clever touch that lends to the series’ tongue-in-cheek style of humor. It’s also fun to note that this is Pixar Canada’s first project. Look out for the nod to DisneyToon’s upcoming Planes at the end.

As with other Pixar releases, director John Lasseter and co-director Brad Lewis add rich perspective in the commentary while the film moves from one jaw-dropping locale to another, equally breathtaking setting. The 5-disc 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD "combo pack" includes a wealth of special features which unfortunately, we weren’t able to review.

The Toy Story Trilogy, bundled for the first time on 3D Blu-ray, also hits stores today. Standalone 3D releases of Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 will be available separately as well.

Have you had the chance to check out any of these releases?

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