The Monsters Are Coming To Bluray, and DVD.

Our family enjoyed watching Monsters, Inc. when it came out to the movies.  All I want now is to visit DisneyLand to ride the Monsters, Inc. ride that they put in.  Why can’t Disney take care of us that go to Disney World?

MONSTERS, INC.
Disney/Pixar’s Animated Classic Available  
For the First Time in Blu-ray High Definition!
On 2-Disc Disney Blu-ray Hi Def + DisneyFile Digital Copy November 10, 2009,
Available for the SRP of $45.99

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ALL NEW BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES
• FILMMAKERS ROUND TABLE  
O Filmmakers Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Darla Anderson, and Bob Peterson reflect on the
creation of the film, and share their most memorable anecdotes.
• MONSTERS, INC. RIDE AND GO SEEK: BUILDING MONSTROPOLIS IN TOKYO
O A sneak peak of the newest Monsters attraction in Tokyo Disneyland, with exclusive
interviews of the artists and engineers behind the ride.
• ROZ’S 100 DOOR CHALLENGE (INTERACTIVE GAME)
o Think you have what it takes to be a Monsters, Inc. employee? Roz will be the judge of
that with her 100 Door Challenge. Deal with whatever is behind each new door. It could be
a puzzle, a trivia question, a mini-game . . . it could be crazy! Do your best. Your future
employment at Monsters, Inc. hangs in the balance.
 
• BD-LIVE FEATURES
 
• DISNEY FILE DIGITAL COPY FOR iTUNES AND WINDOW MEDIA PLAYER

PLUS ORIGINAL DVD BONUS FEATURES:
• Academy Award® nominated short film “Mike’s New Car“ (With Audio Commentary By
Directors)
• Academy Award® winning short film “For the Birds” (With Audio Commentary By Director)
• Banished Concepts  
• Storyboard To Film Comparison  
• Monster file
• Animation Gag Reel 1: Sulley/Boo/Waternoose  
• Animation Gag Reel 2: Giraffe Gag  
• Animation Gag Reel 3: Sulley Bowling Boo

MONSTERS, INC. BLU-RAY DISC PRODUCT DETAILS:
STREET DATE:  November 10, 2009
Direct pre-book:    9/15/09   
Distributor pre-book:   9/29/09  
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99
Feature run time:   95 minutes    
Rated: USA:    G  
The following technical specifications may only apply to feature:
Aspect ratio:    2.35:1
Video:     1080p, Widescreen
Sound:   5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, French, Spanish
    
Subtitles:    English SDH, French, Spanish

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What Is Coming “UP!” On BluRay & DVD?

I personally loved watching UP! on the big screen when we got to go see it for a special sneak preview that was sponsored by MomsLikeMe.  The story was cute, and the graphics were great.

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Burbank, California, August 10, 2009 — An exhilarating, hilarious and heartfelt animated
adventure comes home when Disney•Pixar’s Up arrives on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on
November 10, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.  Blending inspired
whimsy with powerful emotion, the hugely successful feature film is an artistic and
entertaining tour de force for the entire family. Up is available in a four-disc Blu-ray
Combo Pack, and a two-disc DVD, which both include DisneyFile, a digital copy of the
movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic devices, as well as enough bonus
features that keep the fun coming.  
 
Academy Award®-nominee Pete Docter (2008, Best Original Screenplay, WALL•E; 2001,
Best Animated Feature Film, Monsters, Inc.) directs one of the funniest fantasy-
adventures of all time featuring a gifted voice cast that includes Ed Asner (Elf),
Christopher Plummer (Inside Man), Up co-director and writer Bob Peterson (Monsters,
Inc.), Delroy Lindo (This Christmas) and John Ratzenberger (who has lent his voice to
every Disney•Pixar feature film).   
 
Up is the tenth in an unprecedented streak of critical and box office triumphs for
Disney•Pixar that includes four Academy Award® winners for Best Animated Feature—
WALL•E (2008), Ratatouille (2007), The Incredibles (2004) and Finding Nemo (2003)—
as well as Cars, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story. Up joined each
of its predecessors in ranking #1 at the box office on its opening weekend.

BONUS FEATURES FOR UP
Commentary by director Pete Docter and co-director Bob Peterson.
• Dug’s Special Mission – An all new original short film that follows the
misadventures of Dug as he attempts to complete his “special mission.” The
short is directed by Up Story Supervisor, Ronnie Del Carmen.
The Many Endings of Muntz – Many ideas were hatched about how to dispose
of the film’s arch villain, Muntz, and now viewers can see the many alternate
endings proposed during story development.
• Partly Cloudy –The hilarious short film that preceded screenings of Up.
Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the
babies? The answer lies up in the stratosphere where the cloud Gus is a master
at creating “dangerous” babies, which prove to be more than a handful for his
loval delivery stork Peck. Directed by Pixar story artist, animator and voice actor
Peter Sohn.
Adventure is Out There – This action-packed documentary tells the story of the
filmmakers’ own trek to the tepuis mountains of South America to research the
design and story of the film.  
 
And, only on Blu-ray Hi-Def, hours of features, and behind-the scenes bonus features,
including:   
Cine-Explore – A visual montage of concept art, clips and documentary
coverage that illustrates the directors’ commentary.
Geriatric Hero – A character study of Carl, from research to realization including
art and design, rigging, animation and story. It focuses on the issues of aging,
“simplexity”, shape-language and compelling character arcs.
Canine Companions – For anyone who ever wondered where CG puppies
come from, an introduction to the design, behavior and language of dogs.  
Russell: Wilderness Explorer – A character study of Russell from inspiration
and design to finding the character arc and authentic voice for this wilderness
ranger.  
Our Giant Flightless Friend, Kevin – Find out how avian research and
development at Pixar helped bring a mythical, 13-foot tall iridescent bird to life.

Homemakers of Pixar – Carl and Ellie’s house is an important “character” in the
film. Fans follow the development of the house from story to art to its ultimate
realization in the computer.
Balloons and Flight – Carl’s house and Muntz’s dirigible presented the
filmmakers with two different problems—how could they make a physical
impossibility possible? And, in the case of the dirigible, how would they unearth a
fallen giant and let it soar?
Composing for Characters – Composer Michael Giacchino returns to score his
third Disney•Pixar feature film. See how the Up filmmakers collaborated with
Giacchino to create the memorable score and compelling musical themes.
Married Life – The original story concept that became the powerful “Married Life”
scene, showing Carl and Ellie’s love story.
Global Guardian Badge Game – Players try to locate countries, states and
capitals around the globe in a multi-layered BD-Exclusive geography game
enhanced by BD-Live.
 
Synopsis:
Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on
one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy. Up follows the
uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his
lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and
flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest
nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness
Explorer named Russell. Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some
strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly
imaginative adventure.
 
Up has a suggested retail price of $39.99 SRP (US) or $44.99 SRP (Canada) for the 2-
Disc DVD, and $45.99 SRP (US) or $52.99 SRP (Canada) for the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo
pack.  A 1-Disc DVD is also available at SRP $29.99 (US), $35.99 (Canada)

STREET DATE: 11/10
Direct prebook: 9/1   
Distributor prebook: 9/15   
Pricing: 2-Disc DVD:  $39.99, 4-Disc Combo: $45.99   
Feature run time: 96 minutes     
Rated: PG     
Bonus Materials Not Rated in US
Technical specifications may only apply to feature.
Aspect ratio: DVD: Widescreen 16×9    
Sound: SD: 5.1 Dolby Digital, BD: Dolby Digital EX 1080P  
Languages: English, Canadian French, Spanish

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Time To Turn Out The Light On The Lamp?

I just read this on one of the Disney news sites that I visit often…

What’s next?  Someone created a doll in East Jabip, and doesn’t want Disney to run It’s A Small World?

Here is the text of the article…

A Norwegian company that invented the inspiration for cinema’s best-loved light fixture is suing The Walt Disney Company and animator Pixar for alleged trade mark infringement.

Luxo makes swivel table lamps that Pixar founder John Lasseter has said were the inspiration for his company’s logo. A pair of Luxo lookalike lamps appeared in Pixar’s first film in 1986, Luxo Jr.

Luxo has filed a US trade mark infringement suit over a replica lamp called the Luxo Jr that is being sold by Disney, now the owner of Pixar. It says that it was not consulted about this and is not being paid for the sale of the lamps.

Luxo said that it has a trade mark in the name Luxo and that Disney is infringing its trade marks by selling the lamp under its name without its permission.

“[Disney is] now advertising for sale and/or selling and distributing in the US and elsewhere a lamp product namely the ‘Limited Edition Luxo Jr Lamp Collectible Pack’ which comprises a DVD of a Disney/Pixar film and includes a small actual lamp bearing ‘Luxo Jr’ on its base, which lamp itself simulates the Luxo [lamp],” said Luxo’s lawsuit, filed in New York.

The suit acknowledged the previous use to which Pixar had put lamps in the same shape as its own. “However, [Pixar’s] logo made no express reference to the name ‘Luxo’, and heretofore, other than [Luxo’s] lamps, there existed no actual lamps which used the Luxo trademark,” the suit said.

The suit said that the sale of the lamps and the creation of a six-foot-tall animatronic version of ‘Luxo Jr’ at Disney World were happening “with no compensation to [Luxo] and without its consent”.

Luxo said that the lamps being sold are of an inferior quality to its own and that the use of the Luxo trade mark would confuse consumers into thinking that Disney’s lamp has been made by Luxo. It also said that the Disney lamps would, by their allegedly inferior quality, damage Luxo’s reputation.

Luxo said that it wanted the court to give it control of all the materials created by Disney for it to destroy, to prevent any more being made and award it damages or Disney’s profits from selling the material.

Amazon.com currently lists ‘Up – Limited Edition Luxo Jr. Collectible Lamp Pack [Blu-ray]’ for $120.99. The product image shows a small lamp in a box containing a disc of the film Up, saying that it will be available on 10 November. See: The item for sale on Amazon.com.

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PS3 Disney/Pixar “UP” Game Demo Review

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I just downloaded the PS3 version of the UP demo from Disney/Pixar.  It is a FREE download from the Playstation Network.

The game features a cooperative mode that can handle up to 4 players on the same screen.

The graphics were excellent.  The game doesn’t match the movie, but what video game does match a movie that it is based on?

I give this is 8 out of 10.  (I had to knock 2 of because it doesn’t follow the movie.)

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Disney/Pixar “UP” Movie Review

Last night we went out as a family to see an advance screening of Disney/Pixar “UP.”  We got to the movie theatre more than an hour ahead of schedule, but there was still a crowd.

Disney/Pixar did a superb job with this movie.  The 3D graphics were awesome.  I wonder if they do this to prevent piracy.

This may serve as a spoiler, so if you do not want to read a review with details, then please click somewhere else, or don’t read.

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During the movie I looked over at my wife, and noticed she wasn’t watching her normal eyelid movie.  Yet she was actually crying at times during the movie… What a sap!

The movie starts out with a movie short called “Partly Cloudy.”  This is about clouds that make everything, and one just didn’t have a great success rate with the stork.  Anyway…

“UP” starts with a old style film about an explorer that found bones, and they claimed the bones were fake so he left to get proof.  The movie then shows a boy playing and visualizing about the explorer from the film.  He meets a girl, the girl becomes his wife.  They make promises to each other, and one specific one from their childhood never came true before she died.

A court was sending him to a retirement home because he had hit a construction official.  He didn’t want that to happen so he attached numerous balloons to his house, and floated away.  He found out that a wilderness explorer scout was on his porch when there was a knock at the door.

They made it to the location the old man was trying to get to, and they eventually ran into the aged explorer from the beginning film.

Well… Next you go see the movie, and find out everything else…  I don’t want to be a killjoy.

Visit the Official site for times, pictures, games, and more.

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