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DISCussion: New on DVD and Blu-ray (10.29.2013)

Pixar is one of the most popular movie studios to movie fans and our Recommendation of the Week is their latest adventure Monsters University. The DVD features the short film The Blue Umbrella whilst the Blu-ray has pretty of behind the scenes goodies.

First Release
- Monsters University (DVD and Blu-ray)
- R.I.P.D. (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Byzantium (DVD and Blu-ray)

- Cars (2006) (3D Blu-ray)
- La Notte (1961) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Monsters University (DVD and Blu-ray) *Recommendation of the Week*

Directed by Dan Scanlon
Written by Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Monsters University is a prequel to Pixar's 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. This prequel focuses on the relationship between Mike (Billy Crystal), an academic student who dreams of being the greatest scarer and Sully (John Goodman) a jock with natural scaring abilities and tells how the two turned from rivals to friends.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 78% (very good)
Metacritic Rating: 65/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 7.8/10 (read our review)


DVD Special Features: "The Blue Umbrella" Theatrical Short; Audio commentary

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: Campus life; Story school; Scare games; Monthropology; Welcome to MU; Music appreciation; Scare tactics; Color and light; Paths to Pixar: MU edition; Furry monsters; Deleted scenes; Set flythroughs; Art gallery; Promo picks 

Amazon Price: $17.99 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray), $34.96 (Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 4 stars, Video 5 stars, Audio 5 stars, Extras 4 stars, Replay 3.5 stars (out of 5). Highly Recommendation.

In a light week of DVD and Blu-ray releases creatures of the night are the theme of the week with the releases of the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. and the British/Irish movie Byzantium.

R.I.P.D. (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Robert Schwentke
Written by Paul Hay, Matt Manfredi (screenplay), David Dobkin, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi (story), Peter M. Lenkov (comic book 'Rest in Peace Department')
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak

Based on a Dark House Comic R.I.P.D. is one of the biggest flops of 2013, earning highly negative reviews and failing at the box-office.

Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is a Boston Police detective who dies in the line of duty where he is recruited by the Rest in Peace Department to hunt demons on Earth with Roycephus "Roy" Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), a lawman from the Wild West.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 13% (awful)
Metacritic Rating: 25/100 (poor)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 6.0/10


DVD Special Features: Deleted and alternate scenes; Gag reel; Transferring R.I.P.D. - the making of  

Additional Blu-ray Special Features: 2 alternate openings; Nick's new avatars; R.I.P.D. motion comics: bringing the avatars to life; Walking among us: deados & avatars; Filming the other side; Anatomy of a shootout

Amazon Price: $16.99 (Blu-ray), $22.99 (Blu-ray), $29.99 (3D Blu-ray)

Score (DVDTalk.com): Content 2.5 stars, Video 4 stars, Audio 4.5 stars, Extras 3.5 stars, Replay 2 stars (out of 5). Rent It.

Byzantium (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Neil Jordan
Written by Moira Buffini
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller

Byzantium is British-Irish co-production by Neil Jordan (Interview With the Vampire), a vampire story with a social realistic approached. Byzantium tells two stories, one in modern as a mother and daughter pair of vampires, Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) try to start a new life in a declining seaside town in England, as Clara tries keeps their secret as Eleanor finds love. The other narrative focusing how Clara was forced into prostitution in the 19th Century and how she became a vampire.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 61% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 66/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10 (read our review)


DVD Special Features: Interviews; Trailer

Amazon Price: $9.96 (DVD), $24.99 (Blu-ray)

Cars (2006) (3D Blu-ray)

Directed by John Lasseter
Written by Dan Fogelman, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Kiel Murray, Phil Lorin, Jorgen Klubien (screenplay), John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Jorgen Klubien (story)
Starring: Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy

Cars was a pet product of Pixar veteran John Lassester because of his love for cars. But Cars is often considered one of Pixar's weakest movies.

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is an arrogant young racing car who is on the edge to becoming the first rookie to win the Pistol Cup. But whilst on the way to Los Angeles ends up in the small town of Radiator Springs and sentence to community services. But Lightning soon learns what really matters in life.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes): 74% (good)
Metacritic Rating: 73/100 (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 5.0/10


DVD Special Features: Cine-explore-for the ultimate, behind-the-scenes experience Carfinder game-discover hundreds of "Car-acters" in this immersive game Deleted scenes Mater and The Ghostlight short One Man Band short 

Amazon Price: $34.96 (3D Blu-ray)

La Notte (1961) (DVD and Blu-ray)

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Written by Michelangelo Antonioni, Ennio Flaiano, Tonino Guerra
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki

From the Criterion Collection is the re-release of the Italian movie La Notte, a movie that focuses over the course of day a unfaithful married couple and the deterioration of their relationship.

Critics Rating (Rotten Tomatoes: 71% (good)
Entertainment Fuse Score: 8.0/10


DVD Special Features: New 4K digital restoration; New interview with film critic Adriano Apra and film historian Carlo Di Carlo; New interview with professor Giuliana Bruno; Trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and more

Amazon Price: $23.48 (DVD), $27.59 (Blu-ray)


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