Welcome to Motion/Captured's DVD & Games Forecast for November 10, 2009.
I normally love to wax on about the week's releases, but (A) a ridiculous schedule for me yesterday and (B) a fairly thin week of releases and (C) me already being a day late means that this is going to be lean and mean today. Besides, it's video game day here on Motion/Captured, which I'll explain at the end of the column.
First, let's see what the big tickets are this week, including one that was supposed to be on shelves last week originally...
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED TITLES:
"Monsters Inc." (BluRay)
Is there any question who owns today in terms of BluRay releases? Pixar has always gone above and beyond in the presentation of their films on home video, and they have embraced BluRay in a way that is positively gorgeous. Not only are their digital-source transfers pretty much the standard for sound and picture in high definition, but they also still work harder than anyone to provide genuine value in the extra features, with both of today's new releases showing just how far they'll go to make sure these discs are worth purchase.
On "Monsters Inc," they acknowledge that it's a double-dip from the very beginning, explaining all the new things that they put on the discs and then talking about what they've brought over from the DVD that most families have probably watched 10,000 times by this point. Well-played, gentlemen. Talk about basic respect for the consumer... they go above and beyond in making sure people won't feel burned. The textures in the film have never looked more amazing, and I am reminded just how lovely a left turn this was when it first hit theaters. The new packaging for "Cars" comes with two toys, new designs of Lightning McQueen and Mater, and trust me... if you have a "Cars" fan in the house, and you haven't made the upgrade from DVD yet, this is the excuse. Toshi and Allen both freaked out when they saw it, and because there were two cars, bloodshed was avoided. Barely.