PictureMonsters, Inc. was made in 1.85:1, and the anamorphic transfer on the disc reflects this faithfully. As you would expect from an image that has been originated digitally, the picture is eye-meltingly sharp; detail is tremendous, with text and fine background points clearly visible, there's no detectable colour bleed, no instances of artefacting, and of course very strong contrast. Colours are blisteringly bright, and we don't have to tell you that there's no print damage, do we? This one is bound to become a demo disc in shops everywhere.
SoundThis is a THX-approved transfer, and the DD/DTS 5.1 sound mix is terrific, although the THX intro is probably the only bit that will make you jump. Otherwise, the sound is strongly positioned and makes full use of the surrounds, without gimmicks. So, the vastness of the door vault and the roller-coaster sound effects of the delivery systems are perfect, but in smaller scenes, dialogue is clear and pinned to the centre channel. There is the option to hear an isolated DD 5.1 effects track. This shows how much work went into the effects, but we can't imagine watching the movie this way...
ExtrasIs it possible to have too many extras? Well, maybe. The first disc contains the movie with a commentary, plus multilanguage subtitles, a trailer for Finding Nemo and a THX Optimiser. On the extras disc, the only worthwhile stuff is a short, Mike's New Car; the 'outtakes', which are shown under the closing credits; and another short, For the Birds. Otherwise, it's a lot of padding, with featurettes on the sound design, Pixar, story development, storyboarding, background design and so on. A section for kids includes TV spots, Japanese TV clips, a game, a read-along story, and a music video. Fabulously comprehensive, but it takes hours to wade through, and the whole lot could have been boiled down to the shorts and a Making of...
VerdictNon-stop fun and brilliant animation in a kids' film that has plenty to keep the adults happy - all on a DVD to scream for.
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