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DVD / Blu-ray New Releases: October 29, 2013: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

Monsters University

Disney and Pixar Home Entertainment release the beloved family hit Monsters University on home video today. Monsters U. is the prequel to the runaway hit Monsters, Inc. and shows Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) in their early days before they became the master scare monsters we met in the original. Here at university, Mike is an arrogant young know-it-all monster while Sully is a party boy content to coast along without much effort on his family’s good reputation. This college romp is replete with frats, snobs, nerds, and gobs of monsters with gags galore. Monsters University is offered in a variety of formats and packages: a Collector’s Edition (3DBD+BD+DVD+DC), Combo Pack (BD+DVD+DC), and DVD.

R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, and Robert Knepper—this should have been enough star power to counteract any in-theater slump. Should have been; while it may not have done that well at the box office, the action film may find its second life in the home video and rental market. In the film, a recently-murdered police officer is recruited into a team of undead police officers—the Rest In Peace Department– who work themselves to death (too much?) to restore order to their city. During the course of his work with his new undead colleagues bringing reluctant souls over to the other side, Nick (Reynolds) uncovers clues to his murder and a plot by the evil undead (not to be confused with the goodniks of the R.I.P.D.) to take over the world.

Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium restores the vampire genre to its dignified adult station after years of dwelling In teen and tween young adult sparkles with werewolves. Two centuries-old female vampires have settled in a small town on the English coast. Director Neil Jordan examines the differences in the two women—their lifestyles, how they sate their thirst—and how they affect the hotel they live in (which gives the film its name), the men who float in and out of their lives, and the town around them.

International film heavyweights Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau star as an unhappily married couple in La Notte (1961). The couple embody the loneliness and dissatisfaction theme of Michaelangelo Antonioni‘s. Alienation Trilogy as they weave in and out of fidelity to one another and their marriage over the course of an evening. La Notte is the middle film of the trilogy between 1960’s L’Avventura and 1962’s L’Eclisse.

Fans of Pixar’s beloved Cars now have another way to enjoy it. Today the Disney and Buena Vista release Cars 3D: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The set comes with a 3D Blu-ray disc, standard 50GB Blu-ray, DVD, and iTunes Digital Copy. The 2006 smash hit espouses the idea that life is not about racing to the finish line, it is about enjoying the journey there. A hot shot race champion Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) finds himself stranded in backwater Route 66 desert town Radiator Springs with a motley crew of automobiles, tractors, and forklifts on his way to the biggest racing competition of his life. Despite his arrogance and eagerness to get back on the big road and on with his life of fame and fortune, he learns a few lessons about friendship and loyalty along the way.

Other notable releases today include:

 Bounty Killer

Lightning in a Bottle: A One Night History of the Blues

CeeLo Green is Loberace: Live in Vegas

Springsteen & I

Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday

Hanging for Django

Silver Bells

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special

Celtic Woman: Home For Christmas – Live in Concert

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Blu-ray)

Christmas with Johann Sebastian Bach

Tutto Verdi: The Operas Vol 1

Poirot: Series 9

Heggie: Moby Dick

Mozart: the Magic Flute

Schubert: Mass in E Flat Major/Mozart Mass in C Minor

Weather Wars/Miami Magma (Blu-ray)

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