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Blu-ray, Disney and Boo.

booOK, so it’s no surprise to people that I love Blu-ray, my Blu-ray player and High Definition TV. I’ve already harped on about it on my old blog. But what I wasn’t expecting was to be sent a Blu-ray review disc for ‘Monsters, Inc.’ (squeal!). The kiddies were truly thrilled.

We had this ‘thing’ a few years back, where we’d buy all Disney DVDs. We (honestly) believed that we’d be able to build a little library of films for the kiddies. I’ve (as you already know) loved Disney for years and the films were my escape. But, as is often the way with small children and shiny things, the majority of the Disney discs have been scratched and destroyed. I’m not making excuses, they should have been looked after better, but the result/point is that Littlest still has so many Disney films to watch.

Last weekend, armed with Pick& Mix, we all sat down to ‘Monsters, Inc.’ Littlest giggled when I told her that she was very nearly called Boo. There is something very wonderful about seeing a child discover magical, terrifying or captivating worlds. It makes you open your eyes too. ‘Monsters, Inc.’ is one of my favourite Disney films and seeing Littlest discover the magic made me feel happy. She absolutely loved it, being old enough to capture all of the little nuances.

The Disney Blu-ray disc is known as ‘magic in high definition’. I’ve now seen both a standard DVD of ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and this high definition one. There is no doubt that the picture quality is far superior in Blu-ray (the colours are crisp, the picture quality stunning) and the added interactive features mean that the whole experience is lifted to a new level. I could harp on about it, but the proof is in the watching. Thankfully Blu-ray discs are not as expensive as they used to be and old discs can be played on the machine too, so clearly this is logic behind all purchases. My Blu-ray disc collection is really building. The children are that little bit older (and wiser), the discs are supposedly built to last longer and the collection looks very pretty on the shelf. I know, I know, in this credit-crunching era, I would like to feel guilty about my need to collect, but I don’t and won’t. Collecting films and books is part of who I am.

But, largely and unashamedly, Disney makes me happy.

(Blu-ray ‘Monsters, Inc.’ can be bought here)

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11 Comments

  • Posted September 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    And children watch films over and over… so the pay per view is really rather good value. Have I eased your guilt?

    • Posted September 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Exactly! And I only buy my own most favourite films… ones I’ll watch over and over. Perfect! Guilt free purchases. Thank you x

  • Posted September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t even know what Blu-ray was until I read this. I really need to get out more don’t I?

  • Posted September 16, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Chris has been going on about Blu-Ray for a while now but I didn’t really know what it was all about!! (Thanks for explaining). We’ve just got ourselves a High Def TV so I can guess what Chris is going to suggest next!!

    C x

    • Posted September 16, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      The difference is amazing! I know people will say ‘yeah yeah yeah’ but I am thrilled with mine. x

  • Posted September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Yes, think we all live with unwatchable chewed, scratched & sat on DVDs. Love MonstersInc – our 3 year old regularly goes to bed in his Sully costume, big blue tail poking out of his rainbow bed.

  • Posted September 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    When the tiny one is bigger I look forward to buying a blu-ray player and all my favourite films, then stacking them up so they look neat. Currently they are all over the place. Son and husband are *obviously* to blame.

    • Posted September 17, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Exactly, I blame boys too, obviously! Now my Blu-ray collection is so pretty and perfect and, seriously, just so beautiful. x

  • Posted September 25, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Disney makes me happy too!

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