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Big Hero 6
TIME FOR THE SHOWDOWN!!! BIG HERO 6 vs. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY!!!
In this corner, weighing....Ah, wait a minute, both discs weigh the same, so weight is NOT a factor! So, are there any defining differences to start out with? Well, as it's already been mentioned, Big Hero 6 LOOKS smaller, because the Aspect Ratio is 2.39:1 versus a whopping 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio for Monsters University. But should that even be factored in? I suppose it could make a difference...for SIZE DOES MATTER...but one can always MOVE YOUR CHAIR/COUCH CLOSER for viewing Big Hero 6 and the playing field is, for all practical purposes, made equal!
The real differences lie elsewhere. Where, you ask? I watched snippets from every chapter of Monsters University immediately after watching Big Hero 6 and there were several obvious differences. To "cut to the quick," you have more VIBRANT COLORS and TEXTURES in Monsters University. But are they enough to win? Is there a "Knock Out" victory, or perhaps, at the very least, a "TKO"? No way! Why? Because you had better CLARITY and DEPTH in Big Hero 6. I must confess I've never seen such razor-sharp clarity and 3D pop in an animated title...I was BLOWN AWAY by them!! But again, you just can't match the amazing colors and textures found in Monsters University, so perhaps we have a "draw" in these areas.
As far as DETAILS go, both films are STUNNING. One might argue that Big Hero 6 had more details with its many, sweeping aerials of San Fransokyo, but I give a ton of credit to the geniuses at Pixar for the breathtaking details of the University Campus that graces nearly every scene in Monsters University. Both titles have phenomenal details in buildings, foliage, streets, clothes, etc. How about BLACK LEVELS? Monsters University may have an edge here, simply because there are more scenes that take place at night. I recall one "moonlit" scene that is off the charts with black levels and shadow details. Does one trump the other in the PHOTOREALISM department? I think they're a match there, for both have several scenes that look as close to "live action" as you can get. CONTRAST is another area we could talk about, but I would have to say they are both excellent, though with Big Hero 6 having such brilliant, razor-sharp clarity it may take the honors in this category.
We could go down the "anomaly road" for comparison, but again you would be hard-pressed to find a difference, for they are both FLAWLESS.
If you've been "keeping score" you will see that they both have their STRENGTHS that outdoes the other, but in the end I simply can't raise the arm of one and say, "And the winner is..."
I look forward to hearing from others but right now I'm forced to call it a tie. And yet....in fairness to the "reigning champ," I'm going to suggest keeping it on the TOP until others, who perhaps have more discerning eyes than I, weigh in with stronger opinions and with the willingness to place the "champion belt" on one or the other.
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (#2 spot, under Monsters University)
Viewed from 6' using the equipment listed below....
Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-151FD....Pioneer Elite BDP-05....Onkyo TX-NR717
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD
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