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Originally published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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‘Monsters University,’ ‘Byzantium, ‘R.I.P.D.’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Oct. 29, include Pixar’s animated prequel “Monsters University,” the vampire tale “Byzantium” and the comic-book adaptation “R.I.P.D.”

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Tuesday’s releases feature several scream teams — not all of them cute and fuzzy. Star ratings are by Seattle Times movie reviewers, freelancers or wire services. For full reviews, search the movie title at Release dates are subject to change.

3 stars“Monsters University” (G): Pixar brings back the green one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and his fuzzy sidekick Sulley (John Goodman) to tell the tale of how these two became friends — and top scarers. Writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald: “Mike and Sulley are irresistible — and so, mostly, is ‘Monsters University,’ which has plenty of chases, loud noises and bright colors for the kids, and a pleasantly nostalgic depiction of college for grown-ups.”

3 stars“Byzantium” (R): Filmmaker Neil Jordan (“Interview with the Vampire”) offers another bloodsucking story, this one about two female vampires — Clara (Gemma Arterton) in her early 20s, Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) in her teens — who hole up in a decaying seaside hotel in present-day England.

1.5 stars“R.I.P.D.” (PG-13): In this comic-book adaptation, Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds partner up as dead cops in the Rest in Peace Department. Their job: to keep the “Dead-Os” — “Men in Black”-like monster people — from returning to Earth and taking over.


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