Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
The cover and menu are identical in style to the Blu-ray release of Toy Story, which I just reviewed a few days ago. the cover again features a half-wall type of wallpaper setup, which I again think is weird. I just think there could be so much more to show us instead of half of a cover. I do like the characters here, with Woody giving Buzz rabbit ears.
The menu again features artwork from the design stage of the movie, which is pretty well done.
- Commentary – We again get a strong commentary from John Lasseter and company, as they discuss the progression from toy Story to Toy Story 2. The Pixar commentaries are quite good, and this is no exception.
- Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Characters – In this, the second sneak peek, we get to see more about the new and old characters that have been created for Toy Story 3. Along with the old favorites, we get a nice view at some of the new creations (some that were created in theory back when Toy Story was being made.) I for one am excited about this summers Toy Story 3, and this really helps get people in the mood.
- Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station – This is another mission log featuring Buzz and friends, this time focusing on the International Space Station. We get the guys inter cut with actual shots from out in space.
- 3 Animated Studio Movies – These are just like the studio stories of the Toy Story release, and they are funny little remembrances from the people involved in making the movie. the craziest one involve the almost deletion of the hard drives that were storing the movie at Pixar. great little bits.
- Pixar’s Zoetrope – This 2 minute short introduces us to Pixar’s new illusion that is created using a Zoetrope. it is hard to describe and very cool.
- Making Toy Story 2 – This 8 minute extra covers the, well you probably already guessed it, making of the movie. it is a good short focused piece on the making of the movie, and is short enough to be tolerable.
- Toy Box Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – These are some of my favorite outtakes, and just like the other Pixar releases, they are funny. We also get a few deleted scenes that did not make it into the movie.
- Deleted Scenes & Design Galleries – We get numerous art shots for the development of the movie, and it is just fun to see the progression. A lot of work went into designing this little movie.
- 60 Minutes More Bonus – There are numerous odds and ends that are included here on the Blu-ray. We get to see the new stuff, divided up from the old DVD extras, which are also included. Toy Story 2 is, like Toy Story, just chick full of Pixar extra goodness, and it can take a while to get through everything. For this movie, I don’t mind taking time to see everything, because it is worth it for these movies.
- DVD version Of The Movie – As with the other release, this one only features the DVD and not a digital copy.
The Movie: 10/10
The toys are back, and in addition to all of your favorites, we get the introduction of Woody’s horse Bulls eye, Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammar.) The characters are again spot on with their voice acting, and the outcome is superb. In this second toy Story release, which was initially released in 1999, we get a stronger, more rich story, where Buzz attempts to rescue Woody when he is stolen from a yard sale and Andy’s mother won’t sell the family toy to Al, a unscrupulous toy dealer who literally steals Woody.
We find out that Woody (Tom Hanks) again is actually a rare doll created from a classic television show that was cut short when the US/Soviet space race began back near the late 1950s. Woody was part of a crew that had a television show called Woody’s Roundup, and Al has stolen Woody in an effort to complete the group, only to be sold to a museum in Japan for big money. Buzz and the gang journey out into the real world in an effort to rescue Woody from the grip of the evil chicken man Al.
Even though Toy Story was wonderfully done, Toy Story 2 really raised the bar by adding what seems like a bigger story, as well as a bigger art direction. Everything just feels bigger and better in this sequel. For the three people who have not seen Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the sequel is actually better (if that is possible) than the first.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Just like Toy Story, this Blu-ray is ridonkulous in both appearance and sound. Crystal clear is the phrase of the day, with the stunning visuals parading in high definition, and the sound that is nearly perfect in its 5.1 HD format. These two movies are truly brilliant on Blu-ray. The colors are brilliant, and the black levels are noticeably spot on. The use of the ambient sound is perfectly mixed, as is the dialogue. This is just a great Blu-ray release all around. These types of movies are just made for the high definition treatment, and Disney nails it on both special edition releases.
It is hard not to gush when you talk about Toy Story 2. This is just a great movie, and just like the Toy Story Blu-ray release, it doesn’t get much better than this. The audio and visual aspects are remarkable, and when coupled with the sensational story, this is a must have Blu-ray if there ever has been one.
Overall Score 10/10