Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
The cover for the special edition of Toy Story only features our favorite cowboy and our favorite space ranger, which of course is fitting, but it almost seems a bit bland. This cover is pretty cool, with the two guys seemingly peering around a blue cloud covered wall, but I kind of expected more. High expectations? perhaps, but to me there is a lot of missed opportunity here. I like the wall idea, but just think of it this way: half of the cover is taken up by a type of wallpaper, and it could have featured more Pixar goodness.
The menu features a ton of the design artwork and bits of the sketches that were used in the formation of the movie. I have to add that the Etch A Sketch loading animation was really good, and a nice break from some of the more simple loading icons that we get on Blu-rays.
In addition to the regular DVD extras, we get a whole new slew of features that are only here on the Blu-ray. A great mix of old and new. They are nicely divided up on the menu as such, which makes this a great way to peruse.
- Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story – The highlight of the extras on the Blu-ray has to be the inclusion of a sneak peek at the new Toy Story 3, which is out this summer in 3D. On this release, we get a glimpse at the story, whereas the Toy Story 2 Blu-ray covers the characters. there are great glimpses into what surely is going to be another Pixar classic.
- Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: Blast Off – This is a short 3 minutes exrta that features Buzz and some of the gang talking about NASA.
- 3 Animated Studio Stories – These are great little shorts pieces that talk about the experiences that some of the studio guys had making these movies, and working at the Pixar studios. We get to hear about scooter races around the massive Pixar studio, baby AJ, who won a Halloween contest, and one of the guy’s cars. These are excellent little inclusions, even if they may only be 99% accurate memories.
- Buzz Takes Manhattan – This is about the Buzz Lightyear parade float, which is both interesting and a bizarre inclusion on the Blu-ray release.
- Making Toy Story – This was included on the DVD release, and is a 20 minute making of feature, that is informative and interesting.
- Filmmakers Reflect – another DVD extra, this features some of the main guys involved with Toy Story, like John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton. This is about 17 minutes long, and it includes four of the main guys talking about the movie and its history.
- Deleted Scenes & Design Galleries – Of course we get scenes not included in the theatrical release, and storyboards and bits of the art used to design Toy Story. All Pixar movies should include these relics.
- Over 90 Minutes More Bonus Material – There are all sorts of goodies in the Blu-ray release. We get to see a version of the movie that was played for studio execs early on in the creation of the movie, that is so bad that there was talk of scrapping the whole movie. The extras are phenomenal, and well worth a visit.
- DVD Version Of The Movie – As with many of the Disney releases, we also get a standard DVD of the film included. I am big fan of the inclusion of these different forms of the movie, but I am a bit curious as to why there was no digital copy.
The Movie: 10/10
Toy Story is a classic animated movie, and for that matter, it is just a classic movie. The toys in Andy’s room are some of the classic toys that we all had (an Etch A Sketch, Mr. Potato head, army men) and they come alive when humans are not around, and drop like rocks when they are. the toys literally come alive when nobody is around, and each toy is a separate character, with its own voice and personality. Toy Story was pure fun.
For those few who have not seen the movie, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is Andy’s favorite toy, and when Andy gets a new toy, Buzz Light year (Tim Allen), Woody feels a bit threatened. Woody tries to push buzz behind the bed, but instead Buzz falls out of the window, and Woody ends up trying to get Buzz back before the family moves.
The characters like Rex and Mr. Potato head are what make toy story so endearing, as they each add something unique to the story, which itself is pretty fantastic. When you couple that with the computer generated, high definition visuals, Toy Story simple shines. It is as funny now as it was back then, and even though this is a children’s movie, it is wonderful for all ages. I love it as much now as I did back then, and watching it with my kids is just fun. Toy story is truly a great movie all around, and in Blu-ray, it is superb.
Audio & Video: 10/10
The only thing to say upon viewing this Blu-ray is wow. Show this release to anyone who says that Blu rays and DVDs look the same, and they will change their mind. This looks and sounds incredible. The transfer is flawless, and the textures and detail sparkle. The sound is powerful and crystal clear. This movie release is just wonderful.
Presented in 1.78:1 wide screen, and 5.1 DTS HD audio, it doesn’t get much better than this.
This is a classic Pixar release that is every bit as good today as it was when it was released 15 years ago. You will watch it again and again if you have kids, and probably even if you don’t have kids. This is truly a classic animated release, presented in mind blowing high definition. With the releases included, this is a total must-have Blu-ray.
Overall Score 10/10