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Pixar’s “Toy Story” gems go Blu

The toys are back once again, but for the first time in history, they’re presented in high-definition 1080p.

In anticipation for the third “Toy Story” film, which reaches theaters on June 18, Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Pixar polished the first two gems in this winning, animated franchise and released them for Blu-ray consumption.

Frequent readers of my columns already know (or soon will learn) that I am enamored with digital animation in the Blu-ray format. Perhaps because it is created in the digital realm, animation transfers gorgeously to Blu-ray, meaning you are getting the absolute best possible presentation of the animated image when you pop your disc into a Blu-ray player.

The notion holds true for the two special-edition “Toy Story” films, which look beyond exquisite in these upgraded presentations. Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jesse (Joan Cusack) and the rest of Andy’s cherished toys are vibrant, and the digitally mastered audio tracks are a nice upgrade over the presentation on previous DVD releases.

Speaking of, Disney and Pixar made sure to include worthy supplements so you don’t feel as bad plunking down cash for movies you (likely) already own. Sneak peeks hosted by “Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich provide insight into the sequel’s story and new characters. New Buzz Lightyear missions will appeal to the kids, while never-before-seen animated shorts should delight the whole family.

In addition, features that were available on other release have been recycled to these Blu-rays, including outtakes, deleted scenes, design galleries, filmmaker interviews and so much more.

Plus, as is the case with Disney’s Blu-rays, each set comes with the standard-edition DVD, which can be used in any player. There’s no digitally downloadable copy of the film, but that’s a small quibble.

“Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” are excellent additions to your collection, and “must buys” if, for some reason, you don’t already have these masterpieces in your home. They’ve whet my whistle for the third film, as well, which can’t get here soon enough!

“Toy Story: Blu-ray” – **** out of 4
“Toy Story 2: Blu-ray” – **** out of 4

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    This movie is classic, so great it is coming to Blu-ray

  • April 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    Blu ray awesome! These are great flics and toy story 3 comming out Too!

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