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Release Date: November 1st, 2011
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Toy Story 2 - 3D

Review Date October 31st, 2011 by
Overview - When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.
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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy
    2 BD-50 Dual-Layer Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Length:92
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.78:1
    English Descriptive Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    English DVS (Descriptive Video Service) Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    Spanish Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
    French Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
    Subtitles/Captions: English SDH
    Spanish Subtitles
    French Subtitles
    Special Features: Featurettes
    Deleted Scenes
    Production Galleries
    Movie Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
    Release Date: November 1st, 2011

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

5 Stars out of 5

Sequels can be scary. The chance of failure is all too real. You may end up taking something people loved and creating a sub-par follow-up, which in turn kills much of the sentiment for the first film that worked so well. So many traps lie in wait for sequels. From introducing too many new characters, to ignoring the ones we've come to love. Will the same humor get recycled? Will the same idea work again, or has it become old news? These are the hazards the Pixar team faced when they embarked on 'Toy Story 2.'

After 'A Bugs Life' was received rather lukewarmly at the box office, Pixar was under pressure to make their next movie a hit. With early test scenes for a direct-to-video follow-up to 'Toy Story' turning out so well, plans were quickly hammered to rework the film for theatrical release. For many fans, revisiting the toy chest so soon seemed like a risky gamble, but to our surprise, it wasn't at all.

As the film opens, Woody is faced with the inevitable fact that Andy will one day grow up and outgrow playing with toys. Should Woody sacrifice the few remaining years of playing with Andy, for a lifetime spent looking out through through protective glass in a museum for collectible toys (It seems Buzz wasn't the only one with a highly popular TV show and action figure tie-ins.)? This is a legitimate concern for a toy. We feel for Woody.

This is the first time real, true drama and sadness is injected into a Pixar film, paving the way for the emotional openings of 'Up' and 'Wall•E.' 'Toy Story 2' set the bar high, not only on a technical level for a CG cartoon, but on an emotional plane that could affect both parents and children.

We knew that 'Toy Story 2' was going to introduce some new characters. It's standard operating procedure for sequels to do so, but nstead of throwing in a few new characters just for additional merchandising opportunities, the new characters of Jessie, Stinky Pete, and Bullseye have a lot of thought put into them without sacrificing sufficient screen time from the characters we had come to know and love.

Storytelling isn't the only area in which 'Toy Story 2' excelled. It had already been four years since the release of 'Toy Story,' yet Pixar's animation techniques already showed improvement by leaps and bounds. As I said in my review of the original film, some of the animation in 'Toy Story' isn't aging well. In particular, Sid's dog looks especially bad compared to the dogs in 'Up,' but that's okay, they were still working to perfect their craft. Here we can see the evolution that Pixar was going through. Andy's new dog looks much better than Scud, and the human faces are beginning to take on a more lifelike appearance.

'Toy Story 2' solidified Pixar's place in cinematic history as a viable enterprise, an animation juggernaut, and a movie company that valued story and character above all else. This film is every bit as timeless and as classic as 'Toy Story.'

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

The 3D edition of 'Toy Story 2' comes packaged in a standard Blu-ray case sheathed in a 3D sleeve that mirrors the original cover art. The 3D Blu-ray, original Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy disc are all housed inside. Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4, and the default audio is English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. There's also a Descriptive Video Service track for the visually impaired. Upon insertion of the 3D disc, previews for Disney's 'Planes' and Pixar's 'Brave' play automatically before the full motion menu with music pops up.

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy
    2 BD-50 Dual-Layer Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Length:92
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    1.78:1
    Audio Formats:
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    English DVS (Descriptive Video Service) Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    Spanish Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
    French Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH
    Spanish Subtitles
    French Subtitles
    Special Features:
    Featurettes
    Deleted Scenes
    Production Galleries
    Movie Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
    Release Date: November 1st, 2011

Video Review

4.5 Stars out of 5

From the opening frames of 'Toy Story 2,' it's immediately apparent this 3D rendering exhibits more dazzling dimensionality, presence, and eye-popping splendor than the original 3D-enhanced film. The Buzz Lightyear video game sequence bursts forth with plenty of projectile effects and a marvelous immersive feel that envelopes us at once. The main titles also possess that distinctive 3D feel, pushing away from the background and floating in air. Though 'Toy Story 2' is only four years younger than the first movie in the trilogy, it looks surprisingly more spry and embraces the 3D technology more fully. Even more depth and dimensionality distinguish this sequel, and the wider array of settings allows our senses to enjoy more varied experiences.

Clarity and contrast are breathtaking, with all the characters looking extremely lifelike. The same details that shined on the 'Toy Story' 3D disc are exceptional here, too: the texture on Mr. Potato Head, the scales on Rex, but also look at how well the hair is rendered on Stinky Pete and Big Al, the costume accents on Jessie and Woody, and the dust particles that pour out of Wheezie. Color saturation is also spectacular, black levels are rich and inky, close-ups are stunningly crisp, and the transfer exudes a much smoother and silkier feel than the original 'Toy Story.' Even better, none of the issues afflicting that transfer - a few jagged lines and some sporadic noise - are present here.

Even though 'Toy Story 2' was not originally designed as a 3D film, it adapts quite well to the format and this terrific rendering provides a few more thrills and even more immediacy than the flat version. You will be amazed at the results.

Audio Review

5 Stars out of 5

If it's possible, this DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 accompanying 'Toy Story 2' is even more of a sonic delight than that on the 'Toy Story' Blu-ray. The LFE kicks right in during the prologue as Buzz blasts through the air. The rumbling from the subwoofer is perfectly prioritized with the other sound effects and dialogue happening as to never drown those out. Panning effects are smooth and without hesitation. Dialogue is perfectly clear through the center channels. The surround channels are alive with all types of clear, engulfing ambient sounds. When Woody falls through the pile of cards during his dream, the cards click and clack around the room with care. The soundtrack is given ample room to flourish. Suffice to say, this is another demo quality audio presentation from Pixar.

Special Features

4 Stars out of 5

All the supplements from the original DVD are included here.

  • Making Toy Story 2 (SD, 8 minutes): The standard making-of featurette that was ported over from the original DVD. Nothing too fancy here, but there is some great behind-the-scenes footage.
  • John Lasseter Profile (SD, 3 minutes): A brief profile on how Lasseter tries to emulate the imagination and perseverance of Walt Disney in encouraging his team of Pixar artists and writers to continually push themselves to new heights.
  • Cast of Characters (SD, 4 minutes): A quick guide of the 'Toy Story' characters old and new.
  • Toy Box (SD, 14 minutes): Contains quite a few funny little nuggets. "Outtakes" allows you to watch the hilarious staged outtakes that ran during the credits of the film. "Jessie's Gag" is a amusing easter egg from the DVD release. In "Who's the Coolest Toy?" Tom Hanks and Tim Allen argue about whether Woody or Buzz is the coolest toy. Other features here include "Riders in the Sky Music Medley," and "Autographed Pictures.
  • Deleted Scenes (SD, 4 minutes): Three scenes are included here. They're all unfinished animation. "Deleted Animation Intro," "Crossing the Road," and "Godzilla Rex."
  • Design (SD, 27 minutes): This is the same type of stuff that can be seen in the design portion on the 'Toy Story' Blu-ray, and would have been greatly improved with a high definition upgrade.
  • Production (SD, 14 minutes): "Designing Woody's Past, "Making Woody's Roundup, "Production Tour," "Early Animation Tests," "International Scene," and "Special Effects." "Desiging Woody's Past," and "Making Woody's Roundup" are the two most interesting featurettes included here. They give an idea of the work it took to create a believable past for Woody, which is why the movie works in the first place.
  • Music & Sound (SD, 14 minutes): "Designing Sound," "Making the Songs," "Woody's Roundup Music Video," and "Jessie's Song." Yup, another music video, in case you were worried you might not get one this time around.
  • Publicity (SD, 9 minutes): Another extensive look at the trailers, international posters, and TV spots that were used to promote 'Toy Story 2.'

Final Thoughts

'Toy Story 2' ups the 3D ante from the original enhanced film, with an adaptation that's wholly satisfying and often breathtaking. Smoother, richer, and featuring more exciting and immersive effects, this film shows just how seductive 3D upgrades can be when matched with suitable material. 3D enthusiasts will be thrilled with this disc and shouldn't hesitate to rush out and grab it! Highly recommended.

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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy
    2 BD-50 Dual-Layer Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Length:92
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    1.78:1
    Audio Formats:
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    English DVS (Descriptive Video Service) Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    Spanish Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
    French Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH
    Spanish Subtitles
    French Subtitles
    Special Features:
    Featurettes
    Deleted Scenes
    Production Galleries
    Movie Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
    Release Date: November 1st, 2011