Toy Story 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D
DIRECTED BY: John Lasseter
WRITTEN BY: Andrew Stanton, Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
STARRING: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Morris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, Laurie Metcalf
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2011
It feels like only yesterday that Toy Story first came out and changed the world of movies as we know them. A fully-animated feature film? Absolutely unheard of! And it almost never happened, with numerous issues putting to the test the young Pixar Animation team trying to make it. But it did happen, eventually, and computer animated movies have become a staple of modern day cinema.
The movie, for those who have somehow never seen it, follows a young boy’s collection of toys led by the once-favorite, a cowboy named Woody (Tom Hanks), who’s trying to come to terms with the boy’s impressive new favorite toy, the highly sought after Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) action figure.
Yes, it has been over 15 years since Toy Story first came out, and though it does look fantastic enhanced with Blu-ray high definition, you can still see the age in the animation when compared to more current titles, like, oh, Toy Story 3, for example. That’s all to be expected. What’s truly remarkable is how well the movie still plays to this day. Even with once-revolutionary animations showing their age, the movie is still wonderful and will likely always be so.
The reason for this is quite simple: it’s not all about the animation. When the movie first came out, it was so incredible to see this level of animation for the first time, but there’s something special at the core of the movie and that’s the heart and soul that the filmmakers put into making it. Now we have a nostalgia for it to begin with, but we can really appreciate everything else that’s special about it in addition to the significance of it in the world of computer animated feature films.
Toy Story isn’t a complicated story; it’s simple and heartwarming and exciting and everything that would become exactly what Pixar Animation stands for, and what they would try and infuse into the movies they made from that point on.
Not much else needs to be said about the movie—much like reviewing The Lion King, this is a classic that most people have seen and love. This is about getting it at its highest of quality on Blu-ray, and even in 3D if you want the toys to come into your living room with you.
It all began with a toy…and now we have a collection of timeless classics made with that same Pixar heart and soul, including two acclaimed Toy Story sequels that generation upon generation will enjoy and share with the next.
What you really want to know, apart from how pretty the movie looks on Blu-ray, is what kind of special features are included in this special 4-disc combo pack.
In addition to having the movie on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and a digital copy, there’s loads of bonus content as well.
The best features actually come in a section dedicated to all of the features that were first included on the film’s DVD release. Here you’ll learn about the making of the movie, the legacy of the movie (including interviews with people like Peter Jackson and George Lucas), designing the movie, and of course, how close the movie never came to even happening.
That last story involves Disney breathing down Pixar’s neck to change things, which resulted in a very unpleasant Woody and almost led to the firing of numerous employees before the main team, led by director John Lasseter, took it by the reigns, did things their way, and showed what they can really do when given the freedom to make the movie they wanted to make. The story is best told in a retrospective featurette with Oscar winner and four-time nominee Lasseter, Oscar winner and five-time nominee Pete Docter (who was also a story artist and supervising animator who went on to write and direct Monsters, Inc. and Up), two-time Oscar winner and four-time nominee Andrew Stanton (who also co-wrote the script and was a story artist and character designer before going on to write and direct A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E), and the late, Oscar nominated Joe Ranft (who was also a story supervisor and went on to write and co-direct Cars), who were all co-story writers.
And that’s just the classic DVD features to enjoy. There’s some new features added for the Blu-ray to enjoy as well. These include Buzz Lightyear in space for real, when Buzz was a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and some stories about life at Pixar, which will only make you wish you had a job there more than you already do.
There’s also plenty of deleted scenes and all of those added goodies.
Note: The Toy Story 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack is currently part of a Sale where you can order any two Disney titles on Blu-ray 3D and Save $10 from now through November 13, 2011.