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"Toy Story 2 3D" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Picking up where the first Toy Story left off, the toys are now living together peacefully, with Woody and Buzz no longer in constant competition with each other.  As Andy is now older, his mom comes around to have a garage sale to get rid of some of the older toys in the house.  As Woody takes off to rescue Wheezy the Squeaky Penguin, he is spotted and stolen by an older toy collector.

Woody wakes up to find himself now encased in glass, as a doll to be admired rather than played with.  He has some new friends that are also on display, including Jessie the Cowgirl, but Woody really wants to be back with Andy instead of admired in a box.  Back at Andy’s house, Buzz assembles the rest of the toys to go on a rescue mission for Woody.

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • 1999, Color, Rated G, 1 hr 32 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring the voices of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks
  • Directed by John Lasseter
Rating
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  • Violence: Comic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is probably my overall favorite in the Toy Story series.  More touching than the first, not as dark as the last, it really is one of the high points for Pixar, which is saying a lot.  Everyting about the sequel is a bit more developed and in depth than the original, with the benefit of having an initial film to help define the characters and environment of course.  A truly wonderful film for the whole family.

Technical

The opening of Toy Story 2 has Buzz Lightyear flying through a canyon with meteors floating around on a strange planet.  While Pixar still decides to keep the 3D limited to behind the screen instead of in front of the screen, the canyon effect was very nice and I re-watched it multiple times.  The illusion of depth and the detail is very well done, and the use of 3D by Pixar really helps most of the time.  I still find that the opening credits drive my eyes a bit crazy (text and active 3D don’t really work well for me), but the film itself is well done.

The soundtrack is probably even better than the video.  Here I can’t really pick on anything that bothered me, as it’s just so wonderfully done.  Great use of surrounds, clear dialogue, tons of ambient sounds and effects to draw you into the film and make an animated world feel totally real.

Extras

This comes as a 4-disc set, with the Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy each having their own disc.  The Blu-ray features commentary, countless featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.

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