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Ultimate Toy Box Collector's Edition, Collector's Edition
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Please note that this box set does not include Toy Story 3.
There is greatness in film that can be discussed, dissected, and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right in front of our faces--we smile at the spell it puts us into and are refreshed, and nary a word needs to be spoken. This kind of entertainment is what they used to call "movie magic," and there is loads of it in this irresistible computer animation feature. Just a picture of these bright toys on the cover of Toy Story looks intriguing, reawakening the kid in us. Filmmaker John Lasseter's shorts (namely Knickknack and Tin Toy, which can be found on the Pixar video Tiny Toy Stories) illustrate not only a technical brilliance but also a great sense of humor--one in which the pun is always intended. Lasseter thinks of himself as a storyteller first and an animator second, much like another film innovator, Walt Disney.
Lasseter's story is universal and magical: what do toys do when they're not played with? Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Andy's favorite bedroom toy, tries to calm the other toys (some original, some classic) during a wrenching time of year--the birthday party, when newer toys may replace them. Sure enough, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the new toy that takes over the throne. Buzz has a crucial flaw, though--he believes he's the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Bright and cheerful, Toy Story is much more than a 90-minute commercial for the inevitable bonanza of Woody and Buzz toys. Lasseter further scores with perfect voice casting, including Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Wallace Shawn as a meek dinosaur. The director-animator won a special Oscar for "the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film." In other words, the movie is great. --Doug Thomas
Toy Story 2
John Lasseter and his gang of high-tech creators at Pixar create another entertainment for the ages. Like the few great movie sequels, Toy Story 2 comments on why the first one was so wonderful while finding a fresh angle worthy of a new film. The craze of toy collecting becomes the focus here, as we find out Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is not only a beloved toy to Andy but also a rare doll from a popular '60s children's show. When a greedy collector takes Woody, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) launches a rescue mission with Andy's other toys. To say more would be a crime because this is one of the most creative and smile-inducing films since, well, the first Toy Story.
Although the toys look the same as in the 1994 feature, Pixar shows how much technology has advanced: the human characters look more human, backgrounds are superior, and two action sequences that book-end the film are dazzling. And it's a hoot for kids and adults. The film is packed with spoofs, easily accessible in-jokes, and inspired voice casting (with newcomer Joan Cusack especially a delight as Cowgirl Jessie). But as the Pixar canon of films illustrates, the filmmakers are storytellers first. Woody's heart-tugging predicament can easily be translated into the eternal debate of living a good life versus living forever. Toy Story 2 also achieved something in the U.S. two other outstanding 1999 animated features (The Iron Giant, Princess Mononoke) could not: it became a huge box-office hit. --Doug ThomasSee all Editorial Reviews
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He was so excited to entertain the thought that his toys really were his friends and may be alive!
He fell in love with all of the characters and continued to collect them and watch this movie over and over and OVER again.
This movie is so cute. It has such a great message which is so typical and expected from Disney of course.
Now, I have 4 kids with one on the way. They have all absolutely loved this movie and we continue to watch it all the time!!!!
Definitely in my top 10 Disney movies of all time!!!!
Most of you must be familiar with the story so I will write a very short synopsi¨s: Woody, a cowboy doll has been Andy's favorite since forever. He is not only the favorite toy but also the leader of all the toys in Andy's room. Everyone looks up to him and he is both respected and admired. When Andy's birthday comes, his mom gives him a new cool toy: Buzz Lightyear a space ranger who is the greatest toy ever. Buzz does not realize he is a toy but truly believes he is a space ranger. With the new toy in the room, Woody feels neglected and does something that he later regrets. He and Buzz end in a sadistic kid's house named Sid and both will have to trust each other in order to return safely to Andy's room.
Toy Story is such a pleasure to watch because it has an accesible interesting story and great characters. Woody and Buzz are excellent characters playing opposites and the rest of the toys are hilarious. John Lasseter & Co. truly created a special film. It amazes me that all the jokes are still funny and the movie does not feel dated at all. This is a true classic.
Video & Audio:
Toy Story comes to BD looking absolutely flawless. The HD transfer is inmaculate, detail is crisp and contrast is amazing. Colors are well reproduced and you can spot a lot of things that were impossible to see on SD. The HD also brings some limits in the animation and some of it does look dated (for example Scud, Sid's dog) but I think that's part of the charm of the film. A spectacular transfer.
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA is also amazing with no signs of compression or other anomalies; it's also very strong and dynamic.
New to the BD are some goodies: "Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: Blast Off", a NASA educating program featuring Buzz, Hamm and Rex. "Paths to Pixar: Artists" an excellent featurette featuring Pixar's animators and how they started at Pixar. Then you have three studio stories that give great insight of how Pixar is with anecdotes and jokes. "Buzz takes Manhattan" features the Buzz ballon in the Thanksgiving Macy's parade. "Black Friday: The Toy Story You Never Saw" is an excellent piece where the filmmakers reflect on the original concept and how bad it was. I think we are all glad they scrap that story.
After that you hev carry overs from previous releases: an audio commentary, a making of featurette, and many short featurettes that deals with the legacy of the film, the design, the story, the production and more. A gallery and trailers close up the disc.
A DVD copy is also included.
Toy Story is very important in the animation world but it's also still relevant, hilarious, heartfelt and a true masterpiece. This BD features truly amazing video & audio and a lot of bonus material as such comes with THE HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!!
The digital copy offers two versions. You may get it through iTunes or you may get a copy to watch in Windows Media Player. I chose to have my copy go through iTunes. This means that I can watch the movie on any of my "i" devices including my iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV. I love that I can play it on my AppleTV. It makes the watching experience so much easier. I don't have to worry about getting a disc out, loading it in the player, and possibly scratching it. It's always ready for me to watch whenever I want.
The quality of the digital copy is excellent. It looks like it is somewhere between DVD and Blu-ray quality. I highly recommend getting a digital copy and choosing the iTunes version if you have the means to do so. It can go on any "i" device and it travels easily. Kids can watch it in the car.