By Roger Longenbach
Nov 03, 2011 09:30 PM EST

Toy Story 3D Blu-ray Review

Toy Story 3D Blu-ray Review
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On November 1, Disney released the original Toy Story on 3D Blu-ray combo pack.  There is something about this release that I haven't noticed about most other 3D releases and that is: This movie looks better in 3D than it does on regular Blu-ray.  While Toy Story 3 was being made, the team at Pixar re-rendered the first and second movies in the trilogy in 3D and released them in theaters for a limited run in the fall preceding the theatrical release of Toy Story 3.  I had the opportunity to see it during the run but the home entertainment release really outshines the theatrical version.  The colors and brighter, the images just as sharp and the increased depth of field amazing.  If there was ever a movie that should be seen in 3D over any other format, this one would be it.  As expected as well, the audio has been improved from the original release with more 3-D effects to go with the rendering.
Toy Story is the story of two toys.  The first is Woody, a cowboy from Woody's Roundup, who is the favorite toy of Andy.  The movie opens up with Andy playing make-believe with his toys, and Woody is the hero.  Shortly thereafter we find out not only do the toys come to life when no human is around, but that it is Andy's birthday, and that means….new toys.  Every year at the birthday parties the toys are worried that a new toy will come along to replace them.  In previous years it hadn't happened.  But not this time.  Andy rushes into his room, pushes Woody off his bed and puts his new toy in Woody's former place.  This new toy (Buzz Lightyear) isn't a cowboy, he's a Space Ranger – an intergalactic police officer.   To make matters worse, this toy actually believes he is a real Space Ranger, and not just a toy.   After a short while Buzz gets the other toys to like him to Woody's displeasure.  Woody then tries to knock Buzz behind a dresser to hide him from Andy, but knocks him out of an open window instead.  For this the other toys then throw Woody out of the window.   From the big outdoor world, Buzz and Woody have to learn to work together to get back to Andy's house before Andy's family moves away.  Their adventures take them to a themed eatery and to Andy's neighbor's house, where the older boy who lives there likes to play Dr. Frankenstein with toys. 
The combo pack has, on the regular Blu-ray, bonus features, ranging from deleted scenes to Buzz Takes Manhattan.  But the best bonus feature is "Black Friday", what Toy Story almost was.  It chronicles how the story was evolving after the Disney Company got involved in the project.  Shortly thereafter the Disney executives asked the creators what happened to their story, and when they were told what happened, they understood that Pixar works best doing their own stuff without the major corporate involvement to fine-tune the story.  This was Pixar's first full length major motion picture, and probably wouldn't have happened without the help of one of the executive producers, the late Steve Jobs. 
In addition to the bonus feature disc, the set also includes a DVD copy of the film and a digital copy.  In all, an extremely good value for such a great film.
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MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 77 minutes
Distributed By: Walt Disney Pictures

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