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

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Synopsis

Andy heads off to cowboy camp leaving his toys alone only to have a toy collector named Al steal Woody. At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called Woody's Roundup, and he meets the other prized toys from that show including Jessie the Cowgirl and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Buzz Lightyear and the other toys from Andy's room launch into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a collectors item before Andy returns.

 

Specifications

  • Pixar
  • 1999, Color, G, 92 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  MPEG-4 AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
  • Directed by John Lasseter
Rating
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: None
  • Language: None

Commentary

Few sequels can live up to their original film, much less exceed it, but Toy Story 2 is one of those films.  While in many ways the original Toy Story was a vehicle for a fully CG film, Toy Story 2 has an even better story, and better animation, as Pixar seemed to find themselves and become more confident in their story telling.  Just like the original, this is one film that parents and children can enjoy together, and one that I look forward to watching with my son over and over again.

Technical

Once again, a perfect transfer from Pixar to Blu-ray.  Toy Story 2 is more detailed, with better textures and models than the original film, and this Blu-ray loses none of that detail.  The soundtrack is improved as well, with better use of the surrounds than the original, and a totally immersive experience with deep, rich bass and tons of detail.

Extras

Once again, the Toy Story disc comes loaded with bonus features that include: Director commentary, Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Characters, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station, Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists, Studio Stories: Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab, The Movie Vanishes, Pixar's Zoetrop, Celebrating our Friend Joe Ranft, and BD Live functionality.  There isn't quite as much as with the first movie, but there's more than enough to keep you busy for a long time.The disc has some BD-Live enabled interactive features and is also D-Box motion-enabled.