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Toy Story 3 Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Audio Descriptive 2.0, French Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
  • Subtitles: English,  English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Region: A
  • Rating: G
  • Discs: 4
  • Studio: Disney-Pixar
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • List Price: $45.99

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Overall
[Rating:5/5]
The Film
[Rating:5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:4.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:5/5]

Pixar’s first animated feature Toy Story is back for a third go in Toy Story 3. The loveable toys are all back, including the popular Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks) and the rest of the gang. The story picks up on the themes explored in Toy Story 2 where the gang’s owner, Andy (John Morris) began to grow up and didn’t want to play with them anymore.

Toy Story 3 is thus another journey of change and growth. Andy is off to college now and he hasn’t played with the toys in years. He’s had them stowed away in a toy chest and now the toys fear they are going to be thrown out. Rather than suffer that fate, they decide to donate themselves to a local daycare center.

Upon arriving at the Sunnyside daycare center, they are greeted by a group of friendly toys, including the leader, Lotso (Ned Beatty), a big, plush teddy bear. All seems well, until the gang realizes they’ve been relegated to the Caterpillar Room, where the kids are too young, play too rough, and Lotso’s friendly routine was just a rouse. He’s really a tyrant ruling over Sunnyside and forcing all the newly donated toys to suffer the torture of the Caterpillar Room.

Woody, who escaped to go back to Andy’s and go with him to college, but got picked up by a little girl, hears from her toys about the terrible conditions at Sunnyside, so he must go back and rescue his friends.

Toy Story 3 is a heartwarming story of growth and journeys that successfully continues the Toy Story tale. It’s not often that one can make such comment concerning a sequel, especially for the third film into a franchise, but with the story reinvigorated by new characters and true to life situations, Toy Story 3 continues Pixar’s reign as the top animation studio.

Video Quality

[Rating:5/5]

Toy Story 3 arrives on Blu-ray with a pristine AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encoding from Pixar, carrying on the tradition of reference quality high definition animated releases from the studio. Colors are vivid, detail is strong, and artifacts are nonexistent.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The release comes with two lossless audio options, a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. I used the 7.1 mix as my reference for this review, switching every so often to the 5.1 version.

The mix is a typically aggressive one that makes full use of all the channels. It’s a fun, fully engaging experience with extended low frequencies, smooth highs and a good balance of ambient effects and discrete panning. The dialogue is clear and dynamics wide.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:4.5/5]

Supplements for this release are spread across two discs and are a true value. It will take hours to get through all of the bonus features on here. All but two of the video extras is in 1080p.

The supplements provided with this release are:

Disc 1:

  • Day & Night: Theatrical Short (1.78:1; 1080p/24; DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1; 0:06.02)
  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:04.25)
  • Toys! (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:06.39)

Disc 2:

  • Cine-Explore — Watch the film with picture-in-picture commentary, storyboards, and more.
  • Beyond the Toybox: An Alternative Commentary Track Featuring Leads from Story, Tech, Art and Animation
  • Roundin’ up a Western Weekend (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:05.47)
  • Bonnie’s Playtime: A Story Roundtable (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:06.31)
  • Making of Day & Night (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:02.05)
  • Paths to Pixar — Editorial (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:04.40)
  • The Gang’s All Here (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:10.24)
  • Goodbye Andy (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:08.04)
  • Accidental Toymakers (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:03.59)
  • A Toy’s Eye View: Creating a Whole New Land (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:05.29)
  • Epilogue (1.33:1; 1080p/24; 0:04.22)
  • Studio Stories: Where’s Gordon? (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:02.18)
  • Studio Stories: Cereal Bar (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.38)
  • Studio Stories: Clean Start (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:03.07)
  • Toy Story Trivia Dash
  • Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:08.15)
  • Life of a Shot (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:07.00)
  • Grab Bag (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:03.54)
  • Ken’s Dating Tips (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.36)
  • Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear Commercial 1 (1.33:1; 480i/60)
  • Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear Commercial 2 (Japan) (1.33:1; 480i/60)
  • Making of the Losts-o’-Huggin’ Bear Commercials (1080p/24; 0:01.27)
  • “Internet Chat” (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.02)
  • “Security Cam” (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.14)
  • “Gadgets” (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:00.56)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” at Pixar (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:02.23)
  • TS3 Silence Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:04.38)
  • TS3 Antipiracy Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:01.01)
  • TS3 Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • TS3 Trailer 2 (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • TS3 Trailer 3 (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • TS3 Japan Teaser Trailer 1 (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • TS3 Japan Trailer 2 (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Character Intros (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:02.09)
  • Poster Gallery (1080p/24)
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:5/5]

A great story, beautiful animation and a reference quality Blu-ray with an abundance of extras make this Toy Story 3 release a must have for any family or animation fan.

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