Toy Story 3 (BLU-RAY)

Toy Story 3

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 49 Minutes

Blake Clark became the new voice of Slinky Dog, replacing Jim Varney, who died in 2000. Clark was good friends with Varney prior to his death.

Pixar comes full circle.  When the fledgling animation studio first launched the risky and expensive CGI format back in the mid 90s, they (and Disney) had no idea what would become of them.  They had no idea that they would become the most successful studio launch in the history of Hollywood.  They had no idea that they would be sitting here in 2010 and still not know what it is like to have a failure under their belts.  Not only have they not failed, their latest, Toy Story 3, has become the #1 worldwide animated film of all time, becoming the first of it's kind to join the exclusive club of $1 billion gross (something Disney did an unprecedented TWO times in 2010, first with Alice in Wonderland).

Phenomenal.  It's just short of perfect.  Actually, I take that back, it is perfect.  I hav enever seen a better representation of the blu-ray high definition format in both sound and picture.

2 blu-ray, standard DVD and digital copy.  "Day & Night" theatrical short.  trivia game, featurettes, opening for the fake "Roundin' Up a Western".

This is the new standard.  Back when DVDs were still in their middle-life, the DVD I would pull out to show the quality of my system was Pearl Harbor.  I would pop it in and go straight to the pivotal attack scene.  The picture seemed so crisp and elegant that it was the perfect example of what that format had to offer.  Now, years later, blu-ray dwarfs DVD in comparison and Toy Story 3 stands tall at the top of what has been a stellar BD transfer history for Disney.  Other studios need to look at Toy Story 3 for not only what they should strive for in picture quality but also storytelling and character building.  Together with the abundance of bonus features, this may be the first perfect release on the format.

Peter Oberth
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