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Film: Watching Toy Story of Terror! is still a lot of fun. There’s a great mix of humor, suspense and surprises in a tight 22 minute package. While the TV special segments are built around commercial breaks, it still works great on Blu-ray.
Image: As usual the special looks great on Blu-ray. No complaints here.
Audio: Pixar has even included a DTS HD 7.1 track and it sounds very impressive. There’s also a collection of 5.1 tracks in both French and Spanish.
For Pixar fans, the big draws here are the three Toy Story Toons with commentary tracks by directors Gary Rydstrom, Angus MacLane and Mark Walsh.
- Hawaiian Vacation – (plus commentary by Gary Rydstrom (Director), Angus MacLane (Animation Supervisor) & Jason Katz (Story Supervisor)
- Small Fry – (plus commentary by Angus MacLane (Director)
- Partysaurus Rex – (plus commentary by Mark Walsh (Director)
The “Vintage” commercials (directed by longtime Pixarian Jeremy Lasky) are also quite enjoyable. Both the Old Timer and Combat Carl commercials feature songs performed by Michael Giacchino! Also, the Transitron commercial features great voice work by Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (in his native Japanese).
I also quite enjoyed the “Team of Specialists” feature as Toy Story of Terror! director Angus MacLane shows us life behind the scenes working on the TV special.
The rest of small collection of special features are as follows:
- 3 Deleted Scenes, with Introductions by Editor Axel Geddes:
- Pencil Topper Trilogy (HD) 3:34
- Travel Brochures (HD) :52
- Road Trip Roulette (HD) 2:06
- D23 Teaser (HD) 1:04▪
Summary: Is the TV special and three shorts, plus the small (but very entertaining) collection of extra features worth your time and money? You bet. Best of all, you can grab it on store shelves or through Amazon for a great price too ($12,96 right now)!
Ratatouille is the latest Pixar film to receive a 3D conversion. The (already classic) Brad Bird film was recently released on 3D Blu-ray in the UK and France (UK image above). Unfortunately, this is Region locked and not playable on U.S. players. Hopefully the rumored U.S. release will see the light of day by the end of year. (an early box art image is below).
I’ve heard rumblings that The Incredibles and A Bug’s Life have also been converted to 3D and should see a future Blu-ray release too. While I’m not personally a 3D fan, it’s nice to have these available for those that are.
We learned a lot more about Pixar’s next project, Toy Story That Time Forgot at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. The TV special will debut on ABC this December 2, 2014. The SDCC panel was moderated by composer Michael Giacchino who will be scoring the special. He was joined on stage by director Steve Purcell, producer Galyn Susman, and head of story Derek Thompson.
Also present was voice actress Kristen Schall, as Trixie will be at the center of the special. The original pitch was a six minute short until John Lasseter recommended that they expand it for a full length TV special. New characters include a gang of Battlesaurs (including leader, Reptillus Maximus voice by Kevin McKidd, pictured above) and a christmas ornament (Angel Kitty) voiced by Joan Cusack.
Here’s the official synopsis: “During a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie‘s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot.”
While many folks think physical media is dead, I continue to buy blu-rays. The picture and sound quality are still unmatched and the bevy of extra features (when done right) dazzle me. I also like the fact that I can grab a movie off the shelf and be watching it faster than most movies can buffer and begin to stream.
I was recently reviewing the Top 50 Selling Blu-rays of All Time and was happy to see that 5 Pixar films made the list. Monsters University (#21), Up (#23), Brave (#25) Toy Story 3 (#27) and Cars 2 (#45) all made the cut. Interestingly, most of the movies at the top of the list are more recent which reflects that Blu-ray sales haven’t peaked just yet….
Disney-Pixar has released an updated logo for Pete Docter’s Inside Out. I’m partial to the original (most likely temporary) logo that was first shown at D23. I felt that logo would give general audiences a better understanding of what the premise of the film would be. Here’s the original logo:
Regardless, I cannot wait to see this film. Inside Out will be released on June 19, 2015!
Pixar has officially unveiled their latest short LAVA and it’s described as a musical love story. It will be released alongside Inside Out on June 19, 2015. Director James Ford Murphy officially previewed the short last night at a Director’s Guild of America event.
Murphy is a longtime animator, supervising animator and directing animator on such Pixar releases as Toy Story 2, For the Birds, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. The short is produced by Andrea Warren. Her most recent Pixar credits are as Production Manager on both Brave and WALL-E. Here’s the official synopsis released by Pixar:
Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “Lava” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.
From Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, “Lava” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of “Inside Out.”