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)!