Toy Story 2 3d makes its way to blu-ray along side Toy Story 1 3d. With Toy Story 2 3d comes a new story obviously that in my opinion is a lot more amusing. Andy is going to summer camp, and decides not to take Woody (Tom Hanks) since his arm was torn. So his Mom puts him up on the shelf and all the toys are left at home as Andy leaves for cowboy camp.
While Andy is away, Mom decides to have a yard sale and in the process of trying to save the penguin somehow Woody is toynapped by Al McWhiggin, a greedy evil toy collector. Al also owns a toy store that advertises on T.V. as Al’s toy barn. He needs Woody to complete a perfect “Roundup Gang” collection he wants to sell to a Japanese Museum Collector. Al brings Woody to his apartment and has his torn arm fixed by a special seamstress. While there Woody discovers that he is a valuable collectible as a spin off from a tv show from the 1950’s, “Woody’s Roundup Gang”.
Woody meets the toy versions of his old TV show – Jessie (Cusack), prospector Stinky Pete (Grammer) and his horse, Bullseye. He has the choice to make of being behind glass and admired by old fans, or being part of a family with Andy; played with and loved. But Jessie reminds him that kids grow up and he will be tossed aside one day anyway.
Meanwhile, the toys in Andy’s room must rescue Woody. There is an exciting crosstown adventure as they use the toy store’s address to find Woody. It is up to Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex and Slinky Dog to rescue Woody and remind him what it means to be a toy and belong to someone. Jessie and Bullseye end up being part of the loving family in the end, but such an exciting adventure can’t be missed. There is also a lesson on enjoying and living in the present and not worrying about the past or future.
Just like Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2 excels in the PQ department. In fact it seemed a bit more eye popping to me than Toy Story 1. Your bright colors are just that while your darks are nice and deep. You really wont find anything to whine about here unless your extremely anal retentive. Colors glisten off of Buzz Lightyear once more and they shime immaculantly on the other toys. The attention to detail is amazing and can be seen well when viewing the penguin toy along as you view the dust particles on him as well as the top shelf. The pioneers (Toy Story 1 & 2) turned out great on blu-ray with a marvelous 1080p transfer.
Blu-ray 3d The 3d on Toy Story 2 is really astounding. While most think that films not shot ready for 3d need to watch animated films in 3d as they are nothing short of amazing 9 times out of 10. Toy Story 2 is no different in this regard as their are plenty of eye popping scenes that “Come at ya” and thus provide a pleasurable 3d experience. Buzz’s scenes definitely come to mind the most. It’s definitely time to upgrade to the 3d edition. Both Toy Story 1 3d and this one (Toy Story 2 3d) hit it out of the park!
Once more, like Toy Story 1 I was blown back with the audio transfer as it was superb. This classy DTS HD Master 5.1 track will rock the house with its bass and ring loudly through your loud speakers. The fronts and center bare most of the work on this title but the ambient noises come through nicely when needed via the rears. Musical numbers come in greatly, dialogue is crisp and tight while the sound effects are realistically precise. There really isn’t anything negative to say about this track. You will be pleased.
The supplemental listing is listed below and as you can see by the sheer amount of this title, much like its counterpart (Toy Story 1) has that Disney once again gave it its proper outing. For as many folks who’d rather save a few bucks and not have a DVD copy their is just as many (like me) who are pleased to welcome the 2 disc edition with the combined DVD versions of the film. The supplements on this package add alot of depth to this already Pixar classic title that with them combined adds alot of value in the sense of both quantity and quality.
Audio Commentary w/ Director and staff
Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: (HD, 4 mins.)
Making Toy Story 2 (SD, 8 mins.)
John Lasseter Profile (SD, 3 mins.)
Cast of Characters (SD, 4 mins.)
Toy Box (SD, 14 mins.)
Deleted Scenes (SD, 4 mins.)
Design (SD, 27 mins.)
Studio Stories (HD, 6 mins.)
Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station (HD, 4 mins.)
Celebrating Our Friend Joe Ranft (HD, 13 mins.)
Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists (HD, 4 mins.)
Pixar’s Zoetrope (HD, 2 mins.)
Production (SD, 14 mins.)
Music & Sound (SD, 14 mins.)
Maximize Your Home Theater: (Calibration tool)
Once again, much like Toy Story 1 3d, Toy Story 2 3d presents itself to blu-ray in true blu-ray form. You truly do experience the sound and vision of blu-ray with this title. Not only is it a Pixar classic, but the sound and audio transfer is amazing and will have your system rockin’. On top of that, the video transfer is superb and the supplemental section is deep compared to many blu-ray releases. Overall, Toy Story 2 3d on blu-ray comes highly recommended and is worth the upgrade from your regular 2d release.