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Lord Of The RIngs (Theatrical Version) Blu-Ray

Okay, I bought the first dvd set of these three films when they came out, and then waitied with most of the public for the extended versions to come out a year later.  Now New Line is doing the same number on the public as before, releasing the theatrical versions of the films in one case, along with dvd extras on dvds (not blu-ray) and making us wait even longer for the films extended versions on blu-ray.  It really sucks that New Line is doing this to fans of the films, who have been devoted and patient for their release on high definition.

This edition really shows that not much effort was put into its release; the films themselves look great but they are bare bone discs with no extras other than BD-Live.  Even the menus are plain and ordinary, without even any animation.  The package itself is also very plain, without an insert or any additional information.

These films, even if they are only the theatrical versions, deserve better than this package.  I’m sure New Line will have the Extended Versions done in time for the holidays, bilking the public to buy the trilogy again, the way it should have been released in the first place.  Rent this edition to enjoy the films; do not buy unless money is no object in your life.

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April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , | Leave a comment

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 Blu-Ray

These computer generated animations were real pioneers in the art form-“Toy Story” being the first full length CGI film and spawned an entire new industry in Hollywood with its success.  The films have become classics of the genre, with “Toy Story 2” being just as successful as the original.  Now the animation seems a bit dated , with the humans far from realistic and the lacking of some details that are part of the genre today with computer advancements.

Part of their success was the writing of the stories and the talented voice cast of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and other famous celebrities in the toy roles.  Joan Cusack makes Jesse the Cowgirl a terrific new character in TS2.  John Lasseter, than at Pixar, contributed to the high quality of the production in a number of ways, earning a special Oscar for his work.

These Blu-Ray discs (sold separately) come with a DVD copy but curiously do not come with a digital copy, as in other Disney Blu-Ray releases. Extras include features on the development of each story, interviews with cast members, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs, and each release also contains a sneak preview of the upcoming Toy Story 3.

If you are a fan of Pixar, celebrate the release of these classics on Blu-Ray.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment