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Toy Story Of Terror Blu-ray Review

Toy Story of Terror Blu-ray

“Toy Story of Terror” is a fun entry in the irresistible Pixar franchise.

For those that have been wondering what everyone’s favorite living toy characters have been up to post “Toy Story 3,” you might want to check out the 2013 Halloween special “Toy Story of Terror.” In this 22 minute small screen adventure, Woody, Rex, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Pricklepants, Trixie, and Mr. Potato Head find themselves in horror movie level trouble at a hotel when they encounter a shady hotel owner (Mr. Jones) and his thieving pet iguana (Ron). There’s a bit more to it than just that, but I’m not a spoilsport.

While the current “Toy Story” shorts may be slight in comparison to three feature films (which are arguably some of the best animated films of all time), there isn’t a second of these shorts that is wasted. In the case of “Toy Story of Terror,” for example, there’s more humor, heart, fun, and clever writing in this yarn than a vast majority of televised or theatrical entertainment. How can one possibly resist the vast amount of horror movie references, the Combat Carls (brilliantly voiced by Carl Weathers), the “Transformers” esque character, the deep characterization of Jessie the cowgirl, and Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton power!) acting as a horror expert/guide?  Like anyone who saw “Toy Story” back in 1995, seeing these characters pop up every now and then never gets tiring. I have watched these characters in films and shorts for 19 years and will continue to do so for however long Pixar keeps making them. They are timeless creations that should (and hopefully will) live on for generations.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Pixar films tend to have some of the VERY best transfers and this is no exception. Between the crystal clear colors and the astonishing level of noticeable details on the characters and backgrounds, this is as good as it gets, folks.

Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD MA is the main track, but there are other options. How does it sound? The music, voice acting, and sound f/x are pitch perfect.

Extras:
* The best extra features are the 3 “Toy Story” shorts that were attached with various Disney films. First up is 2011’s “Small Fry” which is arguably the best of the three. This one finds Buzz Lightyear getting stuck at Poultry Palace with rejected toys while a Mini-Buzz goes home with Bonnie. The second short (“Hawaiian Vacation”) is a sweet story about Woody and company attempting to recreate a Hawaiian trip for Ken and Barbie. Last, but not least is “Partysaurus Rex” which is (obviously) a Rex centric tale about Rex partying with the bathtub toys. There are optional commentary tracks for all 3 shorts.
* Digital HD copy.
* 3 “Toy Story of Terror” deleted scenes with optional intros by editor Axel Geddes.
* 3 “Vintage” toy commercials for Old Timer, Combat Carl and Transitron with optional intro by director Angus MacLane. Genius!
* A D23 ”Toy Story of Terror” teaser trailer.
* “Team of Specialists”- A 12 minute day in the life look at the production team of “Toy Story of Terror.”
* Disney trailers.
* Commentary on “Toy Story of Terror” by Angus MacLane, Ian Megibben, Axel Geddes. The three chat about horror references, the story, the characters, etc. Worth a listen.

Overall Thoughts: Any Pixar “Toy Story” tale is a must see. Now, bring on December’s “Toy Story That Time Forgot”!

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August 13, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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