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Toy Story 3 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)) - Blu-ray / family and children's DVD / animation DVD / comedy DVD / Disney*Pixar DVD review
TOY STORY 3 (FOUR-DISC BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO + DIGITAL COPY) Rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 5 stars
Featuring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton
Director: Lee Unkrich Studio: Disney*Pixar
DVD release: 02 November 2010 Runtime: 103 min. (4 discs)
Format: -3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 - English; DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 EX - French, Spanish), Short film Day & Night, Toys!, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure, Paths to Pixar: Editorial, The Gang's All Here, A Toy's Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land, Studio Stories animations ("Where's Gordon?", "Cereal Bar," "Clean Start"), Toy Story Trivia Dash, Cine-Explore commentary (w/ dir. Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson), Beyond the Toybox alternative commentary track (story Supervisor Jason Katz, supervising technical director Guido Quaroni, production designer Bob Pauley, supervising animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini), Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion, Bonnie's Playtime: A Story Roundtable, Roundin' Up A Western Opening, Life Of A Shot, Goodbye Andy, Accidental Toymakers, Making of Day & Night

Michael Cera and evil ex Jason Schwartzman in boss-level battle - *Toy Story 3 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)*I wasn't sure I wanted to see another Toy Story film when rumors first began swirling of a second sequel. Of course, that was before Disney acquired Pixar, and Disney was at that point planning TS3 without Pixar's input. Once the idea took root at Pixar, I was on board. I was sure they wouldn't do it if there was no story.

When we left off, Woody chose to return to his owner, Andy, to experience every bit of Andy's life that he could, despite Stinky Pete's dire warnings about being discarded and ignored. As the story begins here, Andy (John Morris) is ready to go off to college, and his mother (Laurie Metcalf) insists that he deal with the issue of his old toys. Either they'll be donated to the daycare, or they go to the attic. Woody and the gang may be separated. Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) will likely go to college with Andy; after all, he's been Andy's favorite since kindergarten. The other toys may be relegated to the attic to associate with those lame Christmas ornaments. A garbage -bag misunderstanding later, all of the major toys are headed to Sunnyside Daycare. They hope to be played with again, something that Andy hasn't done for years.

A daycare has been in the works for Toy Story since the beginning, but the original idea was far more pleasant. Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Rex, Bullseye and the Potatoheads get placed in the Caterpillar room, where the young kids torture them mercilessly for hours a day. This isn't the playtime they had pictured. Woody escapes this fate to make his way back to his owner, so he can be there for Andy when he needs him.

Toy Story 3 is a worthy third chapter to the classic Pixar property. I would have been content with letting #2 stand where it ended, but its sequel manages to bring adventure, humor, intrigue and no small portion of emotion to its final chapter (I've teared up every time I've seen it). TS3 is a darker chapter than the first two, and it might be too dark for more sensitive audiences. While everything ultimately ends on a high note, our favorite characters have to overcome some pretty serious peril to get there. My only complaint: some of the negative elements may overpower the overall mood of the film.

The Blu-ray transfer is expectedly brilliant, and the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track pure sonic perfection. The myriad of details available in the multiple commentaries leave my head pleasantly swimming. Extras include a multitude of featurettes on the making of Toy Story 3, commentaries, Paths to Pixar (in which a Pixar employee discusses their journey leading to employment at Pixar), Studio Stories (animated illustrations of classic Pixar legends as we've seen on the other Toy Story Blu-ray releases), Toy Story Trivia Dash, and oodles more. Pixar knows that some people, kids and adults alike, may be interested in way more than just the film, so they've included exhaustive details to feed the needs of the geeks. Thank you, Pixar!
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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