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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/3D Video total rating:

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Studio and Year: Disney/Pixar - 2010
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 103 minutes
Genre: Family/Animation

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC/MVC
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital EX 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Emery, Joan Cusack, Estelle Harris, Michael Keaton, Ned Beatty, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, Richard Kind, Whoopi Goldberg
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Music by: Randy Newman
Written by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 1, 2011

"The Great Escape"

Film Synopsis:

Toy Story 3 welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in daycare! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it's all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. More than a few new facessome plastic, some plushjoin the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie's counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice
of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (voice of Ned Beatty).

My Take:

I reviewed Toy Story 3 when it was released on Blu-ray last year. Other than the addition of the 3D Blu-ray version this combo pack is the same. Many of my comments from that review are contained here as well.

When Toy story 3 begins we find Andy's toys feeling neglected and vying for any attention from him, even if it means summoning him by pilfering his cell phone, then calling it to attract him. Andy is headed off to college and his mother urges him to get rid of/donate any unwanted items/toys and those he wishes to keep should be moved to the attic. Due to a mix up Andy's toys are inadvertently donated to Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, knowing the truth about what happened tries to convince Buzz, The Potatoheads, Rex, Jessie, Ham, and Slink that it was a misunderstanding and that they should return to Andy's house. After receiving a warm welcome from the toys at Sunnyside, led by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (Lotso), they decide they are happier at Sunnyside. Reluctantly Woody leaves without them but accidentally comes into the possession of an imaginative and sweet little girl named Bonnie. Meanwhile the others soon discover that the playroom Lotso intentionally assigned them to is filled with younger children who innocently make their lives miserable. At Bonnie's house Woody is befriended by her toys and learns the truth about Lotso and what goes on at Sunnyside after hours. With their help he returns to Sunnyside and along with the gang devises a plan of escape. They discover there are a few obstacles that stand in their way. First, Lotso doesn't want them to leave and uses his minions lead by enforcer Big Baby to keep them in line. Second, the daycare is locked down tight at night and is surrounded by an eight foot wall. Lastly, Lotso resets Buzz to once again believe that he is a Space Ranger, and uses him to help imprison the others. With Andy leaving for college the next day time is running out. Lotso may be a cuddly bear but his treachery knowing no bounds. If they are going to succeed in their most dangerous adventure yet the gang will have to pull together like never before.

I must admit to be very surprised when I saw that Disney/Pixar would be releasing Toy Story 3 in 2010. I love the first two films and couldn't help but wonder why the need for a third after eleven years. As a family we are all fans of Toy Story so when Toy Story 3 hit theaters earlier this year we all went. I have said it before and I will again, I don't know how Pixar does it. Toy Story 3 re-captures the essence of the first two films and is emotionally stirring, with a multi-dimensional story that has the ability to touch audiences at both the adult and child levels. It stimulates our imaginations while integrating thematic elements that relate to real life experiences/feelings of devotion, teamwork, friendship, and love. It is easy to be drawn in by its captivating charm, intelligent wit, and heartwarming innocence. Like the two previous films Toy Story 3 is filled with well constructed characters and cleverly infused dialogue that make it fetching and fun. Most of the central characters return while a few are notably missing (Bo Peep among them). This film features the largest assemblage of toys yet and makes for lots of fun. My favorite among the new faces is Ken (as in Barbie/Ken). Voiced by Michael Keaton Ken literally steals every scene he is in. Bonnie, the loving, imaginative little girl is the film's resident cutie/heartbreaker. The main players in Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, Potato head/wife, Ham, Rex, and Slinky are typically engaging, funny and charming. Of the three films I found this one to be the most emotionally stirring especially regarding the crossroad faced by Woody and Andy. Its heartwarming depiction of their enduring friendship which has served as the foundation that has supported those around them (from a toys perspective) is evocative and moving. Everyone with the exception of Jim Varney (rest his soul) reprises their roles from the first film and the new cast members, Ned Beatty and Michael Keaton do a terrific job and seem perfectly mated to their respective characters. Each has their moment to shine and does so convincingly. Toy Story 3 is an endearing, timeless and classic animated film that can be shared and enjoyed from one generation to the next. Like its predecessors it has found a place in my heart and on my shelf. Thank you to Disney/Pixar for bringing it to Blu-ray with tender loving care as it looks and sounds spectacular in high definition.

Parental Guide:

This is a family film that can be enjoyed by all.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 100

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3D Presentation: 94

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Toy Story 3 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5.4 Mbps.

After viewing Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D I had high hopes for this 3D presentation and of course I wasn't disappointed. I must admit that being bombarded with gimmicky in your face effects is something that I find quickly wears off the novelty of 3D. That isn't to suggest that I don't occasionally enjoy the feeling of flinching when objects are hurled from the screen. I much prefer to view 3D that takes advantage of the depth and dimension that can bring images onscreen to life in a visually involving and natural way. Toy Story 3 in 3D incorporates its share of fun pop out of the screen moments however its implementation is subtle yet somehow demonstrative. This is a stellar 3D presentation that features superlative onscreen dimensional correlation. Textures abound as the richness of the digitally created objects onscreen are incredibly nuanced and lifelike regardless of their placement within the frame. Detail is impeccable as the video retains a high level of clarity that is enhanced by the superlative reproduction of color. This isn't an effects laden spectacle however there are enough floating, reaching, and flying objects to keep 3D zealots interested. As for me, this is 3D entertainment that brought a smile to my face. Once again, Kudos to Disney on another superlative presentation.

The DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound on this disc is reference quality and sounds superb. The film's opening rescue/train sequence is an aurally stimulating treat that serves as a precursor for what you can expect. This sequence has aggressive elements that feature low frequency effects and extended dynamics that produce deep, demonstrative bass transients capable of room shaking levels. This animated film uses an intricate sound design that has to maintain a delicate balance so the plethora of sound effects, music and dialogue within the soundtrack can be clearly and easily interpreted by the audience. Dialogue is distinctly perceptible and well articulated so that even subtle changes in the inflection of the voices among the cast was detectable.

Sound effects are accurately placed within the sound field and establish a tight correlation between the onscreen information and what is being heard within the listening environment. This creates an immersive, active and involving soundscape that is abundantly rich in detail. Its wide dynamic range can go from subtle, intricate control to room energizing dynamism. Low frequencies underscore sound effects and reinforce the dynamic impact of the audio. Response is authoritative, clean and on occasion prodigious as it fills the room with deep, tactile, low level bass energy. Randy Newman's emotive and wonderful music score sometimes takes center stage and is reproduced with high level detail and smooth, strident free treble. I found this to be a superlative mix that creates a stable and immersive surround sound experience that achieves excellent balance so that all of the elements inherent in the recording can be realized.

This is a stellar and reference quality high definition presentation from Disney/Pixar that offers breathtaking video and magnificent lossless sound.

2D Video Quality:

Video: 100

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Toy story 3 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney/Pixar featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps.

Of the three Toy Story films this one looks the best on Blu-ray in my humble opinion. This is a stunning and reference quality high definition presentation that delivers flawless imagery. The video quality is visually arresting in its depiction of the film's animated elements. Detail and definition is impeccably rendered as images have a luminous and sparkling clarity that is appreciably three dimensional. It never left me wanting for fine degrees of subtle delineation and texture. The attention to detail in the construction of the animated characters physical features as well as objects within each frame is superb. I couldn't get over the depth of the beautifully rendered colors. Colors are deeply saturated with lustrous vibrancy and succulent textures that literally leap off of the screen. Primaries are particularly striking and exhibit visible gradational stages that bring out subtle degrees of separation.

Each of the characters has distinctive physical qualities that are attributable to them not only in size and shape but color as well. Blacks are inky with extended dynamic range and deep gradational highlights. The dark and shadow filled confines of the closed toy box, open expanse of the darkened Sunnyside playroom, or the drop ceiling crawl space (where Woody re-enters from) exhibit a near infinite level of dimension, with superb contrast and visible shading that drew out lots of detail. I was blown away by this high definition presentation and feel that this presentation bests the theatrical one that I saw earlier this year.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1:

  • (HD) Day and night theatrical short - 6 minutes

  • (HD) Buzz Lightyear mission logs: The science of adventure - 4 minutes

  • (HD) Toys! - 6 minute featurette

  • Disc 2 (BD-50):

  • (HD) Cine-explore - Picture-in-picture commentary

  • (HD) Beyond the toy box: An alternative audio commentary track - Track leads from the story, technical aspects, art design and more

  • (HD) The gang's all here featurette - 10 minutes

  • (HD) Goodbye Andy featurette - 8 minutes

  • (HD) Accidental toymakers featurette - 4 minutes

  • (HD) A toy's eye view: creating a whole new land featurette - 5 minutes

  • (HD) epilogue - 4 minutes

  • (HD) Roundin' up a western opening featurette - 5 minutes

  • (HD) Bonnie's playtime: A story roundtable - 6 minutes

  • (HD) Beginnings: Setting a story in motion featurette - 8 minutes

  • (HD) Life of a shot featurette - 7 minutes

  • (HD) Making of Day and night - 2 minutes

  • (HD) Studio stories (6 minutes):

    1. Where's Gordon
    2. Cereal bar
    3. Clean start

  • (HD) Interactive game: Toy story trivia dash

  • Publicity - Trailers, character interviews, Grab bag, Ken's dating tips and more

  • BD-Live enabled

  • Bonus DVD of Toy story 3 including Bonus content

  • Digital Copy Bonus Disc of Toy Story 3

Final Thoughts:

Toy story 3 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors and features a rich, multi-dimensional narrative that includes memorable new characters while infusing a broader, perilous and emotionally stirring story that proves very rewarding, especially if you're a devoted fan. I went into this 3D Blu-ray review with relatively high expectations and am pleased to report that this presentation delivered the goods. Toy Story 3 looks marvelous in 3D and makes for a wonderfully engaging experience that is worth revisiting again and again. Disney continues to impress with their technically proficient Blu-ray offerings that yield high quality audio/video presentations. This five disc set includes a host of entertaining and informative bonus supplements that are well worth exploring. If you have a 3D capable setup and are a Toy story fan this Blu-ray release from Disney/Pixar is a must have plain and simple.


Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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post #2 of 8
Hmm, considering getting this even though I already have the 2D version. Although, I'd prefer getting this as a single disc over all three in 3D (unless I can find a trilogy pack really cheap).

Ralph, do you ever try 2D-to-3D conversion with films? How does it compare? I tried TS3 last night with it, and my eyes hurt a little bit after five minutes of using it. Most all of it worked right, but it made me strain a bit more with the conversion. I haven't tried an actual 3D Blu-ray before, so I didn't know if it ended up working out the same.

Also, I have a PS3, which means I won't be getting lossless audio when playing it. Does anyone think I'll be missing out on a lot?

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post #3 of 8
Ralph, thanks for another informative review. Reference quality all around - can't wait to pick this one up!

Were you provided with the single film combo pack (pictured), or the 3D trilogy pack? Those of us following this release are trying to figure out if the 2D versions are included in the trilogy packaging.
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Originally Posted by thebard View Post

Ralph, thanks for another informative review. Reference quality all around - can't wait to pick this one up!

Were you provided with the single film combo pack (pictured), or the 3D trilogy pack? Those of us following this release are trying to figure out if the 2D versions are included in the trilogy packaging.


I was given the individual 3D combo packs for review. I checked and it looks like the trilogy is only a 3 disc set which includes just the 3D versions.

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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post


I was given the individual 3D combo packs for review. I checked and it looks like the trilogy is only a 3 disc set which includes just the 3D versions.


Thanks for checking...
post #6 of 8
Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post


I was given the individual 3D combo packs for review. I checked and it looks like the trilogy is only a 3 disc set which includes just the 3D versions.


Ah... that would explain the massive price difference.
post #7 of 8
This film really caught me off guard when I saw it a couple months ago. I'd love to see it again in order to check out the 3D version. If only I had a 3D projector....DOH!
post #8 of 8
Ralph, is Day & Night in 3D?
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