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Toy Story 2 Special Edition (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
10 out of 10
Extras Rating:
10 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: G

Starring:
Tom Hanks as Woody (voice)
Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear (voice)
Joan Cusack as Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl (voice)
Kelsey Grammer as Stinky Pete the Prospector (voice)
Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head (voice)
Jim Varney as Slinky Dog (voice)
Wallace Shawn as Rex the Green Dinosaur (voice)
John Ratzenberger as Hamm the Piggy Bank (voice)
Annie Potts as Bo Peep (voice)
Wayne Knight as Al the Toy Collector (voice)
John Morris as Andy (voice)
Laurie Metcalf as Andy's Mom (voice)
Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head (voice)
Jodi Benson as Tour Guide Barbie / Barbie on Backpack (voice)
Joe Ranft as Wheezy the Penguin (voice)
Erik von Detten as Sid (voice)
R. Lee Ermey as Sergeant (voice)
Sarah Freeman as Hannah (voice)

Special Features:
Disc 1 - Blu-ray
• Sneak Peek at Toy Story 3 (4:00)
• Audio commentary
• Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs - Blast Off! (3:43)
• Paths to Pixar - Artists (4:24)
• Studio Stories - Sleep Deprivation Lab (1:25)
• Studio Stories - Pinocchio (2:15)
• Studio Stories - The Movie Vanishes (2:32)
• Pixar's Zoetrope (1:58)
• Celebrating Our Friend Joe Ranft (12:46)
• Learn How to take Your Favorite Movies On the Go (1:00)
BD-LIVE

Disc 2 - DVD
• same extras as on SE DVD

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
DTS-HD MA 5.1
DTS-HD Stereo
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 81 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"From the filmmakers behind 'Finding Nemo,' 'Monsters, Inc.' and 'Cars' comes 'Toy Story 2' -- the highly acclaimed hit that earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture.

Rediscover the humor, heart and friendship of this hilarious adventure in a spectacular new Special Edition that goes to infinity and beyond! Enter Disney/Pixar's incredible new world with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bullseye in the movie that shows us what being a toy, and a friend, is all about.

Plus, get a look at how the incredible tale continues with an exclusive sneak peek at 'Toy Story 3.' This must-have comedy classic is the perfect addition to your Disney/Pixar collection and hours of fun for the entire family!"

"Toy Story 2" is rated G.

Mini-Review:
Released along with "Toy Story" is "Toy Story 2" on Blu-ray. Again, the Blu-ray treatment allows you to see the incredible detail in the animation and show off your home theater system properly. In the bonus features you'll find a sneak peek at "Toy Story 3" which highlights the new characters. You get a look at Michael Keaton as Ken, Ned Beatty as a stuffed bear, and more. It looks like a lot of fun. The "Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs" from Disney and NASA are continued, this time showing life in zero-g on the space station. There's plenty of footage of the Buzz toy floating around. "Paths to Pixar" shows more Pixar artists talking about how they got into animation. This batch is a tad more eccentric than those on the "Toy Story" Blu-ray. Also continued are the funny "Studio Stories" which tells funny tales from the early days of Pixar. There's a great story about how a large portion of "Toy Story 2" was almost permanently erased from their hard drives. Another story about attempts to stick a Pinocchio toy in a ceiling had both the kids and I laughing a lot. You'll want to work at Pixar after hearing this. "Pixar's Zoetrope" shows an amazing animation demonstration using statues that was inspired by a Studio Ghibli exhibit in Japan. Rounding things out is the heartfelt tribute "Celebrating Our Friend Joe Ranft." You learn more about the man that was so key to a lot of Pixar's best moments.

Overall, this is a great replacement for your "Toy Story 2" DVD and is money well spent on your Blu-ray collection. This is the only way to watch "Toy Story 2" if you can't see it in theaters in 3-D.

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