Toy Story 3 (Blu-ray) (2010)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Lots & Lots detail below
|Year Of Production||2010|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Lee Unkrich|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0
Korean Dolby Digital 5.1
Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1
Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Let me start by getting something out of the way about this 3 disc (2 Blu-ray & 1 DVD) set. I really don't see how you could have made this better than it is as a Blu-ray release. It has everything you can think of; incredible video, awesome audio (including a 7.1 lossless track) and an absolutely huge collection of extras. It is undoubtedly the best release of 2010 that I have seen. As an added bonus it also includes a wonderful film, which is a great addition to the Toy Story series. While some animated series have fluctuated in quality (Shrek anyone?), this one just gets better and better. Pixar just keep producing great films.
The story here in the third part sees Andy ready to leave for college and needing to decide what to do with his toys, which have not been getting a lot of playing with Andy lately. The toys decide to do something about it to avoid getting thrown away or put in the attic and through a series of misadventures end up at the Sunnyside Day Care Center. Initially, this seems like a great place to end up with lots of kids to play with them and many other friendly toys. They soon realise, however, that all is not as it seems and Sunnyside may not be a great environment for them.
The film has a wonderful wild west opening sequence, taking place in Andy's imagination, which allows the characters to do things they normally wouldn't and the animators to play with some great ideas. There are also a number of new and excellent characters including Lots-o-huggin' Bear (Ned Beatty), Ken, of Ken and Barbie (Michael Keaton) and Mr Pricklepants, a thespian hedgehog (Timothy Dalton). There are some excellent sequences and a really quite sinister closing action sequence. There are also some really funny ideas like Buzz being reset and getting stuck in Spanish mode or Mr Potato Head needing to use things other than his potato as a body. All in all it is a great sequel and a very worthy addition to the series.
This film was directed by long time Pixar but first time solo director Lee Unkrich and he has certainly done a marvellous job. I could go on and on about this film but there is little point, you already know it is a great film. Just buy it already!
The video quality is absolutely incredible as you would expect. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p native widescreen.
The picture was incredibly clear and sharp throughout with the full detail of the animation jumping off the screen at the viewer. The colour was magnificent, with the various shades and hues of the characters (and all of Ken's outfits) beautifully presented. There were no noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired and many other languages. There are also captions in a variety of languages.
There is no noticeable layer change during the program.
The audio quality is also incredibly good. This Blu-ray contains eight audio options, an English DTS HD-MA 7.1 soundtrack, an English DTS HD-MA 5.1 ES soundtrack, a Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, a Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and the same in two other Chinese variants, Portuguese & Thai. The 7.1 and English 5.1 tracks are both awesome. Unfortunately I don't have a 7.1 setup so cannot comment specifically on the 7.1 variant, in terms of differences to the 5.1. Regardless having the 7.1 is an excellent addition for those who can fully utilise it.
Dialogue was clear and easy to hear at all times. The score by Randy Newman is marvellous once again and my kids particularly enjoyed the Spanish version of the Toy Story theme song, You got a Friend in Me.
The surround speakers were in constant usage throughout for numerous surround effects, voices, atmosphere, action scenes and much, much more. The definition and directionality of the sound is a joy to listen to. The subwoofer is also used constantly supporting bangs, bumps, action scenes and the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
This set contains three discs, two Blu-rays and a DVD. The extras are incredible in terms of both quality and quantity. Although the feature disc does not contain a commentary there are two on Disc 2, so do not despair.
The menu is awesome with lots of input from the characters and things you don't see often like screen saver functionality. Bravo!
Disc 2 is divided into a number of sections and has numerous subtitle streams available.
Promo pieces for the new characters.
20+ posters for the film
A complete DVD version of the film (in PAL-runtime 98:26) with Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound plus Audio Descriptive and other languages, an excellent video transfer for SD and the following extras repeated from above
- Day & Night
- Maximise your Home Theatre
- Filmmakers Commentary (without the P-in-P functionality)
- Science of Adventure
- Paths to Pixar
- Studio Stories x 3
- The Gang's All Here
- Toy's Eye View
The US edition of the Blu-ray includes an extra disc with a digital copy of the film and has BD-Live functionality. Both the US and local Blu-rays appear to be Blu-ray region free.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|