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Toy Story Of Terror (2014/Disney/Pixar Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: B+ Extras: B Short Film: A-

New on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is Toy Story of Terror from Disney/Pixar. Now, whereas this might seem (from the title) to be a strictly Halloween based film; it is far from as it acts more of a spoof on the horror genre as a whole.

The film has our normal Toy Story crew of Buzz (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and many other familiar faces embarking on a road trip with Bonnie and her mom. After some road trouble Bonnie's family is forced to pull over at a roadside motel for the night. It is at that time that Mr. Prickle-Pants (voiced by Timothy Dalton) explains the ins and outs of horror films to a befuddled gang of toys. Toy Story of Terror is essentially the Pixar crews' take on (now) horror classic Scream.

The film runs only a short 22-minutes and leaves the audience wanting more as it is so good it could be a feature length film. The film retains the lighthearted humor of the previous three Toy Story films, while again touching on some of characters issues discussed in Toy Story 3. The film feels like a true horror film set in the Toy Story Universe, but simultaneously will have viewers in stitches over its brilliant sense of humor.

Toy Story of Terror is truly great short film and a must see.

The technical features on this TV to Blu-ray release is on par with other Disney/Pixar ventures as it boasts of high quality throughout. The image is presented in a 1080p, AVC encoded 1.78 X 1 high definition widescreen image that is crystal clear, with bright colors, and brilliant animation. The horror inspired short film spends much of its time in the shadows, but at no point is anything obscured or lost; the film doing a fantastic job with image delineation and balanced black levels. The sound is a 7.1 lossless DTS-HD Master Audio that manages to use the entire speaker range as it demonstrates solid panning effects and directionality as well as crisp, clean, clear dialogue. The music and atmospheric sounds project with ease bringing the entire presentation to life.

The Digital HD copy is a downgraded release of the stunning Blu-ray presentation, but good for Toy Story fans on the go.

Whereas the extras are not plentiful they are well presented and more than you would expect from a TV to Blu-ray release. Extras include:

  • Full Length Audio Commentary

  • Collection of three (3) Toy Story Shorts

    • Hawaiian Vacation [5:53]

      • Displays the insane habits of Barbie and (more particularly) Ken [voiced by Michael Keaton].

    • Small Fry [7:06]

      • A funny take on fast food toys

    • Partysaurus Rex [6:34]

      • A bathtub party with Rex

  • Audio Commentaries on all 3 Toy Story shorts

  • Team of Specialists Featurette

    • Follows the crew on a day of making the film

  • 3 Deleted scenes with animatics and audio commentary from animating supervisor MacLane

  • D23 Convention Teaser Trailer

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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