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#1 of 84 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 17 2010 - 01:54 PM



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Posted March 17 2010 - 02:33 PM

My copy is on reserve at Movie Stop and I will be picking this up on my way home next Tuesday.  So eager to sit down and watch this in blu. Doug
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Posted March 17 2010 - 02:47 PM

I don't think I can be any more excited for a release than I am for this and TS2.

Matt:  Will you also be doing a review of Toy Story 2?

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted March 17 2010 - 02:51 PM

Who would have known Mike? 

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Posted March 17 2010 - 02:52 PM

Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

I don't think I can be any more excited for a release than I am for this and TS2.
 

Yeah, these have got to be my most anticipated releases for at least the first half of the year. A close runner up is the Rock N Roll High School Blu-ray (I have eclectic tastes).

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Posted March 17 2010 - 03:54 PM



Originally Posted by MattH. ">

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1,
Is that 6.1 discrete or matrix? Most of the Pixar soundtracks were originally mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 EX which translates to DTS-ES matrix, but I was just wondering if they actually went discrete for the back surround channel on the blu-ray.



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Posted March 17 2010 - 04:02 PM

Hmmm, still not sure about the quality of this release...







I keeed, I keeed, picking this and TS2 up on day/date! Now bring on The Incredibles!

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Posted March 17 2010 - 04:32 PM

^ x2 on The Incredibles! 

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#9 of 84 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 18 2010 - 12:53 AM



Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

I don't think I can be any more excited for a release than I am for this and TS2.

Matt:  Will you also be doing a review of Toy Story 2?
 
It will be up tonight. Disney sent them as separate releases rather than as a combo pack so I'm reviewing them separately.



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Posted March 18 2010 - 01:13 AM

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another reference transfer from Disney/Pixar

While we all know stills aren't the best way to evaluate a film the ones I have seen around the net comparing DVD to Blu on these twos are jawdropping in their differences, and I always thought that TS/TS2 were among the best looking DVDs ever put out.  Can't wait to have my own copies to evaluate.  But as excited as I am for this I haven't preordered em yet, what's the best deal so far Mike? 





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Posted March 18 2010 - 01:36 AM



Originally Posted by Sam Posten [url=/forum/thread/299025/htf-blu-ray-review-toy-story-special-edition#post_3671762] ) would realize that if you want both movies you're better off with the amazon deal. 

DeepDiscount has each title for $29.85.  Wal-Mart.com has a price of $24.86 apiece.  All of this, of course, is subject to change.  I'm still kinda hoping that we might see some kind of further price drop at amazon as we approach release date (although my hopes are not real high).

I'm about to pull the pre-order trigger via amazon myself...go with the free shipping...and go through the agony of having to wait those precious few extra days in order to pay the lowest price. 


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted March 18 2010 - 03:32 AM

Best deal so far looks to be Target- each are priced at $19.95/ buy both and save an extra $10- and then you should be able to use the Disney on-line coupons on top of that (I think they are $5 off- and you may be able to use one for each film). So at the least you should be able to get TS 1&2 for $25 + tax, and possibly $20 + tax if you're lucky.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 03:48 AM

There is a lot of internet scuttle right now re: Target and the TS blus.

There is some contradiction over whether their weekly ad will be calling for $19.99 per title or $22.99 per title.  The $10 credit for buying both plus the $5 on-line coupons for each seem to make it the new best deal either way.

If $19.99 apiece:

$39.98 for both titles
minus $10 bulk credit = $29.98
minus $10 in coupons = $19.98!

If $22.99 apiece:

$45.98 for both titles
minus $10 bulk credit = $35.98
minus $10 in coupons = $25.98!

I guess I'll go cancel my amazon pre-order (which I finally pulled the trigger on.  ). 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted March 18 2010 - 05:38 AM

Haven't decided whether I need these on BR or not. Apparently I'm in the minority, as the TS films aren't among my Pixar favorites. I own the Ultimate Toy Box on SD, so that's probably OK for me right now.

But we'll see what deals and coupons there are (no Target near here, so we'll see what the other guys have).

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Posted March 18 2010 - 06:15 AM

When I saw the theatrical 3-D re-issue last Fall, I was astounded and blown away by how much detail these films had. It is a testament to Pixar that the animation in Toy Story still holds up today.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 07:37 AM

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While we all know stills aren't the best way to evaluate a film the ones I have seen around the net comparing DVD to Blu on these twos are jawdropping in their differences, and I always thought that TS/TS2 were among the best looking DVDs ever put out.  Can't wait to have my own copies to evaluate.  But as excited as I am for this I haven't preordered em yet, what's the best deal so far Mike? 
Sam THERE IS NO COMPARISON.  My wife wanted to watch these with the kids for the first time a few months ago, so I pulled out the DVDs (which like you I thought looked fantastic) and put them on the big screen (124 inch).  Even with a great upconverting player I was really disappointed in how they looked compared to the Pixar BD titles I have. I was given a sneak peek of the BD  that I looked at last night and it was fantastic in comparison.  You could see the individual threads in Woody's shirt when you got up close!  That was the level of detail.  If you have a BD player, I heartily recommend the upgrade!
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Is that 6.1 discrete or matrix? Most of the Pixar soundtracks were originally mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 EX which translates to DTS-ES matrix, but I was just wondering if they actually went discrete for the back surround channel on the blu-ray.
My Denon AVR registered it coming in as a discrete, single back channel.

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Posted March 18 2010 - 07:39 AM

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Haven't decided whether I need these on BR or not. Apparently I'm in the minority, as the TS films aren't among my Pixar favorites. I own the Ultimate Toy Box on SD, so that's probably OK for me right now. But we'll see what deals and coupons there are (no Target near here, so we'll see what the other guys have).  
Malcolm- I recommend the upgrade.  Amazon has an instant $10 savings when you put both in your cart, so that makes them $20 each.

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Posted March 18 2010 - 08:21 AM



Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich 



Malcolm- I recommend the upgrade.  Amazon has an instant $10 savings when you put both in your cart, so that makes them $20 each.
Adam:  In case you missed it, you may want to check out Post #13 in this thread. 

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted March 18 2010 - 08:29 AM



Originally Posted by Mike Frezon ">

There is a lot of internet scuttle right now re: Target and the TS blus  .....
I guess I'll go cancel my amazon pre-order (which I finally pulled the trigger on. 

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Posted March 18 2010 - 08:54 AM

I'm going to wait to see what Amazon does over the weekend given the coupon madness.  I bet they match it.  Or beat it.  Worst comes to worst I go to Tar-jay and pick it up, but I'd rather use my prime while it lasts =)


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