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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Toy Story 2: Special Edition

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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted March 18 2010 - 02:35 PM



#2 of 21 ONLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted March 18 2010 - 04:16 PM



Thanks, Matt.  Sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln!  That sounds...terrific!

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 - 04:21 PM

And a 1080p trailer for Beauty and the Beast!?!

Nice!

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 - 04:38 PM



Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

And a 1080p trailer for Beauty and the Beast!?!

Nice!
That was on Princess and Frog also, in addition to a teaser for the next Disney animated feature, looks like it will be Rapunzel.


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#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted March 18 2010 - 04:48 PM

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Things do take a momentary pause, of course, for that rapturous sequence in which Jessie (Joan Cusack, singing voice of Sarah McLachlan) relates the affecting story of her previous life with owner Emily through the moving Randy Newman song “When She Loved Me.” Matched only in poignance with the pantomime sequence of the love affair and marriage in Up, this is Toy Story 2 at its zenith, firing on all cylinders.
I had forgotten about that scene.  It is fantastic.

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Posted March 18 2010 - 04:49 PM

Hey Mike- I get this odd sensation that you might like the toy story films.  You should give them a spin

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Posted March 19 2010 - 01:28 AM


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 ...that rapturous sequence in which Jessie (Joan Cusack, singing voice of Sarah McLachlan) relates the affecting story of her previous life with owner Emily through the moving Randy Newman song “When She Loved Me.” Matched only in poignance with the pantomime sequence of the love affair and marriage in Up, this is Toy Story 2 at its zenith, firing on all cylinders.
Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich [url=/forum/thread/299047/htf-blu-ray-review-toy-story-2-special-edition#post_3672074]  So powerful. 


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 19 2010 - 03:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Mike Frezon [url=/forum/thread/299047/htf-blu-ray-review-toy-story-2-special-edition#post_3672137]
Wow, somehow I missed it before now.  That's a lovely story.  :)


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Posted March 19 2010 - 03:58 AM

That's a wonderful story, Mike. I missed it before, as well. Thank you for sharing.

I am really looking forward to this release, along with the original. TS2 is my favorite Pixar film, and that is saying a lot, considering the amazing output from this studio.


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Posted March 19 2010 - 04:49 AM

I had read the wedding story from an earlier thread and just read it again.  Good thing men don't wear mascara, otherwise I'd have to re-do it.  Now I'll be thinking "Don't let go" when I watch TS2 again.

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Posted March 19 2010 - 05:28 AM

I missed that as well.  Incredibly well written and heartfelt.  Makes me look at my 4yo who is already growing up too fast and think about the last few years.  Great, now I am in a melancholy mood. Thanks for putting up with us in your review thread Matt....Its interesting how there is no real discussion about the film itself so far, but more about its impact.  Its almost as if there doesn't need to be....its that good.

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Posted March 19 2010 - 05:32 AM

What they said. First I've seen that. Great Story Mike. I was afraid to go to the theater for TS/TS2 3D because of that scene. I survived without completely losing it, but just barely.

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Posted March 19 2010 - 08:31 AM

Thanks, everybody.

That's just one of the many reasons (probably #1) that these films are so special to me. 

I've also always known that toys come to life when you leave the room... 

The best thing Pixar did to start their work on feature films is find a subject that worked perfectly for their animation skills at the time...and realize Walt Disney's axiom that a successful movie is simply (yet really not-so-simply) a good story, well-told. 

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 20 2010 - 01:51 AM



Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

and realize Walt Disney's axiom that a successful movie is simply (yet really not-so-simply) a good story, well-told. 
This, to me, is the key to Pixar's success. Their characters and storytelling, more than just the stellar animation, are what makes their films so special. Every time I watch a Pixar film, I am amazed at the creative talent of the studio.


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Posted March 21 2010 - 04:54 AM

Can anyone tell me if the background of Buzz's speech is still the American flag in this version? The International version (in cinemas, vhs and dvd) had a spinning globe, and supposedly the region B version had the globe as well. I just want to make sure the American Blu still has the star spangled banner.

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Posted March 21 2010 - 08:35 AM



Originally Posted by Brian Borst 

Can anyone tell me if the background of Buzz's speech is still the American flag in this version? The International version (in cinemas, vhs and dvd) had a spinning globe, and supposedly the region B version had the globe as well. I just want to make sure the American Blu still has the star spangled banner.
 
Yes, it's the American flag in this version as I recall, and the international version moment is in the bonus features.



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Posted March 21 2010 - 11:50 PM

Anybody think there's a possibility of TS 1 & 2 BDs being packaged together in the nearish future? No DVDs I mean. And in one case. Perhaps with TS3. Those who can recall the many past repackagings of TS1 & 2 might have some speculative insight... Where I'm coming from is trying to decide if I ought to take advantage of some of the offers available on the new releases, many of which are only good for a few days around here. Or does the Disney family seem quite committed to including a DVD with their BDs these days? Thanks.


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Posted March 22 2010 - 04:14 AM

Anybody think there's a possibility of TS 1 & 2 BDs being packaged together in the nearish future? No DVDs I mean. And in one case. Perhaps with TS3. Those who can recall the many past repackagings of TS1 & 2 might have some speculative insight... Where I'm coming from is trying to decide if I ought to take advantage of some of the offers available on the new releases, many of which are only good for a few days around here. Or does the Disney family seem quite committed to including a DVD with their BDs these days? Thanks.  
No idea if they will have a box set.  I kind of doubt it.  They are including DVDs with the BDs on most of their animated titles with an eye towards portable and car DVD players.  I don't think there will be a BD only release anytime soon.

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Posted March 22 2010 - 04:19 AM

^ Thanks. I decided to order TS and TS2 BD/DVD combo packages from the UK. Under $23 shipped for both. Plenty cheap enough I won't "worry" about the DVDs, which are R2 and I can't play in my main system anyway, should I get deranged and speculate they might be superior...

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Posted March 22 2010 - 06:40 AM

I get the feeling that The Princess and the Frog was a test case, since there was a separate BD-only edition.  That's a rarity (possibly unique) among Disney animation releases.


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