Blu-ray Review: Toy Story 3 (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy 4-disc Combo)

The DVD and Blu-ray release date for all versions of Toy Story 3 is November 2, 2010.

Yes, as cliche as it may sound, the Toys are back in town. Woody, Buzz and the gang are back for the third installment of the Toy Story franchise. Its hard to believe that the original Toy Story hit theaters 15 years ago… Bill Clinton was in his first term, the internet was just a puppy and oh, I was still in college. What is great about Toy Story 3 is that it stays true to the amount of time that has passed since that time, specifically the ten years that have transpired since Toy Story 2.

When we last saw Andy in TS2, he was very much into his toys, especially Buzz and Woody. Oh what a difference 10 years makes. When we rejoin the toys they are locked up in chest in Andy’s room and appear to have been there for quite some time, without being played with for even longer. Andy is all grown up and we quickly learn that he has instructions from mom to empty his room before heading off to college. He has to finally make the decision on the playthings he grew up with… attic or trash.

Of course, there is a mistake regarding where the toys are supposed to end up and they find themselves accidentally donated to a daycare center, and a new adventure ensues.

Just as the first two Toy Story movies did, TS3 appeals to both children and adults on two completely different but equally entertaining levels. For the adults, the theme of children growing up and moving out, as well as the overall theme of not being needed anymore, tugs at the heartstrings like no other Disney movie has before. When I saw TS3 in the theater, sobs from mommies in front of me and behind (and right next to me) were clearly heard… and those 3D glasses stayed on long after left their seats to hide their tears from their children.

Toy Story 3 isn’t just a good kids movie, it is a great movie in general. The fact that it can appeal to two completely different audiences is an added bonus that makes for an amazing family movie night, especially if you have a nicely set-up home theater.

If you do have a nice set-up at home Toy Story 3 will look and sound divine. If you don’t have a nice set-up… Toy Story 3 will look and sound divine. The great sights and sounds are typical of the high standard of quality that we have come to expect from Pixar offerings. The video is pristine via AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encoding and you have a few choices for audio… DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, both are amazing.

What I love about these combo sets is similar to what I’ve said about the movie itself… it works on many different levels. With these sets containing multiple formats, I get a Blu-ray disc to keep in the family library, a disc that can stay up in the kids’ DVD player and a version that can be played on my phone, so I have some entertainment in my pocket when the kids get antsy on long drives or in the doctor’s waiting room. Keep those sets coming boys!

The first three discs contain the three different formats and the final disc is jam-packed with Blu-ray extras that has anything and everything you want to know about Toy Story 3 and the franchise in general. My favorite bit of information was about how the original Toy Story technology was completely outdated and they couldn’t use anything that was built for the first two movies. All of the characters has to be rebuilt from scratch using modern methods. Amazing stuff.

Toy Story 3 is a must-own for any family movie collection. Pick it up on Tuesday as soon as you see it on the shelves… or try your hand and winning it in our Toy Story 3 Giveaway. Whichever this case, this movie MUST be in your collection by the end of the week it is released.