By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 24 Feb 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment March 23 for the first time will offer at retail Pixar animated classics Toy Story and Toy Story 2 separately on DVD/Blu-ray Disc/Digital Copy combo packs for $39.99 each.
Disney, which pioneered the combo pack in 2008, has released High School Musical 3, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Bolt, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience and Hannah Montana: The Movie in the format.
Available in 1080p resolution for the first time, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, which generated $192 million and $246 million, respectively, at the domestic box office, feature all-new bonus material, including sneak peaks of the June 18 theatrical release Toy Story 3.
May 11 will also see the release of separate special-edition DVDs of Oscar-winning Toy Story (special achievement award) and Golden Globe-winning (best picture) Toy Story 2 for $29.99 each.
Combo pack bonus material includes Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: “Episode One: Blast Off,” where Buzz reports back to the international space station.
Additional special features include “Paths to Pixar: Artists,” in which Pixar illustrators give tips to aspiring artists; and studio shorts showcasing anecdotal clips about life at Pixar Animation:
“John’s Car” recounts how Toy Story director John Lasseter refused to stop driving his old beat up vehicle even after the film’s success; “Baby AJ” underscores the importance of Halloween to Pixar employees and the actions one staffer took to win the Tin Toy prize; and “Scooter Races” shows Lasseter racing employees around the studio.
Other material includes “Buzz Takes Manhattan,” showcasing the Buzz Lightyear Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon float; and “Black Friday: The Toy Story You Never Saw,” where filmmakers discuss how an early cut of the film nearly shut down production.
Toy Story 2 new bonus material includes a director commentary, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs (“Episode Two: International Space Station” and “Paths to Success: Technical Artists”) and the studio shorts: “Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab,” highlighting the intense time pressure Pixar editors labored creating the sequel; “Studio Stories: Pinocchio,” highlighting impromtu competition among animators to decorate their offices; and “Studio Stories: The Movie Vanishes,” how a computer technical glitch nearly erased the entire sequel.
Other special features include “Pixar's Zoetrope,” which looks at the live-action zoetrope Pixar created to capture the principles of animation in a live sculpture; and “Celebrating our Friend Joe Ranft,” a tribute to the late story artist.