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21 Jul, 2010 By: Fred Topel

Toy Story 3

Toy Story made history in 1995 as the first-ever feature-length computer-animated film. Now that every single Pixar release has been a megahit and entered families’ personal video collections, the filmmakers thought of one more story to tell about Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their pals.

Toy Story 3, which represents Pixar Animation Studios’ return to its origins, will join the rest of the Pixar collection with an equal magnitude of bonus content on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

“As always, we try to put as much fun stuff onto them as possible,” director Lee Unkrich says. “If people like the kinds of Blu-rays we’ve done in the past, I don’t think they’ll be disappointed with this one.”

Previous Pixar discs such as Monsters, Inc., Wall-E and Up include behind-the-scenes features that are kid-friendly but also of interest to grown-up viewers. Games, deleted scenes and new animated short films are all regular features for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s home video versions of the Pixar classics.

“We’ve got a great group at Pixar whose only job is to create those Blu-rays and DVDs,” Unkrich says. “We’ve got all kinds of great behind-the-scenes pieces and studio stories and great commentary tracks. Just lots of great stuff.”

Toy Story 3 brings Buzz, Woody and the gang into new detail with the advancements Pixar has made in animation. When the film comes to Blu-ray’s high-definition format, fans will be able to notice every scuff and scratch in the toys’ texture.
“You’ll be able to see the detail because we’ve rendered this movie at a much higher resolution than we did the earlier films,” Unkrich says.

While Toy Story 3 is presented in 3D in theaters, Pixar has no plans yet for a release for 3D televisions, Unkrich says.

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