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Toy Story 2, a review by Dragonfire

Toy Story 2

From the filmmakers behind Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Cars comes Toy Story 2 – the highly acclaimed hit that earned a Golden Globe® Award for Best Picture. Rediscover the humor, heart and friendship of this hilarious adventure in a spectacular new Special Edition that goes to infinity and beyond!

Enter Disney/Pixar's incredible world with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bullseye in the movie that shows us what being a toy, and a friend, is all about. Plus, get a look at how the incredible tale continues with an exclusive sneak peek at Toy Story 3. This must-have comedy classic is the perfect addition to your Disney/Pixar collection, and now on Blu-ray™ featuring Disney enhanced high definition picture and sound, it's hours of fun for the entire family!

My Thoughts

First of all, this movie looks amazing on Blu-ray.  Well worth the upgrade.

I don't know for sure, but I'm thinking this one picks up about 6 months after the end of the first movie.  That one ended on Christmas with the toys anxiously waiting to find out what new toys might show up and learn there is a puppy in the house.  With this movie, Andy is getting ready to go to camp and the dog isn't a puppy.  The plot for this one can stand alone, though it does build on what had been established in the first movie.

The plot is very interesting and it adds new things to Woody by sharing what sort of history he has as being a character in a show with Jessie, Bullet, and Stinky Pete.  The idea of Woody being worried about his fate after he is damaged makes sense with what has been set up in the first movie with the toys and their concerns.  Jessie's story is absolutely heartbreaking and the song fits it perfectly.  This is the first Pixar movie that made me cry.  It wasn't that last.  I like the addition of the toy collector and see him as a villain.  Having Buzz and some of the other toys go on a rescue mission for Woody makes sense too, especially after what Woody went through to help Buzz previously.  It is so funny when they are trying to cross the street.

The animation is wonderful and an improvement over the first movie.  It is really amazing what Pixar was able to achieve in just a few years.  Humans still don't look exactly right, but they are better.  What really stands out is the settings outside.  The grass and trees and everything just looks so much better.  I noticed details that I hadn't before, like the grain in the wood on furniture and the texture on the toys themselves.  It all looks amazing.

Jessie is a good addition to the cast.  I really like Bullseye and think he looks so cute most of the time.  Stinky Pete is another good new character even though he doesn't get as much to do overall.  The returning toy characters are pretty much like they were in the first movie.  Woody does get some new doubts to deal with.  Mrs. Potato Head does get a bit shrill at times, but it isn't too annoying.  I enjoyed it when Buzz encountered all the other Buzz Lightyears in the toy store...and how the other toys had to deal with a new delusion Buzz.  

The extras on the Blu-ray are wonderful and interesting.  The tribute to Joe Ranft is really very nice.  I had no clue he had worked on so many Disney movies before going to Pixar.  

I posted a review on Epinions a few years ago.

Toy Story 2

(From Toy Story 2 on June 18th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

The Grudge, a review by addicted2dvd

     The Grudge (2004/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Takashi Shimizu
Writing:Takashi Shimizu (Original Material By), Stephen Susco (Screenwriter)
Length:98 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1, French: Dolby TrueHD: 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, Commentary: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles:English, French

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Karen
Jason Behr as Doug
William Mapother as Matthew
Clea DuVall as Jennifer
Kadee Strickland as Susan

From filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-Man™, Army of Darkness) and acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Shimizu comes a terrifying tale of horror in the tradition of The Ring and 28 Days Later.

Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer") stars as an American nurse who has come to work in Tokyo. Following a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths, she encounters the vengeful supernatural spirit that possesses its victims, claims their souls, then passes its curse to another person in a spreading chain of horror. Now she must find a way to break this supernatural spell or become the next victim of an ancient evil that never dies, but forever lives to kill.

  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • BD-Live
  • Theatrical and Unrated Versions, Two Short Films

My Thoughts:

While this is a good ghost story, I have seen better. Don't get me wrong... it is well worth watching. It is always nice to see familiar faces from TV Series in movies. And this one has 3 people I knew from TV series. Of course Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)... but there is also Jason Behr from Roswell and KaDee Strickland from Private Practice. I do like the way they did the ghosts in this film.

(From Within My Lifetime Marathon on January 19th, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd

Land of the Lost
Marshall, Will and Holly on a routine expedition met the greatest earthquake ever known. High on the rapids it struck their raft and plunged them down a thousand feet below to the Land of the Lost.

Take a journey back in time with the Marshall family through this incredible world of breathtaking wonder, pulse-pounding danger and mind-boggling special effects. Only in the Land of the Lost will you battle dinosaurs one day and encounter beings from other dimensions the next.

The Pylons, the Pakuni, evil energy storms...they are all part of the awesome adventures created by legendary Sid and Marty Krofft. Relive all your favorite Saturday morning thrills as you rediscover all 43 action-packed original episodes in the Land of the Lost Complete Series.

The Marshalls make a new friend, Cha-Ka the Paku, and a new enemy... a hungry T-Rex.

My Thoughts:
I used to watch this series every Saturday morning when I was a kid. It was one of my favorites at the time. So this show brought back some memories for me. When I first got this set I watched a few episodes with Brittany... and she liked it too so I know that this show can still appeal to kids. But I am sure it offers nothing for adults. Not unless of course you watched the show as a kid and want to watch it for nostalgic reasons. And for that reason I still find this series to be a fun distraction from real life.

This is one of those shows where the starting theme serves tells you the story on how they got there. In the first episode they are already in The Land of the Lost and they meet their new friend Cha-ka. Not to mention figure out how to fend off a T-Rex. I am probably enjoying this more then I should... but hey... this is my childhood we are talking about here. It is a reminder of simpler and better times.

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on February 24th, 2010)