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Two Disney-Pixar Animated Classics Come to Life as They've Never Been Seen Before

TOY STORY & TOY STORY 2 Blasting Off For the First Time Ever in High Definition On Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack March 23, 2010 Special Edition DVDs Available May 11, 2010


BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- This Spring, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly presents the eagerly awaited high definition debuts of Disney-Pixar's original animated classics Toy Story and Toy Story 2. In 1995, Toy Story made history as the first feature-length computer animated film and, together with its beloved sequel Toy Story 2, helped establish Disney-Pixar as creators of unrivaled quality family entertainment. Now, viewers can rediscover these wondrous tales of what happens when humans leave the room -- and toys come to life -- as Toy Story and Toy Story 2 debut on Disney Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack, followed seven weeks later by the Special Edition DVDs.

For the first time ever, these two groundbreaking films will be presented with eye-popping 1080p high definition picture and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound, along with hours of innovative new bonus features. Also included are exclusive sneak peeks at Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3, hitting U.S. theaters on June 18, 2010.

Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter (1996, Special Achievement Award, Toy Story), directs these two action-packed, laugh-filled animated favorites featuring the superstar voice talents of Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons) and Tim Allen (The Santa Clause), along with Don Rickles (Casino), Annie Potts (Ghostbusters), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride) and, of course, Pixar favorite John Ratzenberger (TV's "Cheers"). Together, Toy Story and Toy Story 2 launched the Disney-Pixar label and sent audiences to the infinity of family entertainment fun and beyond...as they're sure to do once again on Blu-ray(TM).

TOY STORY Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack All-New Bonus Features

  • The Story: An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Toy Story 3
  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs:
  • Episode One: Blast Off - Buzz reports back about his adventure to the International Space Station.
  • Paths to Pixar: Artists - In this series of shorts, Pixar artists talk about their career path and share advice to aspiring filmmakers and animators.
  • Studio Stories: A series of amusing anecdotal shorts about life at Pixar.
  • "John's Car" recounts how Toy Story director John Lasseter refused to stop driving his beat-up car even after the film's success.
  • "Baby AJ" tells the hilarious story of how important Halloween is to the Pixar team and how one Pixar employee dressed up as the oversized baby from the short Tin Toy to win a prize.
  • "Scooter Races" takes the audience on a rousing scooter race around the studio with John Lasseter and other employees.
  • Buzz Takes Manhattan - Spectacular footage from Buzz Lightyear's premiere as a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
  • Black Friday: The Toy Story You Never Saw - The Toy Story filmmakers discuss the early cut of the film that very nearly shut down production entirely.

TOY STORY 2 Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack All-New Bonus Features

  • Characters: An Exclusive Sneak Peek At Toy Story 3
  • Director Commentary
  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs:
  • Episode Two: International Space Station - Buzz reports back about his adventure to the International Space Station.
  • Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists - In this series of shorts, Pixar artists talk about their career path and share advice to aspiring filmmakers and animators.
  • Studio Stories: A series of amusing anecdotal shorts about life at Pixar.
  • "Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab" gives audiences an inside peek into the intense time pressures under which the Toy Story 2 editors found themselves.
  • "Studio Stories: Pinocchio" shows an impromptu competition between the animators to decorate their workspace by throwing toys into the ceiling.
  • "Studio Stories: The Movie Vanishes" tells how a mischievous technical error almost erased all of Toy Story 2 from the computer system.
  • Pixar's Zoetrope - A look at the creation of the live-action zoetrope that Pixar created to capture the principles of animation in a live sculpture.
  • Celebrating our Friend Joe Ranft - A tribute to beloved Disney and Pixar story man Joe Ranft, regarded as one of the industry's most gifted story artists.


Toy Story Synopsis:

Toy Story, the first full-length computer-animated feature film, is "a wonder to behold." - People Magazine. Experience a hilarious fantasy about the lives toys lead when they're left alone. Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), an old-fashioned cowboy doll, is Andy's favorite. But when Andy gets Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) for his birthday, the flashy new space hero takes Andy's room by storm! Their rivalry leaves them lost with a toy's worst nightmare -- Sid, the toy-torturing boy next door. Woody and Buzz must work together to escape, realizing along the way that they've got a friend ... in each other!


Toy Story 2 Synopsis:

A Golden Globe® Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical, Toy Story 2 has become a favorite all across the world, garnering praise from fans and critics everywhere. It's "an instant classic," raved New York Magazine. While Andy is away at summer camp, Woody is toynapped by Al McWhiggin, a greedy collector who needs Andy's favorite toy to complete his "Woody's Roundup" collection. Together with Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack), Bullseye, and the Prospector, Woody is on his way to a museum where he'll spend the rest of his life behind glass. It's up to Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, and Slinky Dog to rescue their friend and remind him what being a toy is all about.

The Toy Story and Toy Story 2 Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Packs are priced at an SRP of $39.99. The Special Edition DVDs are priced at an SRP of $29.99.

  TOY STORY BD & DVD COMBO PACK PRODUCT DETAILS:

STREET DATE: March 23, 2010
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Direct pre-book: 1/26/10
Distributor pre-book: 2/09/10
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99
Feature run time: Approximately 81 minutes
Rated: USA: G
The following technical specifications may only apply to feature:
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video: 1080p, Widescreen
Sound: 5.1 DTS-HD ES, English 2.0 DTS-HD, English DVS 2.0 Dolby; French 5.1 Dolby EX; Spanish 5:1 Dolby EX
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

TOY STORY 2 BD & DVD COMBO PACK PRODUCT DETAILS:
STREET DATE: March 23, 2010
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Direct pre-book: 1/26/10
Distributor pre-book: 2/09/10
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99
Feature run time: Approximately 92 minutes
Rated: USA: G
The following technical specifications may only apply to feature:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video: 1080p, Widescreen
Sound: 5.1 DTS-HD ES, English 2.0 DTS-HD, English DVS 2.0 Dolby; French 5.1 Dolby EX; Spanish 5:1 Dolby EX
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

TOY STORY SPECIAL EDITION DVD PRODUCT DETAILS:
STREET DATE: May 11, 2010
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Direct pre-book: 3/16/10
Distributor pre-book: 3/30/10
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99
Feature run time: Approximately 81 minutes
Rated: USA: G
The following technical specifications may only apply to feature:
Aspect ratio: 1:78:1
Sound: 5.1 EX and 2.0 Dolby Digital English, French (Canadian only), Dedicated Spanish Language SKU
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

TOY STORY 2 SPECIAL EDITION DVD PRODUCT DETAILS:
STREET DATE: May 11, 2010
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Direct pre-book: 3/16/10
Distributor pre-book: 3/30/10
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99
Feature run time: Approximately 92 minutes
Rated: USA: G
The following technical specifications may only apply to feature:
Aspect ratio: 1:78:1
Sound: 5.1 EX and 2.0 Dolby Digital English, French (Canadian only), Dedicated Spanish Language SKU
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish


About Disney's Combo Pack:

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney movies, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack - a Blu-ray Disc(TM) plus a DVD and a DisneyFile Digital Copy of the film in a single package. Current Disney-branded titles available as Combo Packs include High School Musical 3, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Bolt, Bedtime Stories, Race To Witch Mountain, Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana The Movie.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc(TM) and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios

These press materials are available in electronic form at www.WDSHEpublicity.com.

©Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Inc.

Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment(C)

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, February 23, 2010 6:11 PM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.