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|Toy Story 3 |
Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy
Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton
Director: Lee Unkrich
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
The creative minds behind Disney Pixar's groundbreaking animated blockbusters invites you back inside the Toys' delightful world for a heartwarming and hilarious Hi-Definition movie experience you'll never forget. All the ... more »
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Jan B. from STATEN ISLAND, NY
Reviewed on 1/5/2012...
Quality of Blu-ray was excellent. The movie is terrific especially if you liked the original ones.
Brent R. (owls86) from TAYLOR, TX
Reviewed on 10/4/2011...
While I did enjoy the first two movies, this one is by far my favorite. The other two were cute, but this one had me crying at the end. The movie is gorgeously done. I highly recommend it!
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Lewis P. (Turfseer) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 10/26/2010...
Entertaining, but not as good as Toy Story 1 & 2
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I was looking forward to seeing Toy Story 3 since I enjoyed Toy Story 1 & 2 so much. The question remains whether Toy Story 3 measures up to its predecessors. All the main characters are back including Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the Pixar animation, with its attention to extreme detail, is even better. It was a good idea not to bring back all the toys from the previous features and dispensing with the toy soldiers (for example), by having them 'bail out', which was quite clever.
The plot begins in the present, with the toy's owner, Andy, now about to go away to college. He packs up his toys (excluding Woody who he intends to take with him to college) and puts them in a bag, about to bring them upstairs to the attic for storage. Somehow he gets distracted and his mother mistakenly throws the bag with the toys out in the trash. The toys manage to escape from the bag but jump into a box marked for the Sunnyside Day Care Center. Woody manages to follow the toys to the day care center and insists they should all return to Andy before he goes away to college. The toys, however, don't relish the idea of being no use up in the attic and stage a mutiny. Woody leaves his colleagues, only to end up in the home of Bonnie, a young child, who has some neat, new toys including a Shakespearean hedgehog, Mr. Pricklepants, and a scatterbrained triceratops, Trixie.
Unlike Toy Story 1 & 2, which featured human antagonists (the vicious child 'Sid' in "1" and Al McWhiggin, the conniving toy store owner in "2"), Toy Story 3's antagonist is Lotso, a bear with a chip on his shoulder. It seems that Lotso was lost by his previous owner, a child named Daisy, who replaced him with a similar looking model. Somehow the idea that the innocent toy world can be corrupted by an evil seed within its own ranks isn't as effective as having human antagonists. That's because I think it's better to depict the toys as essentially representing the innocent and positive world of childhood with the negative force derived from the worst aspects of adulthood. In Toy Story 1, Sid is a child, obviously conditioned to be a 'monster' by his parents; and in Toy Story 2, Al the toy store owner, embodies the sin of avarice, which must be opposed through the 'goodness' of Andy's toys. In a sense, 'toydom' is diminished by pitting toy against toy and the point that adults are responsible for causing the problems of childhood, is lost.
The other problem I found with the plot is that Andys' toys' reaction to Lotso's directives was unfounded. You'll recall that Andys' toys claim that being placed with the 'younger children' is inappropriate; but as toys, they should expect to be thrown around by younger children (isn't that what younger children do with toys?). And was Lotso being so unfair when he demands that the new toys be placed with the younger one's first, since they're "first in line"? Notice at the end of the film, when 'fairness' is supposedly restored, Ken and Barbie are now running the day care center, now allowing all the toys to take turns, interacting with the younger and more disruptive children. Note that the toys will still be subjected to being thrown around by the younger children—simply less often.
Still, Toy Story 3 is filled with thrilling scenes, reminiscent of its predecessors. After Andy's toys attempt to escape from the day care center, we're taken on a wild ride inside a trash compactor. The toys face their 'dark moment of the soul' as they're about to be burnt alive in an incinerator; after Lotso fails to save them by pushing the compactor's stop button, they're miraculously saved by squeeze toy aliens who somehow manage to stop all power by operating the controls in the control room.
There are other neat scenes in Toy Story 3 including Buzz turning into a Lothario after accidentally being set on 'Spanish mode', Barbie and Ken falling in, then out of love and back in love again, Ken's hilarious wardrobe display and the fantastic introductory sequence featuring a wild chase involving both a train and a spaceship.
For those who haven't seen Toy Story 1 & 2, Toy Story 3 might seem like a masterpiece. But for those who have seen the two earlier incarnations, one can only conclude that "3" just isn't quite as good. "3" does get marks for trying however. The theme that one cannot hold on to the past is ably embodied in Woody's resistance to leaving Andy and finally accepting, along with the rest of Andy's toys, the idea that it's time to move on. On the other hand, it's sad to see Lotso, pinned to the front of a garbage truck, with the implication that he may be the victim of his new owner, who might be some kind of sadist or pervert. The image of an innocent child's toy, made to represent some demonic force, is all wrong and sadly makes Story 3 inappropriate for younger viewers.
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The best for last!!!
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 10/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So, I probably know this movie better than the people there at Pixar (the curse of having a `Toy Story' obsessed 3-Year-Old) and I still think it's one of the best films of the year, easy (the BEST next to `The Social Network'). Why? Well, for one it is beautifully constructed to excite and entertain. It is a lovable piece of animated heaven. On top of the obvious though, there is warmth presented within the films surprisingly deep themes that make this stand out as heartfelt and honest. When you watch this beautiful movie you cannot help but become a part of the story.
It's hard to come off of the success of films as wildly lauded as the first two installments in the pitch perfect trilogy, but somehow the folks there at Pixar made good on their promise and saved the best for last.
Seriously, it's THAT good.
The film follows the adventures of your favorite toys, Woody the Cowboy, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye, Slinky-Dog, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Rex and the rest of their friends (which has been dwindled down to a select few over the years. Years have passed since we last saw them and Andy, their owner, is now full grown and on his way to college. The toys are devastated at the prospect of being thrown away, never to be played with again. When an unfortunate accident lands the toys on the curb they take immediate action and donate themselves to Sunnyside Daycare, a seemingly magical place where toys can enjoy love and affection from kids forever and ever.
Nothing is as it seems though.
Yes, this film is funny, but it doesn't end there. This film is also devastatingly sincere. While no one watching this film is a `toy' the feelings and emotions presented by the toys themselves is so earnest and believable that one cannot help but find a piece of themselves within these lost souls. The foreknowledge that you have been outgrown is a powerful message about growing up and moving on, about losing the ones we love whether it is by our own hands or by events out of our control. Relationships in general are outgrown, and this film tackles that understanding with a depth not often attributed to animated films (I love Pixar for making SMART animated films). What is even more powerful is the loss of innocence that is broached in the final frames, with Andy and his toys and their eventuality. It is a beautiful and moving statement about leaving childish things behind but never forgetting the beauty that abounds within them.
Yes, I was bawling at the end of this film.
I will throw a mild disclaimer out there in regards to your kids and this movie. The film is a tad scarier than the other two in the trilogy. In fact, my daughter was petrified of Lotso-Huggin'-Bear the first time she saw this film. He is VERY mean hearted and the way that the film is shot and his sequences done (with dramatic lighting and music) can be overwhelming for some children (there were multiple screams in the theaters). That said, when all was said and done my daughter loved the film and actually saw it three times in the theater and we have it on pre-order, so you be the judge. I just thought I should put that out there.
In the end, this was one of the more rewarding experiences I had in the theater this year, maybe even this decade. It was everything I wanted it to be and more; much, much more!"
Great movie bad price
Drew the Nerd | Somewhere near Dallas, TX | 10/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I preordered this at our local Disney Store last night for $26.99 AND with a couple free perks thrown in. Got a free "3d" poster as well as a coupon for $10 off any purchase in the Disney store."
Quick personal review and a little buying advice
S. Tereskun | Fort Washington, PA | 10/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"being a 39 y.o. who grew up with MOST of these "toys" this trilogy always held a special place in my heart because i also know how painful it is to get rid of some of your most cherished childhood memories. I saw the 3D version in theaters and felt it was an almost perfect ending to the series. I do feel that SOME of the move may be a little intense for real young children but in general is another awesome PIXAR release.
just a little buying advice for collectors who may not know already - i was at B*ST B*Y today to pick up The Exorcist & One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and happened upon the B*ST B*Y preorder offer for TOY STORY 3 BluRay which is $7.50 down for a preorder for the 3disc edition and you get the STEELBOOK for TS3 - hoping they do the STEELBOOK for TS1 & TS2 when they release TS3"