Toy Story 4, while hardly the best in the franchise, is still a great bookend, maybe not so much for the group as a whole, but instead for the beloved Woody character and in turn, the life Tom Hanks gave him.
Toy Story That Time Forgot isn’t as good as Toy Story of Terror but it’s still a fun little short special where you get to see our old friends together again with a nicely constructed story and good voice work, in particular Kevin McKidd. Given the low $15 MSRP, this has the right amount of bonus material as well as good video/audio transfers to make it worth a purchase.
Toy Story of Terror is another solid entry in the franchise with some great humor and some decent, kid-friendly, terror. It’s also wonderful that they manage to get the cast back even in limited roles rather than go the cheaper/easier route with voice imitators. The Blu-ray release has excellent audio/video transfers and all things considered, there’s a fair amount of bonus material.
Contagion has some things going for it, but mainly from an acting and technical level rather than the story. The cast is mostly good despite having a limited amount of screen time and Soderbergh’s visual style, while nothing new from what he’s done in the past, still looks stunning and gives the film a certain gravitas yet at the same time I felt like I was more or less a spectator versus becoming involved or entrenched with what was going on.
Toy Story 3 is a heartwarming, bittersweet and funny film that both kids and adults will absolutely love – and I would argue that the adults may find a more emotional impact especially if you were a child when the first film was released. The 3D Blu-ray itself has incredible video and audio which is to no surprise for a Pixar/Disney release.
This Toy Story 2 3D Blu-ray set is something else. A fantastic movie with incredible audio and very good 3D video presentations (not to mention excellent 2D video) yet the special features hold it back from becoming one of the best Blu-rays released on the whole. If, however, features are not your thing, then this is a no-brainer and even so, it’s still a must-have for anyone’s high-def collection.
If for some reason you haven’t seen Toy Story or you haven’t seen it in years, there’s no better time to see it again, now in Blu-ray high-def with some decent extras to keep you occupied, plus both the audio and video are top notch and well worth the upgrade. With regards to the 3D Blu-ray, it was surprising to see something that was post converted to 3D looked so good.
Here are the preliminary box office numbers for the weekend of July 25th to the 27th:
10. Jonah Hex – $1.6m (-70.3%) / $9.1m
Ouch for Jonah Hex, at this point Warner must be praying that Saint Christopher Nolan comes through for them again after he made 2008 a year to remember after The Dark Knight‘s massive box office. I’m certain Inception won’t be that big, but it certainly has the possibility of breaking out, but seeing how this summer has been, I’d be surprised to see it make it past even Batman Begin‘s $205 million domestic take. Will it follow Summer 2010’s trend or be next to Toy Story 3 as a breakout? Good news for Warner is, they’ve got part 1 of the final Harry Potter movie coming this November…