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"Toy Story 2" Blu-ray Review

I probably haven't seen Toy Story 2 the way through since it came out in 1999. I never got/reviewed the Special Edition DVD in 2005 and I don't think I ever watched the disc that came in the Ultimate Toy Box edition from 2000 because my girlfriend absolutely hated the sadness-inducing Sarah McLachlin song "When She Loved Me." (She also hated large chunks of Pixar's Up because it too was weepiness-causing.) I've always thought it was Pixar's best film and it's been long overdue for a revisit. Does it hold up?

Yes, it does. Whether it's still the best thing the House of P has done is debatable - Finding Nemo and The Incredibles are legit contenders - but it holds up very well, even technically considering how far technology has come in the intervening decade. You've probably seen it, so I won't rehash the plot, but it all works and only a couple of cultural reference sight gags may seem vague a decade later.

Whether they can continue the themes of toys being abandoned by their owners when they grow up in Toy Story 3 (out soon) because Andy goes to college remains to be seen, but Toy Story 2 stands with The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, and Terminator 2 as a sequel that more than equals its predecessor. On Blu-ray, it is absolutely stunning; as with The Wizard of Oz on BD, it's like seeing the movie for the first time. The detail and texture is so rich and dimensional, it looks like your HDTV is a window into their world. Even if you have it on DVD, definitely upgrade to BD. (Google around for several upgrade rebate options from Disney.)

Score: 10/10. Buy the Blu-ray.


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