Woody, Buzz and the all the other plastic stars of Pixar’s groundbreaking debut feature are back on disc today with Toy Story 10 Anniversary Edition, a two-disc DVD set loaded with extra features and boasting a higher digital bit rate than the original presentation.
Released by Disney in 1995, Toy Story was an instant sensation, becoming the year’s highest-grossing film and starting the CG animation revolution. Directed by John Lasseter (Finding Nemo), the family film stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Verney, John Ratzenberger, Laurie Metcalf, Wallace Shawn and Annie Potts as the voices of various toys who set out on an adventure beyond the toy box.
This anniversary edition was encoded with the highest DVD bit-rate ever used for a Disney/Pixar film. And while that may mean something to a few tech-savvy cinephiles, most people will buy the disc for the cornucopia of bonus materials, including audio commentary by Lasseter and fellow Pixar creatives Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Bill Reeves and Ralph Eggleston, who are joined by producers Ralph Guggenheim and Bonnie Arnold.
Disc two offers a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, story reels, early animation tests for key characters, and a host of featurettes on the film’s design, story, production, publicity, music and sound. Highlights include an in-depth look at the animation process and an all-new music video from Lyle Lovett and Academy Award-winner Randy Newman singing "You’ve Got a Friend in Me." There’s also a never-before-seen sneak peek at the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated feature, Cars, due to race into theaters next summer. Toy Story 10 Anniversary Edition from Buena Vista Home Entertainment release lists for $29.99.