Toy Story of Terror hit Blu-ray and DVD on August 19, giving fans of Pixar’s beloved franchise an opportunity to catch the TV special one more time.
If you missed the Halloween-themed spin-off when it hit the airwaves last October, then you’re certainly in for a treat. Toy Story of Terror served as Pixar’s very first television special. Although the company has crafted several insanely impressive short films, they’ve avoided bringing their magic to the small screen. Until now, that is.
The impossibly handy synopsis creeping around over at Internet Movie Database describes the Toy Story special as follows:
“The toys go on a road trip, when an unexpected event leads them to a roadside motel, after one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious, monstrous, and terrifying sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.”
The question remains: Is Toy Story of Terror worth your time and money? Should diehard Pixar fans bother picking up the TV special on Blu-ray? According to Hypable, it’s definitely a worthy addition to any fan’s home video library.
“[‘Toy Story of Terror’] is an excellent TV special. The half hour format allowed Pixar to tell a smaller Toy Story tale that is as intimate as the movies. Focusing on Jesse was a great idea, and the way the story is structured around her character works absolutely perfectly. The TV special is an interesting type of story for Pixar to use, and we’re completely excited for Toy Story that Time Forgot.”
It would have been extremely easy for Disney to stuff the Toy Story special in a bare bones package and simply rake in the profits. Instead of taking advantage of their fanbase in such an unscrupulous fashion, Pixar has crammed the Blu-ray and DVD combo edition with an enormous amount of content. The folks over at Toon Zone were particularly impressed with the amount of content on this Toy Story-related release.
“With the special’s short length this might seem like a bare bones release at a glance, but I’m pleased to find that it’s not so. The special comes with an audio commentary featuring director Angus MacLane, director of photography Ian Megibben and editor Axel Geddes, who do a fine job getting into the details of the special’s many references, little jokes and the roles they have assorted characters play in the story. A trio of unfinished deleted scenes are included, accompanied with explanations from the staff about what they were meant to do and why the decision was ultimately made to leave them on the cutting room floor instead.”
The Toy Story of Terror Blu-ray also features several Toy Story Toons shorts and a handful of “vintage” commercials featuring characters from the series. All in all, this package is definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of Pixar’s classic franchise.
[Lead image via Disney / Pixar]