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“Toy Story 4” Arrives on 4K and Blu-ray

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Among the top Disney/PIXAR films Toy Story 4 adds a new chapter that will take you on an unexpected adventure about friendships, courage and even a major romance. The film Toy Story 4 continues with the whole gang and some new toys that find themselves on a trail that puts them in danger like never before. But, as usual though some ingenuity, teamwork and a whole bunch of luck they complete their quest. Toy Story 4 is fun for the whole family with some nice twists you will not see coming. Now available for home viewing or “anywhere” in many formats.

The story opens nine years previous during a horrific rainstorm with a lost toy outside the house. To rescue RC the racecar toy Andy, Buzz and Jessie go into Molly’s room and spot her Bo Peep lamp on the night stand. When Molly leaves the room Andy asks Bo Peep to help rescue RC. Along with several of Molly’s toys including the Barbie Dolls they accomplish the task. But it’s not without loss as Bo Peep gets picked up by a collector. It’s the last time he’ll see Bo Peep, or so they thought.

So begins a new chapter in the house where the whole gang now lives and are the possessions of 5-year-old Bonnie. There’s chaos with Bonnie going off to her first day in kindergarten and against the rules, Woody hides in her backpack. So begins the adventure with Woody and the gang going on an unexpected road trip with Bonnie and her new toy form kindergarten craft time, Forky.

Director Josh Cooley takes the helm for this installment of the toys and he does a great job with his screenplay. He puts in a lot of funny situations and heightens the action with a trip that includes Historic Grand Basin, a carnival and an unforgettable antique store the scene for a reunion that leads to romance. But, that’s not all, because the gang has to become super sleuths as they get embroiled in a plot to free their long lost friend from a diabolical crew of puppets.

All four of the Toy Story films have been favorites for me, mostly because of the nostalgia created each time one ends and I’m always looking for another chapter. I know this one ends with Woody all glassy eyed, but there are several hints during the RV trip and the raid in the curio store that there could be a spinoff of sorts. Like Buzz going on another adventure into the universe where he meets alien toys. The movie could be called “Toy Story to Infinity and Beyond”. Or the toys go on a picnic and they are taken by some brats with Bonnie’s father searching for them. Why not?

BONUS FEATURES

Blu-ray & Digital:
“Toy Stories” – The Toy Story 4 cast and crew share their love of toys!
“Woody & Buzz” – Take a look at the relationship between these two legendary characters.
“Bo Rebooted” – Discover how Team Bo reimagined all aspects of Bo Peep’s identity to arrive at the fully realized character seen in the film.
“Toy Box” – Enjoy a collection of mini-docs on the film’s memorable new characters, featuring the voice actors, director Josh Cooley and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters fun and lovable
“Let’s Ride With Ally Maki” – Ally Maki, voice of Giggle McDimples, learns all about Pixar’s dialogue recording process from director Josh Cooley and his team.
“Deleted Scenes” introduced by director Josh Cooley including: ‘Scamming Playtime, Bo Knows Hippos, Desperate Toys, Knock-Offs, Recruit Duke, and She’s The One’
“Audio Commentary, Trailers and more!”

Digital Exclusive: on digital only
“Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue – Filmmakers and crew review key scenes of the movie and dissect the practical and technological methods used to bring them to life.
“Additional Deleted scene” – Bonnie’s Playtime

*The bonus extras may vary by dealer


Final Comment: A sad ending to a fantastic film franchise. (5 out of 5 Stars)

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Laurie Metcalf, Mel Brooks, Carl Weathers, John Ratzenberger, Wallace Shawn, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Estelle Harris, and Carol Burnett.
Directed and original story co-written by: Josh Cooley
Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom
MPAA Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Video Release Date: October 8, 2019
Original Theatrical Release Date: June 21, 2019
Language: English 9 (changeable to Spanish or French; also Descriptive Audio in English)
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Audio: Blu-ray- DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Video: Widescreen Digital Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French and English Closed Captions
Number of Discs: 3 discs + Digital Code
Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Released on: 4K UHD+Blu-ray Feature+Blu-ray Bonus +Digital Code, Multi-Screen edition includes Blu-ray Feature+Blu-ray Bonus+DVD+Digital Code, and DVD

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