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Toy Story LaserDisc Box Set

Toy Story LaserDisc Box Set
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To repeat some of what I said on Twitter, this box set includes not only the movie but all of the Pixar shorts made to the time of the set’s release, including the original un-altered version of 1989′s Knickknack, which was re-released with Finding Nemo (wherein it is spelled "Knick Knack") and changed to be a bit more family friendly. Pixar was not always about just family-friendly stuff. For that matter, the commentary has a bleeped word or two. And, the commentary that is on this LaserDisc of the film was copied directly to the eventual DVD release – in the beginning they even say "welcome to the LaserDisc commentary for Toy Story". If you did not do the LaserDisc thing, you waited a few years to get commentary or extras. (or a DTS soundtrack, which was available on DVD only YEARS after the DTS LD was out.)
This set comes with the movie and a lot of bonus material that was not available on DVD until years later with the release of the "Ultimate Toy Box" DVD box set in 2000 (the look and packaging of which are directly copied from this LD set). And most of the shorts were not available any other way until the "Pixar Short Films Collection" DVD and Blu-Ray in 2008(?). Though, again, "Knick Knack" has been altered on that release.
Also in the set is a lenticular artwork (ya’ know, one of those ribbed 3D picture thingies), which you can see laying on the left – and a book called "The Art of Toy Story", laying on the right, that has some very cool high-res original concept art, etc.

See, LaserDiscs were very expensive (the last LD was released in 2001) and so they gave you "feelies" – books, soundtrack CDs, lobby cards, maybe even a paperback of the novel the film was based on. There are some fantastic box sets for The Nightmare Before Christmas, Dances With Wolves, ET, Jaws, The Rocky Horror Picture Show – and those are just the ones I own. But, yeah, you really have to be a slobbering fan of movies to collect this stuff. But, there is still so much on LD that has not yet made it to any other format, so, though the video quality does not compare to DVD/BR/etc. (though, LaserDisc DID have Dolby Digital 5.1, (and a few DDEX releases – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, for instance), and DTS 5.1), there are still viable reasons to collect LaserDiscs. Or at least not throw your collection out :)

BTW, if you know little or nothing about LaserDisc, I’ll just mention briefly that LD (and The Criterion Collection, specifically) started the whole idea of bonus material, commentaries, digital sound, the THX standards – everything we now take for granted, starting with the DVD era. But they were very expensive and so only the hardcore home theater people messed with them. As an alternative to VHS, there was no comparison. And DVD took a couple/few years to catch up to the quality level. The first DVD releases of, for instance, The Abyss, Contact, Titanic were terrible when compared to the best LaserDisc releases. I still own over 350 LDs, but all but the rarities, box sets, personal favorites, and stuff still not available on any other format are currently in storage. So, that’s less than 50 here in the living room and that count includes repeats – stuff like every quality (eg. not full screen, bad transfer, etc.) U.S. LaserDisc release of Star Wars (4 sets), Toy Story (3), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (3).

But now I’m just showing off :D

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What kind of story will you write? How many of the following can you use?

Question by Hoosier Mom: What kind of story will you write? How many of the following can you use?
Any genre goes (within guidelines, of course).

Please post your story – not just that you can write it. We trust ya, but it’s more fun to read it. (:

Please use at least 7 of the following:
1. “I didn’t think you could build THAT with Legos!”
2. “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
3. I like cheese.
4. That’s not a bird – that’s _______
5. Dr. Seuss was a _______, a/an _______. Too bad he’s _____.
6. Prevaricate
7. Science is _______ than religion.
8. This’s one for the record books!
9. Bloomers
10. Chinchilla
11. Was he being childish, or was she?
12. The _______ was in the mail.

Best answer:

Answer by Char
Satirical.
The chinchilla was in the mail.(10 ,12) The person who sent it, dressed the poor thing in bloomers.(9) I thought,”Was he being childish, or was she?” (11) I couldn’t begin to think of who would do that.
Let me take you back to 19 years ago, when this all started.
I work in the Post Office. I inspect packages. It’s an art and a science. Remember that science is more random than religion.(7) Someone tried to send a bicycle made of plastic bricks. I don’t like to prevaricate.(6) Let’s just say that we, at the Post Office, only mishandle a quarter of what we get. Gathering around the broken box, someone said, “I didn’t think you could build THAT with Legos!”(1) It even had spokes in the wheels! The next year, at around the same time, we found the feathered creature, stuffed with Gouda. There was some argument among our staff as to what it was supposed to be. Some thought that it looked like a pheasant. Charlotte, from the front desk told all of us, “That’s not a bird – that’s a cat with glued on feathers.” (4) I like cheese, still.(3) But, I shouldn’t, after seeing that. You know, it looked Seussian. (Dr. Seuss was a children’s story teller, an artist. Too bad he’s gone.)(5) He would’ve have appreciated that thing.
Every year, we found a strange package. We know that they come from the same place and the same person because all the packages have a professionally stamped label that reads, “Open the eyes of my Heart.”(2)
And this is one for the record books!(8)
All the packages were addressed to Santa Claus.
C. :) !!

Add your own answer in the comments!

Toy store fun: Pixar “Toy Story” themed pull-back remote control racecar with rocket-strapped Buzz Lightyear and Woody minifigs

Toy store fun: Pixar “Toy Story” themed pull-back remote control racecar with rocket-strapped Buzz Lightyear and Woody minifigs
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Image by Chris Devers
And of course I find out about this right after Christmas. Now I have to wait for birthdays for a good excuse to get one "for the kids".

Posted via email from Chris Devers’s linkblog thingy

Toy Story Musical – Buzz Lightyear

Toy Story Musical – Buzz Lightyear
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Image by Peter E. Lee (mostly offline)
Buzz Lightyear’s dramatic entrance from "Toy Story: The Musical" aboard the Disney Wonder. [Winner of the Disney Photo Challenge "superheroes" challenge.]

Disney Pixar Toy Story Buddy Pack: Action Hero Buzz Lightyear and Etch a Sketch

Disney Pixar Toy Story Buddy Pack: Action Hero Buzz Lightyear and Etch a Sketch

  • Disney/Pixar Toy Story 2″ action figure line from Mattel
  • This Buddy Pack includes Action Hero Buzz Lightyear and Etch A Sketch
  • Collect them all!
  • For Ages 4 & Up

The toys are back in town! These fun stylized figures are in 2-packs, and they’re ready for action. Kids can recreate scenes from Disney/Pixar’s wildly popular Toy Story movie or create their own adventures. There are 14 different 2-packs to choose f

List Price: $ 7.90

Price: $ 7.90

Toy Story Musical – Buzz Meets the LGMs

Toy Story Musical – Buzz Meets the LGMs
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Image by Peter E. Lee (mostly offline)
A scene from "Toy Story – The Musical" on the Disney Wonder. It’s a musical retelling of the first Toy Story movie with several original songs and some very cool costumes.

Toy Story 3 trailer-005

Toy Story 3 trailer-005
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Image by TooMuchDew
new Toy Story 3 trailer with Totoro appearance

Toy Story Topiaries (2)

Toy Story Topiaries (2)
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Image by Samantha Decker
Sometimes I like to post two pictures of the same thing taken at different times of the day with different lenses and different focal lengths. Today I am posting two pictures of the Toy Story topiaries at Epcot.

Toy Story Musical – Baby Face

Toy Story Musical – Baby Face
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Image by Peter E. Lee
A scene from "Toy Story – The Musical" on the Disney Wonder. It’s a musical retelling of the first Toy Story movie with several original songs and some very cool costumes.

Toy Story 3 trailer-004

Toy Story 3 trailer-004
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Image by TooMuchDew
new Toy Story 3 trailer with old school Duplo and LEGO minifigure appearances

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