It's a rare week when only one major theatrical release comes home to DVD -- and this is one of those weeks. The reason: Disney is releasing Pixar's 'Toy Story 3' -- in a variety of configurations, including a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set, and a four-disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack (with the standard DVD, two Blu-ray discs, and a digital copy). And since 'Toy Story 3' is the No.1 animated film in box office history -- $413 million -- and Disney's second biggest film of all-time, it's no wonder that the other studios have shied away from releasing any other theatricals this week . The market is going to be dominated by 'Toy Story 3.' That, however, hasn't deterred Warner Home Video from releasing a new edition of the cult adventure-comedy 'The Goonies' in an elaborate 25th anniversary package. That's good enough for us.
'Toy Story 3'
What It's About: Woody, Buzz and all the other CGI animated toys from the two previous Pixar outings return for one more exciting adventure. Andy has grown up and is preparing to leave for college, and he decides to store his friends in the attic. Unfortunately, they're mistakenly sent off to a day care center, where untamed tots with sticky little fingers don't play very nice. When Woody, Buzz and the gang want to get a chance to be played with by the older kids, they bump up against the Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, who rules the day care toys with an iron fist. There's only one thing for the gang to do: They plan a great escape.
It's Kinda Like: 'Toy Story' meets 'The Rugrats'
What We Say: We were skeptical when we first learned about the second sequel; after all, as much as we liked 'Toy Story 2,' it didn't hold a candle to the original. So we were pleasantly surprised when 'Toy Story 3' unspooled and we were treated to a whole new toy box experience; who would have thought we would see a coming-of-age story for animated toys? One with more heart and soul than the original, a better chase than the second outing, and an ending that made us reach for the Kleenex. It's touching, insightful, scary, hilarious, sentimental -- all the components of a great film. If this movie doesn't reach into you and grab your heart -- you must be made of plastic.
• Extras: The DVD includes the 'Day and Night' short that ran before the feature in movie theaters; "The Gang's All Here" look at the returning voice talent; "Toys!" featuring a closer look at all the toys -- old and new; "Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure," in which Buzz travels to the International Space Station; and more. The Blu-ray adds commentary by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson; several behind-the-scenes featurettes; "Toy Story Trivia Dash" game; more. (Disney).
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'The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition'
What's the deal: The title says it all: this is a 25th anniversary edition of the popular kids film about a group of youngsters from the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, who go on a wild adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate, in an effort to save their homes from demolition. Along the way, they have to stay one-step ahead of a bumbling family of bad guys. The film was directed by Richard Donner ('Lethal Weapon') from a screenplay by Chris Columbus based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The cast included Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy-Quan, Joe Pantoliano, Lupe Ontiveros and Robert Davi.
Special Features: The on-disc bonus features repeat those from earlier DVD editions: commentary, "The Making of The Goonies" documentary, Cyndi Lauper music video "The Goonies 'R Good Enough," deleted scenes. But it's the packaging that counts here: a gorgeous slip box with a board game, collectible storyboard prints, a 1985 souvenir magazine with behind-the-scenes stories about the filming in Astoria, Oregon (including the production design that transformed Astoria into the "Goon Docks"), and a reprint of a 2009 Empire Magazine article with updates on the cast and crew.
Is It Collection Worthy? Since its release in 1985 -- to very respectable box office and reviews -- the film has developed a gigantic cult following, with a number of fan festivals held in Astoria. But unless you're a die-hard Goonies fan, this is not must-own material. If you are a fan, this is the version to get -- especially if you have a Blu-ray player, in which case the high-def edition sparkles with improved image and superior sound.
Other New November 2 DVD Releases:
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
'Detroit Metal City'
'Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection'
'The Hungry Ghosts'
'The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series'
'Not of This Earth' Special Edition
'The Sound of Music' 45th Anniversary Edition- watch an exclusive clip for a chance to win a discount on the box set!
'The Terror Within'/'Dead Space' Double Bill
New on Blu-ray November 2:
'The Bridge on the River Kwai' Blu-ray Collector's Edition
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
'The Sound of Music' 45th Anniversary Edition
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