In 1995 Pixar changed the animated movie game with the first full-length feature made entirely on computers. Now, 24 years later, Toy Story hits the 4K Ultra HD format, but how does it shape (o) up? Will you play with it a lot, or will it just end up languishing in the cupboard?
The story: Many kids have wondered what their toys get up to when they’re not looking. In Toy Story, we finally got the answer! The king of Andy’s toy box is Woody, a rootin’ tootin’ hootin’ cowboy fella that all the other toys look up to. But then one day, a space ranger in the form of Buzz Lightyear comes to town, and sparks (safe, non-burny ones, of course) fly.
“YOU… ARE… A… TOY!”
The 4K disc: Computers have come a long way in 24 years. When Toy Story was made it used state of the art equipment, to render the final presentation at a resolution of 1536 × 922 pixels. Since then “Full HD” has come along – at 1920 x 1080 and, of course, 4K at 4096 x 2160. So, even if maths isn’t your strong suit, you can see that 4K resolution is much higher than that of the original Toy Story. Confusing matters a little is that we’re led to believe that the movie was re-rendered from the original files at Full HD for the Blu-ray release. So, with all this in mind, let’s cut to the chase – how does it all look in 4K? While the resolution may not match that of the new format, this release is packin’ two mighty fine pistols in its holsters – upscaling, and HDR. The first brings us the picture looking good, with a lot of detail in the likes of textures here and there and small text on various toys. The second pushes into brilliant territory. HDR tends to make animation really pop with its extra depths of visual range, and Toy Story is no exception – one great example here is the Dinoco service station visit. We did a comparison with our Blu-ray edition to see whether we were imagining things… We weren’t. If you’re a fan of this film, like so many are, then this release is well worth the upgrade to see it at its best ever.
As for audio, we now have a brand spanking new Dolby Atmos mix. In truth it’s not a massive sortie into full-on sound bubble nirvana, with only sparing use of the height speakers throughout. There are some highlights, however. That Dinoco sequence pops to mind again – when that rig thunders in, you really know about it from ALL angles. Meanwhile, the standard surround channels are used well and often, and there’s some mighty fine thump action from those there subwoofer parts when appropriate.
As for extras, this budget-priced release contains a single 4K disc, with no bonus bits included. So, if you like your extras then hold on to those Blu-rays, partners!
Release date: June 5, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.