Pixar and Blu-ray: A Perfect Match

"Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" came out on Blu-ray today, and despite the fact that I already have both on DVD, I bought both of them. Normally I'm not a DVD-to-Blu-ray upgrader, but Pixar movies are my one notable exception.

Now, I could go on and on about how well-crafted Pixar movies are, how they're incredible stories, how some of them rank among my favorite movies of all time, but that's not what this post is about. No, this is about how GOOD a Pixar movie looks on Blu-ray.

When the current generation of high definition movies started to come out, I was impressed with the picture quality, but it wasn't until I saw my first Pixar movie on Blu-ray that I was really blown away. The colors on a computer-animated movie in high definition just pop on the screen. The worlds that the Pixar animators create were designed for a format like this, because literally everything in the movie is digital from start to finish.

I remember when "Finding Nemo" first came out on DVD, that was my go-to movie for showing off how good DVD could look (especially because of the ocean scene screensavers they included on the disc). And while the "Toy Story" Blu-rays don't look quite as good as "WALL•E" (which I think is the best-looking Pixar Blu-ray), they don't look dated at all, even though the first one came out in 1995. I've got a handful of non-new release movies on Blu-ray and none of them come even close to the quality of a Pixar release.

The other nice thing about the "Toy Story" release is it means we're down to two Pixar movies that have yet to be released on Blu-ray: "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles". Unfortunately neither has a release date that I can find as of yet, but I'm sure they're both due within the next year or so. While there are other catalog releases I'm still anticipating on Blu-ray (the "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings" trilogies come to mind), those two movies are definitely near the top of the list.