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The first sign of the first two Toy Story films drawing near on Blu-ray was a listing on Danish retailer Laserdisken‘s site, offering up a March release date. Word about this bubbled about, then pretty soon after I saw that the BBFC had certified the new special features for the Toy Story 2 disc (for some reason, the first film is still outstanding). Next the discs started appearing on the websites of US retailers, as reported by BluRay.com, even including what would appear to be cover art. The release date appears to be set for March 23rd – for now, anyway.

After the break, a list of all known special features on the discs – which includes some Toy Story 3 material – an also a first look at the Art of Toy Story 3 book.

Now, each of the two Toy Story Blu-rays has it’s own sneak peak at Toy Story 3. On 1 we will be getting something called The Story, while 2 will come with The Characters.

Here’s the rest of the line-up, at least as far as we know so far. Where are the expanded video commentary tracks? Where are the four hour in-depth documentaries? Where are virtual shoulder rubs from beautiful Pixarians?

Toy Story:

  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: Blast Off
  • Paths to Pixar: Artists
  • Studio Stories:
    • John’s Car
    • Baby AJ
    • Studio Stories: Scooter Races
  • Buzz Takes Manhattan
  • Black Friday: The ‘Toy Story’ You Never Saw

Toy Story 2:

  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station
  • Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists
  • Studio Stories:
    • ‘Toy Story 2′ Sleep Deprivation Lab
    • Pinocchio
    • The Movie Vanishes
  • Pixar’s Zoetrope
  • Celebrating Our Friend Joe Ranft
  • BD Live-Portal

You can also see, from the cover art at the head of the post, that each of the BD discs will come with a DVD copy too. A great policy, I think.

If you still haven’t spent enough money in pre-ordering those, then maybe you’d also like to reserve a copy of The Art of Toy Story 3 from, say, Amazon. Here’s the cover:

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Listed as being in this no-doubt gorgeous tome are:

…an extended introduction showcasing the art and story development behind the first two films, a special gatefold of Toy Story 3 color scripts, as well as a gallery of over 250 pieces of concept art. This deluxe volume provides a memorable narrative of the entire Toy Story trilogy.

Where’s… my… credit… card…?

Talking of expanded picture-in-picture commentary tracks, my own personal favourite kind of Blu-ray candy, the BBFC have certificated one for Dumbo. Superb.

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