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Peter Pan: Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Peter Pan

“Peter Pan” is a timeless classic

If for some odd reason you don’t know the story of Disney’s “Peter Pan,” allow me to inform you with a quick summarization. The plot finds siblings Wendy, John, and Peter venturing to the fantasy world of Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell where they encounter the Lost Boys, the villainous Captain Hook, Indians, pirates, a hungry crocodile, mermaids and more.

To date, Disney’s 1953 animated film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s novel remains the best feature film version of the classic story. Obviously, the racial stereotypes and dopey humor (see the Captain Hook and Crocodile scenes that go on for far too long) take the film down a few notches, but there’s no denying the fact that that is a fun adventure worth embarking on for people of all ages. There’s just so much within this film that has justifiably endured after all of these years. The lovable Tinkerbell is more popular than ever thanks to her own franchise, the songs (namely “You Can Fly” and “Following The Leader”) are forever implanted in one’s memory, the hero and villain are as iconic as characters get, the list goes on. “Peter Pan” is simply the type of movie that makes you feel like you’re being whisked away on a journey right along with the characters.

One of the most underrated aspects of “Peter Pan” is the film’s themes. Amidst the adventure and excitement, there’s a very heartfelt and honest story about escapism, youth, adulthood, and growing up that, again, speaks to people of all ages. Granted, it might not explore the themes or ideas in the same way the novel did, but considering the film runs a mere 76 minutes, it manages to get its points across.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? This is such a beautiful print. Every frame looks brand new.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 7.1 track soars like Peter Pan himself. There’s so much depth to the sound quality.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy * Disney trailers * “Stories From Walt’s Office: Walt And Flight”- A featurette on Walt Disney and his fascination with flying * “A Darling Conversation With Wendy And John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul Collins”- Interviews with the voice actors of Wendy and Peter as they recall memories of Walt Disney and from working on “Peter Pan.” * Sing-along music videos of “You Can Fly” and “Never Smile At A Crocodile” * Deleted song (“The Pirate’s Song”), the lost song “Never Land” (and a performance of it by Paige O’Hara as well) and 2 deleted scenes * “You Can Fly: The Making Of Peter Pan”- A making of featurette that includes art, film clips, interviews and stories about the past. * “Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale”- A featurette revolving around the beloved character and her history *“The Peter Pan That Almost Was”- Disney buffs will adore that showcases art and ideas that were never used * “The Peter Pan Story”- A vintage featurette that about the book to screen adaptation. * “Growing Up With Nine Old Men”- A documentary about THE 9 Disney animators that made history * “In Walt’s Words: Why I Made Peter Pan”- A truncated reading of a Walt Disney authored magazine article. * “The Second Star To The Right” music video by T-Squad * Song selection option * Commentary track hosted by Roy Disney. Roy provides scripted comments that are mixed in with commentary from animators and voice talent. * Sing-along version of the movie along with a DisneyView option

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June 2, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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