'Peter Pan (Three-Disc Diamond Edition)'
(Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Bill Thompson, et al / Blu ray+DVD / G / 2013 / Walt Disney Studios)
Overview: Think of the happiest things as Peter Pan soars to spectacular new heights! Now more sensational than ever with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Bid your cares goodbye as Wendy and her brothers embark on fantastic adventures with the hero of their bedtime stories - Peter Pan!
Blu ray+DVD Verdict: For the record, 'Peter Pan' was another of Walt's personal favorite stories that he had been trying to get produced for a decade prior to it's 1953 release. For people that were not familiar with the classic JM Barrie novel, which is probably very few children at the time, this movie embodied the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys for everyone, for all time.
The movie was released during the period where Disney was relentlessly releasing masterpieces and ultimately building up the reputation it is now so famous for. All of the great and iconic voices of the characters have become staples in animation. Neverland is definitely a destination we all would love to visit as children and Peter Pan makes it even more so.
One of the greatest aspects of this film is the villain, Disney being notorious for having the greatest villains in animation in the Evil Queen, the Stepmother, the Hunter, making the villain-less films really lack this quality. I'd have to say Captain Hook is the most famous of all Disney villains, mostly because he has a hook for a hand, how could you forget that? And the pirate theme is also something kids of all ages and all generations love and will continue to love.
Bassically, 'Peter Pan' is an uplifting fantasy. It portrays the desire of children to fly, have a magical friend, and travel to a world of adventure. It's a simple story with moral lessons. The biggest aftereffect is that it stimulates a child's imagination.
Disney brings to life the classic children's story. However, after watching the movie all the way through you should try and located 'Peter Pan: The Limited Issue,' for it has an incredible audio commentary by Roy Disney. So you play that whilst watching it a second time and suddenly the new spoken-word background information on the film is fascinating and gives you an entirely different perspective on the film. Plus it informs you about Walt Disney himself, what was in his mind at the time of filming it, and those who provided the voices also have interesting things to say.
Anyway, this is a stunning new transfer, the Blu ray imagary is crisp and clear, and it is a real true pleasure to watch it on my new Blu ray TV. So, ignore all sequels, prequels or spin-offs from the film for this is the one and only (save for that lack of aforementioned audio commentary), my friends. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
1. Blu-ray(TM) Feature Film + Bonus
2. Growing Up With Nine Old Men
3. Deleted Songs
4. DVD Feature Film + Bonus
5. Digital Copy Of Feature Film
6. Storybook App - Plays On iPad(TM), iPhone(TM) And iPod Touch(TM)
7. Disney Intermission - Press Pause And See What Happens!
8. Introduction By Diane Disney Miller
9. Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene
10. Never-Before-Seen Alternate Ending
11. And Much More!
Bonus Clip: 'Pocket Full of Surprises'