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Peter Pan: Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Disc Review $44.99

Peter Pan: Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Disc Review

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PETER PAN
(1953, Blu-ray released February 5, 2013 – MSRP $44.99)

THE FILM:

    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! With faith, trust and Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Peter teaches them how to fly and leads them to the ‘second star to the right’ and beyond – to Never Land!
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Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray Disc Review

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray Disc Review

TINKER BELL AND THE LOST TREASURE (2009, Blu-ray released October 27, 2009 – MSRP $39.99)

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray DiscTinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is the direct-to-video sequel to the popular fairy-grrrl original of last year – a movie that re-imagined Peter Pan‘s mute pixie pal as a short-tempered, mechanically adept and quite verbose little sprite who chums around with her gang of winged gal-pals. Like ‘Bratz‘ with wings! These are films made to entertain little girls and to create a new franchise for Disney to exploit so I wasn’t expecting to get much out of this sequel beyond a sales pitch for toys. Imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed the film!

The moment the film began my girlfriend and I were taken aback by the visuals. There were a lot of exclamations of “Wow!” and “Holy Crap!” as it rolled through the opening sequence. Now, to be fair, this is the first film we’ve watched on our new 106″ motorized projection screen. So we were bound to be pleased with whatever we were watching. But I think that Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure was a particularly dazzling choice to inaugurate our PVC display.

Aside from the dazzling visuals, the film actually presents a fun little story. The plot is fairly pedestrian, following Tink on her quest to find the lost, magical treasure of the title – the only force capable of saving her home of Pixie Hollow and replenishing its fairy magic. Nothing we haven’t seen before. It’s the way the film tells the story that makes it feel a bit more fresh. It’s a kids film that doesn’t talk down to its audience. What a rarity! Most of the humour flows naturally from character moments and doesn’t need to be the forced slapstick variety we’re used to seeing in animation of this sort. The pacing of the film feels a bit awkward, with Tink spending a lot of time moping about, doubting herself and searching for a solution to her problem. But once she sets her sights on the quest the film takes off! Filled with slightly more promise than it delivers (Where were the Pirates!?! So many Pirate hints but no pay-off!!) Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is still a fun, if slight ride for adults but will no doubt prove to be an unadulterated crowd pleaser for the under-ten set.

As I mentioned above, this disc looks fabulous. I haven’t seen anything so vibrant coming from my projector in a long time. A completely impressive presentation from design, to animation to Blu-ray transfer. No matter what display you view the Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray Disc on, you won’t be disappointed. And the 5.1 DTS -HD Master Audio track won’t disappoint either. It’s fairly front-centric and not as immersive as you might hope, but it’s solid and dynamic across the board.

The Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Blu-ray Disc has quite a few special features, considering this is a direct to video release aimed at children. There is no content that addresses the film itself or gives any insight into its production but the extras should provide another half-hour or so of entertainment for the kids. Along with the requisite Disney music video, the disc provides a 5 minute tour around Pixie Hollow, a look at building a version of Tink’s home at Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida, a bonus DVD of the film and BD-Live functionality. The longest and most compelling bonus on the disc is the 20 minutes of “Outtakes and Bloopers”. Cut scenes are not fully realized and presented in early “sketch” version, introduced by the filmmakers.

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14 Classic Disney Animated Titles in Upcoming Diamond Collection Blu-ray Releases

14 Classic Disney Animated Titles in Upcoming Diamond Collection Blu-ray Releases

Snow White Blu-rayWe’re only a few weeks away from getting our hands on Disney‘s Snow White on Blu-ray. Based upon the studio’s work on their Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio discs, we can expect great things. And now we have even more to look forward to. Disney has given us a look at what we can expect from their premium Diamond Collection line of Blu-ray discs all the way up to 2016!! 2010 will bring us Fantasia and Beauty and the Beast (as well as Fantasia 2000), continuing forward at a rate of two titles per year with The Lion King, Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians and more. More details in the press release below:

    ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 10 — (D23 Expo) — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announced the launch of the new Diamond Collection today at the D23 Expo. Diamond Collection is the definitive collection of the Walt Disney Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray Hi-Def.

    Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on October 6, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney’s most treasured titles, including: Beauty and the Beast; Fantasia and Fantasia 2000; The Lion King; Bambi; Cinderella; Lady and the Tramp; The Little Mermaid; Peter Pan; The Jungle Book; 101 Dalmatians; Sleeping Beauty; and Pinocchio.

    “Walt Disney’s gift of telling captivating and engaging stories was matched only by his passion for presenting them in the most spectacular way,” commented The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook. “We are proud to continue his pursuit of excellence with ‘The Diamond Collection,’ which brings the films that are the foundation of our Company to audiences of all ages across the globe.”

    As part of the new Diamond Collection criteria, each film will be thoroughly restored to the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization only made possible by Blu-ray technology. The Disney Diamond Collection will represent a major transformation of the home entertainment industry providing families with more engaging, entertaining experiences than any other format.

    Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment adds, “Because today’s family rooms are more technologically-advanced and consumer expectations are higher than ever, we are excited to announce the launch of the Diamond Collection. We believe that the collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy these timeless classics like never before, and underlines Disney’s commitment to continue to bring the best quality product and immersive experiences in to the home.”

    Kicking off the new worldwide collection in October will be Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, the one that started it all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Two titles will be selected each year, including Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia in 2010, as Blu-ray Diamond editions, each title will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time.

    The new Diamond Collection takes full advantage of the newest breakthroughs in film restoration to exhibit these movies in Blu-ray Hi-Def, ensuring each film is digitally enhanced from their original negatives providing for the first time ever a pristine 1080p picture and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound.

    WDSHE is updating each Diamond Collection disc to contain newly branded features that offer a more immersive, user-friendly experience that will keep families entertained for hours. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ‘Diamond’ treatment includes:

    Hyperion Studios, a ‘Backstage Disney’ feature, which allows audiences to be digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand the Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built and where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was conceived and developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark experiencing life at Hyperion Studios back in the 1930′s. This “Backstage Disney” feature contains newly dimensionalized archival photos, animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney’s gifted filmmakers crafted the very first animated feature.

    The Magic Mirror offers ‘Smart Navigation’, using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic Magic Mirror guides the audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition features with ease serving as the “host” for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognize viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate next. This marks the first use of artificial intelligence in a Disney Blu-ray release and provides viewers the control to personally create a customized Snow White experience.

    Mirror, Mirror On The Wall is one of ‘Disney’s Family Play’ features, through BD-Live, this mirror can find the secret princess inside each viewer with a series of questions, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call them on the telephone. Additional Family Play features include, What Do You See? an interactive game, where players must untangle scrambled images and Jewel Jumble a game where jewels from the Dwarfs’ mine must be put in order to win the game.

    About Disney’s New Blu-ray Diamond Collection:

    The new Blu-ray Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated classics. The Blu-ray Diamond Edition Discs will be comprised of 14 of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, only made possible by Blu-ray technology.

    About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

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