The past two weeks, two more Disney films were released to Blu-Ray, to add to the high definition vault that they are starting to amass. One is quite good, and the other is quite…not. But, we’ll get into that in a second!
First up is Peter Pan: Return to Never Land (Special Edition) (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)! I first saw this film when it was released in 2002, and wasn’t too keen on it. When revisiting it again in 2013, I found that my feelings hadn’t changed much. The story follows Jane, the daughter of a now-grown up Wendy, and her journey to Never Land. Hook mistakes the girl for Wendy, and whisks her away in an effort to get revenge on Pan. Of course, Peter saves the day, saves the girl, and in the process, helps Jane to discover that she does believe all of the “nonsense stories” that her mother filled her head with.
To me, this was one of cash grabs of the earlier 2000s, where a few direct to video sequels of classic films were made. Though almost 50 years after the original film, Return to Never Land attempts to recreate the style of the original, and stops just short of achieving it. Not to mention the fact that the voice cast is somewhat unbearable (especially Peter, unfortunately), and the story is incredibly lacking. It was also borderline depressing, with part of the story set in World War 2 torn London.
One of the few saving graces of the film is that it does look quick nice on the Blu Ray, and sounds spectacular. However, you know the old saying, that despite how much you shine something terrible, it still is something terrible.
The special features don’t add much to the disc, offering a few (forgettable) deleted scenes, previews for the Tinker Bell movies, and a music video.
Nothing to see here, move along…
Really standing out, though, is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy). Though it is just a compilation of three previous featurettes, it is full of the old school charm we know and love from Pooh. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) and, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) are joined together by a single narrator as their framing device.
There is a slight problem with the look of the films, as each one was made at various times in the Company’s history. This provides a slightly disjointed look between them. However, the charm wins you over and is enough to overlook any visual problems.
Though some of the extras included are rehashed from previous releases, they are still a welcome addition. The making of the film is wonderful, and really gives you some insight into it. New to the disc, though, are another short film about Eeyore, and some 3-5 minute short films.
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By Jeff Heimbuch
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