REVIEW: PETE'S DRAGON
OVERVIEW: Animation and
live-action combine to bring the magical
friendship between a young orphan and his unusual best
friend to life in Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition, coming
to DVD on August 18, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home
Entertainment. A classic feel-good Disney tale for the
entire family, Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition is packed
with adventure, comedy and soaring musical numbers that have
charmed children and adults since its 1977 debut. Now
available in this special edition DVD, Pete’s Dragon High
Flying Edition comes with nearly an hour of brand-new bonus
features, including a look at Disney’s live action/animation
legacy, alternate versions of some of the film’s most
beloved songs and much more.
SYNOPSIS: Pete’s Dragon
is an uplifting musical adventure about a spunky young
orphan that blends live action and stellar Disney animation.
With his only friend Elliot, a tubby, 12-foot tall dragon
can make himself invisible, Pete (Sean Marshall) takes
refuge from his abusive adoptive family in the seaside town
of Passamaquoddy, Maine. After Elliot’s invisible antics
wreak havoc with the residents and Pete gets the blame, Nora
(Helen Reedy) is touched by the youngster’s
plight and takes him to live with her and her tippling
father Lampie (Mickey Rooney) in the Passamaquoddy Point
lighthouse. Lampie’s tipsy tales of the boy and his dragon
amuse the disbelieving townsfolk, until the local quack, Dr.
Terminus, discovers that Elliot is real and hatches a scheme
to capture the dragon. An exciting and inspiring story with
unforgettable music, including the Academy Award nominated
“Candle on the Water,” “There's Room for Everyone” and
“Brazzle Dazzle Day,” Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition will
be a perennial
DVD: Pete's Dragon is presented in
widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with a 1.66:1 aspect ratio
preserving its theatrical release format. The video
is complemented with a Dolby Digital English
5.1 Surround and English subtitles. The picture looks
very clean as is always the case with every of the Walt
Disney Home Entertainment transfers to DVD. The sound also is
excellent, it was hard for me to find any type of defects in terms of
video and sound.
In terms of bonus features the
DVD is loaded like is always the case with in all Walt Disney
Home Entertainment releases. It includes a interesting behind
the scenes about the magical mis of live action and animation.
It also includes a couple of nice featurettes about the music of
the film, as well as game which is perfect for the little ones.
Walt Disney Home
Entertainment has done it again with this release. The 1977
classic never look better.
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1) Enhance for 16x9 TVs
Digital 5.1 Surround - English Spanish French,
Subtitles - English, Spanish,
Effects: Disney’s Movie Magic – An entertaining new
look at Disney’s pioneering work in the magical mix of
live-action and animation, narrated by the star of Pete’s
Dragon, Sean Marshall.
Deleted Storyboard Sequence: “Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliot”
– A rare demo dialog track and storyboard sketches.
Concept: “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)” –
The first demo recording for one of the film’s unforgettable
musical sequences with story sketches for an early concept
of the song Pete sings to Elliot.
Recordings (Audio Only) – A special audio-only
feature that includes early demo versions of “Brazzle Dazzle
Day” and “Every Little Piece” before they evolved into the
songs heard in the movie. Also includes “The Greatest Star
of All,” a song originally intended to be sung by Ferdinand,
a character later deleted from the film.
(Audio Only) – Pop versions of “It’s Not Easy,”
“Brazzle Dazzle Day,” “There’s Room For Everyone” and
Academy Award nominee for Best Song, “Candle On The Water,”
originally released together on a 7” record to promote the
“Where's Elliot?” – The Disappearing Dragon Game
Pete's Dragon Art
About Pete’s Dragon
Disney Family Album
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