Peter Pan

Featured In Issue 174, February 2013

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This is the 60th Anniversary release of Walt Disney's classic "Peter Pan"—an adaptation of the play by Sir James M. Barrie. This is the classic tale that taught us all "to believe" and first introduced us to the Darling children as they flew with Peter Pan (Driscoll) and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on 'till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land. Rediscover the magical adventure and relive childhood memories of this great bedtime story. The film is one of three from Disney's Golden Age of animation to boast all nine of Walt's famous "Nine Old Men" as Directing Animators. (Gary Reber)

Special features include "Disney Intermission," which plays anytime the pause button is pushed during the film; the featurette "Growing Up With Nine Old Men" (HD 41:08); two deleted scenes; two deleted songs; the following Classic DVD Bonus Features: "Disney Song Selection," which includes "The Second Star To The Right," "You Can Fly," "A Pirate's Life," "Following The Leader," and "Your Mother And Mine"; commentary hosted by Roy Disney; "Classic Music & More," which includes "Never Land: The Lost Song," "Music Video: "Never Land Performed By Paige O'Hara," and "Music Video: The Second Star To The Right" performed By T-Squad; and "Classic Backstage Disney," which features "You Can Fly: The Making Of Peter Pan" (SD 15:59), "In Walt's Words: Why I Made Peter Pan" (SD 07:46), "Tinker Bell: A Fairy's Tale" (SD 08:27), "The Peter Pan That Almost Was" (SD 21:01), and "The Peter Pan Story" (SD 12:04); sneak peeks; and upfront ads. The three-disc set includes a DVD, a Blu-ray Disc™, and a digital copy.

The 1080p 1.33:1 AVC picture is a new digital restoration release for the first time on Blu-ray Disc. The film can be viewed with DisneyView, crafted by background artist Cristy Maltese. The impression is one of absolute pristine appearance—hardly what filmgoers saw upon the first theatrical release. But still, this grain-free rendering is spectacular! Though a tad soft overall, the visual acuity is wonderful. While fleshtone hues appear slightly pinkish at times, the color palette is warmly and richly hued. The Indians are red hued, and blacks are deep and solid due to the excellent contrast. Line art is nicely resolved, and the hand-painted cell backgrounds are nicely textured. This is a beautiful restoration that showcases a fresh, modern approach to this Walt Disney classic. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is accompanied with an optional introduction by Diane Disney Miller and Sing Along With The Movie (with lyrics). Originally produced as a monaural RCA Sound System recording, the remastered DTS® treatment is spatially enveloping, with well-anchored, center-front dialogue. The surrounds are energized during the musical segments and during some atmospherics and sound effects. Dialogue is consistently intelligible and clean, which is remarkable for a soundtrack whose elements are 60 years old. All the channels are effectively used in the 7.1-channel mix, and fidelity is clean, though, compressed, as one would expect. The .1 LFE channel provides effective bass support without sounding out of place with the other elements. Disney has provided a 192 kbps Dolby® Digital monaural mix that is faithful to the original, though, not lossless. The 7.1-channel mix is the preferred new reference and will delight all audiences with its wonderful music score and songs! (Gary Reber)