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 "Peter Pan" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Wendy is the older sister to John and Michael Darling.  She delights in telling them stories of Peter Pan, the boy from Neverland who decides to never grow up.  While their parents are off at a party one night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell arrive at their house to take them away to Neverland themselves.  Once they arrive on the island, they meet up with the Lost Boys, a group of young boys led by Peter Pan.

At the same time, Captain Hook and his group of pirates are hoping to capture Peter Pan and extract revenge for Peter cutting off Hook’s hand.  They capture Tiger Lily, the daughter of the Native American chief on the island to discover the location of Peter Pan’s hideout.  At the same time, Big Chief believes that the Lost Boys are the ones responsible for Tiger Lily’s disappearance and takes them hostage unless Tiger Lily can be returned.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 953, Color, G, 1 Hour. 17 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried (voices)
  • Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The classic story of kids that don’t want to grow up, Peter Pan is one of the classic Disney films that we all grew up with and that our kids will grow up with as well.  Some people are going to be bothered by the portrayal of Native Americans in the film, as much has changed since this was originally made.  I’ve found all older Disney films usually have something like this that is now offensive to the parents, but the kids don’t seem to notice it themselves.  Unfortunately there isn’t a way to excise them from the film without destroying the narrative at this point.

The politically incorrect aspects aside, Peter Pan is a very enjoyable film for kids and adults, and one that many parents will likely have to watch over-and-over again with their kids.  However with how offensive many people will find the Native American scenes to be at this point, it might also be one that you want to watch again yourself first before you let your children watch it.  It’s a very good story, but one with tones and themes that are very outdated at this point in culture.

Technical

Disney almost always goes all-out on their classic animated titles and Peter Pan is no exception.  Some shots are a little fuzzy in comparison to others, but for the most part the images look fantastic.  Lines are crisp and clear, colors are very pure and true, and overall this looks remarkably nice for its age.

The audio has been upgraded to a lossless 7.1 track instead of the original track, which was mono.  For the purists the original mono track is available, albeit in a lossy format.  The surround track is well done, and most will prefer it, but I would have liked to see the original soundtrack in a lossless format.

Extras

The Diamond Edition of Peter Pan contains a good number of extras, including an introduction, audio commentary, deleted songs and scenes, featurettes, extras copies over from the DVD releases, sing-along songs, sneak peeks at other Disney movies, and even games for kids to play if they pause the movie.  There is also a DVD copy and a digital copy included.