“Peter Pan” Walt Disney Signature Collection Anniversary Edition: Blu-ray Review
Honoring the legacy of Peter Pan and celebrating the classic movie’s 65th anniversary, Disney has released the film’s Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition on Blu-ray which is full of extra features for fans to enjoy.
I was provided a Digital “Peter Pan” copy for review. The opinions are my own.
I am not going to write an in-depth review of Peter Pan, considering we all grew up watching it numerous times. I even enjoyed watching the sequel. The scene where he met an adult Wendy was very emotional. However, I do have to say that upon rewatching the original, I feel Tinkerbell’s personality made her come across as a borderline sociopath.
Anyway, coming to the Walt Disney Signature Collection Blu-ray and Digital release, it offers the complete package (tons of extra features) to fans. But I do think if you already have the 2013 Diamond Edition release then there’s no need to buy the newest edition unless you are a collector.
The current release is a two-disc Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital pack. The discs are in a standard Blu-ray case. Upon inserting the discs, the menus are easy to navigate. Ads for Incredibles 2 are included.
You can redeem the Digital Code through Movies Anywhere. The Blu-ray video presentation is a 1.33:1 1080p transfer. The visuals are bright and allow you to notice all of the fine details that went into creating this hand-drawn classic.
The sound is DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio mix, offering clean dialogue delivery. You will also get to appreciate the audio even more once you start viewing the extra features, especially the sing-alongs.
The awesome thing about the current Peter Pan release is that it includes all of the extra content present in previous DVD releases as well as the 2013 Blu-ray.
First, let’s go over the new content!
- Stories From Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight (HD 4:15) – You get a look at Walt Disney’s love for flight and how it came to be as he watched aviation feats as a kid. He even used private places to scout locations for the theme parks.
- A Darling Conversation With Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul Collins (HD 8:16) – This was a very interesting feature showing old colleagues coming together to talk about a project they still love. They even had to perform a live-action version to help artists.
- “You Can Fly” – Oke (HD 2:11) A sing-along.
- “Never Smile At A Crocodile” – Oke (HD 1:48) A song that had its lyrics deleted from the final film.
Now, on to the content transferred from previous releases!
- Audio Commentary – Roy Disney talks about the film. You also get to hear audio excerpts from the animating crew and voice actors.
- Backstage Disney – These are five featurettes.
- Music & More – You get three music videos.
- Growing Up with Nine Old Men – Marc Davis, Les Clark, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Frank Thomas, and Wolfgang Reitherman are the nine old men. All of them were Walt’s trusted core of animators. This feature shows their children offering insight into their deceased fathers’ contributions to Disney.
- Deleted Songs and Scenes – A number of deleted scenes and songs. This is an enjoyable look at storyboards and early concept art.
In the end, I would recommend the Peter Pan Walt Disney Signature Collection release to every collector. Also, if you haven’t bought the previous Blu-ray or DVDs, the currently available anniversary release brings you everything in one package.
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Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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