It should be noted that both Pocahontas and Pocahontas II (Journey to the New World) movies are housed in one BD-50 disc, but neither film’s transfer is affected by the shared space.
Pocahontas (blu ray)(1995):
Pocahontas arrived at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.66:1 encode. It looks spectacular and stunning in high definition. Detail is superb. Each animation line is distinctly clear. The multi-coloured leaves, greens, and oranges simply pop off the screen. The rich greenery of the surrounding forest is something to behold. Pocahontas is full of lush, lively colours, rich primaries, gorgeous blacks, and vibrant contrast and clarity. Detail is exceptional too. The animators' line art is crisp and clean. (4.5/5)
Pocahontas II (blu ray)(1998):
Pocahontas II also arrived at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.66:1 encode. The animation is inferior and like Saturday-morning-cartoonish. Besides the inferior animation, the technical problem is probably due to budget restraint and inferior out-dated CGI technology. The colour palette is dull. Although the animation is clean, the presentation is totally unspectacular (2.0/5)
Pocahontas (blu ray):
The film's DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless mix is quite captivating. Each of the memorable songs is belted at lofty volumes that seem to surround the listener. Dialogue is always clear. Judy Kuhn's (Pocahontas' singing voice) vocals soar as the music crescendos. Clarity and fidelity are top-notch. Directionality and prioritization are first class. This gorgeous soundtrack earns Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz two Oscars in 1996: Best Original Score and Best Original Song in Colours Of The Wind. Listening to either Judy Kuhn’s version or the pop version by Vanessa Williams is worth the price of admission. And for you line-dancers, Colours Of The Wind is also used as a beginner’s line dance. This soundtrack is simply outstanding. (5/5)
Pocahontas II (blu ray):
This film’s DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track is underwhelming and unspectacular. Dialogue is clear. The lower budgeted direct-to-video sequel's sound design doesn't live up to its heritage. (2.5/5)
I feel that Disney should put each movie in its own BD-50 disc, especially Pocahontas.
As for DVD, these two movies are housed in each individual disc, but in the packaging, one disc is on top of the other. Is it that more expensive to house each disc in its own flip-up case? (Just like the Rescuers/Rescuers Down Under package)
When this set was first announced, the price was $32.99, then went up to $34.99, then $35.99. Suddenly, it dropped to $29.97 (thank you), and that is the price I paid. Further, one should always watch for special deal. In this case, if you purchase the Rescuers set together with this set, you have an additional $10 deducted. Not a bad deal. (This $10 off deal is still available now as of this writing)
In both movies, do not look for historic accuracies, other than the names John Smith and Pocahontas. Pocahontas has splendid animation and rousing soundtrack with many memorable songs, especially Colours of the Wind, and is definitely worth owning. This set unfortunately also includes one of Disney's worst sequels. 'Pocahontas II' really is quite terrible on every front, like the Saturday morning cartoon. It only serves to undermine anything the first film accomplished. You will be forgiven if you skip watching this terrible sequel. But the whole set is still recommended, totally on the strength of Pocahontas.
I hope the above review is helpful to you.