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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cartoon classic, one of Disney's best
This wonderful Disney production offers flights of fancy that appeal directly to children's fertile imaginations. The ability to fly, to be a devil-may-care youngster and never grow up, to engage in derring-do with pirates, never having to bother with school, and exploring fantasy worlds of islands, mermaids, Indians and mysterious caves is a powerful magnetic pull for...
Published on June 9 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars HEAR BOBBY DRISCOLL SPEAK FROM BEYOND
"PETER PAN" a Disney favorite from 1953 has been resurrected, remastered and restored for its premier digital transfer. The Technicolor animation is once again pristine and the sound is crystal clear.
Although the animation style is far-removed from the detailed, classic, illustrator style of "Snow White" and "Pinnochio," it is still fluid, with nicely framed...
Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Robin Simmons


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5.0 out of 5 stars A great cartoon classic, one of Disney's best, June 9 2004
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This review is from: Peter Pan (DVD)
This wonderful Disney production offers flights of fancy that appeal directly to children's fertile imaginations. The ability to fly, to be a devil-may-care youngster and never grow up, to engage in derring-do with pirates, never having to bother with school, and exploring fantasy worlds of islands, mermaids, Indians and mysterious caves is a powerful magnetic pull for young dreamers. The lush color lensing of this animated adventure is superb, and the characters and catchy tunes add to the pleasure of watching this film, for young and old alike.
Peter Pan, the title character, is a spry, charming lad who loves his carefree existence. He is, however, upstaged by his companion, the delightfully naughty Tinker Bell, a temperamental pixie who literally sees red when Wendy accompanies Peter Pan to Never Land. Captain Hook and his shadow, the crocodile, the sniveling Smee, the beautiful mermaids, and the stoic Tiger Lily are the characters who stand out in this movie. Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael are okay and basically come along for the ride. The sprightly song "You Can Fly!-You Can Fly!-You Can Fly!" is just one of the memorable tunes for which Peter Pan is fondly remembered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Pan (blu ray)(Diamond Edition): the definitive edition of Peter Pan!, Feb. 13 2013
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Dr. Joseph Lee (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Peter Pan flies into blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.33:1 encode. In this case, Disney has decided to do a spectacular clean revitalization, rather than a classic restoration. The result is the absence of grain. But I feel that the transfer is still a revelation. Colours are sumptuous, strong, stunning and vibrant, especially obvious with Captain Hook's bright red cape. The blue of London's night sky is sumptuous. The greenery of Neverland has never looked so rich. Contrast is excellent throughout, as are black levels, which are deeper and richer than ever before. Detail is quite impressive too, with clean line art, stable colour fills, and nicely preserved brushstroke textures in the hand-painted backgrounds. Scratches, scuffs, and noise have all been cleaned up. (5/5)

AUDIO:

As per the usual Disney high standards, Peter Pan comes with DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio. Culled from a mono source Disney creates a realistic surround sound environment like it has with other movies like Snow White. What is most noticeable about the expanded soundscape is the exactness of the directionality. Dialogue and sound effects move seamlessly through the channels depending on where people are located on screen. Cannons provide deep booming explosions. The tick-tock of Hook's crocodile echoes menacingly. Rear speakers are surprisingly alive with ambient noise, as are the side channels. This is especially noticeable during action sequences. My favourite sound of the movie, when Hook skips across the top of the water like a skipping stone after shooting out of the crocodile's mouth, is wonderfully presented here. The 7.1 track may be a little much considering its mono roots, but Disney pulls it off really well. It is just too bad that they didn't include a lossless mono option as well. (4.5/5)

MOVIE:

One night in London, Peter Pan (voiced by Bobby Driscoll) visits a young girl hoping to get his shadow back. Wendy Darling (Kathryn Beaumont) believes in the stories she's heard about Peter and has stowed away his lost shadow for safe keeping. And so begins one of the most adored stories in all of children's literature.

Wendy, along with her two brothers Michael (voiced by Tommy Luske) and John (voiced by Paul Collins) fly off to Neverland with Peter. A wealth of adventure awaits the travelers. Danger lies ahead also. Captain Hook (voiced by Hans Conried) has been stewing over how to finally rid himself of his arch nemesis Peter Pan. When the boy arrives with new friends in tow he eyes a chance to get rid of him once and for all. Of course, we must not forget Tinker Bell and the very clumpsy Mr. Smee (voiced by Bill Thompson). (movie: 5/5)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Peter Pan is my favourite Disney film. This was my first full length "cartoon" that I viewed in a theatre when I was 6. This began my love for movies. At home, I was heavily criticized by my better half for my many versions of Peter Pan: starting with a bootleg tape version, followed by a few VHS tapes, then a laser disc, and finally three different DVDs: first, called Limited Issue, followed by Special Edition, and finally the Platinum Edition in 2007. Hopefully and thankfully, this Diamond Edition should be the last one. This edition is the definitive version, and is very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Disney movies: EVER, April 16 2004
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ALexandra (Chicago (GO CUBBIES!)) - See all my reviews
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Peter Pan is one of the most entertaining and charming Disney movies ever made. It follows the adventures of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, and of course the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan. Captain Hook is one of the funniest and evil villains ever created and his first mate, Smee, is absolutely hilarious.

I have to admit that this movie doesn't follow the book very much, but is better. The characters are so much more lovable in Disney's tale. Now why couldn't Barrie be this imaginative?

A new, live version of Peter Pan recenyly came out. and when I saw it I couldn't help but be disappointed. I missed all of those timeless songs, charming characters, and humor. Peter was dressed as if he came straight from the jungle, and unfortunately it followed the book. I know you may think that sounds odd of me to say that I didn't like it because it was an accurate adaption, but it's true.

So if you want to watch an exciting and classic movie buy this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, Jan. 6 2013
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Vicki Rigsby "Toby" (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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who could find fault with Peter Pan. A most enjoyable film today as yesterday. My great neice will find many hours of enjoyment in it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter pan, Jan. 3 2013
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Play over and over a classic,reminds good memory .My kids loved it and the quality is awesome.great gift idea for young and old
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, enjoyable Disney viewing., May 25 2004
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This movie animates one of the most imaginative plays ever written, albeit with a little 'Disneyfication.' It's by far my favorite; there is an enjoyably long spectrum of characters. Every time I watch this movie, it takes me back to those times I wish I was in Never-Never-Land.
P.S. The claim that this movie is an allegory to the JFK years is easily refutable, since this movie was made in 1953, while the play is over a century old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PETER PAN [1953] – 60th Anniversary Two-Disc Diamond Edition [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray + DVD] [US Import], Oct. 26 2014
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Andrew C. Miller - See all my reviews
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PETER PAN [1953] – 60th Anniversary Two-Disc Diamond Edition [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray + DVD] [US Import] Think of the happiest things as Peter Pan soars to spectacular new heights! Now more sensational than ever with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Bid your cares goodbye as Wendy and her brothers embark on fantastic adventures with the hero of their bedtime stories – Peter Pan! With faith, trust and Tinker Bell's pixie dust, Peter teaches them how to fly and leads them to the 'second star to the right' and beyond – to Never Land! Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Walt Disney's animated version of the Sir James M. Barrie [J.M. Barrie] classic stories. Narrated by Tom Conway.

Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Candy Candido, Tom Conway [Narrator], Tony Butala, Carol Coombs, Robert Ellis, June Foray, Connie Hilton, Margaret Kerry, Karen Kester, Johnny McGovern, Norma Jean Nilsson, Thurl Ravenscroft, Jeffrey Silver, Stuffy Singer and Anne Whitfield

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson and Jack Kinney (uncredited)

Producer: Walt Disney

Screenplay: Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears and Ralph Wright

Composer: Oliver Wallace (score), Sammy Fain and Frank Churchill (music-songs), Sammy Cahn, Ed Penner, Winston Hibler and Ted Sears (words-songs)

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Français: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Español: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Français and Español

Region: Blu-ray: All Regions and DVD: NTSC

Running Time: 77 minutes

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: ‘Peter Pan’ is a long-awaited addition to Disney's Blu-ray canon that somehow makes my collection feels more whole, more complete. It isn't just a personal favourite either. It's one of Walt Disney's most beloved animated classics, one of the studio's greatest treasures and arguably the best Disney animated feature released in the 1950s. It has survived controversy, especially Tiger Lily and the Indians are still considered racially offensive in various circles and weathered criticism about the liberties Uncle Walt and his screenwriters took with J.M. Barrie's 1904 play and 1911 children's novel. And yet no censorship has been perpetrated and very little criticism has prevailed. It's a high-flying, swashbuckling adventure in the true spirit of the original and, in many ways, was the first production, on stage or off, to lend a thrillingly palpable sense of magic, grandeur and storybook fantasy to Barrie's text. Even today, some sixty years after its theatrical release, Peter Pan remains a magnificent animated film, as truly timeless as any Disney classic that came before it or come since.

‘Peter Pan’ harks back to a wondrous age in animation, before the advent of CGI and the misguided belief that traditional, hand drawn animation was outmoded. Pardon the nostalgic digression, but Walt Disney's fourteenth animated feature, now celebrating its 60th anniversary, has the look and whimsy of a much younger production. With no computers to rely on, Pan's legendary team of animators, especially the Nine Old Men who crafted something extraordinary for its time and something that continues to withstand the test of time. The beautifully expressive characters do nothing less than spring to life, while each acrobatic bout of flying, singing, dancing and swordplay is framed by gorgeous hand-painted backgrounds. Even now, with Disney aggressively resurrecting the hand-drawn feature, classics like Peter Pan stand tall, created entirely with pencils, ink, brushes and paint, and all the passion and spirit that goes into such hands-on artistry. Many of the CGI animators of the modern age are master animators in their own right, don't misunderstand. But there's something utterly magical about Walt Disney's early animated classics, and it's a magic that continues to grab hold of viewers, young and old, nostalgic and newcomer alike. Simply put: Peter Pan is one of the Disney greats, and that isn't about to change anytime soon. "All this has happened before, and all this will happen again..."

Blu-ray Video Quality: The debate rages on, although fuelled by less disappointment than ‘Cinderella’ generated. ‘Peter Pan’ flies onto Blu-ray with a vibrant; striking 1080p encoded video transfer, restored with all the renewed digital advances available to the Disney restoration team. The results will delight most and mildly irritate a few; the few being those who feel the complete absence of grain and the slight (stress on slight) alterations made to the film's original colour and contrast are contrary to Walt Disney and his animators' intentions and the film's original presentation. The debate asks should a classic film be subjected to such changes. Should Disney attempt to create a transfer that's truer to the original cell art or to the 1953 theatrical image? Ideally, a release like Peter Pan would present both a classic restoration and a spectacularly clean revitalisation, but the choice has been made. The latter over the former it is. Still, purists would do well to embrace everything Disney has accomplished, if only in part. Marvellous leaps and strides have been made here, and not all of them controversial. In fact, only the grain removal, which appears to have taken little to no toll on the image other than its intended use, gave me pause, as it alters the texture of the original film, but despite this, I think the final result is absolutely stunning and looks better than when I viewed it in the cinema.

Blu-ray Audio Quality: Absolutely outstanding. Disney's 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track crows at the top of its lungs and unleashes its sonic attack with notable precision. At the same time, the 7.1 presentation rarely, if ever, flies in the face of the film's original sound design. Though the rear speakers wrap the sounds of Never Land around the listener, it doesn't feel like a betrayal and is always executed with the utmost respect for the audio elements. Directional effects are light but playful, ambience is subtle but effective and a few acoustic flourishes make caves and other locales more immersive. Output is restrained as well but no less welcome, lending weight and presence to every low-end assault and exchange. Voices and sound effects, meanwhile, are completely unhindered and perfectly prioritised. A few lines of dialogue show their age, as anyone should expect from a sixty-year old feature, but remain clear and intelligible regardless. Add to that the full, enveloping presence of the film's score and songs and you have a first-rate 7.1 remix for this classic animation film.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Introduction by Diane Disney-Miller [1080p] Diane Disney-Miller provides a quick introduction to the film, touching on her father's attraction to adapting J.M. Barrie's tale and the artwork created during the film's development.

DisneyView [With Side Bars] [1080p] Fill the black bars to either side of the image with artwork from Walt Disney background painter Cristy Maltese (‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin’).

Peter Pan Sing-Along [1080p] An optional Sing-Along track, easily engaged or skipped when selecting the "Play" option in the main menu. It's a simple subtitle feature, though. No karaoke-style guide marker or highlighting.

Growing Up with Nine Old Men [1080p] [41:00] The name started as a joke. A term of playful endearment Walt Disney gave to his lead animators. But it soon became a badge of honour for the most legendary and influential animators in Disney history. Hear about the Nine Old Men from those who were closest to them and their children, now upwards in years themselves and learn about the artists' contributions and work, both personal and professional.

Deleted Songs and Scenes [1080p] [15:00] Unearthed from the Disney Vault, two deleted scenes and two deleted songs, presented via original storyboards, concept art, rough cell elements and key frames: "The Journey Home," "Alternate Arrival," "Never Smile at a Crocodile" and "The Boatswain Song."

Classic DVD Bonus Features and Extras:

Backstage Disney [SD] [65:00] Five behind-the-scenes feature and documentaries include "You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan," "In Walt's Words: Why I Made Peter Pan," "Tinker Bell: A Fairy's Tale," "The Peter Pan that Almost Was" and "The Peter Pan Story."

Music & More [1080p and SD] [17:00] Disney Song Selection (presented in 1080p with 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio), Deleted Song: The Pirate Song. 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.

Audio Commentary: Roy Disney hosts this extensive audio commentary, taken from the film's previous DVD release. Disney dryly reads from pre-prepared notes, but the interview excerpts and commentary bits featured over the course of the commentary allow the film's animators, voice actors and filmmakers to offer their insight as well. Smartly compiled and edited, the track touches on every aspect of Peter Pan, without wasting a single second.

Disney Intermission [1080p] Pausing at any point during the film allows younger viewers to tackle "Pirate Training," a series of tips, mini-activities and video clips helmed by the first mate of the Jolly Roger.

Finally, ‘Peter Pan’ is a classic today as it was twenty, forty or sixty years ago. It remains the wondrous adventure and magnificently animated spectacle it's always been. With Disney's Blu-ray release, it's even more wondrous and magnificent. Backed by a stunning video presentation (albeit one slightly altered from its source), a strong 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track, and well over four hours of special features, the New Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook Diamond Edition release of ‘Peter Pan’ is a must-have for any Disney fan or animation aficionado. Don't hesitate: make the leap. Of course what makes my review extra special is the fact that people who have reviewed the other Blu-ray versions are missing something really special with this extra special Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook, as it has 18 stunning glossy colour pages of awesome illustration images from the animation, plus the printed words telling you the story of Peter Pan, which could be read to small children at bedtime and make them keen to see this stunning Blu-ray. Ever since I first viewed Peter Pan at the cinema, it has always been a very personal favourite of mine and I can also say it's one of Walt Disney's most beloved animated classics that I never get tired of viewing. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's Immortal Classic, Nov. 29 2008
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Frances L. Arsenault "lover of literature" (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Here is another story that I love after I read it in a book - Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Peter Pan has appeared in numerous adaptations, sequels, and prequels since then, including various stage musicals, live-action feature films like Hook and the live-action version of Peter Pan that came out in 2003, and also the authorized sequel novel Peter Pan in Scarlet, that came out in 2006. Out of the adaptations that are the best, I would say...I love Disney's and the new live-action film (I not one to choose side you know).

Disney's version of the story, is the widely known film version of the story; so popular that Peter's fairy friend Tinker Bell because the mascot of The Walt Disney Company, and the centerpiece of it's Disney Fairies media franchise including the direct-to-DVD film Tinker Bell, the film also shows that Tink actually speaks (she dosen't in the original film). Yes, I love this film. The animation and backgrounds are excellent and the casting is very good too, which reprises Kathryn Beaumont (who was the voice of Alice in Disney's Alice in Wonderland) as Wendy Darling. And I love 5 of the out the 8 songs from the film, which are:
"The Second Star to the Right,"
"You Can Fly!"
"Following the Leader,"
"What Makes the Red Man Red?" And...
"Your Mother and Mine..." But especially "Second Star to the Right."

So overall, I would say this film is an excellent film for young and old alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth returning to Neverland, Dec 12 2003
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Bruce Gray "gurpsgm" (Shenandoah Valley, VA, USA) - See all my reviews
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So you want to try to never grow old. You could pick no better movie to try with than Disney's Peter Pan.
The story parallels Barrie's unforgettable novel almost perfectly. Wendy tells stories of Peter to her younger brothers. Peter hears these stories from outside Wendy's window and decides to take her to Neverland with him so that she can share her stories with his "Lost Boys".
With one of the strongest songs in the Disney library, "You Can Fly" to Neverland and watch the rest of Peter's adventures with Wendy.
Captain Hook is one of the most memorable Disney villains ever, especially with the croc chasing him almost every time you see him. Tinkerbell eventually becomes one of the most seen of all Disney characters. And the portrayal of Peter Pan is dead on to the original material - he really is "the boy who never grew up".
The many extras packed into this single DVD, including a sing along (=without= "You Can Fly"? Horrors!), the usual "making of" featurette, and some wonderful commentary by Roy Disney and many of the original animators, make this disc almost a must buy for Disney fans.
Highly recommended for any family with children. Highly recommended for any collection of animation greats - almost irreplaceable in a library of Disney classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Disney adaptations, Oct. 24 2003
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Of all the Disney adaptated tales, Peter Pan was proably one of the best. While not as Dark as JM Barrie's original story, it keeps the spirit of the original work and makes it family friendly without betraying it (Hercules anyone? Talk about completly gutting the source material). This is an acceptable adaptation in comparrison to Hercules.
Peter's arrogance and pretty much being oblivious to the way the girls around him feel about him is right on point. Tink, Wendy, and even Tiger Lily all want Peter to be something he can never be, a man. While his willingness to sacrafice for the good of others and be a knight in shinning armor of sorts must be what draws the girls in, but on a personal level he can never connect in a mature way. Even when he starts out on a nobel effort (like saving Tiger Lily) he gets so caught up in the game he just about forgets that he's there to save the young lady. This is certainly an impression of Peter given in the book. You can't really hate him for his moments of being a silly boy, especially when it comes to girls, because that's all he is and all he can ever be, a boy. And as for the 'jealouse women' reactions that circle the film, it's important to note they're not women -- they're girls. Yes, Tink is a fairy but her sense of things seems to be at the same level as Wendy.
Some of the complaints I've heard about the film are the way the Indians are portrayed. And quite a few lines ('ugh', 'How', the 'red man' song) are proably an unfortunate product of the time. But the fact is, when I was a kid I did run around saying 'bwah, bwah, bwah' when I played 'Indian'. So it makes sense in a world locked into a child's sense of the world the indians (to proper english children) would be a bit exagurated.
So all in all, Disney did a pretty good job adapting this into a film. And it's still a favorite. All in all it's a good peice. I'm a grown woman still hoping Peter will visit my window one day. And my little sisters love the movie.
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