The Journey of Natty Gann
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Apperently there isn't anyone at Disney who ever thought this movie would be or could be this great. It was released on VHS, but was out of print and unavailable for a long time, unless of course you wanted to spend mega-bucks for it on Ebay. I would have hoped that with this re-release, it would have gained some measure of respect, but Disney only saw fit to slap a quick pan and scan version on DVD and sell it at a low price to make a few bucks. The transfer is horrible, the picture is grainy much of the time, the characters out of frame, and most of the scenery is completely lost. The audio is ordinary, much of the sounds when they are in the forest inaudible, and the beautiful score is completely wasted. It's too bad that the people at Disney don't know what a gem they have. In other words, the movie gets five stars, the DVD transfer gets one star....which averages out to a three. Despite that, I suggest you buy this movie while you can before it disappears into oblivion once again.
The DVD is a horiffic slap in the face to the theatrical release, the cast, crew & it's *SO* bad it makes the movie look shoddy. I won't reiterate what the other people so ably & eloquently illustrated of the flaws, I'll just say BUY THE VHS! if you can't, well, this DVD is better than nothing.
The only reason there're 3 stars is because I was in the theatre on a magical night near to 2 decades ago & I *KNOW* what should have been on this disc. Let's not even mention the despair of finding no extra features.
However, this DVD edition [bad]. Image quality [bad]. And it's not in widescreen, which is just a sin if you remember the scope of the film.
Obviously, Disney's trying to find ways to cut corners these days and shell out low quality merchandise.
In my opinion, this DVD is simply a rip-off.
Set in the Depression, Natty Gann runs away from the woman her father had left her with when he got a job in the Pacific Northwest. Her journey is truly exciting as she dodges Child Welfare, befriends a wolf and meets up with John Cusack. In the meantime, her father has to search for her when he finds she's missing. Definitely an overlooked gem of a film. I will definitely buy this when Disney chooses to release the entire movie.
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1985 was a great year for movies. Well known movies like back to the future and the goonies are on a lot of peoples favorites list. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jason
Natty (Natalie) Gann's dad is looking for work because they are in the middle of the Depression. He ends up leaving to go to another job and, with no other choice, he leaves her... Read morePublished 7 days ago by D. Mckinzie
Natty Gann is a movie that had great potential. After all Disney has perfected the art of telling stories of of kids doing amazing things. Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Sparks
My name is Natalie (Natty). I loved this movie as a child and I enjoyed sharing it with my children who enjoyed it just as much. A little known classic for most ages!Published 18 days ago by Natalie Thornton
If you remember sitting down as a family on Sunday night to watch Wonderful World of Disney, then you will know and love this movie. Read morePublished 21 days ago by inheaven