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Amblin Entertainment presents a dazzling, animated adventure about one of the most courageous canines of all time! Based on a true story, Balto will touch your heart. Part husky/part wolf, Balto doesn't know where he belongs. He's an outcast in Alaska, except to his true friends - Boris, the Russian snow goose; polar bear cubs Muk and Luk; and the beautiful husky, Jenna. Even though he's different, all of Balto's friends recognize what he still can't see himself: his noble spirit. One day, a serious diptheria epidemic spreads fast among the children of Nome. When a fierce blizzard closes off all routes of transport, there's no way to obtain lifesaving medicine...unless a team of sled dogs can race six-hundred miles through the blinding Arctic storm and bring back anti-toxin. But when the dogs get lost in the frozen wilderness, only Balto can rescue the team and save the children. Starring the voices of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins and Phil Collins, Balto is the remarkable tale of a hero who inspired a nation - and became a legend!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medG G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : MHV61020014DVD
- Director : Simon Wells
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 18 minutes
- Release date : February 19, 2002
- Actors : Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Phil Collins, Bob Hoskins, Miriam Margolyes
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Steve Hickner, Steven Spielberg
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00005TSMN
- Writers : Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser, David Steven Cohen, Roger S.H. Schulman
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
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Balto is one of my favorites from childhood despite the fact it was overshadowed in its year of release, and never really got the recognition it deserved. Its very loosely based on the true story of Alaskan husky, Balto and his role in carrying diphtheria medicine to Nome in 1925. The film itself takes many liberties with the real story, including the fact they say Balto is half-wolf, when he never was. This was not meant to be a historical documentary, it was meant to be good family fun, and it succeeds in that department.
Now for those blu-ray fans....what did Universal give us?
Video is somewhat grainy, but this is not a bad thing in itself because it means that Universal did not do what Disney sometimes does and tries to remove every speck of dust they can find, removing some of the texture and quality of the painted cells in the process. The film isn't that old, so the grain isn't as apparent as what happened when Land Before Time came out on blu-ray. This is also the first time in the United States we have the opportunity to see Balto in widescreen 1.85! When I watched it, I saw things I didn't remember largely because they were not chopped off the sides on all the previous DVD releases we had to put up with. Video bitrate hovers around a healthy 30mbps.
Audio is amazing on this blu-ray as its presented in HD-5.1 Master Audio. I've never heard Balto sound better, if you have a decent system to show it off. Watching the white wolf scene, I noticed James Horner's score being more crystalline and with more sparkle than it ever had, even more than on the CD soundtrack, which was already mastered well!
Unfortunately, no extras are there. That's a shame because there is a Making Of featurette out there. For those that want to browse google, the 30 minute Making Of documentary that was released over in Europe on one of their DVD releases. There are also other documentaries to be found about the real Balto online if you're so inclined to learn more about the four-legged hero of Nome (and Togo too!).
Overall, I was shocked Universal released this on blu-ray at all, given it was already making its rounds on streaming services. I won't complain about the lack of extras, just happy to finally have the film in its proper aspect ratio and in HD!
Only con is that there are no extras! Would have loved to see some behind the scenes of this hidden gem.
Top reviews from other countries
There are lots of nice plot twists and plenty of humorous moments as well as perils and villains. I would recommend this film to children, especially those who love dogs or to anyone who is child at heart and loves a good story, like myself.