Pete's Dragon (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
35th Anniversary Edition
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For the first time ever on Blu-ray, you and your family can rediscover Disney's classic musical adventure -- the 35th Anniversary Edition of PETE'S DRAGON in dazzling Blu-ray High Definition with an all-new digital restoration! When Pete, an orphan, and his best friend Elliott -- an invisible green dragon -- wander into the seaside village of Passamaquoddy, the townspeople think he's behind a slew of hilarious mishaps. But after a daring rescue, they change their tune and believe in Pete's fire-breathing buddy. Filled with friendship and fun, and featuring the Academy Award(R)-nominated "Candle On The Water" (Best Original Song, 1977), this family classic on Disney Blu-ray turns every viewing into a Brazzle Dazzle Day.|The original story called for Elliott the dragon to remain invisible throughout the entire film.|Animators opted for an oriental, rather than occidental, dragon, because oriental dragons are usually associated with good.|One of the movie's special effects involved compositing, whereby up to three scenes might be composited together -- for example, a live foreground, a live background, and an animated middle ground containing Elliott.|The film is the first involving animation in which none of the Nine Old Men -- Disney's original team of animators -- was involved.|The town square and wharf area for the film's setting of Passamaquoddy, a Maine fishing village, were constructed on the Disney Burbank Studio lot partly from an old western set.|The lighthouse the studio built for the film in Morro Bay, California, had such a powerful beacon, they had to get special permission from the Coast Guard to operate it. Sadly, it was torn down at the conclusion of filming.|The song, "Candle On The Water," by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn, received an Academy Award(R) nomination for Best Song, along with tunes from two other Disney films -- THE RESCUERS and THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE -- THE STORY OF CINDERELLA. The Oscar went to "You Light Up My Life," from the film of the same name.|Singer Helen Reddy, famous for the feminist anthem, "I Am Woman," makes her second big-screen appearance as Nora, while screen veteran Mickey Rooney plays her father, Lampie.
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Blu-ray 35th edition includes two trailers, a couple of other bonus features, and a little overview of the making of the film, narrated by the kid who played Pete! Some have said that this was a little heavy for a kid's movie. Well, we didn't think so when I was a preschooler and in grade school. Many Disney movies have a lesson presented at some time during the movie. I still liked "Rascal" even though it was also about family responsibility. I still liked "Thomasina" even though the cat dies at one point, there are others too, but the point is there are sometimes lessons to be learned like all good things come to an end (as in Pete's Dragon), or life will be life and is not always what you hope for or expected. I have reaffirmed this as my favorite Disney movie, just based on how it affected me in more than just a nostalgic way. It really resonated for some reason. Probably number two is "The Black Hole". Anyway, check it out, your kids will love it and you probably will too even if you weren't fortunate to have been born during the golden age of Disney. I at least was at the tail end of it. They never made another one like this again. Now to get that expanded full soundtrack...
Great performances from Helen Reddy, Red Buttons, Shelly Winters and Mickey Rooney highlight this movie but it is still the dragon that made me smile and maybe even shed a tiny tear when he flew away for the last time. This is the second time I have seen it as the first time was in the 70's when I was a kid.. and it still brings back the happy memories.
Amazon Digital is wonderful--it's nice to have this movie there in my forever library so I can watch it whenever and wherever I wish. The process was simple--press buy and viola! It showed up in my library.
If it's not broke,why fix it, that's what I say!!!!!! Love the originals.......
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