Pocahontas Two-Movie Special Edition (Pocahontas / Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World) (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
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(Aug 21, 2012)
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On the Beauty and the Beast disc, you have the option of playing the movie with the deleted song (this is done by assembling two titles when authoring the Blu-ray with different segment mapping, and doesn't require additional room on the disc), but for one lazy reason or another, Disney decided not to do that with this disc, and instead just include the song as an extra. For what it's worth, I thought that particular animation segment was lazy, simply presenting a montage of earlier parts of the film, though the song is nice. The "deleted scenes" are hardly that, as they're mostly just black-and-white sketches with [simply put] awful songs being sung behind them.
I'm happy to have this brilliant film on Blu-ray, it looks and sounds great, but Disney really put their worst and laziest staff on this project and it shows.
It didn't matter that the songs were vital to each movie - comprising arguably the most dramatic moments of both stories - or that anyone other than a restless five-year-old wouldn't have had a problem sitting through them. The editing shears were out, and neither song would appear in the theatrical release of either picture. Flash-forward several months. Once "The Muppet Christmas Carol" hit video, director Brian Henson insisted on the restoration of "When Love Is Gone," and the song was thankfully added into all video releases of the 1992 production (though sadly not its later DVD release). "Pocahontas," sadly, would not have its climactic song restored until a 10th Anniversary DVD release in 2005.
Unfortunately, that song - Alan Menken's lovely "If I Never Knew You" - is once again absent from the Blu-Ray of POCAHONTAS, which has just arrived in a BD/DVD double-pack with its inferior direct-to-video sequel "Pocahontas II: Journey To a New World."
It doesn't matter that the movie is one of the weaker Disney productions from the `90s, or that the Politically Corrected-story has numerous holes.Read more ›
Now I'll proceed to review the original film.
Pocahontas is blamed as the responsible of finishing the Renaissance period that began with The Little Mermaid. I find those claims utterly inaccurate. While Pocahontas did not achieve the same heights of The Lion King and is not better than that one, is still a wonderful, lush and heartfelt adventure that deserves a better reputation. The animation is just glorious and the music is one of the best Disney has ever produced.
The story has been blamed as being historically inaccurate but come on, is Disney, is any Disney adaptation faithful to its source? I don't think you can expect a history lesson from a Disney movie but you can expect great entertainment and in that front, Pocahontas delivers.
The cast of characters are great and deliver stirring performances. The characters are memorable and the love story between the two leads is credible and poignant and as whole, Pocahontas is a lush, epic and emotionally profound film that still resonates after all these years after its original release.
Video & Audio
Pocahontas looks absolutely stunning on BD. A wonderful transfer that makes the film even more enjoyable. The colors pop out the screen, detail and clarity are amazing and the picture is completely stable. A wonderful image.
The 5.1 DTS HD-MA also delivers an exceptional experience with directionality and clarity in every sound, song and dialogue. A wonderful aural experience all around!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave as a present to replace her vhs tape. This movie, while historically inaccurate is a cute telling. My daughter loves the soundtrack to it. Would recommend.Published 17 days ago by Bonnie
Wouldn't have ordered it if I didn't love it. Huge Disney fan. Glad they handled the two movies.Published 22 days ago by Rebekah J.