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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Disney heroine Pocahontas sparkles in this captivating classic, available for the first time in breathtaking Blu-ray High Definition! The rich animation and Academy Award(R)-winning music (1995, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song, "Colors of the Wind") burst forth with all the "Colors Of The Wind" in this amazing 2-movie collection of POCAHONTAS and POCAHONTAS II: JOURNEY TO A NEW WORLD -- this 3-disc combo also features a DVD of each film! Fun and excitement are "Just Around The Riverbend" as Pocahontas and her friends Flit and Meeko find adventure at home and abroad in these sweeping stories from the earliest days of American history. This POCAHONTAS 2-Movie Collection delivers action-packed stories of adventure, friendship and courage that your family will cherish forever.|The look and style of the film were inspired by the filmmakers' numerous visits to Jamestown, Virginia, as well as by extensive research into the Colonial period.|At various stages of production, the creative team consulted with Native American scholars and storytellers to incorporate authentic aspects of the Powhatan culture into the film.|The movie won Oscars- for Best Score and Best Song ("Colors Of The Wind").|Pocahontas, whose name means Little Mischief, is based on a real historical figure. She was born into a highly sophisticated Indian culture that had some knowledge of Europeans.|The use of strong vertical and horizontal imagery in the design springs from the tall vertical shapes of the Virginia pine forests and the vast horizontal landscapes.
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You all know the story, basically a teenage Pocahontas meets John Smith and they realize their worlds aren't so different despite their backgrounds. A classic Disney movie of the renaissance, Pocahontas didn't "boom" quite as well as the other movies, but it is always a staple in my re-watching of Disney movies. I was happy to find that this version comes with the deleted song "If I Never Knew You," unfortunately Disney did not treat the scene the same as the "Human Again" sequence from Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition, and rather made it a deleted scene. However, it's great to finally have the scene in its full entirety, with commentary from the animators on why it was removed.
I don't care much for the sequel, and haven't seen it in years. The main purpose of this purchase was a blu-ray copy of Pocahontas, because I was slowly recollecting Disney movies to add to my collection. Since I no longer own a VCR, or have my VHS's from my childhood, these movies are the only way I truly want to watch them. I could watch them online, but instead I desire to own them since I watch them so much.
Highly recommended to anyone who is a collector, or a Disney fan. Children will enjoy it, even if it's not historically accurate. It can be "historically" a part of any memory of what the Disney Renaissance was like.
Aside from the fact of how historically inacurate the movie is, the quality is very similar to other Disney movies. Memorable songs, cute sidekicks, strong main characters.
Sadly, the 90s also gave us a ton of REALLY BAD direct-to-video sequels, and Pocahontas 2 was one of the worst of the worst. We see Pocahontas going to England, dressing up in English period costumes, and chasing after a guy who is not John Smith. When John Smith does show up, he acts like a super-hero (seriously, watch Spiderman, then watch Pocahontas 2). Horrible horrible movie!
Visual wise - Pocahontas really pops on Blu-Ray. The shading and color pallet is amazing! A real visual feast.
Understandably, Pocahontas 2 does not hold up that well. The scenes where they used CG look awful - probably because they were never meant to be seen on anything higher-resolution than VHS. All sorts of banding issues, texture looks awful. The rest of the movie looks pretty good, sharp and great colors - just not much in the way of fine details because, once again, this was a straight-to-VHS animated release,
Audio seems to be similar. The first movie sounds fantastic, strong use of surround and low levels, especially during the storm and battle scenes. The second movie - eh. I guess there is nothing wrong with the soundtrack, but it certainly doesn't push your system in any stretch of the imagination.
The sequel was okay. It definitely shows the quality of a straight-to-video release animation-wise and in story. It is worth one viewing if you genuinely like the character. I don't find it to be one of those movies you are going to watch over and over again. It was just too predictable and certainly looks weak when held to the standards of the original.
Overall I wish this beautiful movie would have been given a release it deserves.
Even though the story of Pocahontas and John Smith is made up it is still a good one. We love the way that two completely different lives come together and help everyone. It shows that it only takes one or two people to make a big impact.