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PeterPanDiamondEdition3-DiscBlu-rayComboIt’s a good thing when one of Disney’s “classics” makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut!

Now available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is Disney’s “Peter Pan”.

Peter Pan originally released in 1953. It was Disney’s 14th feature-length animated film and was the last animated film that Walt’s “nine old men” worked together on as directing animators.

The Blu-ray version of the film has undergone significant restoration as part of Disney’s “Diamond Edition” series. The paint is cleaned up and consistent in its coloring. The sound has been remastered as well, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 if you have the Blu-ray, and 5.1 surround sound for the DVD release.

There’s no “pan and scan” or stretching to make the film fit the screen here. Peter Pan’s 1.33:1 original aspect ratio has been preserved. If you don’t want to see “black bars” on the sides of your screen, then watch it with the “Disney view” option enabled.

The only real problem I had with this release was the “Disney view” option I previously mentioned. As usual, there’s some wonderful side-art that fills the previously empty space on the sides of the screen. At some points in the film, however, the transition from one piece of side-art to the next (and then back again) seems to abrupt and even distracting at times. I seemed to notice this the most when the children were flying away from the Darling home with Peter Pan early on in the film.

Be sure to check out the bonus features on this one. I love anything that’s historically related to Walt and the Disney Company and there’s a feature called “Growing Up With Nine Old Men” that is definitely worth seeing.

All in all, another masterfully presented Blu-ray release and definitely worth picking up to rent or to add to your collection.

Film Synopsis:

The Walt Disney Studios celebrates the 60th Anniversary release of Walt Disney’s classic, “Peter Pan,” as it soars to all-new heights – with a new digital restoration and high definition picture and sound – for the first time on Blu-ray. The classic tale that taught us all “to believe” and first introduced us to the Darling children – Wendy, John and Michael – as they flew with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land. Rediscover the magical adventure and relive childhood memories of this great bedtime story.

Talent/Cast:

Bobby Driscoll – Peter Pan (voice)
Kathryn Beaumont – Wendy Darling (voice)
Hans Conried – Captain Hook / Mr. Darling (voice)
Bill Thompson – Mr. Smee / Other Pirates (voice)
Heather Angel – Mrs. Darling (voice)
Paul Collins – John Darling (voice)
Tommy Luske – Michael Darling (voice)
Candy Candido – Indian Chief (voice)
Tom Conway – Narrator (voice)

Rated: G
Run Time: 77 minutes

Bonus Features:

  • Disney Intermission — Press Pause And See What Happens!
  • Introduction By Diane Disney Miller
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene
  • Never-Before-Seen Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Songs
  • Growing Up With Nine Old Men