Immersed in Blu-ray: Peter Pan

The timing couldn’t be better for this week’s Blu-ray release of Peter Pan, given the acclaim for the Oscar frontrunner, Wreck-It Ralph, which delightfully embraces and subverts the Disney legacy and pays homage to Ward Kimball and Mary Blair in its Sugar Rush sequence.

The Diamond Edition of this 60-year-old classic definitely looks sharper, brighter, and more colorful ; and the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is dynamic. Disney again worked with Reliance Media (formerly Lowry Digital) on a 4K scan of the 1952 safety negative and did digital cleanup before the team worked on the color timing (using available Peter Pan artwork and even shooting backgrounds on film and then projecting them for testing purposes). Now color and grain removal are always a contentious issue. Purists will argue that it is not an accurate representation of the original look and textures, but it’s a fine digital representation for home theater viewing on an HD monitor.

As for the legendary Nine Old Men, Peter Pan was only one of three Disney classics in which all of them collaborated together. Peter Pan continues to be one of the greats and is a must-own Blu-ray.

Extras include an alternate ending, deleted songs, and a “Growing Up with Nine Old Men” featurette by Ted Thomas.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Blu-ray, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech

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