Peter Pan is among the gold standard of classic Disney films. It is an A title for their catalog and 2013 finds Peter Pan making its Blu-ray debut. I think the more reviews I write for Disney classics coming to hi def, the more I feel like I should just copy and paste the reviews. Every time one of these films makes the move to Blu-ray, the results are just staggering. I remember back when Alice in Wonderland came out, I had to keep pausing and going back on certain scenes as I was just so stunned at the incredible boost in picture quality from any previous editions. The same can be said in the case of Peter Pan.
Peter Pan is the story of three children in the Darling family, Wendy, John and Michael. While in their beds one night, they are visited by Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. He takes them on a wondrous journey to Never Land, where a war rages on between Peter and his band of runaway boys and the nefarious Captain Hook and his pirates. Along with Peter’s fairy friend Tinker Bell, the Darling children must join the fight to stop Captain Hook once and for all and reclaim Never Land.
Peter Pan has lost absolutely nothing in the years since its 1953 release. There have been many versions of the story since, many of them quite good, but nothing really holds up to this original. The animation is lush and gorgeous, and the Blu-ray restoration makes it look so good, I doubt it has ever looked better in all of its existence. The colors are bold and jump right off the screen, the animation is fluid and the animation is stellar. You can see brush strokes, pencil marks and other indicators of the films origin, but it only makes the experience that much better. This is a simply flawless presentation.
The disc from Disney is near perfect for classic animation with no signs of age, gorgeous color reproduction, clean and clear sound, and tons of supplements. If you have been keeping up with Disney’s classic Blu-ray’s, Peter Pan is an essential part of your collection. And like the other films that have been released so far by Disney, it really was like watching the movie for the first time.
Available February 5, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.