Pinocchio - 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray
One of Disney
's earliest feature-length animated
films, and still considered one of their best
The film tells the story of a marionette created by a woodcarver named Geppetto, who wishes upon a star for Pinocchio to be a real boy. One visit by the Blue Fairy later, and his wish had come true, mostly. While Pinocchio is given life, he will have to prove himself worthy to become a real boy. He will have to show his is brave, truthful, and unselfish, and he will have to listen to his conscience. But he doesn't have a conscience, so Jiminy Cricket is given that task. The road ahead will not be easy for Pinocchio, and he will have to deal with villains like Honest John & Gideon, Stromboli, and The Coachman along the way.
As I mentioned above, this is widely considered among Disney's best films; in fact, many consider it the best Disney film of all time. (Personally, Dumbo is my personal favorite among the early works.) But Pinocchio is amazing. It mixes humor andadventure nearly perfectly, it has Oscar winning music, while the technical quality of the animation is still impressive nearly 70 years after it was made. If it is not in your movie collection at home, it should be. In fact, even if you already own it, you should upgrade to this new addition.
The only real question is which format to go with?
I only have the Blu-ray, but I can point out the features that are exclusive to the format. Extras include an audio commentary track with Leonard Maltin, Eric Goldberg, and J.B.Kaufman and the three of them fill the track with plenty of information. . (On a side note, Leonard Maltin is synonymous with Disney and having him on the DVD means you will learn something new, practically regardless of your level of Disney knowledge. He is to Disney what Bey Logan is to Dragon Dynasty.) You can listen to the audio commentary, or watch it as picture-in-picture with Cine-Explore. I love Cine-Explore and there are plenty of storyboards, behind-the-scenes images, and video clips to go along with the audio commentary track. You can also watch the movie with Disney View, which is for people with widescreen TVs. Because this movie was made in the days before widescreen, there are black bars on the side of the movie if you are watching in on the widescreen TV (and I assume most are). By selecting this, you can watch the movie with artwork by Toby Bluth, which fits in with the design of the film. Next up is Music & More, which includes a music video for "When You Wish Upon a Star" by Meaghan Jette Martin (who?) as well as five songs you can watch with or without lyrics on the screen. Games & Activities has a pop-up trivia track, and a trivia game. The Blu-ray is also BD-Live enabled, with the usual set of Disney extras (chat, mail, challenge, and rewards).
The rest of the extras are on disc 2 starting with Games & Activities. Here we have Pinocchio's Puzzles, which has several jigsaw puzzles and when you complete each one, you are rewarded with a short clip from the movie. Pleasure Island Carnival Games has four mini-games, mostly testing your timing. Better than most DVD games. Backstage Disney starts with an hour-long making-of featurette called No Strings Attached. There are three deleted scenes that run over ten minutes, including introductions. The Sweatbox looks at the how Walt Dinsey used to check on the progress of the film by viewing the storyboard reels, which was revolutionary at the time. There are also a 10-minute featurette on the Live Action Reference Film and how they were made and used. There is an audio recording of a deleted song, "Honest John". There is an 11-minute featurette on toys starting with wooden toys to the cutting edge today. Finally, there are several trailers, as well as plenty of images.
The Blu-ray also comes with a bare bones DVD, which is useful if you only have one Blu-ray player and your kids have a TV of their own. Or you have a TV in your mini-van, for instance.
As for the DVD, I don't have it to compare directly, but it appears the Blu-ray exclusives include the Cine-Explore and the BD-Live extras. Additionally, the Blu-ray looks fantastic, and it is worth paying the extra 44%.
Pinocchio is an absolute classic of the art-form, and both the DVD and the Blu-ray are worth picking up. In fact, the Blu-ray is a contender for DVD Pick of the Week.