Pocahontas: Special Edition (1995)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Alternative Version-Original Theatrical Version
Game-Disney's Art Project
Game-Follow Your Heart
Song Lyrics-Sing Along Songs (2)
Music Video-Colours Of The Wind
Featurette-Abandoned Concepts, With Optional Commentary
Featurette-The Premiere In Central Park
|Year Of Production||1995|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
David Ogden Stiers
Michelle St. John
H. Lee Peterson
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.66:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Pocahontas had its much anticipated theatrical release in 1994. As Disney's follow-up animation to The Lion King, it was always going to be in a difficult position to repeat that kind of financial and critical success. Whilst it was one of the highest grossing movies that North American summer with over $140 million in ticket sales, it was a bit controversial with critics. It certainly lives in the shadow of another animated film that was released late in that year, Toy Story.
Interestingly, this was the first Disney animated feature that was based on actual historical figures. It also doesn't follow the traditional Disney happy ending formula. Given the European vs American Indian hostility and themes of environmental conservatism over industrialisation, and the first ever on-screen death of a Disney flick baddie, it's not surprising that it is considered more of an adult-themed picture, rather than a kids movie.
The film has a beautifully realised pre-civilisation New World, with a distinctive animation style. The artwork feels right for the period epic setting, and this is all the more true with this substantially improved DVD transfer. Featuring a mostly pastel palette, Pocahontas boasts a pretty unique look that works quite well.
This double dip release came out almost 10 years after the theatrical release and as such is practically a 10 year anniversary release with considerably more special features than the previous 2001 release.
Recommended for Disney and animation fans.
This PAL disc shows the film at 1.66:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The image is sharp and an improvement over the previous edition.
The transfer is visually dazzling with a beautiful colour palette. It'd be a shame if hand drawn animated films die. This movie, whatever shortcomings it has, looks absolutely fantastic on DVD.
MPEG artefacts are not present, and neither is the aliasing problem of the previous release. Thankfully, there is no grain in this edition either.
There are no film artefacts to be seen.
The audio is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s) track.
Whilst not as stand-out impressive as the video transfer, this is still a great audio treatment.
The dialogue comes through clearly. There were no sync or other audio related issues.
The music sounds great and helps to advance the storyline.
The surrounds are used well, especially to add to the sense of the wilderness (i.e. birds in the distance, dogs, and so forth.)
The subwoofer is subtly used for a few scenes, especially for thunder.
There is also an English Audio Commentary track in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).
|Surround Channel Use|
A well paced, conversation-like commentary with some interesting anecdotes.
It'd be easy to miss that there is even another version of the film. Go to Set Up, then Film and Audio options where you can choose between the Special Edition (where some musical scenes cut from the theatrical release are restored) and the Original Theatrical Edition.
Fun American Indian themed crafts for kids to make.
Menu based game
Colours of the Wind and Just Around the River Bend (Karaoke style, taken from a video transfer - shows you how bad video can be!!)
Hosted by Irene Bedard (the voice and visual inspiration for Pocahontas), this is an excellent look at the making of the film with input from many of the cast and crew involved.
Early Presentation Reel (3:44)
Concept art to early music demos.
Storyboard to Film Comparison (1:32)
Production Progression including story reel, rough animation, cleaned up animation and then with final colour.
Brief presentations showing the design of the look of the different characters in the film. I believe these were on the laserdisc version of the film.
The Music of Pocahontas (7:05)
If I Never Knew You Music Video and Making of
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The features are the same, so I'll go with R4 for superior video.
It probably won't go down in history as one of Disney's best, but Pocahontas is a beautifully done film.
The video is fantastic.
The audio is good.
The special features are comprehensive and enjoyable to watch.
|DVD||Marantz DV4300, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||DB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub|