Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition – Blu-Ray Review by Mr. DAPs

DAPs Magic Disney News – by Mr. DAPs 

Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition is bringing that big green dragon home to audiences. In Pete’s Dragon, Pete is a young orphan who is wandering aimlessly trying to avoid his abusive adoptive family. With the help of Elliot (his dragon), he finds a new home and new family in Passamaquoddy with lighthouse keepers.

Picture and Sound:

Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition is a nice presentation on Blu-Ray, but not perfect. It looks pretty good but not absolutely amazing. The same can be said of the sound. It looked and sounded decent but not great.

Bonus Features:

Other than some previews, there were no bonus features included with Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition.


Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition is charming presentation of a charming movie. It isn’t Disney’s greatest movie in the world but let’s face it, it is fun and it makes you smile. It has that Disney feel that makes some of the corniness not matter. It is fun, safe for the whole family, and there are some great songs included! I give this a nod of approval for being in existence. If you don’t already have it on DVD, you should probably go pick this up.







Press Release:


Get Ready to Celebrate Disney’s Classic Musical Adventure





Available for the First Time in High Definition with New Digital Restoration

on October 16, 2012 in a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack


Synopsis:                                 Rediscover with your family the endearing story between Pete and his invisible dragon friend Elliott as they develop a special bond and share a magical friendship.  With memorable characters and heartwarming songs including the 1977 Academy Award® “Best Original Song” nominee, “Candle On The Water,” Pete’s Dragon 35th Anniversary is the perfect timeless classic every member of your family will love.


Cast:                                        Mickey Rooney (The Fox and the House,Night at the Museum), Helen Reddy (singer/songwriter), Sean Marshall (The Small One, The New Adventures of Heidi), Red Buttons (The Poseidon Adventure, The Longest Day) and Jim Dale (TV’s “Pushing Daisies”)


Director:                                  Don Chaffey (TV’s “Chips,” and “Charlie’s Angels”)



Screen Writers:                       Malcolm Marmorstein (Dark Shadows, Love Bites)

Seton I. Miller (Scarface, The Adventures of Robin Hood)

S.S. Field (On Such A Night)


Release Date:                         October 16, 2012 (Direct Pre-book: 9/25; Distributor Pre-book: 9/25)

Suggested Retail Price:          2-Disc Combo Pack Blu-ray + DVD = $29.99 U.S. / $35.99 Canada

Bonus Features:                      No new bonus features. Includes bonus from the 2009 DVD release.

Rating:                                        G

Feature Run Time:                  88 minutes


Aspect Ratio:                          1.66:1

Blu-ray Audio:                         5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Languages:                              English (DTS-HD Master Audio), French (5.1 Dolby Digital)

Subtitles:                                 French, English


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