Many people know of the famous Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street…but not as many people know about Basil of Baker Street. Basil is the greatest detective in the mouse world, in fact he is The Great Mouse Detective! The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition recounts his first case with Dr. Dawson and how they saved the mouse world from the evil mouse/rat Ratigan who wants to take over the British Empire… at least for the world of mice.
Picture and Sound:
The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition was a little surprising actually. It really felt like I was watching a DVD and not a Blu-Ray. There were some technical issues that I’m not used to finding on a Disney Blu-Ray disc. Perhaps the most noticeable issue is the grain that showed up all too often. The colors aren’t as vibrant as I’ve become accustomed to on Blu-Ray conversions as well. The sound wasn’t horrible but wasn’t amazing either. There was nothing that was horribly wrong with it but there wasn’t any wow factor either. If this had been on a DVD, I probably wouldn’t have noticed it as much but I will admit… I’ve been spoiled by Blu-Ray quite a bit and this just didn’t quite meet the standards I’ve become accustomed to with Disney Blu-Ray.
The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition seems to have left most of the bonus features in the mist. There were a few that were included but… this wasn’t a Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Disc so there just weren’t that many offerings.
Here is what was included:
- So You Think You Can Sleuth – A quick look at detectives and a case to solve. This might amuse some of the younger ones but for most, it could be passed over.
- The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind – It’s a sing-a-long. It’s kind of fun if you have the right group or the right kids in the family that really like singing.
- The Making of The Great Mouse Detective – This is the “best” bonus feature included with the film. It is decent but way too short and leaves you wanting for more!
The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition is a welcome way to be able to see The Great Mouse Detective again. This movie, based on the mouse counterparts of the world’s greatest sleuth isn’t the greatest Disney movie of all time; but it is quite charming and fun to watch. I wouldn’t buy this Blu-Ray for the bonus features but I would buy it to have in the Disney library. There is amazing voice talent (Vincent Price, Alan Young, Barry Ingham to name a few) There are also quite a few fun references and nods throughout the movie to Sherlock Holmes and also the Disney universe. This really is a fun little movie and great to see again and share with youngsters who haven’t seen it before. While not a perfect presentation, it still is worth picking up and I’ll give it a small tip of the hat.
Basil of Baker Street
On the Trail
A Clever Little Hero, One Great Big Adventure
Mystery in the Mist Edition
The Sherlock Holmes of Mousedom Embarks on a Heroic Journey when
“The Great Mouse Detective” Mystery in the Mist Edition
Arrives for the First Time on Blu-rayTM and HD Digital on October 9, 2012
On September 18, 2012, fans can experience Disney’s greatest little mystery, in High Definition picture and sound, and go on a great big adventure as “The Great Mouse Detective” Mystery in the Mist Edition arrives on 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital. When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London’s master toymaker, the brilliant Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime. This family classic on Disney Blu-ray proves big heroes come in small packages.
Vincent Price (“Edward Scissorhands”) as the voice of Professor Ratigan
Barrie Ingham (“The Triangle”) as the voice of Basil of Baker Street
Val Bettin (“Shrek”) as the voice of Dr. David O. Dawson
Susanne Pollatschek as the voice of Olivia Flaversham
Candy Candido (“Herbie Rides Again”) as the voice of Fidget
Diana Chesney (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) as the voice of Mrs. Judson
Eve Brenner (TV’s “The Mentalist”) as the voice of The Mouse Queen
Alan Young (TV’s “Mickey Mouse Works”) as the voice of Flaversham
Directors: Ron Clements (“The Princess and the Frog”), Burny Mattinson (“Tarzan”), David Michener (“Oliver & Company”), John Musker (“The Princess and the Frog”)
Producer: Burny Mattinson (“Mickey’s Christmas Carol”)
Writers: Peter Young (“Oliver & Company”), Vance Gerry (“Hercules”), Steve Hulett (“Oliver & Company”), Bruce Morris (“Hercules”), Matthew O’Callaghan (“Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas”), Melvin Shaw (“The Lion King”), Ron Clements, John Musker, Burny Mattinson, David Michener
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Suggested Retail Prices & Product Configurations:
Mystery in the Mist Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray Disc +1 DVD) =$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada
HD Digital = Consumer should check with their preferred digital retailer for pricing and additional information
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada. Bonus material not rated. Approximately 74 minutes
“So You Think You Can Sleuth” – Viewers get an introduction to private investigating to kick off the “Great Mouse Detective” film.
“The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” Sing-A-Long Song – young fans can sing along with Vincent Price to the song’s villainous vocals.
“The Making of the Great Mouse Detective” – In this bonus feature, fans get a behind the scenes look at this classic film.
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: Widescreen 1.78:1
DVD: Widescreen 1.78:1 Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Audio: Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish