Free Willy Collection: 4 Film Favorites [2 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 1171307
  • Release Date: 09/07/2010
  • Rating: PG
This rousing compilation includes 4 films from the Free Willy franchise: Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, and Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (59 out of 59)

    Special Features


    • Free Willy:
    • Michael Jackson Will You Be There music video
    • Whale ballet montage
    • A conversation with wildlife cinematographer Bob Talbot
    • Free Willy 2 - The Adventure Home:
    • Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Michael Jackson's Childhood music montage
    • Free Willy 3 - The Rescue:
    • A Fun, Up-Close At Orcs
    • Free Willy - Escape From Pirate's Cove
    • On th Set of Free Willy: Greetings From South Africa
    • Bindi Irwin and Willy invite all to Meet My Wild Co-Stars
    • Bindi's First Movie Video Ciary
    • Additional scenes
    • Gag reel

    Synopsis


    Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
    Two unlikely friends -- a boy and a killer whale -- are reunited under potentially dangerous circumstances in this sequel to the successful family adventure Free Willy. Jesse (Jason James Richter) has finally found stability and contentment with his foster parents Glen and Annie Greenwood (Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson), but he is confronted with a new emotional challenge when his birth mother (a drug addict who abandoned him when he was young) dies, and his troubled half brother Elvis (Francis Capra) comes to live with the Greenwoods. Jesse also deals with new feelings when he develops a serious crush on Nadine (Mary Kate Schellhardt), the goddaughter of Randolph (August Schellenberg), an animal trainer at the theme park where Jesse helps out. But a much bigger problem is on the horizon when the safety of Willy, the killer whale he befriended and helped return to the wild, is threatened. An oil spill spoils the ocean environment where Willy and his family now live, and an unscrupulous owner of an oceanarium, Wilcox (M. Emmet Walsh), attempts to capture Willie and put him back into captivity as a performing attraction. While Free Willy featured Keiko, a trained whale who (ironically) was living in captivity when the film was shot, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home instead utilized mechanical models and digital animation to bring "Willy" to life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove
    Bindi Irwin (daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin) makes her feature film debut in this heartwarming tale of a little girl who befriends a stranded baby orca. Nature-loving Australian Kirra (Irwin) is spending the summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa when she makes a remarkable discovery. Swimming in a small lagoon next to her grandfather's dilapidated ocean-side amusement park is a baby orca that seems to have lost its way. Determined to help her new friend get back to his pod, Kirra names the orca Willy and makes it her mission to reunite him with his family. Meanwhile, her grandfather's nemesis - the owner of a popular theme park - has his own plans for Willy. Should Kirra fail to get the wandering killer whale back in the ocean quickly, he'll be put on display instead of set free. But Kirra isn't about to let her new friend down, and before this trip is over she'll truly understand what it means to fight with all you've got for what you really believe in. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Free Willy 3: The Rescue
    In the third installment in the Free Willy series, Jesse (Jason James Richter), the once-troubled youth whose life was changed by his friendship with the killer whale Willy, is spending the summer on board a ship assisting a group a whale researchers, including his old friend Randolph (August Schellenberg), and Drew (Annie Corley), an oceanographer. Jesse once used a harmonica to communicate with Willy, and when he plays his mouth harp through the ship's underwater sound system, he is able to find his old friend, who is now raising a family of his own. As Jesse, Randolph, and Drew are out to study and assist the whales, a ten-year-old boy named Max (Vincent Berry) is accompanying his father John Wesley (Patrick Kilpatrick) on the fishing boat that John helps to run. Max soon discovers that John and the crew are not fishing for salmon, as he believed, but killer whales, which is illegal, but very profitable, as whale meat fetches $200 a pound on the black market. Jesse meets Max on shore, and when Jesse learns what John and his crew are up to, he tries to teach Max that while his father may not be a bad man, he's doing a very bad thing in killing the whales, who are intelligent, compassionate, and deserve the right to live; Jesse also acts to save Willy and his family from John and his fellow poachers. As in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Free Willy 3: The Rescue used mechanical and animated whales rather than flesh-and-blood aquatic mammals. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Free Willy
    The touching story of a boy and his killer whale made this family drama a surprise box office hit. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is a kid without parents who has bounced from one foster home to another and is living on the streets. One night, he's caught spraying graffiti with his friend Perry (Michael Bacall) in a theme park. Jesse and Perry are caught red handed by Dwight (Mykel T. Williamson), a policeman who thinks that Jesse needs a more stable and disciplined environment. Dwight arranges for Jesse to stay with a new foster family, Glen and Annie Greenwood (Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson), with whom Jesse has an initially stormy relationship. Part of Jesse's punishment involves cleaning up the damage he caused at the park, where the new attraction is Willy, a killer whale who is being trained to do tricks. However, Willy was traumatized when he was stolen from his family by mercenary fisherman and does not respond well to the genuine concern of his trainers, Rae (Lori Petty) and Randolph (August Schellenberg). Jesse and Willy, both stranded without families in a place where they don't fit in, develop a close emotional bond, and with Jesse's help, Willy begins to display aptitude as a performer. Thanks to his friendship with Willy, Jesse develops a new sense of responsibility and a healthier relationship with the Greenwoods. However, Dial (Michael Ironside), the owner of the park, doesn't much care for animals and isn't happy with the slower-than-expected progress of Willy's training; having insured the whale for $1 million dollars, he figures that Willy is worth more dead than alive, and Jesse, Rae, and Randolph have to rescue their aquatic friend and return him to the ocean when Dial seems ready to live up to his threats. Free Willy, which featured a star performance by a killer whale named Keiko (who is doubled in some scenes by animatronic models) included the theme song "Will You Be There," a top-ten hit for Michael Jackson, and spawned two sequels. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jason James Richter
      Jason James Richter - Jesse
    • August Schellenberg
      August Schellenberg - Randolph Johnson
    • Michael Madsen
      Michael Madsen - Glen Greenwood
    • Jayne Atkinson
      Jayne Atkinson - Annie Greenwood
    • Mary Kate Schellhardt
      Mary Kate Schellhardt - Nadine



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Everyone should see Free Willy

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      TR2589
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      I had a friend who had surprisingly never seen Free Willy. Suffice it to say I was shocked and had to correct the problem; unfortunately since it is an older film I couldn't find just the first movie. Luckily this was on sale, so I decided to get it all. I know there is a lot of news going around with Killer Whales and such, but politics aside, still a must see movie if you haven't.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All Four on 4 Discs

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      thehippie2007
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      Wow what a awesome deal.My kids and I loved the first 3 when they were younger on VHS.Now Ive been able to share them with my grand daughter on dvd and now the film set has a new fan.FYI:The 4th movie is the newer one with Bindy (Crocodile Hunters daughter). A Good Family night movie set. Some dialogue and situations are for older kids so use viewer discreation

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bought for My Company's White Elephant X-Mas Party

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      r2dnel

      I bought this "4 Film Favorites: Free Willy Edition" as a gag gift for my company's White Elephant X-mas Party. Originally I was going to buy a Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber DVD... But why have just one of those as a gift, when I could give not 1... not 2... not 3... but FOUR Free Willy movies in one shot? I didn't even know there was a part 3 or 4.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My son's All-Time Favorite Movie

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      mammavic
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      My son use to watch this all the time when he was a kid. I had them on VHS so he couldn't watch them anymore. Bought them as a gift and he was so excited to be able to watch his favorite movies again. Keep in mind that he is 18 but he still loves Free Willy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      four great movies at one low price

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      guera1
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      These are great movies that let the actors relate in some way with the sealife they encounter. It's very educational and would watch over and over again just to see if I missed some vital information about the sealife or just to watch again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      It's what it is!

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      danesager
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      Girlfriend loves this franchise, so for this price, it's an easy purchase to make. Never saw anything beyond the first one when I was in first grade. I remember michael jackson and not much else.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Free Willy is Wonderful!

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      JerseyGirlMare
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      I had these movie on VHS and have always wanted them on DVD. When I found the collection at an amazing price, I just HAD to purchase it! An amazing value for a great movie collection!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT MOVIES FOR MY GRAND CHILDREN

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      LILOLDME
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      The Grand kids really enjoyed the four different movies all in one collection. They have watched them several times. Now the other family has borrowed it so they can watch it at their home.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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