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Pete's Dragon [35th Anniversary Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 6410156
  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • Rating: G
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (343 out of 349)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1 - Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Behind Disney's Movie Magic - Learn about the history of Disney's magical mix of live-action and animation
    • Narrated by Sean Marshall (Pete)!
    • Deleted Storyboard Sequence: "Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliott" - Listen to a rare, demo dialogue track as you view storyboard sketches
    • Original Song Concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)" - Hear the first demo recording from 1976, with early story sketches of Pete singing to Elliott!
    • Disc 2 - Original Song Concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)" - Hear the first demo recording from 1976, with early story sketches of Pete singing to Elliott!

    Synopsis


    Pete's Dragon
    Based on a story by Hollywood old-timers Seton I. Miller and S. S. Field, Pete's Dragon divides its time between its flesh-and-blood characters and an animated green dragon. Pete (Sean Marshall), a lonely orphan boy in turn-of-the-century Maine, runs away from his abusive foster family. He stumbles upon a lovable dragon named Elliot, and the two become inseparable companions. Elliot is visible only to Pete, leading the townsfolk to assume that the boy is a trifle tetched. Pete finally finds happiness with his "new" family, lighthouse-keeper Lampie (Mickey Rooney) and his daughter Nora (Helen Reddy, who sings and sings). British comic actor Jim Dale co-stars as the wacky dentist Dr. Terminus. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Helen Reddy
      Helen Reddy - Nora
    • Jim Dale
      Jim Dale - Dr. Terminus
    • Mickey Rooney
      Mickey Rooney - Lampie
    • Red Buttons
      Red Buttons - Hoagy
    • Shelley Winters
      Shelley Winters - Lena Gogan



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 349 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic Disney Musical

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      MackTruck
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      Disney's technological film advances are still used today, and Pete's Dragon is another reason why those techniques are effective. While modern film advances would be able to pull off the technical aspects of including an animated dragon with an otherwise live-action cast, there is just something about the original hand-drawn Disney cartoons that sparks immediate nostalgia. I watched this movie dozens of times when i was a child, and then after returning to it at 29, it still is worth watching. I now marvel at the flagrant alcohol abuse throughout the movie, because it's doubtful that would ever make its way into a Disney film in the 2000s, but I never gave it a second thought when I was a kid, so I guess maybe it's not as relevant as some people may think. I'd still have no problem showing this film to my children someday. Not something that would ever win anyone an Oscar for acting, but some of the songs actually are still clever and funny, as well as anything that has to do with Elliot the Dragon. From his appearance, to his mannerisms, to his interactions with people, everything about Elliot is endearing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      An interesting choice for blu-ray mastering

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      Blastronaut
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      Pete's Dragon was one of the first films to showcase the animation talents of Don Bluth, who went on to produce the famous laser disc games Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, as well as the classic animated films A Land Before Time, An American Tail, and the not so memorable Rock-A-Doodle and Pebble & The Penguin. Pete's Dragon was released in the general post-Disney malaise of the late 70's, and perhaps a better choice for blu-ray release of a Disney live-action/animated film might have been Mary Poppins (which IS getting a blu-ray release)...which is perhaps why this might be a release to grab. Just because it is a more obscure title, though it falls into a typical formula for Disney live-action/animated stories, with strongly-stereotyped characterizations, highly predictable plot, and the prerequisite musical numbers. However, it seems to hold the interest of our 4-year old daughter, so as long as it reaches a new audience, then it is worth a purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best Disney movie ever Mae

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      bailey1

      This is really the best Disney movie ever made and the best musical ever made and also the cleanest film ever made what I love about the movie is that it has Helen Reddy who plays Nora and it is romantic and the cleanest Disney movie ever made. Pete's Dragon is my favorite and best and great and excellent and my all time and best movie ever I love all of the songs sung by Helen Reddy which is its no easy I'll be your candle on the water there's room for everyone and also it's a brazzle dazzle day and I sing all of the songs and even play them on my guitar and also what I love about Pete's dragon is that it is a musical and it has the best actors and actresses in Pete's dragon and also I love it that the movie has a happy ending and I grew up watching Pete's dragon when I was little and I still watch it to this day and I will always will watch it and I never get tired of watching Pete's dragon over and over again and also I would recommend everybody and the family to watch Pete's dragon

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Classic Disney, just not quite famous

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      TimDrakeRobin
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      The story follows an orphan named Pete escaping from his lazy and abusive foster home. He is taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper's daughter who is mourning the disappearance of her fiancée at sea. His companion is an actual dragon named Elliot whose ability to turn invisible tends to get Pete in trouble. Really enjoyed this film as a child, but it has not aged well. Incorporating the animated Elliot in the film is still cool but the overall story and songs are rather weak. Helen Reddy does a fine job as the daughter, but you also expect better comedy from co-stars Mickey Rooney and Red Buttons. The film is fine for children and family viewing, but the only bonus feature is a short behind the scenes documentary.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful restoration

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      caesarqueen
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      This movie was a favorite of my daughters when they were growing up and we had it on VHS. After renting from Amazon and later from Netflix for my young grandson I was thrilled to find this anniversary edition. The restoration is impressive on Blu-Ray and more than acceptable on DVD. The story and songs are memorable even for very young children. As a teacher I have never been happy with the negative portrayal of the school and its teacher, but the scene is brief and Elliot is definitely the star of the scene even though he is invisible at that point. The mix of animation and live action is classic Disney and executed perfectly, especially for that time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Timeless classic

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      Tony
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      Very happy with this purchase. For those on the lookout, the case is actually the size of a traditional DVD vs a standard blu-ray case, if that matters to anyone. Not a con in my book, but wasn't aware going in (ordered it online); so hoping to help anyone this might matter to. There is a version floating around that comes in a standard blu-ray case as well at other retailers (I have personally purchased both, one for my collection - this one; the other as a gift). Found the content on the discs for either is identical in every way, however. Overall, timeless classic for both the young and young at heart.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than I remembered

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      Greg
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      With the release of the new Pete's Dragon, I had some nostalgia to watch the original. The new version has flashy graphics and high definition, but the simplistic story of the 1977 version is refreshing and I've found far more engrossing for the kids. I didn't expect Disney to spend a lot of money re-scanning, cleaning, and enhancing the 1977 version, but they did a decent job and it is very watchable. If you have young kids or any adult that remembers the original, this is a great purchase. Someone in their teens to early thirties probably won't appreciate it though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      NOOOOO WAAAAAAY!

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      shamallamadingdong

      When i first found out that Pete was getting re-released on dvd. I almost fainted. Its probably..no it is the number 1 movie ever to mix live action with a cartoon. Who doesnt like a dragon that makes breaking wind noises with his mouth to speak. Also who doesnt like a boy befriending such an awesome beast of fantasy. It also made me weep however when i reminisce on the lasting emotional effects the first time i saw this movie. Hooray for Pete's Dragon!!! May your flame never run out, may you never fail to light a light house ever again.

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