The Pagemaster [DVD] [1994]

  • SKU: 6687356
  • Release Date: 05/28/2002
  • Rating: G
Maurice Hunt and Joe Johnston's fantasy-family-adventure The Pagemaster comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable in every way to the full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, theatrical trailers, and a music video. This is a fine release from 20th Century Fox that boasts strong visual and audio quality.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (196 out of 200)

Special Features


  • Featurette
  • "Dream Away" music video
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect ratio 1.85:1) and pan & scan versions
  • Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Pagemaster
A young boy overcomes his obsessive fears by discovering a love for books in this animated fantasy adventure. In a live action wraparound, Macaulay Culkin stars as Richard Tyler, an easily bullied, nervous wreck of a kid who's an expert on safety statistics. His mother and father (Mel Harris and Ed Begley, Jr.) don't know how to inspire their son to embrace life boldly. Barely able to leave the house, Richard ventures out one day, but he gets lost in a storm and ends up at a mysterious library. Inside, he slips, knocks himself unconscious and finds himself in a cartoon realm where books come to life. Guided by Adventure (Patrick Stewart), Fantasy (Whoopi Goldberg) and Horror (Frank Welker), Tyler experiences the adventures of classic novels such as Moby Dick and Treasure Island, and he even meets some famed fictional characters, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Leonard Nimoy). Through his experiences in the pages of the legendary books, Richard confronts his phobias and learns to face life more courageously. The Pagemaster was directed by Joe Johnston, a former special effects supervisor and production designer who later directed Jumanji (1995) and October Sky (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Macaulay Culkin
    Macaulay Culkin - Richard Tyler
  • Christopher Lloyd
    Christopher Lloyd - Mr. Dewey
  • Ed Begley, Jr.
    Ed Begley, Jr. - Alan Tyler
  • Mel Harris
    Mel Harris - Claire Tyler
  • Patrick Stewart
    Patrick Stewart - Pirate Book "Adventure"



Customer rating

4.5
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Joy of Reading

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    cameranut
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    I first watched this timeless classic when my children were in elementary and middle school, and was very impressed by both the story line and as a wholesome movie for children--which also inspired and reinforced the joy of reading. At the time, my youngest was in 2nd or 3rd grade and attended after school daycare where movies were shown to the children every Friday. Since I worked in a local library at the time, I often supplied the films for the children to watch and The Pagemaster was such a huge hit (as well as being educational) that I made sure to take it to the daycare at least once a year for the remainder of my daughter's elementary school days! Several years later, I bought the film as a gift for a child of a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seriously, who doesn't love this movie?

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    geata
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    Back in ye olden days of singing lions, immigrant mice, and strong transforming ranger people the still-young Mr. Culkin played a star role in what can only be a big budget half live-action half-cartoon movie secretly backed by the nation's libraries. Its a good tale and like all its other 90's brethren, amazingly campy. Those of us that aged through or formative years during this era have an unnatural love for the wacky and whimsical. This is all of both and more. It may also hold a good message to our current generation of tweens who barely pick up books now days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good story but old time animation

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    momonitsuj
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    My son remembered seeing the movie when he was 5 or 6 and wanted to watch it again 10 years later. It is way more advanced than I was expecting and parts are very dark and odd. I was totally surprised at the novels the characters "visit" as none of them are children's stories but if you have an advanced reader, his/her interest may be peeked in things like "Moby Dick" and Jeckel and Hyde after this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality 90's Movie

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    Camelopardalis
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    Animation over live action is not easy, and in the 90's we didn't have the tech we have today, and yet this thing is beautifully done. The story is good, the characters are fun and the animation is impressive for its time and still solid today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Pagemaster an odd kind of movie.

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    Jazzi513
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    Combination of live action and cartoon. Has a good story line and a few twist. It held our attention for the most part. Just remember it is an old movie and doesn't have the CGI of today's movies. I think a remake would be a good idea with today's technology... would be fun! The kids liked it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Brings back childhood memories

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    veromrz
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    Back in the 90s, when I was a kid, I was a huge Macaulay Culkin fan. Yes, I had an innocent crush on him, so it may be a biased opinion. However, I still find it to be a very cute movie. And the books are funny with their respective personalities. I'm excited to share it with my young nephew.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    CLASSIC

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    SlymLeroy
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    Childhood classic so it's great to have. Not many bonus features and that's why it's doesn't get the fifth star. I really would have loved to see some BTS footage/Making of Featurettes. If you want to see this classic and don't mind the bare news of its extras then it buy buy buy!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!

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    RileyPiley
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    We originally bought this movie on VHS when our kids were small and decided we should get it on DVD so we could watch it again and again. It's such a fun movie for the whole family. What a great way for books to come alive for kids. Our favorite character is "Horror". Our whole family loves this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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