Pocahontas

Pocahontas

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Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Cast: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg, Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson

     
 

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Disney's Pocahontas comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release. TheSee more details below

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Disney's Pocahontas comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release. The child-oriented supplemental materials include a trivia game, a DVD storybook, the theatrical trailer, and a pair of music videos, "If I Never Knew You" and "Colors of the Wind." This is a fine family friendly title from Disney/Buena Vista.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Disney followed up The Lion King, its first animated feature based on an original story, with its first such film based on a historical figure, the Indian princess Pocahontas. The strong-willed, free-spirited heroine (voiced by Irene Bedard) listens to the spirits and reckons they’re telling her to follow a path other than what her father, Chief Powhatan (Russell Means), intends for her. A saga of passion and prejudice, Pocahontas is a love story in which the heroine defies Powhatan's plans when English adventurer John Smith arrives on Virginia’s shores, speaking and singing in the lusty, robust voice of Mel Gibson. Accompanying Smith is a shipload of encroaching settlers led by a gold-digging colonial governor named Ratliffe (David Ogden Stiers); greed and cultural differences threaten to escalate into hatred and violence until Pocahontas defies her father to intervene. The tale treats the native Powhatan tribe with respect, even as it takes liberties with history and adds animal sidekicks for comic relief. This 2005 reissue is a marked improvement over the original Pocahontas DVD release, with the original theatrical version of the film as well as a 10th Anniversary Edition. The latter restores to the film the lovely ballad, "If I Never Met You," which Smith sings to Pocahontas on the eve of his scheduled execution (audience restlessness in test screenings spelled its deletion). Archival treasures include an early "presentation reel" of the film-in-progress, storyboarded deleted scenes, and a 1995 segment devoted to the film's historic premiere in New York's Central Park (there’s an uncomfortable line about the event requiring enough electricity "to light the World Trade Center"). Bedard hosts a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and there is a segment about Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's Oscar-winning musical score, which includes "Colors of the Wind." Audio commentaries further heighten appreciation for the animators' truly stunning work.
All Movie Guide
Pocahontas is often cited as the most forgettable of Disney's wave of animated triumphs that kept coming with remarkable regularity during the 1990s. But it's far from a bad movie, bearing enough of Disney's well-traveled standard components to make it easy enough to sit through. On the heels of the gargantuan box-office smash The Lion King, Pocahontas can't help but feel like something of an arthouse movie by comparison, even if it did manage to rustle up over 140 million dollars domestically. The only thing not small about the movie is the vocal talent hired for the blandly handsome John Smith, but even Mel Gibson can't distinguish the character from the parade of vapid Disney heroes who came before and would come after. Disney movies often endure on the strength of their villains, but viewers would likely have trouble recalling much of anything about the settler governor who provides the requisite heartlessness in this outing. Basing the movie on history didn't prove too popular with the kiddies, either -- for years afterward, Disney stores were trying to unload their overstocked merchandise at increasingly ridiculous discounts. But the "mouse house" can never be accused of giving less than its all, and the sheer number of people working on the project ensured that it would be well-stocked in color, wit, music, and even the occasional breathtaking thrill.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2000
UPC:
0717951008442
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:21:00

Special Features

Pocahontas DVD storybook; Pocahontas trivia game; Two music videos: "Colors of the Wind" and "If I Never Knew You"; Fun with Nature booklet; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Bedard Pocahontas
Mel Gibson John Smith
Judy Kuhn Pocahontas [Singing]
Linda Hunt Grandmother Willow
Russell Means Powhatan
David Ogden Stiers Gov. Ratcliffe / Wiggins
Christian Bale Thomas
Billy Connolly Ben
John Kassir Meeko
Danny Mann Percy
Michelle St. John Nakoma
Gordon Tootoosis Kekata
Frank Welker Flit
Joe Baker Lon

Technical Credits
Michael Gabriel Director
Eric Goldberg Director
Danda Axelrod Production Designer
Chris Buck Screenwriter
Brian Chavanne Casting
Robert Gibbs Screenwriter
Ed Gombert Screenwriter
Joe Grant Screenwriter
Mark Hester Editor
Glen Keane Screenwriter
Ruth Lambert Casting
Karen Margiotta Casting
Duncan Marjoribanks Screenwriter
Alan Menken Score Composer
Bruce M. Morris Screenwriter
James Pentecost Producer
H. Lee Peterson Editor
Pres Romanillos Animator
Ralph Zondag Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1
1. Off to the New World ("The Virginia Company") [:12]
2. Governor Ratcliffe [1:36]
3. Opening Credits ("Steady as a Beating Drum") [1:53]
4. Pocahontas [:15]
5. Pocahontas Tells Her Father About Her Dream [1:29]
6. "Just Around the Riverbend" [2:02]
7. Grandmother Willow [2:02]
8. Advice From Grandmother Willow ("Listen With Your Heart") [2:02]
9. The New World [:08]
10. Powhatan's Council [3:08]
11. Digging For Gold ("Mine, Mine, Mine") [1:48]
12. John Smith Meets Pocahontas [2:21]
13. A Clash Between the Settlers and the Indians [:09]
14. Getting to Know One Another [1:39]
15. "Colors of the Wind" [1:25]
16. Finishing the Fortress [4:25]
17. In the Cornfield [:21]
18. John Smith Meets Grandmother Willow [2:00]
19. The Warriors Arrive [3:49]
20. Pocahontas Runs off to Meet John Smith [2:12]
21. The Final Meeting [2:28]
22. Pocahontas Visits the Prisoner [2:27]
23. "Savages" [3:00]
24. Pocahontas Understands Her Dream [:17]
25. Sunrise ("Savages"-Part 2) [3:54]
26. Pocahontas Saves John Smith [2:24]
27. The Departure [1:25]
28. End Credits. ("If I Never Knew You" & "Colors of the Wind") [:59]

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