Pagemaster

Pagemaster

3.5 8
Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Joe Johnston, Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Begley Jr.

     
 

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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 hasSee more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Given a fairly negative critical reception upon its initial release, The Pagemaster is actually a more-than-passable mixture of live action and animation with a fair number of high points. While the filmmakers may be presenting the message of their movie -- essentially, that reading is a good thing -- in a fairly obvious and banal manner, it does serve as a smooth way of introducing children to some of the exciting characters that can be found in classic literature. It also features excellent voice work, especially from Patrick Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg. Stewart seems to be enjoying himself a great deal, bringing an enthusiasm and energy to his work that is a change of pace from his usually more restrained approach. Goldberg is Goldberg, full of sass and vinegar and always ready with a quip. Macaulay Culkin is less annoying than in many of his other films, probably because his mannerisms are naturally minimized when the character becomes animated. On the downside, the story is rushed and not as compelling as it should be; much of it lacks the magic and sparkle that the situation demands and it has episodes rather than a real plot. Although most of the animation is just middling, there are a couple of impressive moments, such as the initial "meltdown" sequence in which Culkin becomes animated and the segment involving a dragon. Pagemaster's quality varies, but there's more than enough there to satisfy children.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2002
UPC:
0024543034926
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
17,702

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Macaulay Culkin Richard Tyler
Christopher Lloyd Mr. Dewey,The Pagemaster
Ed Begley Alan Tyler
Mel Harris Claire Tyler
Patrick Stewart Pirate Book "Adventure"
Whoopi Goldberg Fairy Grandmother "Fantasy"
Frank Welker Dragon
Leonard Nimoy "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde"
Charles Fleischer Actor
ad Pixote Actor
George Hearn Captain Ahab
Dorian Harewood Jamaican Pirates
Ed Gilbert George Merry
Robert Picardo Pirate
Phil Hartman Tom Morgan
Jim Cummings Long John Silver
B.J. Ward Queen of Hearts
Alexis Kirschner Neighborhood kid
Jessica Kirschner Neighborhood kid
Brandon McKay Neighborhood kid

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Marie Cantin Production Designer
David Casci Screenwriter
Ernie Contreras Screenwriter
Kaja Fehr Editor
Paul Gertz Producer
Claire Glidden Associate Producer
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Jim Hickey Animator
James Horner Score Composer
Maurice Hunt Art Director
Michael R. Joyce Producer
Amy Kimmelman Casting
David Kirschner Producer,Screenwriter
Gay Lawrence Production Designer
Robert Lence Animator
Robin Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Don Morgan Animator
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffrey Patch Editor
Roy Forge Smith Editor,Production Designer
Bruce W. Smith Animator
David Steinberg Co-producer
Roxy Novotny Steven Associate Producer
Richard T. Sullivan Special Effects
Valeria Ventura Production Designer
Barry Weiss Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Pagemaster [WS]
1. Main Titles [3:46]
2. Afraid [4:08]
3. The Library [2:17]
4. An Illustration [2:34]
5. Adventure [3:58]
6. Fantasy [2:32]
7. Horror [:47]
8. To the Exit [2:49]
9. Captain Ahab [7:18]
10. Pirates [:46]
11. Treasure Island [2:09]
12. The Library Card [3:03]
13. The Dragon [3:30]
14. Swallowed Whole [:44]
15. The Pagemaster [5:13]
16. Back to the Present [2:49]
17. He's Home [2:48]
18. End Titles [5:44]
Side #2 -- The Pagemaster [P&S]
1. Main Titles [3:46]
2. Afraid [4:08]
3. The Library [2:17]
4. An Illustration [2:34]
5. Adventure [3:58]
6. Fantasy [2:32]
7. Horror [:47]
8. To the Exit [2:49]
9. Captain Ahab [7:18]
10. Pirates [:46]
11. Treasure Island [2:09]
12. The Library Card [3:03]
13. The Dragon [3:30]
14. Swallowed Whole [:44]
15. The Pagemaster [5:13]
16. Back to the Present [2:49]
17. He's Home [2:48]
18. End Titles [5:44]

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