Review: “Pinocchio” Walt Disney Signature Collection arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray with fun new bonus content

The animated Disney classic “Pinocchio” becomes the third title after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Beauty and the Beast” to receive the “Walt Disney Signature Collection” treatment with a lavish new set of bonus features to accompany the beautifully remastered movie.

Even better, the new release — now available for the first time ever on Digital HD as well as Blu-ray — includes hours of classic bonus material from the 2009 Platinum Edition that it replaces as well as exclusive features that includes archival audio and footage from the Walt Disney Animation Studios vaults. This edition doesn’t appear to be a new transfer as the movie had already been expertly restored for the prior Blu-ray release, bringing with its higher resolution an appreciation for all the details of the masterful animation highlighted in every frame of the 1940 classic.

As in the prior edition, viewers can choose to watch the movie in its original aspect ratio with black bars on the sides or with DisneyView, which replaces those black bars with beautiful wood designs by Disney artist Toby Bluth that change with each scene to better blend in. There’s also a sing-along edition with on-screen lyrics as well as full-length audio commentary with Leonard Maltin, Eric Goldberg, and J.B. Kaufman. There’s even a handy menu that compiles all the individual song selections so you can just enjoy your favorite tunes without watching the movie.

New features include a deeper look into the creation of Pleasure Island (which at one point was going to be called BoobyLand before it was thankfully changed) complete with archival transcripts featuring Walt Disney as well as recently discovered original artwork. “In Walt’s Words” uses recordings of interviews with Walt Disney discussing the making of the project enriched with archival footage that is particularly fascinating, though a little brief at less than five minutes long.

If you already have the Platinum Edition than the new bonus features may not be enough to compel you to upgrade but it just might be worth it since it also includes a majority of the classic bonus features, including the nearly hour-long “No Strings Attached: The Making of Pinocchio” documentary, coupled with the convenience of owning the movie on Digital HD. It’s a no-brainer for anyone else looking to upgrade from their worn out VHS and/or DVD editions (or somehow doesn’t own it yet).

The “Pinocchio” Walt Disney Signature Collection is now available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD (which includes a Digital HD code) on Jan. 31.

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.

In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.

The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.

Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD/SD, Disney Movies Anywhere
Feature Run Time: Approximately 88 minutes
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1
DVD Feature Film = 1.33:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
Subtitles: English ESL, English SDH, French & Spanish

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