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Pinocchio (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition + Standard DVD) [Blu-ray] by Directors: Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton S. Luske
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001ILFUDM
Date: 28 March 2009 List Price $35.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: - Pinocchio / Wikipedia - Disney's Nine Old Men / Wikipedia - Evelyn Venable / Show Article /

Since I'm currently waiting for a new Blu-ray player to arrive, all I could review was the single DVD of Pinocchio. Fortunately, even this is chock full of goodies. Any time Disney takes one of its timeless classics out of the vaults, restores it, and re-releases it for a limited time period is quite simply the time to rush out and grab the the best version you can afford.

One final thought - I'm glad their artistic and restorations skills are vastly superior to their timekeeping. I say this because Pinocchio was originally released in 1940, making this the 69th Anniversary. But the Disney people sure do know how to throw a great birthday party.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney's Pinocchio! The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has reawakened with an all-new, state-of-the-art digital restoration that shines brilliantly on 2 Blu-ray Discs. Now, for the first time ever, the richly detailed animation, unforgettable award-winning music When You Wish Upon A Star and heartwarming adventure-filled story comes to life like never before. Plus, all-new dazzling bonus features transport you into Pinocchio's fantastic world! Join Geppetto's beloved puppet with Jiminy Cricket as his guide on a thrilling quest that tests Pinocchio's bravery, loyalty and honesty, virtues he must learn to become a real boy. The one and only Pinocchio will live on forever in the heart of anyone who has wished upon a star.

Bonus Features include the Pinocchio Knows Trivia Challenge, an all-new Making Of Pinocchio, the Sweat Box, Walt Disney's Artistic Review Process, Disney View, Expand Your Viewing Experience Beyond The Original Aspect Ratio Of The Film, Cine-Explore, Disney BD-Live: Connect, Explore, And Interact, all-new When You Wish Upon A Star; Music Video Performed By Meaghan Jette Martin, Pinocchio's Puzzles Game, 18 Puzzles In A Multi-Tiered Game, Pinocchio's Matter Of Facts Discover More About Pinocchio's World With Pop-Up Trivia, Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending

Run Time: 88 minutes

Cast (in alphabetical order) verified as complete (Source:
Mel Blanc ... Cleo/Figaro/Gideon/Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett ... Honest John (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington ... Cuckoo Clock Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Frankie Darro ... Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards ... Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Pinocchio/Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Stromboli/The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Page ... Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Geppetto (voice) (uncredited)
Evelyn Venable ... The Blue Fairy (voice) (uncredited)

(Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

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