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Blu-ray Review: Pete’s Dragon

November 29, 2016

By John Corrado

petes-dragon-blu-rayAfter a devastating accident left him orphaned, Pete (Oakes Fegley) was raised in the woods by a friendly dragon named Elliot.  When Pete is discovered by forest ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her boyfriend’s daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence), whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) works for a logging operation, their small town is shaken by the boy’s mysterious reappearance, and reports of the dragon.

A remake of the 1977 film pretty much in name only, Pete’s Dragon is the rare remake that actually improves upon the original.  This is an enjoyable and heartfelt adventure, with a quiet and bittersweet charm that feels like a refreshing change of pace.  For more on the film itself, you can read our three views right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track with director David Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and young actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence, as well as the featurettes Notes to Self: A Director’s Diary, Making Magic and Disappearing Moments, which is a montage of deleted scenes.  There’s also a blooper reel, a brief piece on shooting in New Zealand and music videos for “Nobody Knows” by The Lumineers and “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling.

Pete’s Dragon is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release.  It’s 103 minutes and rated PG.

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