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Disney In Depth: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Blu-ray Review
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Planes: Fire & Rescue
2-Disc Blu-ray l DVD l Digital HD
Directed by Bobs Gannaway
Starring Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Hal Holbrook, Brad Garrett, Stacy Keach, Teri Hatcher, Curtis Armstrong
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: Nov 4, 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue represents one of those types of films you may overlook due to its seemingly kiddie nature and its sequel of a spinoff status, but it warrants some credit. This improvement to its predecessor touches on some deep themes in an uplifting story of second chances and new opportunities that life presents.

The Blu-ray home release transfers the film most wonderfully, although the dearth of bonus features — once again, a Walt Disney Home Entertainment shortcoming — only slightly detracts from the overall framework. Don’t let the Cars association, which some might see as a negative, cloud your thinking. Planes: Fire & Rescue does not crash at any point in its quick 84 minutes, but rather soars smoothly and grandly.

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Disney In Depth: ‘Return To Never Land’ Blu-ray Review
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Return To Never Land
Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
Directed by Robin Budd
Starring Harriet Owen, Corey Burton, Blayne Weaver, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: Aug 20, 2013

Return To Never Land soars onto Blu-ray, and though it’s not in ship shape, the Peter Pan-themed movie heads into the most vital port: childhood comfort central. While this sequel cannot stand up to Walt Disney’s masterpiece, I would say this movie is rather fly.

Silhouettes of notable Peter Pan figures and set-pieces highlight the clouds above the London skyline at the start of Return To Never Land, in some ways re-tread of the 1953 classic. But this sequel, which premiered in theaters nearly 50 years after the original, takes some tonal risks and ventures into less-than-wondrous environments.

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