The Rescuers 35th Anniversary Edition: The Rescuers Down Under: 2 Movie Collection
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To commemorate the 35th anniversary of an original classic, Disney proudly presents a special 2-movie collection featuring all-time family favorites, THE RESCUERS and THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Join two of the world's bravest mice -- Bernard and Bianca -- as they set out on two thrilling rescue missions full of comic adventure while soaring through the Devil's Bayou and flying sky high in the Australian outback. Buckle up for the ride of your life as these tiny heroes with great big hearts outrun and outwit their rivals to save the day. Brimming with lovable characters and unforgettable music, this 2-movie collection is high-flying fun for the entire family! Share the laughs and excitement for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 45.36 Grams
- Item Model Number : WD10927200DVD
- Director : Reitherman, Wolfgang
- Media Format : Animated, Color, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 18 minutes
- Release date : 21 August 2012
- Subtitles: : French, English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0084IHVUC
- Number of discs : 2
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To commemorate the 35th Anniversary Edition of an original classic, Disney proudly presents a special 2 Movie Collection featuring all-time family favourites, ‘THE RESCUERS’ and ‘THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER,’ for the first time ever on Blu-ray!
Join two of the world's bravest mice, Bernard and Bianca as they set out on two thrilling rescue missions full of comic adventure while soaring through the Devil's Bayou and flying sky-high in the Australian outback. Buckle up for the ride of your life as these tiny heroes with great big hearts outrun and outwit their rivals to save the day.
Brimming with lovable characters and unforgettable music, this 2 Movie Collection is high-flying fun for the entire family! Share the laughs and excitement for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1978 50th Academy Awards®: Nominated: Song "Someone's Waiting for You." The andimation film is based on a series of books by Margery Sharp, most notably “The Rescuers” and “Miss Bianca.”
THE RESCUERS Voice Cast: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Michelle Stacy, Joe Flynn, Jim Jordan, John McIntire, Ollie Johnston, Jeanette Nolan, James MacDonald, Candy Candido, Bernard Fox, George Lindsey, Dub Taylor, John Fiedler, Shelby Flint and Bill McMillian
THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER Voice Cast: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Adam Ryen, George C. Scott, Frank Welker, Tristan Rogers, Peter Firth, Wayne Robson, Douglas Seale, Carla Meyer, Bernard Fox and Russi Taylor
Directors: Art Stevens, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel
Producers: Ron Miller, Wolfgang Reitherman and Thomas Schumacher
Screenplay: Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, Dick Sebast, Frank Thomas, Fred Lucky, Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Byron Simpson, Jim Cox, Joe Ranft and Karey Kirkpatrick
Composers: Score: Artie Butler. Songs: Ayn Robbins, Carol Connors, Sammy Fain, Shelby Flint and Bruce Broughton
Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Running Times: 78 minutes
Region: Blu-ray: All Regions and DVD: NTSC
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Walt Disney Video Home Entetainment
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Walt Disney animators had consciously set out to produce a pair of animation films showing the before-and-after effects of digital technology on animation, they hardly could have produced more of a perfect presentation than ‘The Rescuers’  and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’  and the two animation films, made just 13 years apart, and the concentration on the same two protagonists responding to a pair of similar situations, are nonetheless radically different in practically every aspect of visual design and approach. And the shifts extend past the construction methods: Seen side-by-side in the new Blu-ray and DVD double release of the ‘The Rescuers’ 35th Anniversary and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ and they are a clear-cut portrait of Traditional Walt Disney vs. the Walt Disney Renaissance.
Both animation films are loosely based on the author Margery Sharp’s Rescuers books, and both star Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart as a pair of mice whose international aid group helps people in need, a sort of mouse-specific shadow United Nations, based in the UN headquarters itself. In the first animation film ‘The Rescuers’ we have Hungarian diplomat Miss Bianca [Eva Gabor] and clumsy American janitor Bernard [Bob Newhart] accept a mission to track down and assist an orphan girl named Penny, who was kidnapped by half-mad, all-evil pawnbroker Madame Medusa and is being used to explore a dangerous cave system in search of a gigantic diamond. In the second animation film ’The Rescuers Down Under’ we get to see Miss Bianca and Bernard head to Australia to rescue a boy named Cody [Adam Ryen] who was kidnapped by surly nasty evil poacher McLeach [George C. Scott] after catching McLeach in the act of his diabolical schemes. Along the way, the mice join forces with a local kangaroo mouse [Tristan Rogers] and help rescue an immense golden eagle.
‘The Rescuers’ was one of the last of Walt Disney’s traditional cell-animation department. When it was produced, three of the studio’s long-time core animators entitled the “nine old men,” as Walt Disney himself called them. The three who worked as key animators on ‘The Rescuers’ were Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnson and all had retired after the animation film had been finished. The animation film served as a training ground for up-and-comers, including Don Bluth and Glen Keane, and as a testing ground for a new xerographic process that let animators transfer coloured lines to animated cells, instead of the black lines that were previously standard. But the new process doesn’t always work as well; the thick, fuzzy grey lines around the animated characters often make them stand out starkly from the painted backgrounds. Some of the animation is noticeably recycled throughout the animation film, or brought in from past Walt Disney features. While ‘The Rescuers’ is at times a showcase for marvellously expressive art, especially in Milt Kahl’s design for Madame Medusa, a sloppy, flailing disaster of a woman with a shapeless bust hanging to her waist and a face like a half-empty bag.
Contrast this with ‘The Rescuers Down Under,’ here we have the Disney Siudio’s first wholly digital film. While ‘The Little Mermaid’ was the first animated feature to use Disney’s proprietary CAPS (Computer Animation Production System) software in a limited capacity, ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ used it throughout, with animators building entirely digital backgrounds, drawing, painting, and assembling images entirely via the computer. The technique allowed for finer lines, more graduated shading, richer shadows, sharper contrast, and an integration between planes that sadly ‘The Rescuers’ lacked. It is a gorgeous, visually ambitious film, full of show-off set pieces reportedly inspired by the work of Hayao Miyazaki.
Both animation films have their ultimate rewards. ‘The Rescuers’ has a much more personal charm than its sequel, particularly in the quirky, prickly characters. The animation film has a real sense of menace and malice, particularly in Madame Medusa’s casually sadistic treatment of Penny, and the authentically frightening scene where Penny is trapped in a flooding cavern with Madame Medusa threatening her from above. ‘The Rescuers Down Under,’ meanwhile, has a vast sense of space and a rich field of colour; which sadly flopped at the box office, with reviewers grumbling that Walt Disney Studio had abandoned its musical heritage by dropping any pretence of songs, and that the story was slightly bland. But the animation film remains an animator’s showcase, visually impressive even by today’s standard. And both animation films have memorable nasty villains, with McLeach’s muttering dark humour and Madame Medusa’s thrilling Cruella De Vil wildness and both looking particularly frightening when placed next to a vulnerable child. (One early script treatment for the first Rescuers called for Madame Medusa to be in similar vein of Cruella De Vil; the idea was ultimately scrapped, but it’s easy to see the influence in her big gestures and expressive talk and in the fact that they drive the same garish roadster in the same barely controlled fashion.)
Both animation films have sadly their failings as well. ‘The Rescuers’ is mightily treacly in spots, relying heavily on a gap-toothed, lisping, frequently crying wide-eyed orphan to deliver pathos by the bucket load. The periodic songs are an awkward mixture, with a Disney sing-along show tune, a sad ballad, and a wispy ’70s easy-listening number all jostling for space. The animation film makes heavy use of grainy painted backgrounds, opening with a series of impressionistic still-frames in which the texture of the painted surfaces stands out more than the colour. And it spends a surprising amount of time on hick jokes and dead-end bits of narrative business, as when Miss Bianca and Bernard try to take a shortcut through a rainy zoo and get scared off by lion noises. ‘The Rescuers Down Under,’ meanwhile, swaps ‘The Rescuers’ surly albatross pilot, Orville (voiced by old-time radio star Jim Jordan), for a louder, jokey version named Wilbur, voiced by John Candy and designed as the butt of endless aggressive physical gags. ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ also builds an entire storyline around Cody meeting and befriending a group of animals imprisoned in McLeach’s lair and then the film forgets them entirely, whisking the protagonists off to adventure and thoughtlessly leaving a group of highly individualised, compelling characters alone in the dark to die.
But from the outset, the individual experience, the two animation films are most fascinating to look at a company in the process of reinventing itself. In just 13 years, Walt Disney Studio went from showcasing sentiment and heartstring-plucking emotion to pushing high-flying adventure. It dropped the songs and the wistfulness, polished up the colour, and poured on the spectacle and the big, broad gags. To some degree, it stopped aiming so obviously at the heart, and aimed more directly at the adrenal glands. And in the process, it became a company more directly prepared for the 21st century of film. Both Rescuers animation films stand as historical pieces, but they have the most to say when viewed in direct comparison, especially for the whole family.
Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ have both been framed in a respectful aspect ratio of 1.66:1 and is presented in a brilliant 1080p encoded transfer. Unlike many of these Walt Disney Studio classics brought to the Blu-ray format, and there is an occasional dust speckle can be seen occasionally, and sharpness is not always top notch in every shot. The lines are solid and consistent with no artefacts and no banding was noticed at all. Colours are beautifully controlled throughout both animation films.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix is very much an audio track of its era with most of the audio spread across the front channels and very little seeping into the rears apart from occasional echoes of songs or the background scores by Artie Butler and Bruce Broughton’s background score with both animation films. ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ surround channel gets a very nice workout from the McLeach’s huge tractor, he uses to terrorise his victims. The dialogue is always very clear and precise and has been placed in the centre channel, but there are a couple of instances of directional dialogue.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: “Peoplitis” [The Deleted Song] [1080p] [1.77:1] [4:30] Ron Clements [Animator] introduces us to something he was involved with in ‘The Rescuers’ in 1974 and using storyboards, and tells us the particular song was composed by Floyd Huddleston and also explains the concept of “Peoplitis,” which unfortunately was deleted. The singing artists includes Louis Prima, Sam Pitera and The Witnesses, who were in ‘The Jungle Book’ and to me “Peoplitis” is very similar in style to “I Wanna Be Like You” and see if you agree with me?
Special Feature: Silly Symphony Animated Short: Three Blind Mouseketeers  [480i] [1.33:1] [8:45] The three blind mice are musketeers that live in a cellar. Captain Katt [Billy Bletcher] (the devious cat) sets a number of traps for them and goes to sleep. Then the musketeers come out to search for food evading all the clutches. The cat eventually wakes up and begins chasing them, but they escape thanks to their teamwork. There is a slight mistake with the animation, where at one point Captain Katt’s eye patch appears on his right eye.
Special Feature: Walt Disney True-Life Adventure: Water Birds  [1080p] [1.33:1] [3:40] ‘Water Birds’ is a 1952 American short documentary film directed by Ben Sharpsteen. It won an Academy Award® in 1953 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel). The film was produced by Walt Disney as part of the True-Life Adventures series of nature documentaries. It was shot in Technicolor by more than a dozen cameramen and was created in cooperation with the National Audubon Society and the Denver Museum of Natural History. What we get to view is as always a very professional presentation, that the Walt Disney Studio always excels in and we get to hear a lot of interesting information about the Water Birds, especially of all the feathered variety.
Special Feature: Walt Disney Sing-Along Song: Someone’s Waiting for You  [1080p] [1.66:1] [2:12] Here we get a selection of images from ‘The Rescuers’ with a specific female artist [unknown] singing the song. What you get is yellow subtitles at the bottom of the screen, so you can sing-along with the song. I suspect younger audience will demand to sing this song loads of times, to the annoyance to their parents.
Special Feature Documentary: The Making of The Rescuers Down Under  [480i] [1.33:1] 10:32] Thomas Schumacher [Producer]; Michael Gabriel [Director]; Maurice Hunt [Art Director]; Hendel Butoy [Director]; Kathy Zeilinkski [Supervising Animator] and Ruben Aquino [Supervising Animator] talk extensively about the two year production in bringing this animation film to the silver screen. You get to see the crew with their research trip to Australia and trips to the San Diego Zoo to watch real animals in motion and to draw them, so to bring them to life in ‘The Rescuers Down Under.’
Special Feature: Learn How To Take Your Favourite Movie On The Go: Disney Digital Copy [1080p] [1.77:1] [1:02]
Special Feature: Discover Blu-ray 3D With Timon & Puba [1080p] [1.77:1 [4:23] Of course this will not be seen in 3D, it is just an amusing video promotion for the 3D format and quite enjoyable it is to.
Sneak Previews: The Blu-ray disc offers 1080p Promotional Trailers for Disney Studio All Access Promotion [1080p] [1.77:1] [1:00]; Cinderella [Diamond Edition] [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [1.33:1] [1:06]; Finding Nemo 3D [1080p] [1.77:1] [1:52]; Disney Movie Rewards Promotion [1080p] [1.77:1] [0:20]; Disney Parks Promotion [1080p] [1.77:1] [0:30]; Secrets of the Wings [Blu-ray + DVD] [1080p] [1.77:1] [0:56]; The Aristocrats [Special Edition] [Blu-ray] [1080p] [1.77:1] [0:50]; Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 [1080p] [1.77:1] [0:36] and PLANES [1080p] [1.77:1] [1:26]
Finally, ‘The Rescuers’ Blu-ray 2 Movie Collection is a worthwhile dual release and is a totally endearing and classic animated films that the whole family will love, while ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ does a reasonable serviceable job as a sequel, even if it not as strong as the original animation film. ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’ have never looked or sounded better, especially the impressive and clear picture quality of both animation films, makes these animation films are definitely worth buying for any fan of Walt Disney animated films. By the way I have always loved these Walt Disney animation films and I fully admit that it's probably my nostalgia for them talking, but they'll always hold a special place in my animation-loving heart. The emotional aspect of the first film and the throwback Bluth-inspired animation makes me adore it so much. The adventure and fun of the second animation film causes me to appreciate it probably a little more than I sis when it was first released in 1990. In any case, it's great to see these two animation films finally get the high-definition treatment. This Disney duo Blu-ray pack should please all fans of this animation film double bill should be very happy with the outcome, both in the audio and visual departments. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
It does come with the sleeve as well if anyone wants to know. One of the reasons I bought it was to have a collection of them with sleeves on.