Off we go around the riverbend for the first time on Blu-Ray, the Disney Combo Pack of “Pocahontas” and “Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” arrives August 21, 2012. It has been a long time since I have seen “Pocahontas” and with the new vivid High Definition and sound it looked fantastic. Hearing the original songs and singing along just I did as a kid was so much fun.
Here is a brief background on the story if you haven’t seen it. Pocahontas (voiced by Irene Bedard) meets the Englishman John Smith (voiced by Mel Gibson) when he and other settlers arrive at her village. The two fall in love and learn to ways to communicate even with their language barrier. She asks for guidance from her Grandmother Willow (voiced by Linda Hunt) on how to deal with the life situations she has been placed in. Governor Radcliffe is the villain and is driven to head to war over his selfish needs to find gold. It’s a difficult love story that brings two totally different cultures together and changes the way history is made.
In “Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” Pocahontas travel with Sir John Rolfe to England. She is taking in the sights of this whole new world and is to meet King James. She does everything she can to impress him to prevent war against her people. Of course Governor Radcliffe is up to his usual schemes and plans.
Bonus features include “Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha. Eric Goldberg (Co-Director Pocahontas) and Charles Soloman (Animation Historian) takes on a journey of a project Walt Disney worked on in the 1940’s called “Hiawatha”. This project directly influenced the development of Pocahontas and was used as research for the film. This is the first time in more than 60 years that it has been shown. I really enjoyed this featurette. Anything to do with the history of Disney animation and older projects that didn’t come to completion always interests me. They did a wonderful job with this feature.
The Music of Pocahontas written by famous song composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz with commentary of the musical influences. I loved hearing “The Colors of the Wind” and “Just Around the Riverbend” in this great set. The deleted song: “If I Never Knew You” in full animation with commentary option by co-directors Eric Goldberg and Mike Gabriel and producer James Pentecost. More bonus features include: Little Hiawatha Cartoon Short, deleted scenes, audio commentary and the virtual vault.
Both titles available August 21st, 2012 at retailers