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Pan (2015/Warner Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D & DVD)

3D Picture: A 2D Picture: B+/B- Sound: A-/B- Extras: B Film: C

Joe Wright (whose last film was the excellent thriller Hanna) brings this unique re-imagining of the classic story of Peter Pan to new life in Pan. While the film didn't do well in the box office or Rotten Tomatoes, it stands out from other famous renditions of the classic story in quite a few ways.

For one, Captain James Hook (played by Garrett Hedlund) is not the main villain of this story but is younger and it is Blackbeard (played by Hugh Jackman) who is the villain and the character of Tiger Lilly (played by the gorgeous Rooney Mara) is more in line with the Tinkerbell character, though full in size. The film also stars newcomer Levi Miller, who isn't too bad in the title role and a cameo of sorts by Amanda Seyfried as Peter's Mother and Carla Delevingne as a Mermaid. Good cast notwithstanding, the film is a bit too clogged with mediocre CGI, a rushed storyline, and worse of all uses some modern day songs to throw up against its unconventional setting; a filmmaking trope that was used to death in the mediocre film A Knight's Tale (with the late Heath Ledger) during scenes where Jackman oversees his army of child slaves. Ugh.

Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.

When you last at the track record for Peter Pan films over the past twenty years, not many of them have been hits. My personal favorite re-imagining of the story is Spielberg's Hook which not only had a fantastic cast (Robin Williams as Peter and Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook) and top notch production design but an incredible score by John Williams that is some of the legendary composer's best work to date (another aspect of Pan that failed to hit the mark was the weak score). In Christmas 2003, we had that crappy traditional take on the story Peter Pan by PJ Hogan that looks okay visually but a bomb otherwise.

The High Definition treatment of Pan has been handled beautifully by Warner Bros., however, with a lush 1080p high definition transfer with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a strong, lossless Dolby Atmos (core Dolby TrueHD 5.1) mix on the disc that doesn't disappoint.

Also included is the eye-popping MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition image version of the film that brings the magic to life with the Blu-ray 3D that is especially highlighted once the adventure shifts to Neverland. Gorgeous visuals pop out at you and take the film's viewing please to a whole new level and is the preferred way to see it.

A DVD version of the film is also included with doesn't compare to the high definition transfer with the film in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is pushes the limits of the format. A UV Digital Copy is also included.

Special Features include:

  • Director's Commentary

  • Never Grow Up: The Legend of Pan

  • The Boy Who Would Be Pan

  • The Scoundrels of Neverland

  • Wondrous Realms

If you're a fan of the classic tale of Peter Pan, then you may want to check this out. It's not as good as Spielberg's Hook but is definitely a step above the dreaded PJ Hogan version. The prequel spin on the story and some interesting visuals make the film watchable, however it is far from perfect.

- James Lockhart



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