Pinocchio (DVD)

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Pinocchio (DVD)

Roberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) brings Carlo Collodi's classic children's story to glorious life in this big budget live-action adaptation. Gepett...

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Review of "Pinocchio (DVD)"

published 20/07/2006 | staceycav
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"One of my Favourites!"

Pinocchio. What can I say? A classic in its own right adored by children and adults equally. This is an absolute timeless Disney Animation that I could watch time and time again and never get sick of.

I bought my own copy of this DVD for £17.99 from Music Zone. I've noticed it selling for up to £25 so, as I always say with chart and Disney DVDs, it's very much worth shopping around.

Pinocchio was the first animated Disney Classic to receive the DVD treatment and it is easy to see why, though the 1999 initial DVD release was somewhat disappointing in the lack of extras and seeming lack of any picture or sound improvement. This though, could perhaps be put down to Disney "testing the water" in terms of DVD being a relatively new format. However, we all know it took off in a major way and so the most recent release has been improved greatly.

There is an impressive voice cast, with Dickie Jones doing the voice of Pinocchio, Cliff Edwards as the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Don Brodie as Barker and Evelyn Venable as the Blue Fairy.

The story itself is fantastic as well, as we all know! Pinocchio is the story of a puppet who longs to be a real boy. Built by Geppetto, who is very lonely. Geppetto wishes so much that Pinocchio could be a real boy. Geppetto is an honourable fellow and so his wishes are helped along their way by the Blue Fairy, who gives Pinocchio a certain degree of life. He is able to speak and move freely but is still wooden. In order to become a real boy he must learn the difference between right and wrong, between bravery and stupidity and most importantly of all he must learn honesty. Enter Jiminy Cricket, who accidentally stumbles upon the house. He ends up explaining to Pinocchio what a conscience is and in the process somehow ends up agreeing to act as Pinocchio's conscience. Jiminy Cricket finds he has a near impossible task ahead of him as Pinocchio gets himself into all kinds of trouble, even winding up in the stomach of a whale! It is only in learning for himself that he can guarantee returning to his Father and becoming a real boy.

This story is magical. I love the message in it and it was a joy to watch with my younger cousins as I explained to them that Pinocchio's nose grew because he lied. It makes is very simple to explain otherwise complex ideas to children about right and wrong and about honesty. I laugh and cry at this film and am engrossed from the moment it begins. The characters have been superbly created. We love to good guys and we love to hate the bad guys. Disney always come up with the goods when it comes to villains and this film completely epitomises the Classic Disney characters.

Every good story is backed up with excellent music and Pinocchio is no different. Disney have released some of the best movie soundtracks around and won several awards for the music used in their films. This film received an Academy Award for best song with, "When You Wish Upon a Star" which in this DVD is presented in Dolby 4.0 and has the option for the French dub to be played over it.

On the technical front, the DVD is in English and the audio is Dolby Digital 5.1. The full frame format is 1.33:1 and the only subtitles available are English and English for the hearing impaired.
The only thing I was slightly disappointed in with this DVD (particularly considering the price of it) was the lack of extras. The extras on the DVD are:

• The Search For Jiminy Cricket Game, which, sadly, even my 7 year old cousin failed to be entertained by for more than five minutes.

• The Making of Pinocchio which was far more satisfying. I really did enjoy this, as I am sure any lover of the film or of Disney in general will.

• Storyboard feature which allows you to compare the final film to the original storyboard. This is great!

• 2 Sing-Along-Songs. Always great fun.

I am disappointed by these extras and I feel this is the only area in which Disney really fail to deliver here. The picture is amazing when you consider the age of the material. The sound is fantastic and the story is unforgettable. Despite its lack of extras, I'd still recommend buying this!

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  • eve6kicksass published 20/07/2006
    A fine op there Stacy..well done!! I love the original Pinocchio too! Chris xxx
  • mrsmopples published 20/07/2006
    I love Disney films but they are so expensive, only on the odd occasion you can grab a bargain dvd. This too is one of my favourites.x
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Roberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) brings Carlo Collodi's classic children's story to glorious life in this big budget live-action adaptation. Gepetto (Carlo Guiffre), a humble toy maker, fashions a marionette out of a log that has miraculously appeared on his doorstep. After wishing upon a star that his creation, Pinocchio (Benigni), would come to life, Gepetto's wish is granted by the beautiful Blue Fairy (Nicoletta Braschi). The only condition is that Pinocchio must prove his valor, and be completely honest at all times, in order to become a real boy. Unfortunately, this isn't easy for the enthusiastic puppet, who seems to find trouble everywhere he turns. After a long, tumultuous journey, in which Pinocchio is accosted by two corrupt thieves, turned into a donkey, and swallowed by a shark, Pinocchio is reunited with his father, setting up a final challenge that will prove once and for all if Pinocchio has the heart to become a real boy.<BR>Benigni's follow-up to the Oscar-winning LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is a crowd-pleasing fantasy film, featuring beautiful cinematography from Dante Spinotti (HEAT, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). The American release boasts the voices of actors Breckin Meyer, Glenn Close, and John Cleese.


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