Peter Pan (2000)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen or heard this story unfold countless times, but just in case you haven’t, I will give you a quick rundown. When some small children long for some adventure in real life, as opposed to the stories they’re read at night about Peter Pan and his merriment, they assume they never will. But one night, the legend would truly come to life, as Peter Pan pays a visit to their home, and offers to sweep them away to Never Land to enjoy all the fun that awaits there. With a little sprinkle of pixie dust and a happy thought, Peter and his sidekick, Tinkerbell, have the kids flying out the window, on their way to Never Land. But not everything in Never Land is fun…the nefarious Captain Hook and his water logged crew are there, with intentions of evening the score with both Peter Pan, and the “tick tock”ing crocodile that forced him to have a hook instead of a hand. Can Peter and his friends rescue Never Land from the pirates or will Hook have his revenge and rule Never Land?

This review covers the 2000 version of Peter Pan, which centers on the musical performance with Cathy Rigby in the lead. So if you want the classic Disney edition or another version, please check the site for those reviews. I’m not usually one for musicals, but I admit, this rendition of Peter Pan turned out to be much better than I expected. On the Peter Pan scale, I think this one ranks above the Mary Martin version, but can’t hold a candle to Hook or the Disney edition of the tale. I had my doubts about former gymnast Cathy Rigby in this role, but she managed to surprise me and handle the part pretty well. She does well in bringing the energy to the role, which is vital to the story and character. I also liked Paul Schoeffler as Captain Hook, although he isn’t as mean and vile as I would have liked. But in the end, this version of Peter Pan is more than worth a look for fans of the story and anyone looking for a good musical. While it might not be the best rendition of this timeless tale, I think it is pretty good and it’s nice to see a fresh take. This disc from A&E is pretty good also, so a rental or purchase is well justified.

Video: How does it look?

Peter Pan is presented in the intended full frame aspect ratio and since this was a taped version of a live performance, the image is less than stellar from the start. But given the nature of this material, this transfer is very good and I have little to complain about in the end. The colors seem bold and rich, but never off kilter and flesh tones come off as natural and warm. No detail is lost in the shadows either, as the show’s lighting scheme is well represented in this transfer. This isn’t up to the usual standards, but this is about as good as this type of thing is going to look, so I am giving it a very nice score.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is a musical and as such, the included Dolby Digital 5.1 track is put to good use. Of course the musical numbers come across in finest form, but I was never let down by this audio experience. The songs sound terrific here, the vocals and music are well balanced and never seem harsh in the least. I am glad too, as the those musical sequences are among the better scenes to be found here. The rest of the audio is more laid back, but the crispness and clarity levels are still smooth and stable at all times. I did notice the audience in a few instances in the surrounds, which adds some atmosphere to the whole shebang. The disc also includes the original stereo track and English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes several sing-a-long sequences, which are a lot of fun, as well as an eight minute behind the scenes featurette. This piece is brief, but the interviews proved to be worth a watch if you like the show.

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