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Pocahontas (VHS 2x) Walt Disney
Disney followed up The Lion King, its first animated feature based on an original story, with its first such film based on a historical figure, the Indian princess Pocahontas. The strong-willed, free-spirited heroine (voiced by Irene Bedard) listens to the spirits and reckons theyâre telling her to follow a path other than what her father, Chief Powhatan (Russell Means), intends for her. A saga of passion and prejudice, Pocahontas is a love story in which the heroine defies Powhatan's plans when English adventurer John Smith arrives on Virginiaâs shores, speaking and singing in the lusty, robust voice of Mel Gibson. Accompanying Smith is a shipload of encroaching settlers led by a gold-digging colonial governor named Ratliffe (David Ogden Stiers); greed and cultural differences threaten to escalate into hatred and violence until Pocahontas defies her father to intervene. The tale treats the native Powhatan tribe with respect, even as it takes liberties with history and adds animal sidekicks for comic relief. This 2005 reissue is a marked improvement over the original Pocahontas DVD release, with the original theatrical version of the film as well as a 10th Anniversary Edition. The latter restores to the film the lovely ballad, "If I Never Met You," which Smith sings to Pocahontas on the eve of his scheduled execution (audience restlessness in test screenings spelled its deletion). Archival treasures include an early "presentation reel" of the film-in-progress, storyboarded deleted scenes, and a 1995 segment devoted to the film's historic premiere in New York's Central Park (thereâs an uncomfortable line about the event requiring enough electricity "to light the World Trade Center"). Bedard hosts a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and there is a segment about Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's Oscar-winning musical score, which includes "Colors of the Wind." Audio commentaries further heighten appreciation for the animators' truly stunning work.
This is a previously viewed VHS tape in very good condition!
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