The Rescuers Blu-ray review

  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Disney
  • Release Date: August 21, 2012

  •             Looking throughout the history of Disney, there have been a lot of mice. From Mickey on, there have been a lot of animated mice characters in Disney films. Cinderella has her friends and helpers, Dumbo has a lone defender and companion and even Sherlock Holmes appeared as one in The Great Mouse Detective. So, it should come as no surprise that there is an elite group of international animated mice who gather to solve the problems of the world. These problems usually include a captured or kidnapped child, and the same two mice are able to rescue them.

                The classic film, The Rescuers, is released as the 35th Anniversary Edition. When a small child sends a distress sign via empty bottle out to sea, a group of rescue mice intercept it and call an emergency meeting. Top agent Bianca from Sweden chooses Bernard, the janitor, as her companion on the mission. They venture into the swamps of Devil’s Bayou, battling against the wicked diamond hunters and pet crocodiles to free the child. Bernard and Bianca return again in the sequel many years later, The Rescuers Down Under. This time the couple must travel to Australia to free another child from the grips of a poacher seeking an endangered eagle.

                Both films are fit onto one Blu-ray disc in this two-movie collection. There are also DVD copies of the films as well, though I would highly recommend watching the Blu-ray if at all possible. Animation is one of the few mediums which is undeniably enhanced by the high definition presentation of Blu-ray discs. The special features include a deleted song, a Silly Symphonies animated short, a sing-a-long song and a making-of featurette. These are all included on the DVDs as well.

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