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Peter Pan (2003) [VHS]

Jeremy Sumpter , Jason Isaacs , P.J. Hogan    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave, Rachel Hurd-Wood
  • Directors: P.J. Hogan
  • Writers: P.J. Hogan, J.M. Barrie, Michael Goldenberg
  • Producers: Charles Newirth, Craig Baumgarten, Douglas Wick, Ellen Somers
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLXXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fine casting, genuinely special effects and a keen combination of whimsy and danger make this Peter Pan the one to beat among all previous adaptations of JM Barrie's classic children's fantasy. The technical advances of CGI make the magic of Barrie's tale come alive and the spectacular effects combined with luminous live action create an action-packed Neverland that's both believable and breathtakingly artificial, like a Maxfield Parrish landscape springing vividly to life before your eyes.

More importantly, however, is the fact that director PJ Hogan (whose films include Muriel's Wedding and My Best Friend's Wedding) has taken care to develop a substantial, pre-adolescent affection between the boyish sprite Peter (Jeremy Sumpter) and resourceful London girl Wendy, played by Rachel Hurd-Wood in a marvellous screen debut. This emotional bond--and the mixed blessing of Peter's eternal childhood--is what gives Hogan's Peter Pan it's rich emotional subtext, added to an already bountiful adventure that's equal parts delightful and menacing, especially when the villainous pirate Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs, doubling as Wendy's father) threatens to spoil the fun. With a mischievously dazzling Tinker Bell (played by Swimming Pool's Ludivine Sagnier) and no expense spared on its lavish Australian production, this Peter Pan gets it entirely right by presenting childhood as fun and frightening, in all its wondrous joys and sorrows. --Jeff Shannon

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Re-discover the timeless story of Peter Pan as you’ve never seen it before and be swept off your feet to a Neverland you’d never dreamt possible. Magic, adventure, flying, swashbuckling action and amazing special effects: this feature film version of Peter Pan by critically acclaimed filmmakers has got it all.

Join the boy who wouldn’t grow up and Wendy, the girl who is told she has to, in their adventure against Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Follow Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, giant crocodiles and other fanatastic creatures to a world where anything is possible … and where dreams and imagination have a power all of their own.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really impressive version of a classic tale 26 Oct 2009
By redvers
I was a little sceptical when I first heard of this film - specifically the casting of an american in the lead role. However it is a beautiful, richly shot and well acted version that should appeal to children of all ages. There is much humour but equally a very real sense of underlying threat in many scenes - as in some of the ones with the lost boys.
Jason Isaacs should be singled out for his impressive performances as both Mr Darling and Captain Hook.
The special effects are very well realised and you really can believe that never land truly exists. My young daughter loves this film and when you consider that the previous mainstream version of this classic story was the abomination 'Hook' - then this really is in a different league.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, LOVE this film! 17 Feb 2011
Like most Norwegian grown-ups, my relationship with «Peter Pan» largely stems from the Walt Disney movie released in 1953. I never read or saw the play, so I never knew there was more to the story than a charming boy defeating a mean pirate.

Then I saw P. J. Hogan's 2003 release, and became so blown away that I for a moment considered sueing Disney for theft. Yes, theft! Hogan presents a story so full of emotions, with so many intertwined stories and deeper meanings that I felt that James Matthew Barries original script must have been thoroughly abused for half a century, and the general public had been cheated out of a complete appreciation for the genius of «Peter Pan».

The first clue that this film had something else to offer lay three minutes into the film, in the subtle hinting to an increased sexual awareness that was offered through the curiosity about the «secret kiss» that Wendy knows her mother can never give her, and then gets told she herself has developed. The filmmaker's fidelity to the original script elegantly display that her father is not turning her out of the nursery just because of convention, but because Wendy really is crossing a treshhold that will leave innocence behind very soon.

I am now reading through the original play, and find that this version is very close to the words of J. M. Barrie, and captures the wide-eyed gleam of the author much better than the Disney version. The characters' depths are finely portrayed, and they come across as much more believeable than the one-dimensional cartoons in the other movie. Peter Pan, though still undeniably a boy, is clearly very attractive to any young girl as a prospective partner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will believe in fairies 22 Jan 2006
How this film got overlooked when released in cinemas is unbelievable, when this film is utterly enchanting, I'll never know, but I think it will become a loved classic in years to come.

The story doesn't really need repeating as it's so well known; Peter whisks away Wendy, Michael and John to Neverland where all the adventure takes place.

Personally, I've always found Peter Pan to be a rather irritating character but the casting in this film is spot on.

The film rests on the performance of Pan and Jeremy Sumpter is perfect. He has the scruffed up looks of a fallen angel and is charming without being smarmy and smug. He is alarmingly seductive when whispering into Wendy's ear to fly away to Never Neverland and not 'worry about grown up things again'.

He plays every facet of Pan's character of being boyish, flirtatious, selfish, heroic, stubborn, vulnerable and scared stiff of growing up. The only criticism is that he can't convincingly play the panpipes but thankfully that's just one scene.

Jeremy has great on-screen chemistry with Rachel Hurd-Wood (Wendy) which is important as a romance unfolds at the centre of the story. Wendy is the more mature character who is torn between living happily in Neverland and never growing up. Rachel is feisty and strong and she never hits a false note in her acting which is amazing, considering it is her acting debut.

The adventures of the children make for compelling viewing as the scenery and special effects are actually magical (take note Harry Potter) and enchanting. Watching the children fly for the first time is breathtaking and wholly believable. The attention to detail is first class.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film - No Extras!! 3 Nov 2011
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
As my title states, I think this is a brilliant film; but this release is let down by the lack of extras. The DVD release contained Deleted Scenes, an Alternate Ending, Featurettes and Trailers. Why Universal didn't see fit to transfer those extras onto this Blu-ray release is beyond me.

Anyone looking at this review is probably considering upgrading from their DVD to BD, so should you? For me the answer is a resounding YES! The picture and sound quality on this blu-ray are impeccable; and this will definitely be a film I will dig out to show friends just how good blu-ray can be. Colours are stunning and the pictures is crystal clear. Sometimes, due to the hyper-real look of the film, it almost looks 3D.
The only sound option is a 5.1 DTS HD-Master track with optional English subtitles. This is an excellent audio track which really utilises all the speakers and has a rich, cinema sound to it.

Because I love the film so much I really wanted to give this release 5 stars, but in good conscience couldn't do that; so I have removed 1 star for the lack of extras. But, if like me, this is one of your favourite films then upgrade and keep your DVD just for the extras to watch the extras.
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