THE PLOT THUS FAR
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of an original classic, Disney proudly presents a special 2-movie collection featuring all-time family favorites, The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. Join two of the world’s bravest mice – Bernard and Bianca – as they set out on two thrilling rescue missions full of comic adventure while soaring through the Devil’s Bayou and flying sky high in the Australian outback. Buckle up for the ride of your life as these tiny heroes with great big hearts outrun and outwit their rivals to save the day. Brimming with lovable characters and unforgettable music this 2-movie collection is high-flying fun for the entire family!
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Every day at the United Nations building in New York, representatives from all over the world hold meetings and discuss matters of state. On this particular day, another meeting was held in a smaller part of the building. The Rescue Aid Society, a society made up of mice from all over the globe, was meeting to discuss its next rescue mission. There were mice from all different countries, like France, Latvia, Italy, Texas…as well as the bold beauty Miss Bianca, and stalwart janitor Bernard. The Chairman presents a bottle containing a message that was fished ashore. The message was addressed to the Morningside Orphanage, it was from someone named Penny and it sounded urgent. Miss Bianca volunteered to go on this mission, and Bernard was selected to accompany her.
“The Rescuers Down Under” is more of the same, but in an international setting. If there’s one aspect of the sequel that’s superior to the first, it’s the animation. The computer generated shots are spectacular. Sure, they might be dated today, but I think that the hand-drawn animation melds nicely with the CGI. Whilst the jungle in Tarzan looked like plastic, the rocks and cliffs in The Rescuers Down Under look realistic and full of texture. Also, putting a tiny mouse against a vast landscape gives the movie an epic feel. Like the first Rescuers, the backgrounds are beautiful and pave the way for the beautiful scenery seen in The Lion King.
The Blu-Ray comes with a deleted song, bonus shorts, sing-along, featurette and bonus documentary. The A/V Quality is where we start noticing giant flaws, but it still remains true to the source material. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is really strong, but that’s not where the problem originates. The 1080p transfer is so strong that it makes the film’s painted origins in the 1970s stand out to an extreme degree. Sure, the 1990 sequel looks amazing in comparison, but that’s to be expected. What we should be glad about is that two films were placed on a 50 gig disc without any real loss in quality. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!