Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Now Available on DVD and Blu-Ray -- Willow (Review)


Blu-ray + DVD Combo-pack Features All-new Digital Transfer Overseen by Lucasfilm and
Never-Before-Seen Bonus Material

"Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on stunning Blu-ray! Written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the film tells a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes come in all sizes...and adventure is the greatest magic of all. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the unforgettable classic has been fully digitally restored and debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack March 12, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis; Harry Potter franchise) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh; “Upstairs, Downstairs”). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!

The Willow Blu-ray and DVD include a dazzling array of extras with never-before-seen exclusive content such as deleted scenes with remarks from Ron Howard, a personal video diary of Warwick Davis, matte paintings and much more. In addition, look out for Ron Howard’s new introduction for the original 1988 featurette “The Making of an Adventure,” as well as special effect legend Dennis Muren’s new intro to his piece, “From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking.”"

Special Features

WILLOW is presented in widescreen with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless). Special features include:
        NEW Willow: Deleted Scenes with Ron Howard
        NEW Willow: An Unlikely Hero Personal Video Diary of Warwick Davis
        The Making of an Adventure with an all new introduction from Ron Howard
        From Morf to Morphing with an all new introduction from Dennis Muren
        Matte Paintings


My Thoughts:

Willow used to be one of my favorite movies as a child.  The movie, next to Top Gun, introduced me to actor, Val Kilmer, and set the stage for my love of fantasy movies.  Even though it didn't garner much success at the box office for director Ron Howard, it did create a Willow following, that was excited to see this film come to Blu-Ray for the first time last week. 

I will not bore you with a review of the film, as it has been around for years, and either you have seen it and liked it, or passed it on the shelve at the movie story.  But, I will say that that bonus features make this film worth picking up if you are a true Willow fan.  In addition to deleted scenes, there is also a making of the movie with commentary by director Ron Howard.  My personal favorite of the many bonus features on this new release was the "Willow: An Unlikely Hero -- Personal Video Diary of Warwick Davis." 

The Blu-Ray version of the movie plays in high definition, while the DVD version plays the standard version.  I watched both versions and have to say that I was impressed with the high definition Blu-ray version, and would opt to watch it this way if you pick up this new release.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie for the umpteenth time, and am so happy that it released to Blu-ray, so that I could add it to my movie collection.

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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