The Last Unicorn on Blu-Ray

It has been over a decade since I last saw the movie, The Last Unicorn. I was a fan of the movie because cable TV’s need to constantly replay the film 24/7 for a year in the 1980s. Their was probably a time that I could spout the dialogue to this and Water Babies verbatim. Sadly that time has passed, but the memory of the film remains. So I was very excited to see that this classic was being released on Blu-Ray and I picked it up.

For those who have not seen it, I will give you a little overview from the film:

In this whimsical, animated film, a lone unicorn seeks out others like herself through a mystical land of talking cats and spellbinding magicians. Based on the book by Peter S. Beagle, this story has enamored the hearts of fans – young and old – from around the globe. In her search for other unicorns, the last unicorn encounters a cast of delightful characters as well as dangers she never imagined. Throughout the fantastic adventure, she learns of friendship, love, and most importantly, her true self. Discover the magic that has kept this tale a treasured classic. Featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow and Angela Lansbury, the story brings forth the power of friendship, the beauty of love and the pain of regret. Interlaced with songs and ethereal imagery, The Last Unicorn will reignite the hearts of its fans and entrance all who enter.

Sounds good right? And it is, it is especially a treat for classic hand drawn animation fans and of course lovers of unicorns. Needless to say this movie is very popular in two demographics: People who read nostalgia websites and 6 year old girls who buy glitter from the craft store by the tub full (FYI: joining the “glitter tub club” can lead to big glitter savings.)

I absolutely adore it and I am happy I picked up this version with only one caveat. This film is crazy overprotected and over commercialized. You have tons (is 5 a ton?) of painfully skip-able trailers, the package was too well secured, the disc attempts to use my non internet enable blu-ray player to call home and of course you get the obnoxious FBI warnings. I am not sure why, but on titles that I am feeling very nostalgic about, these things stand out like a sore thumb and really bug me. YES, I want to watch trailers, but don’t make me and by now does anyone who is smart enough to know how to copy a disc, not know that it is illegal to do so? Please stop the madness!

Okay, I feel I properly vented my frustration. Now onto the rest. The packaging is pretty, with a nice image of the characters arrayed around the logo on a blue field. Its really nice, check it out:

Last Unicorn Blu-ray

Notice I got the combo pack, which is nice if you still have a DVD player in your house or computer. When you get the combo pack you get a host of extras including:

Disc 1: Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus
• “Immortal Characters” Featurette
• Audio Commentary with Writer Peter S. Beagle and Connor Cochran
• Fan Art Gallery
• Peter S. Beagle and His Work
• “The Tail of The Last Unicorn” Minidocumentary
• Schmendrick’s Magical Gallery
• Original Trailer
• Trailer Gallery

Disc 2: DVD Feature Film + Bonus
• “The Tail of The Last Unicorn” Minidocumentary
• Schmendrick’s Magical Gallery
• “Escape the Red Bull” Set-Top Game
• About Peter S. Beagle
• Original Trailer
• Trailer Gallery

And the movie looks and sound great. Some people might be turned off by the fact that it does not seem highly digitized, but I liked the slightly rough hewn nature of the film. It captures some of that early movie watching magic, while cleaning things up. Very nice.

The Last Unicorn was wonderful to re-watch and I think it will go into regular rotations at my home. If you have kids it can be one of those wonderful movies you bond over that is non-Disney. I am always saying their needs to be more magic in movies, now with The Last Unicorn getting a proper HD release, there is… So pick up a little Unicorn magic today (glitter not included).

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