I don’t believe I had ever seen The Great Mouse Detective before getting the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for review. It originally released in 1986, when I was in college so that is probably why it was off my radar. I do know there are a lot of questions about it in the Disney Trivial Pursuit game-and I never knew the answers until now! My kids are familiar with the film, saying they watched it on television.
I waited a long time for this movie to arrive. Originally the release date was September 18th and it got pushed up to October 9th. I am glad I finally watched the movie. It is a cute detective flick that pays homage to the British detectives of the late 1800s and is based on the book series “Basil of Baker Street”. The cast is great, especially Vincent Price as Ratigan, the villain. The music by Henry Mancini is well done but nothing that will stick with you after the movie. This was also the first movie where Disney used a combination of CGI and hand animated cels. This use of technology allows for a great chase scene through Big Ben.
Suggested Retail Prices & Product Configurations:
- Mystery in the Mist Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray Disc +1 DVD) =$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada
- HD Digital = Consumer should check with their preferred digital retailer for pricing and additional information
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada. Bonus material not rated. Approximately 74 minutes
“So You Think You Can Sleuth” – Viewers get an introduction to private investigating to kick off the “Great Mouse Detective” film.
“The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” Sing-A-Long Song – young fans can sing along with Vincent Price to the song’s villainous vocals.
“The Making of the Great Mouse Detective” – In this bonus feature, fans get a behind the scenes look at this classic film.
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: Widescreen 1.78:1
DVD: Widescreen 1.78:1 Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Audio: Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
I enjoyed the movie, it is more of a detective/action film than a typical Disney movie and this is probably why it is underrated. Take a look at one of my favorite scenes.
I believe this movie belongs in every Disney movie fan’s library. It would make a great Christmas gift for your kids or your favorite movie lover.
Have you seen The Great Mouse Detective? What are your thoughts on the movie? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine.