Chris Hicks: Vintage flicks find their way to DVD, Blu-ray

Published: Saturday, Aug. 25 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

“The Tigger Movie: Bounce-A-Riffic Special Edition” (Disney/Blu-ray + DVD, 2000, G-rated, two discs, $39.99, featurettes, animated shorts, interactive games, sing-along, music video). This cute theatrical film for small fry is a welcome addition to Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” franchise. (Also on DVD, $29.99.)

“Pocahontas”/“Pocahontas II: Journey to a new World” (Disney/Blu-ray + DVD, 1995/1998, G-rated, three discs, $39.99, deleted scenes, deleted song, audio commentary, featurettes, cartoon short). Irene Bedard voices the title character and Mel Gibson is John Smith in this lushly animated, if historically misguided, retelling of the familiar folk tale. Still enjoyable for the most part. And Bedard is back for the straight-to-video sequel, which is disappointing on every front. (Also on DVD, $29.99.)

“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” (Disney/Blu-ray + DVD, 2001, G-rated, two discs, $39.99, audio commentary, featurettes, sing-along, trivia track, short cartoons.) Scamp, the mischievous offspring of Lady and the Tramp, falls in with a gang of junkyard dogs and needs straightening out. Can’t hold a candle to the original but it’s better than most of Disney’s straight-to-video sequels.

“The Smurfs and the Magic Flute” (Shout! 1983, G-rated, $14.93, featurettes, image gallery, glossary). Although this Belgian-animated film about the blue creatures was released there in 1976, it didn’t make its way to America with an English-dubbed version until 1983. Typical Smurf fare for kids.

“Greatest Family Classics” (Mill Creek, 1921-75, color and b/w, $44.98, 24 discs, 100 movies). This collection of vintage public-domain pictures runs the gamut from silents to comedies to dramas to musicals, and there are quite a few genuine classics in the mix: “The Kid,” with Charlie Chaplin; “The Flying Deuces,” with Laurel & Hardy; “The Inspector General,” with Danny Kaye; “Royal Wedding,” with Fred Astaire; “The General,” with Buster Keaton; “The Little Princess,” with Shirley Temple; “Our Town,” with William Holden; and many more. If you’re looking for some movies to interest your kids in golden oldies, this isn’t a bad place to start.

“Greatest Gunslinger Classics” (Mill Creek, 1931-91, color and b/w, $44.98, 24 discs, 100 movies). Included are early sound films with Hoot Gibson and Harry Carey, programmers with very young John Wayne and Roy Rogers, and some independent spaghetti Westerns with Lee Van Cleef and friends. The most recent is a TV movie, “Showdown at Williams Creek,” with Tom Burlinson (“The Man From Snowy River”) and Raymond Burr near the end of his life. These are all public-domain films, so most are B-movies but some goodies surface, such as John Wayne’s classics “McLintock!” and “The Angel and the Badman,” Jane Russell in “The Outlaw,” etc. For the indiscriminate Western buff in your house.

E-MAIL: hicks@desnews.com

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