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‘Peter Rabbit’ Blu-ray Review: The Beloved Children’s Classic is Reimagined for Contemporary Audiences

May 21, 2018Ben MK

An agreeably charming and modern update to author Beatrix Potter's classic series of children's books, Peter Rabbit is a movie that both adult audiences and younger viewers will find it easy to take a shining to.

In it, James Corden voices the titular bunny rabbit (just don't refer to him as a rodent), who calls the quaint English countryside town of Windermere home sweet burrow, along with his three sisters, Cotton-Tail (Daisy Ridley), Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Flopsy (Margot Robbie), and his cousin Benjamin (Colin Moody). Always at odds with the mean-spirited Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill), who despises the local wildlife for foraging in his vegetable garden, Peter has made it his mission in life to be the thorn in McGregor's side. But when the old man drops dead from a heart attack, Peter finds a new arch nemesis to contend with — McGregor's great-nephew, Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson), who ends up falling for Peter's kindhearted neighbor, a local artist named Bea (Rose Byrne).

To read The Reel Roundup's review of the film, click here.

Peter Rabbit scampers onto Blu-ray with a family-friendly 1080p encode and a boisterous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix. From the rabbits' soft fur and the fabric texture of their tiny jackets, to the picturesque green landscape of Windermere and the hustle and bustle of the streets of London, image detail is outstanding throughout and color saturation is top-notch. Add to that the sounds of leaves rustling in the breeze, chirping birds and all manner of cartoonish chaos, not to mention the upbeat rhythms of songs like Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" and The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," and this technical presentation is just as charming as the movie itself.

Sony's two-disc Blu-ray combo pack includes a DVD copy of the film, an UltraViolet digital copy and the following Blu-ray extras:

  • Shake Your Cotton-Tail Dance Along (2:36) - Kids dance along to the song "I Promise You," as sung by James Corden.
  • Peter Rabbit: Mischief in the Making (7:25) - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, from the voice cast, to the human cast, to the visual effects.
  • Mini Movie (3:55) - A short film titled Flopsy Turvy, which focuses on Peter Rabbit's sisters, Cotton-Tail, Mopsy and Flopsy.

Peter Rabbit is available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as of May 1st, 2018. The Blu-ray features English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Descriptive Audio, Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The film is presented with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The total runtime is 1 hr. 35 min.

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