The Great Mouse Detective - Mystery In The Mist Edition (BLU-RAY)

The Great Mouse Detective

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Running Time: 
71 minutes

Now this is a classic. The Great Mouse Detective is a terrific spin on the world of Sherlock Holmes, translated into the world of mice and rats through the character of Basil of Baker Street. Basil is the mouse detective of the film's title and like his human counterpart, he's a brilliant mind who's trying to bring down his arch nemesis, Professor Ratigan (voiced by the incomparable Vincent Price). Given the material, this ends up being a bit darker than some of the traditional Disney fare. I have no idea where the general consensus puts this movie in the Disney animation spectrum, but it's one of my favorites. It's one of the best of the more modern Disney canon, but it tends to get lost in the shuffle, thanks to the renaissance that The Little Mermaid started only three years after this came out. While Mermaid and the others that came after (Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King) get the attention thanks to the power of their songs (not to knock the stories themselves, but the impact of the music is indeniable), The Great Mouse Detective skews closer to The Rescuers with a heavier emphasis on story and action alone, with fewer tunes.

I'm thrilled that this is out now on Blu-Ray. The transfer looks great, especially considering that it's been nearly 30 years since this was first released. The bonus features are a little thin, mostly featurettes. It would have been cool to have more extensive extras, but since this isn't one of the bigger hits from Disney, maybe there isn't as much in the famed "vault" to share with the world. Regardless, this is a solid release and definitely worth picking up if you and/or your family are Disney fans. Highly recommended.

Jeremy Hunt
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