Ralph Potts reviews this endearing family classic about a boy who receives a cupboard as a gift on his ninth birthday and discovers that putting toy figures into it brings the toys to life.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Sony Pictures - 1995
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Surround
English, English SDH, French
Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat, David Keith, Steve Coogan
Melissa Mathison based on the novel by Lynn Reid Banks
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
September 22, 2015
"Adventure comes to life!"
An Adventure Comes to Life! The most amazing adventure is awaiting. Are you ready to unlock the secret? On his ninth birthday, Omri is presented with many gifts - the most unusual being a cupboard. But this is no ordinary wooden box. It is endowed with magical power that transforms Omri’s plastic toy figurines into living creatures. The first miniature to be animated is a 19th Century Iroquois warrior named Little Bear, who is terrified at first by his alien surroundings but soon bonds with his gigantic playmate. But when Omri’s friend, Patrick, gets in on the act and brings a six-shooting cowboy to life, their fantastic secret is in danger of being revealed.
Based on the novel by Lynn Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard
is making its debut on Blu-ray in this 20th Anniversary Edition that is newly remastered in 4K. Growing up I had a pretty vivid imagination, and actually still do, and enjoyed stories like the one portrayed in The Indian in the cupboard
. I never read the book but my kids did, and when the film came out on home video (and later on DVD) we scooped it up. . I appreciate its simple and well-crafted story that incorporates elements that speak to the importance of tolerance, cultural differences and the transcendent bonds of friendship. It has been years since I have seen it but revisiting it during this review revealed that it remains wholesome family entertainment that has a timeless appeal. As with other films of its ilk I am sure that its fans will appreciate the fact that they can share it with their children looking better than ever.
The rating is for mild language, brief violence and mild thematic material.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
- DSU Rating * (non-rated element): NA
The Indian in the cupboard comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.2 Mbps.
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- Color Reproduction:
Having been newly remastered in 4K for this anniversary edition release, this is a pleasing high definition video presentation that appears to render the film’s elements faithfully. Resolution is notable as images are firmly resolved, with defining sharpness and two dimensional depth. The film makes use of natural lighting that combines with its use of soft chromatic warmth to set the thematic tone intended by the filmmakers. Fleshtones appear descriptive with discernible complexional variety that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Contrast is well balanced which enriches both light and dark onscreen elements. There is a light veneer of grain that provides a mildly textured and film like essence.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack yields crisp, well textured dialogue that renders even subtle variances in tonal character or vocal inflections clearly. Randy Edelman's music score is featured throughout and exhibits high level detail, strident free treble and excellent soundstage presence. The audio presentation is delivered across the front soundstage with intermittent splashes of ambience through the rear channels that broaden the sound field. Surround use isn’t prevalent but atmospheric effects and occasional panning sequences create a believable listening environment that blends well with the front three channels. There isn’t a lot of bass associated with this soundtrack but the mix reproduces appropriate low frequency response in support of the recording’s elements.
- (HD) *NEW Little Bear: Return to The Indian in the cupboard – 13 minute featurette
- From the cast of Goosebumps
- (HD) *NEW Goosebumps Sneak Peek
- (HD) Reflection on The Indian in the cupboard with Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee – 5 minutes
- Director's audio commentary
- Archival making of featurette – 3 minutes
- Theatrical trailers 1 & 2
Based on the book by author Lynn Reid Banks, this anniversary edition of The Indian in the cupboard
marks its debut on Blu-ray and allows fans to enjoy its timeless and heartwarming story looking and sounding terrific in high definition. This offering, which incorporates new and legacy bonus features, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment comes highly recommended.
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