Newsies 20th Anniversary Blu-ray EditionOur family was one of the few that saw Disney’s Newsies when it released in theaters 20 years ago – my boys were just 4 and 6 at the time and it was a movie that they could relate to after years of Disney princesses.  We loved every minute of it and were shocked when it closed a colossal flop.  It did eventually get realeased on VHS (1997) and we scooped it up and enjoyed it over and over in the years that followed.  Eventually it was released on DVD in 2002 and we have that version as well.

Now Newsies is being released on Blu-ray and we’ll be adding this one to our collection.  It’s a fabulous movie with great songs – perhaps it was just ahead of its time.  It’s definately got a cult following now and the Newsies Broadway show is doing phenomenally well.  Maybe now is its time to shine.

You’ll recognize a lot of these young men.  Many went on to be some of the biggest names in Hollywood.  Christian Bale is an Academy Award® winner for his role in The Fighter  ad yes, he was also in that little movie called, Batman Begins.  Here the very young Bale plays the reluctant organizer, Jack Kelly and he does it beautifully.  You’ll also find Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), and Ann-Margret.

King of New York from Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]

Newsies is based on a true tale of newsboys at the turn of the century who fought for their rights to unionize and in doing so suffered the wrath of big business and it’s done in a classic musical style. There are some fabulous dance sequences which were beautifully choreographed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) and amazing songs by Alan Menken (Beauty And The Beast).

Te film has been updated with “state-of-the-art digital restoration” to the Blu-ray and they’ve added special features to this edition as well.

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Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

  • Filmmakers’ commentary
  • Newsies, Newsies, See All About It; The Inside Story; The Strike! The True Story
  • Storyboard to Scene Comparison Sequence with Commentary
  • Sing-Along Feature

Newsies Cast

Ann-Margret Medda Larsen Luke Edwards Les Jacobs
Christian Bale Jack Kelly Deborra-Lee Furness Esther Jacobs
Robert Duvall Joseph Pulitzer Ele Keats Sarah Jacobs
Marty Belafsky Crutchy Michael Lerner Weasel
Bill Pullman Bryan Denton Aaron Lohr Mush
Max Casella Racetrack Higgins Arvie Lowe Jr. Boots
Charles Cioffi Seitz David Moscow David Jacobs
Gabriel Damon Spot Conlon Trey Parker Kid Blink
Jeffrey Demunn Mayer Jacobs Kevin Tighe Snyder

Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]

Directed By: Andrew Laszlo; Kenny Ortega
Original Release Date: 6/19/12
Written By: Bob Tzudiker; Noni White
Approximate Run Time: 121 minutes
MPAA: PG (for violence and some language)

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