Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Journey of Natty Gann|
Actors: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Jed, Ray Wise, Lainie Kazan
Director: Jeremy Kagan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
Set in Chicago during the Great Depression, this inspirational story is about a young girl's search for her father after he is forced to suddenly travel west to take a job. Along the way, she is befriended by a young drift... more »
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Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 5/29/2013...
a classic story that is predictable, but enjoyable. Good to see an early John Cusack.
Lisa Z. (lisa3) from FOND DU LAC, WI
Reviewed on 1/17/2008...
I'm very fond of this movie. I loved Natty's bravery and resourcefulness as she traveled across the country. Don't miss this one!
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Great Movie Given A Shabby DVD Transfer treatment
eazwoman | Wasco, California USA | 11/22/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What could have been the usual predictable Disney film, turns out to be a truly remarkable experience the whole family can enjoy. The story of a young girl who travels across country to find her father during the depression, is played perfectly by Meredith Salenger. The supporting cast is just as excellent, with John Cusack playing a drifter she meets along the way, and Jed who plays Wolf, her companion for much of the journey. During her trip, we have a first hand look at the desparation many people suffered through during the depression. The scenery is gorgeous, and the score is terrific. This should be a Disney classic and it's too bad the people at Disney don't realize it, which brings me to the bad part of this review.
Apperently there isn't anyone at Disney who ever thought this movie would be or could be this great. It was released on VHS, but was out of print and unavailable for a long time, unless of course you wanted to spend mega-bucks for it on Ebay. I would have hoped that with this re-release, it would have gained some measure of respect, but Disney only saw fit to slap a quick pan and scan version on DVD and sell it at a low price to make a few bucks. The transfer is horrible, the picture is grainy much of the time, the characters out of frame, and most of the scenery is completely lost. The audio is ordinary, much of the sounds when they are in the forest inaudible, and the beautiful score is completely wasted. It's too bad that the people at Disney don't know what a gem they have. In other words, the movie gets five stars, the DVD transfer gets one star....which averages out to a three. Despite that, I suggest you buy this movie while you can before it disappears into oblivion once again."
Teriffic! Tremendous! Stupendous! wtF?! OOOPS??!!
Billy Sargent | 02/24/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Great Movie. Crummy DVD. I saw it in theatres when I was a kid, I bought the VHS when 1st available; I was overjoyed to the point of near misty-eyed-ness when I recieved the DVD from my wife. TjoNG is one of the reasons I fell in love with wolves & learned to overcome my American cultural ignorance of them. The movie is the reason I listened more closely to my grandparents tales of the depression; why I stopped thinking depression meant an emotional state & recognized it as an economic problem. You & your kids can *LEARN* something from this movie, you can enjoy watching it, again & again; there's a marvelous emotional hurrah! throughout the entire story, Disney at it's finest without the clubbed-over-the-head forced-spoon-fed social & morality message & commentary. The scenery is breathtaking, you kinda think I wish I could go back to then & live in that incredible world. The music is perfect, nudging & reinforcing without interrupting or annoying. This is also one of Scatman Caruthers' last roles, doing what he does best; adding a touch of autheniticty that makes our suspension of disbelief effortless.
The DVD is a horiffic slap in the face to the theatrical release, the cast, crew & it's *SO* bad it makes the movie look shoddy. I won't reiterate what the other people so ably & eloquently illustrated of the flaws, I'll just say BUY THE VHS! if you can't, well, this DVD is better than nothing.Barely.
The only reason there're 3 stars is because I was in the theatre on a magical night near to 2 decades ago & I *KNOW* what should have been on this disc. Let's not even mention the despair of finding no extra features."
Why Pan and Scan?
Chastity Gray | Muskegon, MI United States | 09/24/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Journey Of Natty Gann is the story about the adventures of a young woman from Chicago who is on the road to find her father who was sent all the way to Washington to work. Along the way, she befriends a wolf-dog(the same animal that played in the 1991 film White Fang), and a drifter. The bad thing about this dvd version is that it is only in pan and scan when it should be widescreen. We are only seeing half of the picture! DvDs were developed to make movies look as good on television screens as they did when they first came out in theaters. It is a matter of choice, but I refuse to buy any DVD, Disney included, that is not in its correct aspect ratio, and I urge anyone who feels the same way to contact them and try to get them to release a widescreen version of this movie."