Free Willy (10th Anniversary Special Edition) (Widescreen)

Closed Capationed Starring: Jason James Richter Director: Simon Wincer  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Rating 4.4
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews: Bob Talbot - Cinematographer
    • Music Video:
      1. "Will You Be There" by Michael Jackson
      2. Whale Ballet
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. FREE WILLY 2
      3. FREE WILLY 3
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Games: ESCAPE FROM THE NETS

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 07/16/1993
"...Sweet-natured....Nicely acted by [Richter] and by his older associates..."
Variety - 07/19/1993
"...An exhilarating drama....An astute, intelligent family picture, the film is a potent reminder that you can have your heart in the right place and still produce a gripping, satisfying entertainment..."

Product Description:

Jesse, a homeless orphan who spends his days evading the police, finally gets caught spray painting a whale tank at a local park. Because he distrusts adults intensely, Jesse's not too happy when authorities place him in a foster home and sentence him to clean up the tank he vandalized. Unexpectedly, Willy, the whale who inhabits the tank, takes a liking to Jesse, and the animal and child develop a bond -- a bond that also helps Jesse open up to the adults in his life, including his new parents and the whale's caretakers. But then Jesse learns that Dial, who owns the park, only wants to keep Willy if he can be trained to perform for an audience. Can the boy find a way to save his beloved whale before Dial plays some dirty tricks of his own'

Plot Synopsis:

Jesse, a homeless orphan who spends his days evading the police, finally gets caught spray painting a whale tank at a local park. Because he distrusts adults intensely, Jesse's not too happy when authorities place him in a foster home and sentence him to clean up the tank he vandalized.
Unexpectedly, Willy, the whale who inhabits the tank, takes a liking to Jesse, and the animal and child develop a bond -- a bond that also helps Jesse open up to the adults in his life, including his new parents and the whale's caretakers.
But then Jesse learns that Dial, who owns the park, only wants to keep Willy if he can be trained to perform for an audience. Can the boy find a way to save his beloved whale before Dial plays some dirty tricks of his own'

Plot Keywords:

Animal Heroes | Family (General) | Family Interaction | Friends | Kids Adventure | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Shot in Technicolor and Panavision.
  • The Whale Effects Supervisor was Walt Conti. Edge Innovations created the animatronic whales.
  • Active Environments was in charge of Whale Behavior Supervision. Scott Sharpe was the Supervising Whale Trainer; other whale trainers were Susanna Paloma-Estrada and Armando Rojo.
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Ironically, Keiko, the whale who played Willy in the film, actually has some real-life problems similar to those dramatized in "Free Willy." He had grown too large for his tank, and his health was suffering as a consequence. Many of the people involved with the film (and many who just saw it) tried to find a new home for him, but Keiko's owners refused to let him go: he is a big tourist attraction at their park.

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  • Sales Rank: 26,585
  • UPC: 085392415922
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