Pete’s Dragon Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon (2016), a reimagining of Disney’s cherished 2012 original that centers on an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. The new family film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Isiah Whitlock Jr., and arrives on Blu-ray on November 29th.

Families will be captivated by this magical movie followed by never-before-seen bonus features, including a revealing look at director David Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of Pete’s Dragon, the design process behind the lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the film’s breathtaking production location of New Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors and hilarious bloopers.

Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Grace, a forest ranger in the Pacific Northwest who happens upon 10-year-old Pete, played by Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You). Oona Laurence (Southpaw) is Natalie, the 11-year-old daughter of Jack, a lumber-mill owner played by Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games). Karl Urban (Star Trek) is Jack’s bumbling brother Gavin and Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) portrays Mr. Meacham, an old wood carver who delights the local children with tales of a fierce dragon.

The film is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) from a screenplay by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (The Finest Hours), with Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) serving as executive producer.

Writer/director Lowery reveals, “I look back on childhood as an adventure, and I wanted to capture that on screen in the smallest—but also the biggest—way.” The big—the creation of an irresistible 24-foot tall, green, furry dragon that can breathe fire and turn invisible—is brilliantly tackled by the team at the Academy Award-winning visual effects company Weta Digital (The Hobbit films and The Lord of the Rings trilogy). But it’s the small moments between characters that so beautifully convey the film’s powerful message: the importance of friendship, family and finding one’s place in the world.

Pete’s Dragon is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. Extras include:

  • Notes to Self: A Director’s Diary – Director David Lowery narrates the personal diary he kept through the filming of “Pete’s Dragon” in this intimate and fascinating look at the movie’s making. 
  • Making Magic – Discover fun facts about what went into designing this spectacular, lovable dragon.
  • “Disappearing” Moments – The director shares a montage of the film’s “lost” scenes.
  • Welcome to New Zealand – Experience the wonders of New Zealand and learn why it’s a magical place to visit … and to make a movie.
  • Audio Commentary – Gain an insider perspective from director David Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence. 
  • Music Videos: “Nobody Knows” by The Lumineers & “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  • Bloopers

8 thoughts on “Pete’s Dragon Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features”

  1. And the year is far from over!

    Jungle Book was fantastic, and it’s good to hear that Pete’s Dragon was good too. The funny thing is, neither of those films remotely appealed to me as a kid. In fact I remember finding the first Pete’s Dragon boring. Resolutely mediocre. That helps when you’re remaking a movie.

    But Jungle Book 2.0 was a masterpiece, and made me do a complete reversal on my opinion of all these Disney remakes. I choose not to comment on Guy Ritchie and Aladdin, but I actually think Lion King could be improved if told using photorealistic CGI, that it could be given more weight, and be more emotional. Mulan will be an improvement too, and Beauty and the Beast as well. The original was more like an actual musical than any Disney animated film that had come before, but Disney clearly did not want to take it too far, and punches were pulled. But if that promotional image of Lumiaire and Cogsworth is any indication (as well as all the other material I’ve seen), the remake is going to be amazing.

    As for Mary Poppins 2, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt, as long as they’re being truthful about going back to some of the other original stories by P.L. Travers. Plus, although I know you don’t like musicals, Lynn-Manuel Miranda is the real deal. All good stuff.


    1. Aladdin shouldn’t be touched. Period. However, The Jungle Book and Cap Civil War are tied in my mind as the top films of the year; the former being in my mind the definitive telling of that story. The teaser for Beauty & the Beast, my second favorite of the animated features (behind Sleeping Beauty), gave me chills. There’s a video that compares the original teaser for the animated film with the teaser for the live-action film and it’s awesome ( They’ve had THREE billion dollar films already, and The Jungle Book had $967 million and we’re not even to Doctor Strange or Rogue One yet. If they park those into the upper deck, I say this is the best year, quality-wise, any studio has ever had.


      1. Robin Williams took legal measures to make sure unused outtakes from his Aladdin recording sessions could never be used in other movies, ect. Smart guy, because I have a feeling Disney would have gone there without hesitation. Now that Ritchie is directing the remake I’m longing for the days when Disney was planning that prequel called Genies.

        I don’t think anyone is expecting Doctor Strange to be the MCU’s biggest blockbuster. I gather it’s tracking fine, if not spectacularly, but if it doesn’t do better than Ant-Man I’ll eat my hat (sorry, I’ve always wanted to use that expression). I really wasn’t a fan of Ant-Man. At all. And if that movie managed to be as successful as it was, I have to believe the general public will be game for Benedict Cumberbatch in a movie whose trailers are filled with incredibly cool Inception-like imagery.


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