Perhaps the most pleasantly surprising film I’ve seen all year is Disney’s live-action remake of the classic film Dumbo. From the brilliant Tim Burton, this grand adventure takes the classic story, inspired by the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, and reimagines it. Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital, Dumbo will captivate audiences both young and old with its poignant story about a baby elephant with oversized ears and the uncanny ability to fly.
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Dumbo follows the story of struggling circus owner Max Medici, who enlists former star Holt Farrier and his children to care for a newborn elephant, mocked for his oversized ears. When they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting the charismatic but sinister entrepreneur V.A.Vandevere, who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, spectacular, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland.
Dumbo is a story about celebrating differences, overcoming adversity, and the idea that people, young and old, can have great impact on others. While the film carries its weight in emotion, it is also visually impressive, from the set to the costumes. While families can bring the film home on a variety of formats, I imagine 4K Ultra HD would be the optimal format to glean a true appreciation for the visual beauty of this film.
Dumbo on Blu-ray, Digital, and DVD
Dumbo, now available on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD, Movies Anywhere, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD, features never-before-seen bonus features, deleted scenes, Easter eggs, and bloopers.
In the bonus features, extras transport viewers to the set of “Dumbo,” where cast members Danny DeVito (circus owner Max Medici), Michael Keaton (businessman V.A. Vandevere), Colin Farrell (war-veteran-turned-elephant-keeper Holt Farrier), Eva Green (aerialist Colette Marchant), Nico Parker (Farrier’s daughter, Milly) and Finley Hobbins (Farrier’s son, Joe) share their personal stories of courage and character. Families will also explore how Disney’s timeless animated story was brought to life with an incredibly expressive, lovable, fully computer-generated baby elephant; the longtime collaboration of Burton, production designer Rick Heinrichs and costume designer Colleen Atwood, which resulted in jaw-dropping sets and costumes; and the creation of the visually colossal Dreamland parade sequence.
- Circus Spectaculars: Dumbo’s cast share their experience of making the film—and get to the heart of a story about family and believing in yourself.
- The Elephant in the Room: Explore how one of Disney’s most lovable characters went from an animated classic to a stunning live-action retelling.
- Built to Amaze: Get a closer look at the film’s production and costume design.
- Deleted Scenes: A compelling collection of scenes that almost made the final film.
- Roustabout Rufus
- Pachyderm Plans
- The Other Medici Brother
- Monkey Business
- A Star Is Born
- Where’s Dumbo
- Elephant Heist
- A Seat at the Show
- Easter Eggs on Parade: Discover the hidden and not-so-hidden nods to the animated Dumbo in this narrated tribute to the Disney classic.
- Clowning Around: Laugh along with the cast in a collection of big-top bloopers and goofs from the set.
- “Baby Mine”: Video performed by Arcade Fire.
- DREAMLAND – Anatomy of a Scene: From Final Script to Final Scene: The filmmakers and cast talk a lot about the feeling of “grand intimacy” in the film. Step right up as they bring the Dreamland parade to life, accomplishing the rare marriage of a massive spectacle combined with an emotional tenderness.
Dumbo Recipes and Crafts
Celebrate the release of the film with a movie night, featuring exclusive Dumbo Recipes and Crafts.