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Blu-ray review: ‘The Last Unicorn'

Blu-ray review: “The Last Unicorn.” 1982 animated fantasy film comes to Blu-ray.
Published: March 18, 2011

Lady Amalthea begins to fall in love with Prince Lir, and as she becomes more fully human, she begins to forget the reason for her quest. But King Haggard wonders about the magic in her eyes, and he may know more about the disappearance of the unicorns than he lets on.

The film explores adult themes of identity and loss of innocence while remaining child-appropriate throughout. (The violence in a few scenes and Amalthea's brief nudity, remaining partially covered by her flowing hair, are well within a PG rating.) Rene Auberjonois (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is memorable in a small role as a talking skull who has information that Schmendrick needs about the Red Bull.

The music for the film was written by Oklahoma's Jimmy Webb, with songs performed by America. The film bears similarities to later Hayao Miyazaki films. Some of the animators of “The Last Unicorn” were later involved with Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.

Extras include an audio commentary with Beagle and book publisher Connor Cochran, featurettes and an audio description of Beagle's books.

— Matthew Price


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