Karl Urban

New video: The remake of 'Pete's Dragon' is way better than the original

New video: The remake of 'Pete's Dragon' is way better than the original

New on Blu-ray

“Pete’s Dragon” (Disney/Buena Vista DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99; also available on VOD)

Disney’s 1977 live-action/animation hybrid “Pete’s Dragon” is a fairly bland family film, which may be why expectations were low for this year’s CGI-heavy remake. But writer-director David Lowery (in collaboration with co-screenwriter Toby Halbrooks) applies the same sense of wonder and artistry to this kid-flick that he brought to his acclaimed indie drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” reshaping the original’s leaden musical comedy into a tender environmentalist drama. Oakes Fegley plays...

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