New Release: Dolphin Tale DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D

Release Date: Dec. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD $44.95, Blu-ray $44.97 (Jan. 17, 2012)
Studio: Warner Home Video

Dolphin TaleThe inspirational family movie Dolphin Tale is even more sweet and inspiration as it’s based on a true story — and the subject of the film is also its star.

Rated PG, the drama tells the story of an injured dolphin who’s found by a boy (Nathan Gamble, TV’s Hank) and brought to a marine hospital for help. Named Winter, the dolphin (played by the actual dolphin that inspired the film) loses her tail, but without a tail, she may not survive. Thanks to the devotion of the boy, a marine biologist (Harry Connick Jr., Copycat) and a prosthetist (Morgan Freeman, Red), Winter gets a new tail and a second chance at life.

Kris Kristofferson (Blade) and Ashley Judd (Tooth Fairy) also star in the film, which was directed by Charles Martin Smith, best known as a character actor in Lucky You and Jack and Jill vs. the World.

Reportedly made for $37 million, Dolphin Tale grossed a tidy $64.4 million during its wide release in theaters.

Critics generally approved of the film too. According to David Edwards of the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, “While it plays hard and loose with the facts, this tale of a boy and a bottlenose dolphin is guaranteed to create a tidal wave’s worth of tears.”

Dolphin Tale Blu-ray 3D box

The DVD and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack come with Warner’s Ultraviolet instant streaming digital copy of the movie and special features.

The DVD contains:

  • deleted scenes
  • gag reel
  • “Ormie and the Cookie Jar”

The Blu-ray 3D includes those plus:

  • “The Hutash Rainbow Bridge”
  • “At Home With Winter”
  • “Dolphin Tale: Spotlight On a Scene”
  • “Winter’s Inspiration”

The Blu-ray-only version for rental is plain.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.