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Specs for Aladdin Platinum Edition Annouced - Should we start emailing Disney now?


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#1 of 53 MarkRowley

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Posted June 15 2004 - 03:54 PM

I note that Disney has announced the specs for the upcoming Aladdin Platinum Edition.

Considering the appalling job Disney made of Beauty and the Beast with digital compression artifacts everywhere, maybe we should try and make sure that they don't make a complete mess of Aladdin?

What do you think?

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#2 of 53 BryanV

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Posted June 15 2004 - 06:30 PM

But there have been many special editions since the Beauty and the Beast that garnered no complaints why would this next disc be a problem?

#3 of 53 MarkRowley

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Posted June 15 2004 - 07:31 PM

Actually, I believe there has only been one other Platinum Edition DVD since Beauty and the Beast and that is The Lion King. Which was not universally acclaimed.

Will Aladdin be a problem? Maybe, .....maybe not.

My question was largely rhetorical anyway.

I was just very disappointed that Disney ruined a golden opportunity to produce a great DVD with Beauty and the Beast.

Aladdin is arguably one of the jewels in their animation crown and it would be a real shame if it turns out like Beauty and the Beast.

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#4 of 53 Craig S

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Posted June 15 2004 - 11:53 PM

Beauty & The Beast was unique in that they unwisely squeezed 3 different versions of the film onto one disc, causing all the artifacts. That situation doesn't exist here.

No point in getting all worked up over something that we can do nothing about (the work on the disc is probably finished at this point), and that likely won't be an issue anyway.

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#5 of 53 Malcolm R

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:20 AM

While not a Platinum Edition, there were also all the problems with "Brother Bear."

We just need to face facts. Disney cares about the money, not the presentation. They'll cut corners wherever necessary to squeeze an extra penny profit out of the product. A handful of rabid HT enthusiasts are of no consequence to them.

As long as Mom & Dad can plop Junior in front of the TV for 90 minutes and he doesn't complain, then it's "mission accomplished."
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#6 of 53 Neil S. Bulk

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:48 AM

Any chance of Disney restoring the original lyrics to "Arabian Nights"? You can read about it here.

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Posted June 16 2004 - 03:05 AM

Any chance of Disney restoring the original lyrics to "Arabian Nights"?

Michael Eisner's Disney? Are you kidding?
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Posted June 16 2004 - 03:08 AM

Neil S. Bulk: I wouldn't bet on it. Since some think the lyrics are insulting to other cultures, I think that the chance of the lyrics being restored is quite slim.
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Posted June 16 2004 - 04:28 AM

It's funny, though. The soundtrack CD has the original lyrics.
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#10 of 53 Keith Paynter

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Posted June 16 2004 - 05:10 AM

I've made my own DVD from the CAV laserdisc and the CD soundtrack. Close enough for my library.
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Posted June 16 2004 - 05:26 AM

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It's funny, though. The soundtrack CD has the original lyrics.
But I thought I read it was changed on later pressings of the soundtrack. True?

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Posted June 16 2004 - 05:43 AM

Can someone clarify something for me. On DVDFile, they state that the movie will be featured in "anamorphic widescreen, family-friendly 1:66:1". Now what I'd like to know is if that is in fact the OAR, or has it been altered. It's the "family friendly" phrasing that confuses me. Mainly because when 'Roger Rabbit' was released (Vista Series), it consisted of a "family friendly" disc containing the full version.
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#13 of 53 Keith Paynter

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Posted June 16 2004 - 05:50 AM

While exhibited in 1.85:1 for theaters, the film was made using the CAPS system, which is 1.66:1. The original laserdiscs were presented using the CAPS aspect ratio.

"Family friendly" widescreen? "Wal-Mart black-bar pissed-off parent"-friendly widescreen, you mean...
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#14 of 53 Jesse Skeen

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Posted June 16 2004 - 07:42 AM

No original version, no sale!
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Posted June 16 2004 - 10:56 AM

I waited this long and they are throwing crap like the extra song and changing lyrics that's bad!!

I have a hard time being excited about this now.

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Posted June 16 2004 - 12:04 PM

Keith Paynter wrote in post #13:
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While exhibited in 1.85:1 for theaters, the film was made using the CAPS system, which is 1.66:1. The original laserdiscs were presented using the CAPS aspect ratio.
Can someone explain to me the CAPS system. Is this similar to Full Frame?

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Posted June 16 2004 - 01:02 PM

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I waited this long and they are throwing crap like the extra song and changing lyrics that's bad!!


The lyrics were changed years ago and the original lyrics have never appeared on any version of the film on home video, so there's no surprise there. You'll have the option of watching the movie without the additonal song, as you did with Beauty and the Beast and Lion King. It's just a gimmick.

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Posted June 16 2004 - 01:12 PM

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Can someone explain to me the CAPS system. Is this similar to Full Frame?
It's Disney's digital coloring system for their animated films. I didn't realize it was designed for a specific aspect ratio, though I suppose that makes sense.
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#19 of 53 Keith Paynter

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Posted June 16 2004 - 02:00 PM

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It's Disney's digital coloring system for their animated films

Here's some tidbits courtesy of IMDB, re: The Little Mermaid...



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The final sequence in this film (Ariel and Eric's wedding) was the first in Disney animation history to use the CAPS (Computer Animation and Production System) computer system developed by Disney and their brand new computer technology partners at Pixar. This sequence and all future Disney animated films (from Rescuers Down Under, The (1990) on) still used traditionally painted backgrounds and traditionally drawn character animation, but after the artwork was completed, it was all scanned into the CAPS system, where the animation drawings were colored, and effects and blends added using CAPS's digital ink-and-paint software. All the camera work (including a digital version of Disney's famous "multiplane camera") and compositing was then done in the CAPS system and printed out to film.


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Posted June 15 2004 - 03:54 PM

I note that Disney has announced the specs for the upcoming Aladdin Platinum Edition.

Considering the appalling job Disney made of Beauty and the Beast with digital compression artifacts everywhere, maybe we should try and make sure that they don't make a complete mess of Aladdin?

What do you think?

Mark


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