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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland (1951) - 60th Anniversary Edition (Combo Pack)



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#1 of 75 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted January 21 2011 - 09:21 AM



#2 of 75 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted January 21 2011 - 09:54 AM

I was thinking of passing on this since I got the previous DVD, but it's pretty irresistible and sounds like a winner.  thanks for the review.

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Posted January 21 2011 - 03:21 PM

Here's hoping we'll get the usual $10 coupon from Disney.

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Posted January 22 2011 - 12:08 AM

A few dissapointments here. On most of thier major animated classics, Disney Vid have commisined speciaols from 30 min or longer about themaking of the film.  Oddly, they have never done this for Alice or dumbo. Why? The laser disc boxed set had almost TWO HOURS of song demos for Alice. These could easilyfit on a blu ray somewhere. Again, they are not available here.

#5 of 75 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted January 22 2011 - 12:19 AM



Originally Posted by Joe Caps 


A few dissapointments here.


On most of thier major animated classics, Disney Vid have commisined speciaols from 30 min or longer about themaking of the film.  Oddly, they have never done this for Alice or dumbo. Why?


The laser disc boxed set had almost TWO HOURS of song demos for Alice. These could easilyfit on a blu ray somewhere. Again, they are not available here.


The interactve video commentary pretty much accomplishes this (along with giving detailed information about the life of Lewis Carroll). It's certainly the most thorough extra Alice has ever had in any video incarnation.


Based on the quality of six of the seven tunes they chose for the Blu-ray, I'm not sure I'd want to hear any more. They're not very good. I did like "Beyond the Laughing Sky," but I like it better as "The Second Star to the Right."


And I was so happy Disney didn't choose to put any of the vintage material as a BD-Live supplement only. Another major positive compared to the Fantasia release.



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Posted January 22 2011 - 12:44 AM

I'm so happy to hear they've skipped the BD-Live nonsense bullshit on this one. The sooner that practice is dropped, the better. (Okay, I'm a bit of a dreamer.) This sounds great, overall. I'm in.


As something of a completist when it comes to certain segments of my collection, Disney classics being one of these, I always appreciate hearing from Joe Caps or anyone else whenever there are items not ported over from both LDs and earlier DVD releases. Even if, as Matt says, you might not care to get through a lot of those song demos, I feel that since the material is already in hand, it should be there -- especially when such an incredible amount of content can fit on BDs. Just another reason why the collection will always have a certain amount of duplication, and why the core of the LD collection is here to stay.




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Posted January 22 2011 - 08:42 AM

MINE.  And Bambi one month later?  ALSO MINE. 

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Posted January 24 2011 - 04:22 AM

I've never been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, but I am a sucker for everything Disney and need to have a complete BD collection.  Hoping for a coupon...even without one, the price should be cheap enough for me.  Thanks for the review, Matt.

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Posted January 24 2011 - 08:52 AM

The colors on the current DVD were proclaimed to be a bit off by some readers here, perhaps not as vibrant as they should be; has this issue been remedied on the Blu-ray?

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Posted January 25 2011 - 07:44 PM

Watched this last night, and just like "Beauty and the Beast" it also has that annoying "Recommended Feature" pop-up, that shows up at the beginning of the end credits. Who signs off on crap like that?

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Posted January 26 2011 - 12:24 AM

Oh, how I wish I could say:  "You have got to be f**king kidding me."

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Posted January 26 2011 - 07:40 AM



Originally Posted by Christian Preischl 

Watched this last night, and just like "Beauty and the Beast" it also has that annoying "Recommended Feature" pop-up, that shows up at the beginning of the end credits.



 I remember seeing that in the theater back in '51.



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Posted January 26 2011 - 09:45 PM

Some video clips from the film and special features: Here is the Blu-ray trailer: Pencil Test (From Bonus Features) Real Life Events (From Bonus Features) Very Merry Un-Birthday (Film Clip) Cheshire Cat (Film Clip) Alice and the Queen (Film Clip)

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Posted January 27 2011 - 02:26 PM



Originally Posted by Jeffrey Nelson 

The colors on the current DVD were proclaimed to be a bit off by some readers here, perhaps not as vibrant as they should be; has this issue been remedied on the Blu-ray?



Actually, it's the other way 'round, apparently -- the Blu-ray has been recolored, according to Hollywood animation restoration expert Stephen Worth's post in the Robert H. Harris thread on this disc, and the colors on the Masterpiece edition DVD match the old animation cels much more closely.  Just great.



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Posted January 28 2011 - 01:48 PM

Thanks Matt for the review. 

While the Mr Harris and Worth duke it out over the details of how historically accurate this is -- in 2011 Disney has confirmed a $10 off coupon like usual

at  the Disney Movie Rewards site.    It's not active yet, but the Coupon screen has been put up and it should be printing money sometime in the next 12-24hours.

Whether you agree with the changes or not, at least it;s cheaper than full price.


http://www.disneymov...s/alice-upgrade


Sign into your account and enter UPC of one of the DVD or VHS releases  then follow the figurative rabbit to the coupon printer site.


UPC's that should work
786936232601
717951000439
786936801811
786936126679



I may try an LD release UPC just for fun -- oh well codes not recognized for the LD's, but there are about 12 codes that will work.

012257036060

786936613964


So far, Best Buy has the best B&M price at $19.99, but you can always pricematch at Target or WM if you wish no matter what their actual price is.



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Posted January 28 2011 - 07:43 PM

Thanks David.  That's what I've been waiting for.  I will give Alice another chance, possibly next weekend.

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Posted January 29 2011 - 01:15 AM

Thanks David, for the heads up. Crawdaddy

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Blu-ray Preorder Listing

 


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Posted January 29 2011 - 03:31 AM

When I follow the link it says "This offer has expired" and then redirects me to the special offers page.

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Posted January 29 2011 - 03:33 AM



Originally Posted by gomezfan69 

When I follow the link it says "This offer has expired" and then redirects me to the special offers page.



I think the link hasn't been activated yet for that coupon which will probably happen in the next day or so.


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Posted January 29 2011 - 06:48 AM



Originally Posted by gomezfan69 

When I follow the link it says "This offer has expired" and then redirects me to the special offers page.



That's Disney speak for "Ain't ready yet"   Don't ask me why use the word expired, but if you look somewhere on the page it says the coupon is good until 2/7/2011.   I'm not

sure why some folks are freaking out on other boards (as usual) about the coupon not being available yet since you can't officially buy it until Tuesday anyway.


This at least confirms that the coupon will come and the price ($10 instead of $8 like some) so you can decide if you wish to buy B&M or order online somewhere.


Based on past timeframes it should be active sometime today, but I guess they could wait until Monday though the number of induced strokes will be on Disney's conscience

if they do that.