It's a sad state of affairs when fine films, and especially those with great financial importance to the studios suffer some sort of industrial damage without proper backup or asset protection.
While I've never found out what befell the original negative of Disney's The Little Mermaid, shortly after its original theatrical release the studio was forced to put it through a complete restoration.
Fortunately for the film and current audiences, one would never know how damaged the film was at the time.
Throughout all of its various incarnations on home video, I've always found The Little Mermaid lacking in either image or audio.
Finally, with the new 3D Diamond Edition, everything seems to be working, and working nicely, at least for those of us who are unable to recite the original color schemes in our sleep.
Colors are crisp, clear and well defined. Audio, in DTS-HD 7.1, is rich and full.
The 3D conversion works decently for home video, but like all 3D, brings lower illumination and less color clarity to the fore.
Great for kids, who won't watch films without zombies, and need to see their first Disney film. And will only watch 3D.
A great film, that was essential in bringing the new form of Disney animation to the public.
Currently $35 on Amazon, in 3D, and inclusive of the the extras disc. $28 in Blu-ray.
I always look at 3D conversions as interesting experiments. I'm certain that many will be thrilled with this new set. Personally, I'm happy with the film in 2D -- and make no mistake, the 2D version is a magnificent Blu-ray.
As you watch the film, keep a keen eye open for classic Disney characters, who I'm told make appearances.
Image - 5 (3D - 3.5)
Audio - 5