Family-Friendly Widescreen - Return To Neverland

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  1. Brad M

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    I got Return To Neverland this morning as I got to work. I was scanning the back and found this in the special bonus features: "Family-Friendly Widescreen" (1.66:1) - Enhanced For 16x9 Televisions. Anyone know what aspect ratio this film is suppose to be in? Any idea what this means? Is this Disney's way of calming people about widescreen?

    If your interested here are the features:

    Deleted Scenes
    Rescue The Lost Boys Adventure Game
    Disney StoryTime: Never Land's New Hero
    DVD-ROM
    Digital-To-Digital Transfer
    THX
    DD 5.1

    I'll pop it in and take a look at it tonight.
     
  2. Josh Simpson

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    Family friendly widescreen. Well, if it suckers a couple of families into buying it and not complaining about it. That's fine with me.
     
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    Disney has been great about releasing animation in widescreen...I don't understand why live-action films present some kind of dilemma for them?

    What the heck makes something family-friendly widescreen? In that the bars are smaller than on the Unfriendly, Graphic Unsuitable for Family Widescreen DVDs?

    They really ought to watch TV sometime, and notice how many live-action TV programs, commercials, music videos, etc. are in widescreen and that while many people are ambivalent about aspect ratios, more will actually be pissed about a Cropped-only release than a 1.85:1 widescreen-only release. Sheesh, look at how many live-action titles they have done only in widescreen - why must they ruin a good thing now?!
     
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    was this shown in a wider AR theatrically? perhaps this was soft matted and opened up for the DVD release...

    skinnier black bars are more forgivable, perhaps?
     
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    According to IMDB, it was 1.85:1.
     
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    I saw this in the theater, and 1.66:1 sounds right. I won't swear to it; I can ballpark it easier on my TV than I can in a theater (I don't go to cinemas often enough). And my son, who hates dark, loud theaters and is the reason I don't get to them enough, was acting up the whole time. But it was definately "wide", though not very. So 1.66:1 sounds right to me.
     
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    Disney always animates to 1.66:1 these days
     
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    The reason this film got an OAR transfer is because most of their other P&S DVD's are from old video transfers.
     
  9. Brad M

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    I just finished watching this with my daughter (5) and she loved it. I thought the 5.1 was average. Not bad, but not anything to go crazy for. The transfer looked good on my 32" tv. There were a few scenes that looked great. Lot's of color.
    It has a nice preview for an upcoming Disney movie called "Treasure Planet." It looked cool. Also a preview of Monster's Inc. coming to dvd. It was in p&s. Also of note was the fact my daughter never complained about the "black bars." [​IMG]
     
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    family friendly widescreen - 16:9 enhanced
    could this be also to mean friendly to families with 16:9 tvs?
    [​IMG]
    good job on the OAR disney! now if you'd just do clean new anamorphic transfers for all the movie showcase series.
    Adam
     
  11. Bryan Tuck

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    Jeff's right: Most of Disney's recent animated movies (except Atlantis, of course) were animated at 1.66:1, and are usually matted to 1.85:1 for U.S. theatrical release.
     
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    I think it's their way of soothing widescreen haters. If it keeps them releasing their animation in widescreen, I'm happy.
     

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