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OLD YELLER and POLLYANA Blu-rays

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dick, Jan 14, 2015.

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  1. Mark-P

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    Finally received my copies. Disney Club uses the slowest shipping service known to man!


    First the bad news. Like the the first wave, Old Yeller and Pollyanna are single-layer and have lossy sound, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (320 kbps). So the 5.1 remixes from the DVDs are gone along with all the extra features. I would be more upset about this if it weren't for the fact that the movies were originally mono to begin with, so they are just returning to the original soundtracks. Still it would have been nice to have the remixes.


    Picture quality looks great. Both movies have been cleaned up and restored to like-new condition, though the color on Pollyanna is just a bit on the weak side. As is Disney's practice these days, both aspect ratios have been opened up to 1.66:1 from the original 1.75:1.


    2015 Blu-ray:

    PollyanneBD1.


    2002 DVD:

    PollyannaDVD1.


    2015Blu-ray:

    PollyannaBD2.


    2002 DVD:

    PollyannaDVD2.


    2015 Blu-ray:

    PollyannaBD3.


    2002: DVD:

    PollyannaDVD3.


    PollyannaFront.
     
  2. Dick

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    THE GIRL WHO SPELLED FREEDOM was outstanding, and much deserves at least a good DVD, as it was only released on VHS. Their TV movies of THE BLACK ARROW and THE BLUE YONDER were also decent.
     
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    The difference of course, being that Merlin Jones was a genius, and his ideas actually worked. :rolleyes:

    (Barefoot Executive was Kurt Russell, but not Dexter Riley.)
     
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    I see both movies are up for sale at Amazon market place one 38.00 the other 36.00.
     
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    It doesn't take long for the price gougers to strike.
     
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    We seem to have a disagreement. Lossy DD 2.0 or Lossless DTS HD-MA 1.0?
     
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    $38 used? I'll wait awhile for the price to come down (or just wait for the retail release), and I don't really see a substantial difference in the color, which is good. It's certainly sharper.

    I'm guessing we shall overcome a lot of longevity records waiting for Polly to come to Blu-ray, never mind its sequel. That was also edited on tape. There were a lot of well-made, adult-friendly dramas on The Disney Channel before it got all Zoogified and teenybopperized; one I re-watched recently called Perfect Harmony, aka 1980s Sitcom Stars in the 1950s South, held up very well. Who knows how many of them will be seen again, and of those, how many will ever be remastered in HD.

    Well, he did have the Beach Boys and Annette singing a Sherman Bros. song just for him. That worked better in the movie than in real life. ;)
     
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    Definitely lossy DD 2.0 (at 320 kbps) on my disc. Luke needs to check again more carefully. I think he may have been making an assumption.
     
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    Are you reading off the packaged specs or the disc in the player? MY copy said DTS-HD-MA 1.0 on both my PS3 and Denon AVR...
     
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    I would really like to know if Old Yeller is lossless or not, as I have that on order.
     
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    Nope. On 2 different Sony Blu-ray players my Pollyanna Blu-ray says Dolby Digital 2/0 48kHz 320kbps. And 2 Sony receivers show Dolby Digital LT/RT. There is no other soundtrack on the disc. Can you check the date codes of the files on your disc? Mine has a date of October 9, 2014 and the file size of the disc is 19.11 GB. Is it possible that Disney has reauthored the disc and has shipped out two different pressings?

    My Blu-ray copy of Old Yeller is Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.
     
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    First of all, on a mono soundtrack of that era I don't think anyone's ears would really be able to tell any difference between lossy and lossless in a blind test.


    Second of all, the color is much more accurate than the old DVD.
     
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    Here are a few screencaps from Old Yeller.


    2015 Blu-ray:

    OldYellerBD1.


    2002 DVD:

    OldYellerDVD1.


    2015 Blu-ray:

    OldYellerBD2.


    2002 DVD:

    OldYellerDVD2.


    2015 Blu-ray:

    OldYellerBD3.


    2002 DVD:

    OldYellerDVD3.


    OldYellerFront.
     
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    They do certainly look quite good and, I agree, I doubt many would be able to tell the difference between a DD and DTS-MA track on a film of that vintage. Still, it's a darned shame that Disney couldn't even be bothered to include the supplements they already had for the films. Awful pricey for bare-bones discs. Pollyanna is one of my favorites, though, so I may have to take the plunge. I seriously doubt it will ever see another physical release.
     
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    You were saying...?
     
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    My blu-rays finally shipped so I'll be watching Old Yeller this weekend. :)
     
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    I bought both on VUDU..HDX. Do they look better than that?
     
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    35.00 for Old Yeller and 37.00 for Pollyanna at Amazon. I know this must sound silly but I have never been able to watch Old Yeller after I put my dog down almost 5 years ago. She was a yellow Lab and it was like my child had died. I have another Lab but not yellow and I still miss my other dog. The funny thing is Gran Torino also seems to get to me after my dog died. I guess because of Clint Eastwood's dog in the movie and she is yellow.


    I hope Disney releases both of these movies for everyone and not just club members.
     
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    Old Yeller looks about the same as it does on Netflix. How many GB does the movie take up on the disc?
     

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