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Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Rating: G
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Discs: 2
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • List Price: $39.99

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Overall
[Rating:4.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:4.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

Here is Walt Disney’s animated interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The story, incorporating some minor elements from Alice Through the Looking Glass, is a classic that just about everyone knows. The young Alice, bored with her mundane daily routine falls asleep and dreams of falling down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world where everything is mixed up, and topsy turvy.

Filled with a slew of memorable characters like the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the perpetually late White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and, of course, the Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards, Alice in Wonderland is a colorful and fantastical production with typically grand animation from Disney and fun songs.

The story challenges the need for order and authority and the need to grow up. Musically speaking, it is not one of Disney’s strongest productions, but from a character perspective, Alice in Wonderland has yielded one of their longest-lasting set of characters and images, infiltrating the popular psyche for years. It is also a film that improves with multiple viewings.

Video Quality

[Rating:5/5]

At this point it’s almost redundant to say that Disney’s latest animated Blu-ray release looks superb. These folks know how to do animation on Blu-ray and Alice in Wonderland’s AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encoding is yet another reference quality release. The colors are vibrant, the image is clean and detailed, and compression or processing issues aren’t an issue. This release just sparkles.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Disney has provided the sound restored in a Dolby Digital 2.0 encoding and a brand-new DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless mix. Both sound rather good. The restored 2.0 soundtrack is a bit more forward with less dynamic range, but the dialogue is bit clearer in the mix. The 5.1 mix expands the soundstage, giving the sound a lot more breath, but the dialogue is sometimes buried slightly in the mix.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:4.5/5]

There are a hefty amount of bonus features included on this set, including the original featurettes from the DVD release and a whole new set of HD featurettes that explore the production of the film as well as some newly discovered footage and an interactive game.

The supplements provided with this release are:

  • Backstage Disney:
    • Through the Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide to Wonderland (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 01:15:20) – A discussion with experts and historians about Walt Disney’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
    • Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob with Optional Commentary by Kathryn Beaumont (1080p/24) – Live action reference footage of the doorknob scene.
    • Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks (1080p/24)
  • Family Play:
    • Walt Disney Color TV Introduction (1959) (1.33:1; 1080p/24)
  • Games & Activities:
    • Painting the Roses Red Game – Paint the white roses red to keep your head!
  • Classic DVD Bonus Features:
    • Reflections on Alice (1.78:1; 480i/60)
    • Operation Wonderland (1.33:1; 480i/60) – An archival featurette documenting the production of Alice in Wonderland.
    • I’m Odd” Newly Discovered Cheshire Cat Song (1.33:1; 480i/60)
    • Thru the Mirror” Mickey Mouse Animated Short (1.33:1; 480i/60)
    • One Hour in Wonderland (1.33:1; 480i/60) – A Disney Christmas special.
    • An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland
    • Original Theatrical Trailers:
      • 1951 Original Theatrical Trailer
      • 1974 Theatrical Rerelease Trailer
    • Walt Disney TV Introductions:
      • 1954 Introduction
      • 1964 Introduction
    • The Fred Waring Show (Excerpt) (1.33:1; 480i/60) – Walt Disney and actors appear on The Fred Waring Show promoting lice in Wonderland.
    • Deleted Materials
    • Interactive Art Gallery
  • DisneyView — Watch the film with themed artwork rather than black bars at the sides of the 1.37:1 image.
  • DVD

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4.5/5]

Another Disney animated classic, another spectacular Blu-ray release. This is absolute fun for the whole family that yields amazing home theatre entertainment and is a timeless story. Highly recommended.

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BestBuy.com:
Alice in Wonderland - Widescreen

Purchase Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray+DVD at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:4.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:4.5/5]

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