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Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
  • Region: A (locked)
  • Rating: G
  • Run Time: 63 Mins.
  • Discs: 3 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD + 1 x Digital Copy)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 25th, 2011
  • List Price: $44.99

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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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]

Bringing together five different classic A.A. Milne stories, Winnie the Pooh is ever as charming a story as the ones I watched and read as a child. The delightful Winnie the Pooh wakes up one morning with his tummy rumbling. Obviously this means one thing and one thing only — he’s hungry! Searching around for his beloved honey, he realizes he doesn’t have any. Asking his friends Owl, Piglet, Rabbitt, Kanga and Roo if they have any, they all seem to be distracted by something else. It seems that poor old Eeyore has lost his tail. Christopher Robbin decides to come up with a contest. Whoever can find a new tail for Eeyore, wins a big old pot of honey! Unfortunately, despite their best efforts no one is successful.

Moving on, Pooh goes to visit his pal Christopher Robbin in hopes that, just perhaps, he has some honey. Pooh sees a note on his door and decides to bring this to Owl as Pooh can’t read big words. Owl deciphers that a mysterious monster named the “Backson” has taken Christopher Robbin! Now it’s up to the residents of Hundred Acre Wood to venture out and find him. What results is a purely irresistible, charming, funny and heartwarming tale.

Ah, childhood. That time of your life where you have no worries. See, my childhood was filled with shows like Doug, Rugrats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and, of course, Winnie the Pooh. For me, Winnie the Pooh was just one of those things that no matter how you were feeling, you would always smile and laugh. Whether it be Pooh’s  always rumbling tummy or Tigger’s infectious bouncing or singing, the series was charming. So, when I heard a new Winnie the Pooh film was coming out, I jumped at the chance to review it. A mere 63 minutes later and I’ve found a new tale I can watch with any age group.

Perhaps because he was such a big part of my childhood, I’m more inclined to say this is one of the better animated films I’ve seen lately. But then I realized that’s the thing with Winnie the Pooh. It’s not just for young kids. Whether toddler or senior, whether teenager or young adult, there’s something within Pooh that will make you smile, laugh and just feel happy. It may be up there with Toy Story 3 in terms of replay value. Simply put, this is a truly great piece of filmmaking; one that everyone should see.

Video Quality

[Rating:5/5]

Winnie the Pooh arrives on Blu-ray with an absolutely stunning transfer. Perhaps because this is animation or Disney just knows what they’re doing in this field, I kept being blown away by what I was viewing. The film’s color palette features rich, vibrant colors from both sides of the spectrum. Deep, inky blacks? Check. Bright yellows? Check. Lush greens? Check. Detail is impressive with no missed mark, no missed line or texture. Contrast is accurate while the hand-drawn animation looks beautiful. I expected an excellent transfer here, but not on this level. Sample some of the captured screens throughout and attempt to find an error. Trust me, you won’t

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The provided DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is every bit as impressive as the aforementioned video transfer. Dialogue is excellently reproduced via the front channel. LFE is mostly absent except for a few key moments (including one dream sequence) where it does offer up some solid bass. Atmosphere is reserved for the film’s score. When the score rears its head, the sound field opens up nicely creating solid atmosphere. Speaking of the score, the musical selections are charming as is the oh so familiar Winnie the Pooh theme. Dynamics are spot on as well whether it bees zipping by or the cheerful bouncing of Tigger. Demo disc? Nope. Just an all-around great audio presentation? Yep!

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

The supplements are more geared towards kids:

  • Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too – This runs around 9 minutes in length and glances into the history of A.A. Milne’s classic set of characters.
  • Sing Along With The Movie – The film’s red balloon floats over the lyrics of the varying songs found within the movie.
  • 5 Deleted Scenes with Director Intro – These 5 scenes, totally about 15 minutes, feature a few extended moments (“The Tummy Song”) as well as an alternate intro. The scenes themselves are animated but not completely finished products.
  • “The Ballad of Nessie” Theatrical Short – This short, running 9 minutes, ran before the film in theaters. The story itself is about Nessie, a Scottish critter whose heart is broken after learning her pond has been turned into a golf resort.
  • Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: “Pooh’s Balloon” Short – Running 3 minutes, this short is about Pooh’s search for honey.
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

Winnie the Pooh was a staple of my childhood and all this film did was bring me back to the innocence of that time. With excellent video, great audio as well as a few nice features, this one comes highly recommended for all ages.

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BestBuy.com:
Winnie the Pooh - Widescreen Dubbed Subtitle

Purchase Winnie the Pooh on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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