Thursday, March 10, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Children's story. Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. She sees a white rabbit who appears to be in a hurry. She chases it into its burrow and then a most bizarre series of adventures begins. [imdb]
I think I am going to start off by saying that I received the new blu-ray set a few weeks back and have been waiting to watch it, considering it was coming up in my Disn-A-Thon.  Up until a few days ago, I had only ever watched the DVD releases over the years, and I shall say that despite all the many, many times I have seen this movie, I have never seen it quite so glorious and beautiful as on the new blu-ray. The colours are far more bold and vibrant than they were even on last year's DVD release, the image is more clear... All around, this is just the best I have ever seen it.  From the opening titles, it was like I was watching a whole new movie.

Alright, they did this right here... not only is there a commentary track (unlike on Cinderella, but it's a video commentary.  They have full animated and live-action video commentary to the entire movie, providing backgrounds on the author, the book and the movie.  This is a fantastic insight on the life and works of Lewis Carroll, and I would recommend it to anyone who thinks he was a drugged-up pervert.  I've always had to argue with people when they take common misconceptions as fact, and it's nice to have plenty of historical references to prove my point.

Alice In Wonderland has the most songs of all the Disney animated canon, with an additional dozen or so more left over.  Plenty of these unused songs appear amidst the wealth of special features on this set, including a special segment on what would later appear in Peter Pan as "The Second Star To The Right."

This is just a really packed set, and I am thrilled to see the entirety of an old holiday television special included.  On an earlier DVD release, they had included a short segment of the special, which was removed from the second-to-most-recent DVD set, and I believe the shortened segment was added back on to last year's DVD... Well, the whole entire long-as-hell version is on this set, and it's very enjoyable.  I am very glad they finally gave us the whole show.  I'd have to say that was my second-favourite part of the set, the first being the commentary.

Well, if you have a blu-ray player and think you shouldn't get this because you already have it on DVD, think again.  You need to buy this set, because I can assure you... You have never seen Alice In Wonderland like this.