Dumbo: Special Edition DVD Review
PictureAs my review of “Alice In Wonderland” stated, I haven't seen too many Disney animated features, but it's growing now. The transfer on this disk however, isn't in the same league as Alice's. The image sadly is rather grainy, which is a shame, as the colouring is vivid and clean, with no colour bleed or halos. Blacks are deep and the detail levels are fine, with no obvious edge enhancement. It doesn't suffer from compression artefacts or dust and dirt specs, which just makes the grain that's present all the more of a shame, as without it, it would be a cracking transfer. Still, it's probably not looked better.
SoundIn an amazing turnaround or events, the 5.1 mix is actually better than Alice's. The dialogue is nice and sharp and doesn't get drowned out during the musical numbers. The LFE gets a bit more of a work out, with it rumbling nicely during the rain storm near the beginning. Surrounds are used mostly for the music, but the ambience they provide is welcome. Bass levels could do with a slight boost, but not by a large amount, but what is there is perfectly adequate. Overall, it's quite pleasant but isn't going to be a demo disk anytime soon.
ExtrasLike most of the other Disney releases, this disk isn't any different with a pretty good selection of bonus features that should entertain you. Starting off is a featurette which discusses the impact of Dumbo on various individuals, such as Leonard Maltin as well as other animators. It's a little gushy but it's interesting to hear other peoples take and memories on what the movie means to them. Two animated shorts are present “Elmer Elephant” and “The Flying Mouse”, while both are “Silly Symphony” tales, it's obvious as to the reason of their inclusion here. Two “Sing-a-long” songs, “Look out for Mr. Stork” and “Casey Jr” are bound to please the nippers, with an usual extra of “Dumbo's Big Discovery” being the final extra, which is a read along, or alone tale about Dumbo and, shockingly, a big discovery. Rounding off the extras are an art gallery and a Michael Crawford music video.
VerdictI said it last time and I'll say it again - it's Disney and therefore it's no huge surprise that it is arguably their most popular movie, being a sweet tale, Children will love it, as will big kids who hold it close to their heart. I think that if it wasn't for the age, the grain probably wouldn't be so noticeable, but it is old and it is present. Realistically I don't think that it could look better with current technology and it certainly would be hard pressed to sound better. Aficionados will get a huge fuzzy feeling from seeing it again and youngsters will certainly love the spell it weaves (even if Dumbo never speaks). Besides, who can knock a film with pink elephants?
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