Alice in Wonderland (Remastered) (1951)

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Released 19-Mar-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Operation Wonderland
Karaoke-All In The Golden Afternoon
Gallery
Game-Adventures In Wonderland
Featurette-Thru The Mirror Animated Short
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1951
Running Time 72:03
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Ed Wynn
Richard Haydn
Sterling Holloway
Jerry Colonna
Verna Felton
Pat O'Malley
Bill Thompson
Heather Angel
Heather Beaumont
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $36.95 Music Oliver Wallace


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Danish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Norwegian
Norwegian for the Hearing Impaired
Danish
Danish for the Hearing Impaired
Bulgarian
Smoking Yes, plenty of smoking - you get that in the 1950s!
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    There is not really a lot that can be said about Alice In Wonderland that most of you will not already know. This animated movie is based on the books by Lewis Carroll entitled Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. This wonderful child's fantasy story has been recreated with gusto by the animators at Disney, really coming to life with splashes of vivid colour and exciting characters.

    While Alice is out with her teacher she notices a walking, talking, white rabbit. Indeed, this rabbit is "late, late, for a very important date" and, not surprisingly, in quite a hurry. Out of piqued curiosity, Alice follows the white rabbit into a rabbit hole, beginning a most amazing adventure. Full of nonsense, cheerful (and not so cheerful) characters, a seemingly endless supply of back-to-front situations, and an amazing ability to somehow seem logical in the face of impossibility, Alice In Wonderland is a classic tale.

    This local re-release only really improves on the original bare bones release by adding a few extras onto the disc.

    Alice In Wonderland is not only for children, as bigger children will be able to reminisce over childhood memories while being swept along with the colourful adventure. This is a great movie to escape from life's toil with. Just sit back, reminisce, and enjoy the ride. It may even keep the kids occupied for 70 minutes!

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Considering the age of the source material, this a truly excellent transfer. There are very few problems with any technical aspects of the transfer. It would seem that the video transfer is identical to the original Disney release of Alice In Wonderland as all the chapter stops are the same and I can see no obvious technical differences between the two.

    The transfer is presented in the non-enhanced aspect ratio of 1.33:1. This is very closely matched to the original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

    The transfer is very sharp throughout with all animation clearly defined. There is no shadow detail as such, but the black levels are fine without any low-level noise. There is some grain throughout the movie but this would be primarily inherent in the source materials and not introduced by the transfer to DVD.

    Colour is well saturated and bright throughout. You would expect excellent use of colour in a Disney animation and this is certainly no exception. The DVD transfer very successfully presents the chaotic lunacy found in Wonderland with exceptional use of strong primary colours.

    There is very limited pixelization to be seen throughout the transfer. Occasionally, there is some background pixelization in fast panning shots, but this is really minimally disruptive and you really have to be looking for it. The beginning of the transfer suffers from telecine wobble, mostly during the intro sequence and credits. There is also some minor telecine wobble on display at various stages throughout the transfer, but this does not detract from the viewing experience. Film artefacts are obvious throughout, but again this is still acceptable. Given the age of the source material, it must have been very well preserved.

    I sampled the English and English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles available on this disc. They were quite accurate to the spoken word, quite a feat considering some of the words spoken in Alice In Wonderland!

    This is a Dual Layered disc, as far as I can tell. It would seem that the video transfer from the original single layer release has been reused completely, while the added extras have been placed on the second layer.

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Audio

    Considering the age of this movie, the audio stands up quite well to the test of time. Obviously it is not going to show up all the nuances of your super expensive HT setup, but it will do the job well enough.

    There are three audio tracks available, all Dolby Digital 5.1, in English, Norwegian, and Danish. All tracks are encoded at 384kbps. It would appear that the audio has been remastered slightly for this re-release as the .1 channel is present in this version, although it does not get used. Apart from the presence of the .1 channel, there seems to be little difference between the old and new releases.

    Dialogue is a little bit distorted throughout. This can be attributed to the age of the recording and is not the fault of the transfer. Having said that, the distortion is really not bad, and will not ruin the movie at all. Audio sync is spot-on throughout - well, as spot-on as animation can ever be.

    Oliver Williams can be thanked for the score. Nothing remarkably exciting but it is well suited to the on-screen action. You can't really expect much more than standard Disney fare on this one. It is also interesting to note that the score has lower levels of distortion than the dialogue.

    The surround presence on this disc is certainly not going to be used to impress visitors. This is a very frontal soundscape with limited use of the surrounds for ambience. The most notable use of ambience can be found around 5:30 as Alice is crawling into the rabbit hole. The subwoofer remained silent throughout - not really surprising.

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Extras

    There are a few reasonable extras presented on this re-release.

Menu

    The menu is animated with accompanying audio - it portrays Alice falling down the rabbit hole.

Operation Wonderland (10:55)

    This short featurette on the making of Alice In Wonderland is presented in black & white 1.33:1 video with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. The video quality is remarkably clear & sharp, very much like the main feature. It looks at the very interesting, and painstaking, process behind making an animated movie.

All in the Golden Afternoon Sing Along (2:33)

    This extra presents a musical segment from the movie with karaoke style subtitles provided for your sing-along pleasure. 1.33:1 video, in full colour, and 2.0 audio.

Photo Gallery

    Quite a large collection of pictures taken from storyboards, promotional posters, mock-ups, and the creators.

Adventures in Wonderland Game

    Certainly one for the kids here. Quite a quality effort with good animation and character voice-overs. I just found it incredibly frustrating at times. Not difficult, just frustrating!

Thru the Mirror - Animated Short (8:48)

    Mickey Mouse gets his own run through Wonderland in this delightful animated short. 1.33:1 in black and white with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. The video and audio quality are quite good considering the age with grain being the only real problem.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The original R4 version of this DVD misses out on:     The re-released R4 version of this DVD misses out on:     The R1 release, compared to the R4 re-release, misses out on:

    There is no real reason to choose the R1 over the local release. The Animated Short is probably enough reason to get the R4 release, at least in my opinion.

Summary

    Alice In Wonderland is a great family movie to just kick back and escape the day's troubles with. Fun for the kids and reminiscent for the adults. It is presented on a great DVD.

    The video quality is excellent when taking the movie's age into consideration.

    The audio quality is also quite good.

    The extras are reasonable.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Cameron Rochester (read my bio)
Thursday, April 04, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output
DisplayMitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS787, THX Select
SpeakersAll matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)

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