Alice in Wonderland (1951)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1951
Running Time 72:26
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson

Warner Home Video
Starring Ed Wynn
Richard Haydn
Sterling Holloway
Jerry Colonna
Verna Felton
Pat O'Malley
Bill Thompson
Heather Angel
Kathryn Beaumont
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $36.95 Music Oliver Wallace

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.0 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/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
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Alice In Wonderland is Walt Disney's classic interpretation of the Lewis Carroll childrens' books. It is actually quite hard to sit down and seriously describe the plot of this movie, since it is all so loose and fantastic, in the same way as the books are, however, the movie opens with Alice (voiced by Kathryn Beaumont) listening to a boring history book along with her cat. She notices a white rabbit rush by, apparently running late for an appointment. Intrigued, Alice follows down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.

    What follows is a journey into the absurd, in a world where almost anything goes. We get to meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and various other sundry characters both bewitching and bizarre, all portrayed in a riot of colour and music. It all moves along at a cracking pace that is guaranteed to hold the interest of even the most sophisticated youngster.

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Transfer Quality


    This transfer is presented in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the movie. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    This transfer is surprisingly sharp and clear for a movie created in 1951, and clearly has had considerable care taken in the transfer process, despite the fact that it has been taken from a print element. There is lots of detail in the image and only minor faults to complain about. Scattered throughout the transfer were the occasional extra bright frame or extra dull frame, but these were few and far between and generally the transfer remained remarkably consistent throughout. Being animation, shadow detail was exactly what the animators wanted it to be - black when black was called for and light when light was called for. There was no low level noise to disrupt the image at any stage.

    The colours were clear and vibrant, with no evidence of colour bleed. The occasional very slight variation in colour intensity was noted, but nothing that could be considered anything but inherent in the original.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some moderate aliasing, but the balance between image sharpness and aliasing seems to have been nicely struck with this transfer. As well as aliasing, there was some minor image wobble during the opening titles. Film artefacts were generally remarkably absent from this transfer, with the exception of the period between approximately 40 minutes and 50 minutes. During this time, film artefacts were more frequent, but still rare. They consisted mainly of periodic blue flecks on the image and were not particularly distracting, but will serve to remind you that you are looking at a movie that is nearly 50 years old. Additionally, reel change markings are present in the upper right hand corner of the frame periodically.


    There are five audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0 and Italian, Dutch and Portuguese soundtracks in 2.0 mono. The packaging incorrectly credits the English Dolby Digital soundtrack as being 5.1 and the mono soundtracks as being 1.0. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.0 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was somewhat muffled and a little hard to make out, giving away the age of the transfer somewhat. It was predominantly mixed into the center channel, and there was little integration between it and the surround channels. There were no audio sync problems.

    The score by Oliver Wallace was fairly typical Disney fare from this era, and did not stand out particularly. The fidelity of the music was considerably higher than that of the dialogue.

    The surround channels carried the music, predominantly in the left and right front hemisphere, with some slight wraparound to the rears. As mentioned previously, the dialogue tended to stay firmly separated into the centre channel except for some limited ambience during the fall down the rabbit hole. Throughout the entire transfer, there seemed to be a constant struggle between dialogue intelligibility, music fidelity and integration. In the end, I felt that the 5.0 remix had managed to achieve an acceptable balance between all three of these conflicting requirements.

    The .1 channel was not encoded.




R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;

    Whilst nothing is absolutely compelling about the above extras, the sheer quantity of them would make the R1 version the version of choice.


    Alice In Wonderland is classic Disney animation.

    The video quality is remarkably good considering the age of the source material.

    The audio quality is as good as can be expected given the nature of the source material.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Sunday, January 28, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).
Audio DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Amplification2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
SpeakersPhilips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer

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