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September 26, 2011

DUMBO 70th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and DVD Review

70th Anniversary Edition

The Beloved Academy Award®-Winning Animated Classic
Releases September 20, 2011
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment invites audiences to let their spirits soar with the release of the beloved animated classic Dumbo, for the first time ever in high definition as a 70th Anniversary Edition, coming on September 20, 2011. The Academy Award®-winning (1942, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture) favorite will take flight for the first time with a premium restoration in stunning Blu-ray™ high definition featuring pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System High-Def Surround Sound, allowing fans to see more, hear more, interact more and share more of this timeless adventure about believing in yourself.
Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition will be available for purchase as a 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (with the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada), a 1-Disc DVD (with the suggested retail price of $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada), High Definition Movie Download (for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./44.99 Canada) and/or Standard Definition Movie Download (for the suggested retail price of $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada).  All versions come packed with a variety of special bonus features including such features as deleted scenes, interactive games, audio commentary, behind the scenes details and more.
Faced with the daunting task of restoring the film to its original pristine condition, the Walt Disney Studios Restoration Team turned to the US Library of Congress who store the original 70 year old nitrate camera negative in their film vaults, and for reference, to an original 1941 ‘release’ print, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).  Using this rare nitrate “dye-transfer” Technicolor print for color reference, the team was able to restore Dumbo to the color settings most likely approved by Walt Disney himself, which will be seen in their full splendor for the first time in 70years, on the Blu-ray debut.  In addition, the rare film print (housed as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archives collection) proved to be the earliest surviving generation of the original audio for Dumbo which provided a unique source from which to build the new Disney Enhanced Home Theatre (DEHT) mix for the Blu-ray release.
Released theatrically in 1941, Dumbo, Walt Disney’s fourth animated film, was an immediate success with audiences and critics alike.  In addition to its Academy Award® for Best Music, Dumbo was also Oscar®-nominated for Best Song, for the haunting lullaby, “Baby Mine.”  Additional songs from the film, written by renowned composer Frank Churchill and lyricist Ned Washington, have become popular standards.  They include the infectious “When I See an Elephant Fly,” sung by a chorus of hip crows who befriend Dumbo and his friend, Timothy Mouse, and “Pink Elephants on Parade,” which accompanies Dumbo’s feverish dream-sequence.  
Film Synopsis
In celebration of this landmark film’s 70th anniversary, experience the daring adventures of the world’s only flying elephant with a dazzling all-new digital restoration and brilliant Disney Enhanced High Definition Theatre Mix Sound.  The inspirational tale of Dumbo, the courageous baby elephant who uses his sensational ears to soar to fame with the help of his clever best friend Timothy Q. Mouse, will thrill and delight audiences of all ages.  And now, the award-winning music and empowering messages about friendship and belief In yourself reach new heights in this must-have Blu-ray high-definition presentation of Walt Disney’s classic Dumbo!
Bonus Features
·       Deleted Scene – “The Mouse’s Tale
·       Deleted Song – “Are You a Man or a Mouse?”
·       Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo – A journey back to the origins of the film as everybody’s favorite baby elephant takes wing.
·       The Magic Of Dumbo:  A Ride of Passage – Witness the excitement and magic of Disneyland’s most popular ride through the eyes of a child.
·       Audio Commentary with Pete Docter, Paula Sigman and Andreas Deja
·       Sound Design Excerpt from The Reluctant Dragon
·       Original Walt Disney Television Introduction
Everything on the DVD plus:
·       Cine-Explore
·       Disney View
·       “What Do You See?” Game
·       “What Do You Know?” Game
·       “Celebrating Dumbo” Featurette
·       Animated Short: “The Flying Mouse”
·       Animated Short: “Elmer Elephant”
Movie Download (Standard Definition & High Definition Versions):
·       Deleted Scene – “The Mouse’s Tale”
·       Deleted Song – “Are You a Man or a Mouse?”
·       “Celebrating Dumbo” Featurette
STREET DATE:   September 20, 2011Feature Run Time:   Approximately 64-minutes
Rated:   G (Bonus material not rated)
Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen (1:33:1)
Sound/Language Tracks: 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound
Subtitle: English/French/Spanish
Suggested Retail Price:    2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD): $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada
Aspect Ratio:   Fullscreen (1:33:1)      
Sound/Language Tracks:  5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT) English 5.1
(DEHT) French and Spanish Language Tracks

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

Suggested Retail Price:      1-Disc DVD: $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
Disney’s FastPlay:  Disney FastPlay enabled (Technical specifications may only apply to feature)
Movie Download:
Suggested Retail Price:  High Definition Movie Download = $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada; Standard Definition
Movie Download = $29.99 U.S./ $35.99 Canada.

Our Review:
Although DD loves the Dumbo ride from Disneyland, we actually have never seen the movie review. We were lucky enough to have received the 70th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and DVD to review and so we were able to watch it for the first time ever. Dumbo is a baby elephant who is mistreated by other elephants because of his large ears. With the help of his friend Timothy, he is able to embrace and accept his own unique appearance. Eventually, he is even able to appreciate his large ears. We enjoyed watching this movie. After watching it, I used it as a backdrop to talk to DD about loving all of her friends no matter what they look like and that the differences in everyone makes him/her unique and special. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray version come with the never before seen deleted scene and never before heard deleted song. But, DD's favorite bonus feature on the DVD was "The Magic of Dumbo: A Ride of Passage - A Heartfelt Look at Disneyland's most Popular Ride." To be able to learn about the ride she enjoys so much when we visit Disneyland was an extra special treat for her.

You can purchase the DUMBO 70th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and DVD at your local stores where Disney DVDs are sold. You can also  order a copy of it online here: http://www.amazon.com/Dumbo-Two-Disc-Anniversary-Blu-ray-Packaging/dp/B003H9M1QM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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