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Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Leopold Stokowski, James Levine, Steve Martin, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton
  • Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Bill Roberts, Don Hahn, Eric Goldberg, Ford Beebe Jr.
  • Format: Full Screen, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • Release Date: Nov. 30 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QTNSK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,382 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Special Features

This multi-disc set comes laden with extras, accessible through needlessly fussy menus. The most interesting of the extras is the short documentary "The Schultheis Notebook." Herman Schultheis was an artist-engineer-cameraman who worked at the Walt Disney Studio in the early '40s. During his free time, he kept a meticulous notebook on the experimental processes used to create effects in Fantasia, from the whirling galaxies in "The Rite of Spring" to the spinning snowflakes in "The Waltz of the Flowers." An interactive display of the notebook can be seen in the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and several animation historians (including this reviewer) discuss its significance. Fantasia 2000 offers Destino, the Walt Disney-Salvador Dali creation that took more than 50 years to complete, and an overproduced film about the making of it. The best of the supplemental pieces features artists Eric and Susan Goldberg and Al Hirschfeld discussing "Rhapsody in Blue," the film's most successful sequence. --Charles Solomon

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 2 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
FANTASIA:

This was the first movie to incorporate beautiful classical music into the movie form with pretty colourful pictures. Nowadays, other people have the same idea, like "A View From Space with Heavenly Music" blu ray disc where classical music was played while spectacular scenes were displayed (e.g., playing of Ride Of The Valkyries during a Space Shuttle launch). So Fantasia was way ahead of its time.

The musical segments in Fantasia included: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, The Nutcracker Suite, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Rite Of Spring, The Pastoral Symphony, Dance Of The Hours, Night On Bald Mountain, and Ave Maria.

Video: It was 1080p 1.33:1 with all-new digitial restoration. For a seventy-year-old film, the result was simply outstanding. Colours were extraordinarily vivid and punchy. (4.5/5)

Audio: In my over-sized Fantasia laser disc box set, the sound was only Dolby Surround. Now we have DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. Wow! The sound made you feel that you were in front of an orchestra inside your home theatre. Simply outstanding (5/5)

A few trivia about Fantasia:
In the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence, as Mickey walked toward a stone wall his shadow grew slowly larger. Instead, it should grow smaller. The dancing ostriches in "Dance of the Hours" were portrayed as females, but it was only the male ostrich that was black and white. The females were grey brown. The animators also secretly modeled elements of the Sorcerer in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" on their boss, Walt Disney. The raised eyebrow was regarded as a dead giveaway. They called the character Yen Sid, which was "Disney" spelled backwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Fantasia made a strong impression on me when i saw it on TV as a child, half a century ago. Since then, i've come to associate Disney with the watered-down kitsch of "family entertainment" -- and with overpriced releases of old animation classics. This Blu-ray release has changed all that; the price is quite reasonable for the content. I will start with some things that haven't been adequately covered by previous reviewers.

First, the Fantasia 2000 disc includes a short animated feature, Destino, which began as a collaboration of Disney (or rather one of his best animators) with Salvador Dali. After several months of work on the project, which began not long after the release of Fantasia, Walt pulled the plug, and it all went into the archives -- where it was rediscovered a few years ago, and turned into the little masterpiece it should have been all along, complete with the original (restored) soundtrack, a Mexican song. In case you think a Dali/Disney collaboration doesn't sound promising, i would have agreed with you, but this unique little film works beautifully. There's also a long documentary (perhaps too long) about the Dali-Disney relationship and the completion of the film, which is worth watching.

Fantasia 2000 itself, which i hadn't seen before, is truly spectacular, as imaginative as the original, but of course with much better sound and high-def picture.

As for the original Fantasia, it's better than i recall it from childhood: the digital remaster looks wonderful, the sound is about as good as you could expect from a 1940 recording, and best of all, at 125 minutes it's about one third longer than the original theatrical release!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean Wirth on Dec 17 2010
Format: Blu-ray
We all know how incredible this piece of animated history is. Here are a few things I noticed that weren't on the video I previously owned,
- on the dinosaur sequence there is a bit of footage with the dinosaurs and the planets
- in the centaur sequence there is a rainbow/pixie frolicking in the water sequence
- Hippo / Ballerina sequence there is the bubble / elephant sequence
- Night on Bald Mountain there is some extra dancing of the minions in flames sequence

The Fantasia 200 disc includes an excellent feature length film about the not so surprising influence of Dali on Walts animation and their friendship and collaboration on "Destino" .

The film has been restored to perfection, now it seems all the more amazing, as Walt said "I never regretted doing Fantasia, but I don't think I could do it again..."
I can't help but imagine if the film had ben more successful in its time what direction the studio would have taken instead of regressing with Dumbo and Sleeping Beauty.
Walt won a well deserved Academy award for advancement technology for work on the the sound enhancement for the theatrical release of the film.
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Format: Blu-ray
FANTASIA / FANTASIA 2000 [1940/2000] – 2 Movie Collection [Blu-ray] [UK Release] FANTASIA is Timeless! FANTASIA Represents Our Most Exciting Adventure!

FANTASIA: Walt Disney's timeless masterpiece is an extravaganza of sight and sound – now brilliantly presented in high definition with an all-new digital restoration. With Blu-ray technology makes it possible for you to finally experience ‘Fantasia’ the way Walt Disney envisioned! Plus, an exploration of the new Disney Family Museum and dynamic bonus features allow generations of moviegoers to enjoy this musical masterpiece like never before. No family's Disney Blu-ray collection is complete without ‘Fantasia.’ See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and experience the excitement that is ‘Fantasia’ over and over again through the magic of Blu-ray. Narrated by Deems Taylor.

FANTASIA 2000: Experience an extravaganza of sight and sound in ‘Fantasia 2000,’ the triumphant classic inspired by Walt Disney's vision of ‘Fantasia’ as a work-in-progress, now brilliantly presented in high definition. Plus, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, experience the 2003 Academy Award® nominated animated short ‘Destino’ – the extraordinary collaboration between Walt Disney and legendary artist Salvador Dali! Through the magic of Blu-ray, fully immerse yourself in the wonders of this innovative blend of music and animated imagery. See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and share the excitement that is ‘Fantasia 2000’ with your family again and again.

Directors [Fantasia]: Norman Ferguson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Jim Handley, T.
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