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

Leopold Stokowski , James Levine , Ben Sharpsteen , Bill Roberts    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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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 FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD version by far!!! Feb. 10 2012
Format:DVD
Fantasia is my all-time favourite Disney animated film and also one of my all-time favourite movies in general. I also like Fantasia 2000, even though I don't think it's quite up there with the original. It's still worth multiple viewings.

When I first found out that these two movies were being re-released in December 2010, I was really excited because I had bought the Fantasia Anthology 3-disc DVD set before, which had disc issues with each disc (I tried 5 different DVD players and they all were uncooperative).

After I bought this new 2-disc set, I watched both of the movies and checked out some of the special features. The biggest improvement I noticed was with the dark backgrounds in Fantasia. They're enhanced so that you can see more of the details. Check out the "Tocatta and Fugue in D minor" segment and you'll really notice the improvements.

As for the Fantasia 2000 disc, the video quality is spectacular and the special features are pretty good. It's been a while since I last checked them out, but I usually don't have a problem with special features on a Disney DVD.

If you like Fantasia and/or Fantasia 2000, I highly recommend this DVD set. It'll be some of the best $30 (average price) that you've ever spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's best, restored and updated Dec 17 2010
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic with previously deleted segments added Dec 17 2010
By Dean Wirth TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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