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5.0 out of 5 stars 3D review only
What is there left to say about the Little Mermaid that hasn't been said already? It is a great movie that still holds up today. So what's new with this 3D version? Well the 3D for one. Disney did an amazing job transferring the original film into 3D. I wasn't expecting much for a 2d hand drawn movie, but they really made the movie pop out. While this is a fun way to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing DVD Transfer
save your $ on ebay auctions and wait for the platinum series release. this version's sound is excellent (dolby 5.1), but the bland/dull colors is a big disappointment. poor visibility, below average clarity and very dark throughout the entire movie. i've seen better second generation VHS recordings. this being a classic Disney release, it deserves a new high definition...
Published on July 19 2004 by C. Fogus
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D review only,
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This review is from: The Little Mermaid - Diamond Edition [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Music] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
What is there left to say about the Little Mermaid that hasn't been said already? It is a great movie that still holds up today. So what's new with this 3D version? Well the 3D for one. Disney did an amazing job transferring the original film into 3D. I wasn't expecting much for a 2d hand drawn movie, but they really made the movie pop out. While this is a fun way to watch the movie, I wouldn't say that it is a reason to buy this version. It is a novelty at best, and after watching it once in 3D I probably wont do it again. Not because it was bad, but rather because watching it would reveal the frames more easily than in 2D. There is some ghosting of the images, and the underwater shimmer effect doesn't work well in 3D. But since most of this movie takes place above water it is not that bad. I would say that if you are a huge fan that really wants to see this movie in 3D and missed out when it came to theaters, pick this up. Otherwise get the 2D diamond edition and save some cash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid and Effortless Looking Realization of Perfection,
This review is from: Little Mermaid [Import] (VHS Tape)
Disney's 1989 animated film THE LITTLE MERMAID is a very formidable movie, surpassing the combined visual and musical artistic talents of all concerned. Character development is one of the strong points of THE LITTLE MERMAID achieved through concise dialogue, music and simplistic yet effective images. However, most effective to the success of this film are the songs that advance the story line and define the characters. That was the brilliance of lyricist Howard Ashman's contribution to THE LITTLE MERMAID. He and composer Alan Menken developed songs that in several minutes clearly define Ariel's reckless but innocent curiosity about the humans above and her yearning to discover that world. Every song in THE LITTLE MERMAID bolsters the depth of the characters, advances the plot or enhances the significance of a scene in addition to being very melodic and well written. So in THE LITTLE MERMAID we are given a substantial amount of information and entertainment in a minimum amount of time. There is not a single frame of wasted footage in this film. The combined effort is one of a splendid and effortless looking perfect creation of a classical animated Disney tale.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing DVD Transfer,
save your $ on ebay auctions and wait for the platinum series release. this version's sound is excellent (dolby 5.1), but the bland/dull colors is a big disappointment. poor visibility, below average clarity and very dark throughout the entire movie. i've seen better second generation VHS recordings. this being a classic Disney release, it deserves a new high definition transfer like Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King (outstanding DVD's).
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the most important movie Disney ever made,
This review is from: The Little Mermaid (2-Disc Platinum Edition) (DVD)
This, in my opinion, is the movie that saved Disney from fading out of existence, as we know it. Before the `Little Mermaid' there had not been a blockbuster Disney animated feature for years (specifically not since the `Great Mouse Detective') while `Oliver and Company' was released the year prior to this it was following the old formula and was not, to my knowledge, particularly successful.
'The Little Mermaid' revived the breathtaking beauty of the classic Disney films like `Sleeping Beauty' and `Snow White' with it's tale of innocence pursued by evil, and true love conquering all. The animation is pretty dated compared to Tarzan or Atlantis. But that's hardly the matter. The beauty of the film is its radiance, not in its drawings and colors.
I'm very happy that this finally came out on disc and able to share this with my kids instead of constantly taking this out from the library. This is perhaps one of the top 10 animated films ever made, I find it has a much deeper heart than `Beauty and the Beast,' and although it signified the beginning of a brand new Disney Empire, I find that it also signified the end of it. A film like this can be imitated but it can never be duplicated. And animation has grown into a magnificence and technologically superior story telling medium. But what the `Little Mermaid' had, it's still to be re-captured, and that's a heart as big and as deep as the ocean.
`The Little Mermaid' is defiantly for the whole family and is a gem on its own right. It stands alone as one of Disney's most enchanting modern creations for a new generation. It bears repeated viewing remarkably well, and the musical score is both original and entertaining with many different styles throughout.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Mer-Made Me Smile,
This is such a great film and it works on so many different levels.
On one level, it reminds me of the universal desire and need for transcendence, to look beyond the confines of our everyday surroundings. Ariel is a dweller of the underworld, symbolically represented by the sea. The sea is replete with marvelous treasures and bounteously provides Ariel with all of her material needs. Indeed, she would never be in want of material possessions because as a princess the whole sea belongs to her. Even so, she yearns for another world qualitatively different from her own, the world of humans above her. This need for transcendence is not prompted by any rational instinct, but the common passion to break through the mundane into a brave new world of the extraordinary. Ariel's aching for transformation and transcendence of the everyday world of the sea is the exact same longing that all people experience whether they aspire on the spiritual level to reach heaven or on a secular level, to revolutionize the world in hopes of achieving a utopia.
The transformation that allows Ariel to become a land dweller requires a sacrifice: she must forfeit her voice to the evil sea had, Ursula. This is excellent symbolism. Kierkegaard discusses how as finite beings, we can only communicate in finite languages. For instance, linguistically, our speech is limited by its form: a Frenchman only speaking Français can communicate no better to a German speaker than he could to a pelican. But on a deeper level, as humans we can only communicate in the language of logic and reason and yet these systems of communication are painfully limited. We long to speak a universal, transcendent, divine language, but we fall painfully short; if we could speak the language of the infinite and divine, we would no longer be human because as humans we by definition finite. If we as finite human beings were instantly transferred to a terrain of the infinite, like heaven, our limited, finite and human means of communication would render us unable to communicate. With words only, how would you communicate with a transcendent, immaterial being like an angel and how would an angel communicate with you? In other worlds, like Ariel, we too would be without the ability to communicate, without a voice. Remembering how our painfully limited and encumbering our means of communication would be if we ever had to communicate with angels helps to enhance our viewing experience by aiding us in imagining Ariel's plight as our own.
What really struck me about this film is that what can bridge the gap between worlds is not the linguistics of a certain spoken dialect, but the language of love and empathy. Even without a voice, Ariel is able to communicate with Eric the prince through her innate kindness and sympathy. This film is a marvelous testament to the power of human warmth against the alienation, fragmentation and silence of modern times.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Mermaid,
By A Customer
I was only 5 when I saw this film during its theatrical release. When my sister bought the tape 13 years ago, it instantly became our favorite Disney film ever. "The Little Mermaid" was four years in the making, with great talents working on the animation, the music, the characters and the story. Everything went perfectly and you see it in the final product. From the moment you see the seagulls flying in the sky, you are captivated by the stunningly beautiful animation and the haunting score. The film is filled with great songs, some of them sentimental ("Part Of Your World"), some of them slick and witty ("Under The Sea") and some are just playing silly ("Les Poissons"). The two storms at sea are my favorite parts in the film. They were handled very professionally and give a real sense of chaos and destruction. Ariel, the heroine, is my favorite Disney character (along with Belle) and Sebastian is arguably the most appealing supporting character in a Disney film. All these easily made "The Little Mermaid" the grand success it was and my favorite Disney film ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Heart Belongs Where It Does,
Wow. This movie was so good! I think the universe knows the plot, so all I can simply add is this:
Ariel knew where her heart was. It belonged on the land. And she was determined not to let ANYthing prevent her from getting there! I truly love the relationship with Ariel and her father, it hits very close to home. (I'm a fanfic writer, look at my name to figure out who's daughter my fanfic's on!)
I also love Ariel's sisters, especially Alana. We see more of their personalities in the Little Mermaid series, but still. And I love the singing. I can sing like Alana, and once you realize you can sing like one of Triton's daughters, well, you're honoured!
In short, Ariel knew where her heart was, and how to get there! She loved her father, but he didn't understand her. While that ripped her heart in two, she did what she thought she had to. And who can forget how she saved Eric's life, when her father said "one less human to worry about?!"
I made up my fanfiction girl, Georgette, a year ago at this time. I finally finished writing her story of how she finds where her own heart belongs a few hours ago. I celebrated my 13th birthday last year with all my friends, wishing me well because I was going to move at the end of the month (March).
A year later, I cannot believe how far we've come. Ariel's heart belonged where it did, simple as that.
Hoped this gave you an interesting look at it! *Goes off to her Flying Fish swim-team meet.*
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Mermaid DVD Review,
Movie: What is left to be said about "The Little Mermaid?" This is the mvoie that saved the Disney animation department in 1989. After being in a slouch in the late 70's and early 80's the Disney studio got a blessing in disguise: Universal's "An American Tale" became the top grossing animated film of all time up to that point. Disney had competition. They decided to make a huge turn-around and created one of the greatest animated films of all time. "The Little Mermaid" was an immediate smash, and heralded the Disney animation rennaissance. Not since "Snow White" in 1937 had there been such a good animated film. "The Little Mermaid" has held up incredibly well over the past 15 years, and is still a great movie. It is my second favorite animated film ever behind "Beauty And The Beast." Ariel is one of the best heriones to come from Disney, ranking up there with Snow White, Princess Jasmine, and Belle. I'm not even going to bother with a plot recap, as everyone has seen this movie at least once. "The Little Mermaid" comes to DVD in a rather lackluster release, but its enough to hold fans over until the 2-Disc Platinum Edition is released. (5.5/5)
Video: The film is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1, and is non-anamorphic. The film has always been very grainy, so that should not be seen as a sign of inferior quality. The picture only looks okay. Not bad at all, but if it were a little less bland in the color department, that would have helped. Sharpness and detail are very good, however. (3.5/5)
Audio: There were apparently two versions of the this DVD released, or one was an extremely limited promotional copy, or something. The DVD available here on Amazon has the wonderful Dolby Digital 5.1 remix that was done for the film's 1997 theatrical rerelease. This is a fabulous mix. The surrounds are put to effective use throughout, but are subtle when neccessary. The front 3 channels are also used very well, and bass is deep and responsive. Excellent.
There also seems to be a much more limited copy floating around that also includes a Dolby 2.0 Surround track, as well as a DTS 5.1 Surround track. This is the copy I own. However good the Dolby Digital track is, the DTS is even better. There is better bass response, and the mix is a little louder. The 2.0 Surround track is how the film sounded back in 1989, and is good for purists who hate remixes. (5/5)
Extras: None, not even a trailer. (0/5)
Overall: "The Little Mermaid" is a fantastic movie that everyone should own. If you just can't wait for the Platinum Edition like I couldn't, then go ahead, buy this DVD. If you have DTS capability, try to find the version with the DTS track, which can probably be found on Ebay, where I purchased my copy. Whichever version you choose, expect a great film either way. But, with the Platinum Edition announced for an October 2005 release, the wait is nearly over! I can't wait for the Platinum Edition! Oh well, I still have the movie to tide me over.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
By A Customer
Everyone knows by now that "The Little Mermaid" is the movie that returned the Disney company to its former glory, in all senses.
Upon its release in late 1989 (in most markets it was released in 1990), the movie was hailed by critics all over the world as the best Disney film in years (decades, that is) and one of the best films the company has ever produced. More importantly perhaps, the audience loved it. The movie went on to gross almost $90 million domestically and $200 million worldwide. A huge phenomenon. The video release, which followed in May 1990, generated huge numbers in sales and sold over 23 million copies in the US as of 1998. And you mustn't forget the songs, which quickly became a driving force in the film's success. Alan Manken created an irresistible score for the movie, and together with lyricist Howard Ashman, composed some of the finest songs ever heard in a Disney film. They later took the Oscars for 'Best Song' (for "Under The Sea") and 'Best Score'. They also won in the exact same categories at the Golden Globe and the Grammy awards. The soundtrack eventually went triple platinum in the US.
The animation in the film, is, in one word, dazzling. The underwater scenes are impressive in particular. Bubbles, surface reflections and moving sea-creatures create an illusional undersea atmosphere to which the audience is easily drawn into.
To create all that, 80% of the animation process required special effects, and the effort shows.
"The Little Mermaid" is scheduled for an October 2005 release on DVD. In 2001, Disney launched a 'Platinum Edition' line which includes their 10 best-selling titles on video to go on DVD. Every one of these films, comes as a 2-disc set featuring 'making-of's and commentaries from the talents who worked on the movie. Needless to say it would also include a highly enhanced version of the film (and sometimes even newly added sequences, such as is the case with "Beauty and the Beast" & "The Lion King"). On the 1999 DVD release of "The Little Mermaid", Disney did only little in restoring the film's look; this time, there's much more to look forward to. Disney gives each one of the films a deluxe treatment, especially in the visual and sound departments.
'Til then, sit back and enjoy the film as it is: charming, innovative, and most of all - fun.
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Holds Up Well,
By A Customer
When I was a kid, I was absoloutely enchanted by this great Disney feature, although strangely I never got around to owning it until a few weeks ago( I rented it out on video beforehand). After all these years , 'The Little Mermaid' is still the only animated feature which I can still watch and not remind myself, 'Remember, you loved it when you were little'. Other classics such as 'Snow White' and 'Cinderella' are tediously boring and patronising, but only 'The Little Mermaid' still has me giggling (Scuttle and Sebastion) and sitting still in awe (Ursula). Strangely however, these days my personal preference lies with the malevolent seawitch Ursula than with Ariel and her pals, whom I find less interesting than when I was a youngster. I don't know why, maybe I'm a masochist? Well, I do still get a tinge of satisfaction as Ursula is destroyed and true love finally does conquer all. One character that has always had me enraptured has been Vanessa (Ursula's human guise, using Ariel's hostage voice). It is still somewhat strange and unsettling to find the vulgarly garish and obese, purple-skinned seawitch transformed into a perfectly formed, beautiful young lady (even more so than Ariel, I think). However, as we find out, outer beauty is nothing' if the soul can't match and 'Vanessa' seems even more dangerous in human form than in her habitual one as her Disney-style grace convicingly shadows her evil intentions. Look and you'll find an important incindent occurs in the movie in the ship scene when the fury embroiled inside her makes her actually PHYSICALLY ugly after her wedding has been disrupted and her evil plans seem thwarted at last. This is actually (I think) a subliminal message which says that most Disney villians are no worse looking than the hero or heroine of a particular fable, rather their hate and jealousy mutate them that way .Of course, I'm rambling on about nonsense so I'll make it short, BUY THIS MOVIE!
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