Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 [Blu-ray]
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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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Also, this version of Fantasia has a great deal of the original "roadshow version" footage restored. While this is nice from a historical perspective, I was purchasing this for nostalgia (I saw it for the first time as a child in 1977 and I would like to see that version). The musical portions are the same as in 1977 including the removal of the racist portrayal of the black centaurs which is a good thing (you can see the embarrassment of the original at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKfAF4jVqnA).
Overall still amazing and highly recommended.