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5 Stars for the Movie itself--0 Stars for DVD "Remastering"
on February 4, 2005
This is one of the absolute best musical film versions of the classic tale. Fiona Fullerton's Alice is delightful and believable and very true to the Alice envisioned by Lewis Carrol. The sets are beautifully done and are truly reminiscent of John Tenniels original illustrations. The adaptation does pull in Tweedle Dee and Dum - originally from the "looking Glass" sequel - and it rather curiously does away with the Cheshire Cat in the tree scene (which actually was shot but for some reason wound up on the floor of the edit booth!!) but all in all it is very true to the original text of the book and even incorporates some of the original poems into songs that work wonderfully! The bad news is that the colors in the master this was taken from have obviously started to deteriorate- a common problem with films of the late 60's and early 70's - and it is grainy like an overused videocassette version!- Most companies spend a bit of time digitally repairing these problems before mastering them to a DVD -- this was aparently a BARE BONES "digital remastering" -- still -- the fading colors and sometimes blurry focus add an additional dreamlike aura if you can get past the idea that DIGIVIEW REALLY CHEAPED OUT!! Still, it is a very inexpensive DVD so don't pass up this chance to see the movie now - then write to Universal - who is the current owner of this film and start crying for a TRUE REMASTER!!! Who knows, maybe someone will actually realize what a GEM they have here and give it the treatment it deserves! I am purchasing the new Universal DVD release to see if that is any better( I hear it is the same!) - I will be reviewing on that version as well and hopefully they will have made some improvements! You might want to check my review on that version before deciding which to purchase.