Disney Animation Collection Volume 5: Wind In The Willows
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However, this DVD edition suffers from a VERY bad transfer. "Wind in the Willows" is extremely dark, making even the daytime scenes look as dark as night, and much of the background details are lost in shadow. This is especially evident if you compare it to the Disney DVD release of "Adventures of Ichabod an Mr. Toad." Just spot-check a few scenes from that disc, observe it's bright color, and then play this new one. You will be shocked at how the quality control has slipped under the usual high standards of Disney.
Disney should certainly offer a remastered replacement for this DVD.
The other 5 cartoons all look fine on this disc, and can also be found on the Walt Disney Treasures tin box set "Silly Symhonies."
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment are now releasing a few of these shorts on DVD for the first time (some have appeared on past Disney DVD releases). With the first three volumes released, the fourth, fifth and sixth volumes will be released on May 12, 2009.
A lot of these short films were created in the 1920-1940's and typically featured characters that were not reoccurring (with the exception of the tortoise and the hare which appeared in a second short). Some were released under the "Silly Symphony" moniker of animated shorts released between 1929-1939 which rarely featured any character dialogue but focused more on the animation accompanied by music and a singing vocal track.
Walt Disney Animation Collection Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
The fifth volume of "Wind in the Willows" contains a total of six animated shorts. Included are:
1. Wind in the Willows - (34:21) A 1949 Technicolor animated short which is over a half our long compared to the other shorts that are ten minutes long. In this short, Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad has gotten in trouble after buying fancy cars and dealing with bad company and now he risks losing his home. His friends Ratty, Moley and Angus MacBadger try to help him and hopefully change him along the way.
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********* Since writing this original review I purchased the earlier DVD release The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Disney Gold Classic Collection) and the print of 'Wind in the Willows' was beautiful. I can't imagine why Disney didn't use the same print in this release other than it was a giant foul-up. It's hard to understand how a company as scrutinized as Disney could make such a huge quality-control mistake.************
This is not! To me it looks like a bad copy of a copy of a copy etc.... The packaging is nice, the included lithograph(picture) is better looking than the movie, and the included extras are great. But I expected better when I bought this to have a high grade, almost permanent and quality DVD copy for my collection. Whoever at Disney selected this horrible copy and considered it worthy to label as a "Disney Classic Short" should find a new job.
If they need a better copy maybe I should loan them my VHS copy. Surely someone at Disney could of got off their duff and walked to the great "Disney Vault" and picked up the quality copy that has been shown on their own channel several times in the past.
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Arrived quickly and in good condition. As an avid Disney lover, I had been searching for the Wind in the Willows to add to my collection. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PurpleLotus
Volume 5 of Disney's 2009 Animation Collection has a real shocker in picture-quality when Disney was just starting its Blu-ray mania; a really old and dark-looking print of The... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ToonXpert87
Classic to show granddaughter why Mr Toad's Wild Ride is SO popular!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not exactly sure why I like this 1949 Disney short, narrated by the sonorous voice of the late Basil Rathbone. Read morePublished 9 months ago by It is a small ringdom, but...
Who doesn't love The Wind in the Willows?! Such a fun classic short! It'll be nice to have it without trying to find a VCR these days!Published 10 months ago by S. Crowell
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