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Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Jessica Dragonette , Lanny Ross , Dave Fleischer  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Jack Mercer, Pinto Colvig
  • Directors: Dave Fleischer
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M6SH6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Digitally restored and re-mastered using state-of-the-art technology, Max Fleischer’s song-filled, 1939 masterpiece comes to life for the first time ever in awe-inspiring high definition. Richly drawn from the timeless tale by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels follows the legendary adventures of a shipwrecked sailor among the tiny people of Lilliput. In this strange land, Gulliver brings peace to two feuding kingdoms and reunites a prince with his princess before returning to the sea in one of the most “hap-hap-happy” endings of all time. Featuring breathtaking, newly-enhanced picture and sound, this definitive edition of Gulliver’s Travels is a feast for the eyes and ears that your whole family will enjoy for years to come!

Specifications:
Restored and Re-mastered from the Original Source 35mm Film and Enhanced for 16x9
Three Audio Options: Newly-Enhanced 5.1 Dolby Digital, Enhanced Stereo, Restored Original Soundtrack

Bonus Features:
Two Classic Gabby Cartoons (made from the original feature outtakes): “Swing Cleaning” and “King for a Day”
“The Making of a Cartoon” (restored Fleischer Studios documentary)


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is simply pure magic -- breathtaking! October 29, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In 1939 when this movie was released, it faced stiff competition at the Academy Awards from 'Gone with the Wind' and 'The Wizard of Oz.' Nominated for an Academy Award in 1939, it didn't win. But those who love this film will always believe that is should have. By 1939, the Fleischer Studios had been crafting the finest animation around -- they actually produced the first full length animated movie (though Disney gets the credit). This is the very best that the Fleischer Studios ever produced. Its characters are every bit as rich and deep as the very best Disney, Bluth or Spielberg-Katzenberg efforts. (Anyone who hears the classic line: "There's a giant on the beach!" -- will never forget it!) For years, I have wanted to get my hands on this and remaster this movie digitally. (I do effects and compositing for a living.) It's wonderful to see that someone who loves this movie has given it the care and respect it deserves. Max Fleischer was a sheer genius, whose work includes the original Betty Boop, Popeye, the animated Superman -- and his own contributions to film include techniques of effects production that are still used today. He was a master of his craft who, sadly, has little recognition outside artists and animators. I have bought many copies of this over the years -- usually in versions so poorly recorded and transfered that they are pitiful indicators of the Fleischer talent -- and yet, everyone I've given it to, loves the movie. My personal gratitude to Winfield Hoskins, Seymour Kneitel and Thomas Reich for your tender care in restoring such a wonderful movie. Thank you. It is truly long overdue and it is a case of giving honor to whom honor is due. Read more ›
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Classic is Butchered March 21, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Edit: This is a review of the KOCH VISION Blu-ray, released in 2009!! The currently available THUNDERBEAN release has been *lovingly* restored and is worthy of 5 STARS!!!

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS has been butchered by a combination of cropping and geometric distortion to fill (or almost fill) a wide screen TV. The fact is that Hollywood movies made prior to 1953 were virtually all shot and framed for a 1.37x1 aspect ratio (all but identical to standard def TVs). For years movie fans have been hounding television stations and video distributors to show films made after 1953 in their proper wide screen ratios. Now that we have wide screen TVs the opposite situation exists, and it's the films made before 1953 that will suffer. I urge people not to support this practice. This is not a product that anyone who has an interest in movies should purchase.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong aspect ratio, poor video quality. March 27, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The bottom line is that the company producing this title dropped the ball. It is the wrong aspect ratio and the video quality is poor. The previously available DVD is better. Stay far away!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Classic Story, Poor Picture Quality March 30, 2009
By Urza
Format:Blu-ray
After viewing this on Blu Ray, what else can be said that others have not?

The film has been butchered for all the reasons stated.

Incorrect Aspect

EE,DNR,Poor Picture

Stay far away from this. The 5 star reviews are very suspect, as it is night and day,not just a small difference of opinion.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, terrible Blue Ray March 27, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I'm new to Blue Ray so after the few that I've purchased thus far with the fantastic picture quality that only BR can give you I had high hopes for seeing Gulliver's Travels as I've never seen it before. Sadly, this was a great disappointment. The video quality is on par with VHS. Although the colors are quite vibrant, the picture is a horrible. Comparing this to the recent BR of Pinochio and Pixar's beautiful WALL-E discs, this is a version of Max and Dave Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels is a bad April Fool's Day joke perpetrated a month early. Avoid at all costs and demand a proper restoration of this classic film.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL IN EVERY WAY! March 22, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The five-star reviews are incredibly misleading and suspect. This is a classic animated film that has unfortunately fallen into public domain and unscrupulous hands. It has been cropped and stretched to fill a wide screen while excessive digital noise reduction has been employed to "clean it up." This version is not from the original film elements and it is a major disappointment. Save your money and wait till this film is released properly.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Blu-ray Disc Is a Travesty March 30, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The original aspect ratio of this title is 1.37:1, that's roughly the aspect ratio of a standard def TV (4:3). The images in this BD have been cropped at the top and bottom to fill a widescreen TV (16x9) and that is simply unacceptable. Big studios have learn that staying faithful to the original aspect ratio is the right thing to do. Disney have recently re-released a remastered "Pinocchio" with amazing results and guess what, they kept the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

If all you want is a cartoon to babysit your toddler and couldn't careless if parts of the image are missing, then this BD might do it for you, but if you care about the integrity of the original art, then this BD is a travesty, there's no kinder word for such action.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By tsb
Format:Blu-ray
This release is not in the proper aspect ratio and digital scrubbing and manipulation have left a nasty toll. Important details have been swept away. Bold lines of the drawings have turned faint and wispy, and the colors are thin and unstable. The image has been reformatted to fit the wide television screens of today, losing the top and bottom of the original frame. There is also some stretching distorting the picture.

If you want classics done right on BD, buy the Disney releases. This disk isn't worthy as a drink coaster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels
This is an old cartoon, in the era of earlier Disney cartoons. It was a cute, nice story, but my 8-year-old seemed a bit bored by it. Somewhat amused, but bored. Read more
Published 2 days ago by BoulderBoy
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this version ,get the Thunderbean Bluray
Read the other reviews,THIS IS A CROPPED VERSION!!!Get the 2014 RESTORED Bluray by Thunderbean.It cost more but the restoration is breathtaking!!! ! Read more
Published 25 days ago by Boz
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalsia
grand reminder of why such films have endured the ages. Glad you've made this available to the present generation, thanks
Published 1 month ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars Old, but my 10 y.o. liked it.
This short film is from 1939, and it looks like it. But that's not all bad.

The animation is visually interesting and rich. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Unhappy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Here is another outstandingly great family movie it would be great for a family night movie. its fun to watch
Published 1 month ago by Paul C, Surprise, Az
5.0 out of 5 stars UNEQUIVOCAL TREAT
Having been privy to the new restoration of this classic in progress, I’m delighted to report that the results are astonishing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Buchman
2.0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels in name only...
I'm sure it may have been very entertaining in its time, but other than the very basic starting premise (a normal sized man washes up on an island of 6-inch tall people) and its... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars well trip taken
This Classic is over looked and forgotten, the movie has the best art work seen only in Disney films or Warner Bothers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Humberto Velazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See for This Generation of Kids
Beautifully remastered. One of my favorites as a child-I guess it still is! Truly a classic, a delightful tale for kids and adults.
Published 2 months ago by Gale D. Borger
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite childhood movie
This was my favorite childhood movie. I watched it everyday. I was so happy to see that this version is available for my little ones to watch!!
Published 2 months ago by Cortney
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