An American Tail (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet)
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Of course, you feel very happy.
And what is your reaction when you finally got it? Well, there can be two:
1) This is great! A remastered version presented in widescreen! And all is just like I remember it, only better! And look at all those special features!
2) What... what is this?!
My reaction with An American Tail DVD was #2. Because what I got was a #2 job.
Here is a short and easy-to-follow guide for every studio out there, that is planning to release a movie on DVD:
1. Do not make unnecessary changes.
2. Do not make unnecessary edits.
3. Present it in widescreen if that was the original aspect ratio.
Do you think Universal followed those easy steps?
Well..... mostly, NO.
Here is an incomplete list of changes (without spoilers):
-New "humorous" sound effects were added to scenes where originally there weren't any. They're not funny.
-New voices were added to scenes without dialog (or any noise, for that matter).
-The alley mice's voices were re-dubbed. Why???
-The cover art was changes from a beautiful theatrical poster by Drew Struzan, only to be replaced with... something MUCH less appealing.
As I said, this small list of changes is incomplete. There is more.
It should be mentioned that, despite what you might think, the movie was originally animated in fullscreen (fullscreen back then was 4:3). So, the lack of widescreen in this DVD release is actually justified. Even though it is a bummer.
Speaking of special features, there is zero. Enjoy those non-existing extras!Read more ›
I for one, was certainly thrilled to learn that Universal was finally giving Fievel the coveted DVD treatment, and anticipated its release on the format each day since. Yes, features are scarce, and yes, the film is presented in full frame only, but the way I see it, having An American Tail on DVD at all is a milestone for me, since it is a title I have yearned for since the early days of the format. Do not get me wrong, I am a VERY strong supporter of original aspect ratio on home video, but An American Tail is not exactly a film that cries out for the anamorphic widescreen treatment. In this case, its omission does not really detract from the experience. But then again, maybe I am being slightly biased about this film, having seen it once as child, loved it, and becoming hooked on it ever since.
As far as the picture quality is concerned, aside from the image being full frame, I was actually rather impressed. I was not expecting the image to be quite so crisp and clear. There were a few more speckles of film dirt then I thought should have been there, but for a film nearing twenty years old, it was still a good deal better than I was expecting. Clarity was most definitely improved over the VHS versions, and colors were strong and nice-looking.
The sound is also pretty great. I listened to the DTS 5.1 soundtrack on my surround system, and it is, without a doubt, the best I have ever heard this film. However, those of you who have seen American Tail numerous times over (as I have) are bound to notice changes in some of the dialogue as compared to past video releases.Read more ›
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It's not as fancy as recent animation, but it's a good story line and good for family viewing.Published 4 hours ago by J. Saffell
I kinda had to talk my son in to watching it, because I wanted too. He liked it very much. The video quality was pretty good, tooPublished 4 hours ago by Tammy
Timeless. Loved it when my kids were little and we still enjoy it.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This has been one of my absolute favorite movies since I was a child, and I have been watching it since 1986 when I was 2 years old and it came out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TeresaNYC17
My kids loved watching this as they grew up and now my grand kids are enjoying it just as much!Published 1 month ago by Cheryl D.Lane
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