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Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
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For the first time ever, the wonder, music and majesty of one of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs comes alive in glorious detail through the magic of Blu-ray high definition! Now Bambi, Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill a new generation of fans with its breathtakingly beautiful animation, soaring music and characters who will touch your heart-Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the loveable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl. Plus, all-new immersive game and special features that reveal the extraordinary creative process behind the making of this timeless classic take you deeper into Bambi's world than ever before.
Walt Disney's Bambi is an experience you will never forget-now more brilliant than ever on Blu-ray.
Unlike many of Disney's Blu-ray releases, the color hasn't been oversaturated on Bambi, a wise decision as the delicate palette contributes so much to the poetic visuals discussed in the extras. The most important--and striking--of the new features is "Inside Walt's Story Meetings." Actors impersonating Walt Disney and several of his key artists read partial transcripts of discussions that took place during the creation of the film, between 1937 and 1940. Their narration is juxtaposed with the finished film and insets of relevant sketches, stills, rough animation, etc. Sadly, the filmmakers mar this striking explication with annoying pop-up windows inviting the viewer to see this or listen to that. Also included are storyboards and sketches for two deleted sequences. In "Two Leaves" (introduced by this reviewer), the last two leaves clinging to an autumn tree speculate about their ultimate fate. Although the leaves provide a poignant moment in the book, they only distract the audience from the main story arc. Similarly, a scene of Bambi getting tangled up in a reed and disturbing a wood mouse's nest is amusing, but does nothing to further the plot. And listeners will agree Walt was wise to cut a very forgettable song about being twitterpated. It all adds up to a beautiful package that can only deepen the viewer's appreciation of the most lyrical of Walt Disney's animated features. --Charles Solomon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medG G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.48 Ounces
- Item model number : 604440890
- Director : David Hand
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Multiple Formats
- Run time : 1 hour and 10 minutes
- Release date : March 1, 2011
- Actors : Hardy Albright, Peter Behn, Tim Davis, Donnie Dugan, Ann Gillis
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Language : English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), English (Mono), French, Spanish
- Studio : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B004AKCMES
- Writers : Vernon Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, Ralph Wright
- Number of discs : 1
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On the commentary track, they recreated, through transcripts of actual story conferences, the voices of "Bambi's" creative team (including Walt and his artists) as they planned the movie scene by scene, frame by frame. You hear their thoughts and plans about color schemes and music and action as the movie unfolds before you. It is a fascinating look into the creation of this animated classic. I knew I'd love "Bambi" but the commentary track was an extra treat. The 2-disk "Bambi" DVD is a great addition to any movie lover's collection.
The two-disc DVD set comes with a new special features disc that highlights the incredibly long and arduous process of bringing this timeless tale to life on the big screen. "Inside Walt's Story Meetings" reveals the collaborative work between Walt Disney himself and many other studio executives as actors and current Disney experts narrate the actual conversation that took place more than sixty years ago set against key scenes in the film as they play out on screen. It's very similar to a director's commentary that would be included in today's blockbuster films. Another very informative behind the scenes segment is "Time Capsule: The year of Bambi". Hosted by Patrick Stewart renowned for his performances in (Star Trek: The Next Generation, A Christmas Carol and the TV movie mini series Moby Dick.) Stewart has recently lent his wonderful acting prestige to the new release of "Bambi 2" where he plays Bambi's father. It's nice to see such a wonderful actor like Stewart getting involved in more family friendly film endeavors. Moving on, Time Capsule examines the era in history where "Bambi" found its way into the hearts of millions around the world and provided audiences with an easy momentary escape from the fears and troubles of World War II. Finally, in "The Making of Bambi" we get to meet the surviving actors of the film and learn how they lent their original talents to a movie that would be destined to become a legend. An interesting fact that I found most insightful was that the former actor who voiced Bambi in the original film later went onto command entire army regiments during his more mature years in adulthood.
If you have kids who are dying to watch a great Disney movie or just want to relive a more innocent time of your childhood for nostalgia, "Bambi" is definitely worth getting. As for me, other great classics like Pinocchio, Cinderella and The Lion King are on my "to do list" to check out on DVD.
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The ongoing affection that people feel for 'Bambi' from 1941 I don't think is 'nostalgia driven', .it's a near perfect film( I was an adult when I first watched it) that doesn't waste a frame or have a character or unnecessary line of dialogue ..And in my view hasn't dated & I think will continue to be popular...
There is much that could be said about this example of Disney at their very best, that fits much about life, loss, the importance of friends,nature & much more all fitted into a 70min running time ,that should keep even the most fidgety of children (or adults) entranced.
The film in original 4:3 ratio has had 'a digital restoration'-with a strikingly.clearer picture, that really makes the changes of season vivid & the option of sound in original mono or 5.1 Dolby + English subtitles. Disc 1 has a thorough 70min feature using the recorded meetings of the film makers with early sketches & other visuals ,showing how much time ,hard work & thought they put into this film
Disc2 shows a couple of 'missing scenes', 5 mini games & activities for children, a(53min) 'making of Bambi' section.
Hundreds of images of the design of the animals & look of the film (with an informative optional commentary available).
Also has a(6min) restoration feature & other trailers & much more- all on a 2disc release priced as a single disc..
So don't miss out & get this absolute Classic in your collection at a bargain price that should be impossible to turn down ..& your world may be that little bit better..
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Inside Walt's Story Meetings; Deleted sequences; The Making of Bambi, A Prince is Born; DisneyPedia (facts about our forest friends); Lots of games and activities (I followed one of these 'The Forest Adventure' which is for very young children, but I found it a delightful experience.) There are also subtitles, in English and English for the Hard of Hearing (but only on the main feature.)
At current prices, it's a real bargain, and one of the best ever Disney productions for your collection, particularly if you like the old style loving attention to detail animators brought to their creations in those days. But bear in mind it was made in 1942, so may be a little too slow and gentle for some of today's kids.
UPDATE: My review has also been posted against another edition of Bambi so make sure you look for the one with the cover that clearly states 2-disc special edition at the bottom, although there are a few extras on the other edition as well. Also, prices change very quickly sometimes.
Always enjoy it.
It's a super cute rights of passage story.
Everything about this film is pure quality ...
The colour, drawings and soundtrack are near perfection.
If you've never seen it, you really should!
Probably would make my top 12 Disney's - i like a lot of them.
at all watching this disc at all. Everyone should know what it was about. The only problem I had this time,
was It was not soo bad when Bambi's mother died.
What I will say is that it took me back to being a young child over 50 years ago, my Mum and Dad taking me to the cinema for a special treat....... I don't think a film has ever done that to me before.