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The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
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THE LITTLE MERMAID, one of the most celebrated animated films of all time -- and winner of two Academy Awards(R) (Best Music, Original Score; Best Music, Original Song, "Under The Sea," 1989) -- splashes onto an exciting 2-Disc DVD with an all-new digital restoration. Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come trueâand save her father's beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula! Dive into a world of music and adventure in this new 2-Disc Platinum Edition your family will enjoy again and again!
Fans awaiting a revamp of The Little Mermaid on DVD should be pleased to know that the new, fully restored version gets the treatment it deserved all along. The Special Edition is presented in 1:78 aspect ratio, as opposed to the original 1:66 presentation, and gone is the grainy original transfer, which had Ariel's mottled complexion looking like she spent some time in a tanning bed. Various crew members chime in on the audio commentary track, but most dominant is composer Alan Menken, who adds in previously taped interviews with the late lyricist Howard Ashman (a welcome surprise). There's also a 45-minute "making of" documentary in which everyone from animators to Jeffrey Katzenberg and Leonard Maltin reflect the limp state of Disney animation before Mermaid kicked off its "golden reign" of the early '90s. Another revelation: Katzenberg nearly eliminated "Part of Your World" from the movie after a hyperactive kid sitting in front of him appeared restless during a test screening.
Other features: a documentary on Hans Christian Andersen, and the tragedy of his personal life that inspired his much darker original ending. (The mermaid, unable to stab the prince in the heart after he marries another, turns into sea foam.) Included is an animated short of Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," a tale so depressing--again, reflecting the loneliness in Andersen's own life--it's not really clear how it ever became a "beloved bedtime story." There's also a sing-along feature, which jumps right to the musical numbers with words appearing onscreen. Deleted scenes include one unused song, "Silence is Golden," and various early sketches of alternate takes. One curious addition is a virtual Little Mermaid amusement park ride, which was originally proposed for Disneyland but failed to come to life. (Seems digitizing the experience for people to "ride" in their living room was the consolation prize.) The only blasphemous feature is a music video of "Kiss the Girls," reimagined as a Hilary Duff-esque rock song--minus the charming calypso beat that made it famous(!)--sung by the Hilary Duff-esque Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical). Aside from that, if you own The Little Mermaid in its 1999 incarnation of DVD, get the special edition and leave your old one for the kids (or the dog) to scratch up. --Ellen A. Kim
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This cover looks nothing like ariel or Ursula. Only the colors looks like but not the face or ariel's hair. Ariel does not have curly hair and she does not have shiny fish fins. Plus Ursula has space between her lips and nose. This is the most horrible disney covers. To be honest the diamond edition blu ray covers dont look anything like the original artwork. The only one that looks like is sleeping beauty. I can't wait till little mermaid comes on 30th anniversary next year 2019. I'm hopping disney releases it again with a better cover and more bonus features as well as 4k and with original artwork like
2018 lady and the tramp blu ray cover. Disney is now getting a little better with original artwork. I'm for sure gonna keep this movie little mermaid diamond edition till the next release which hopefully will be next year.
Movie. You can even see a water spot on the dvds on the picture i posted. Dnt waist your money on this seller.
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Also gab es nur diese Möglichkeit, die Original Synchronisation aus dem Jahre 1989 zu erhalten und ich bin sehr zufrieden. Man kann sehr einfach im Menü auswählen, welche Synchronisation man wünscht.
Auch während der Film läuft, konnte man wechseln.
Für mich klare Kaufentscheidung, da die neue Version für mich überhaupt nicht geht.
Dann startete eine Online Petition zur Neuauflage mit Originaltonspur !
Ich war sofort dabei und unser sehnlichster Wunsch wurde erfüllt !
Ich habe die Bluray sofort vorbestellt und bin überglücklich meinen Liebsten Disney Klassiker wieder sehen zu können auch wenn ich leider die anderen Teile nicht sehen kann/mag aber das ist mein neuer Alter Schatz ein stück Kindheit in die ich jederzeit wieder eintauchen kann !!!
But this one was of excellent quality-well, for the most part.
The DVD case is decent and bright and inside you have 2 discs and even a little quiz/colouring card for the children-just like they used too years ago! It was a nice touch and gave me some nostalgia of my childhood :)
The quality of the film is pretty darn good and with all the little extra features made this a fine viewing experience.
The only downside that I could find, was the DVD did jump every now and then, but that was for only a few seconds at a time and didn't even last at all long, it just happened occasionally, so always check for any scratches on the disc beforehand just in case.
I recommend this to anyone who loves or even has a special spot for the Disney classics. Like this film, I used to watch Disney films a lot whilst growing up and I'm not joking, but I have so many fond memories of each film. Every time I watch a different Disney film, not only am I experiencing something enjoyable, but it's also taking me back to the days when I was a child and thought everything was magical and wonderful.
Disney films-like this one, can be viewed by anyone, so if you love the characters, the songs or even the animation, I highly suggest to buy this if you haven't done so already, it would also be worthwhile to buy 'The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning' to watch AFTER this film, trust me, you'll fully understand why the characters act the way they do if you do watch it :)
I have ordered it for my 3 granddaughters who absolutely love all Walt Disney films. I was very appreciative that this seller had the DVD at a reasonable price (as they do seem to be quite expensive) and I received it very quickly. I happily recommend this seller.