Mickey's Christmas Carol 30th Anniversary - Special Edition (DVD + Digital Copy)
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However, what makes this blu ray for me are the shorts included, whose restoration look very good. It's very hard to find these shorts outside of trying to track down the out of print Disney Treasures or Classic Cartoon Favorites DVDs. There is also a Disney Christmas Carol sing-along included in the features.
The shorts are:
Yodelberg (all-new Minnie and Mickey)
The Hockey Champ (Donald and his nephews)
Pluto's Christmas Tree (Pluto and Chip & Dale)
The Art of Skiing (Goofy)
Corn Chips (Donald and Chip & Dale)
So if you're buying this for the first time on disc format then it's worth your money, but if you already have it on DVD then you can skip it if you don't care about the shorts. The digital restoration isn't as good as the Diamond Edition series, as you would expect, but it's clean and bright, and your kids will love being introduced to this classic!
One major disappointment - aside from the price: this is easily a $14.99 Blu-ray - although not really that surprising, was the omission of the original making-of documentary that is also available on the same Walt Disney Treasures DVD mentioned above. Was it too much for them to restore that special in HD?
The other shorts are fine, especially the classic Pluto's Christmas Tree, which is also now in HD. But I REALLY wish Disney would do on Blu-ray what they did on VHS back in the 80s and put out a full "Walt Disney Christmas" with all the Christmas short films on one collection.
Needless to say that Disney has once again opted to release it in 16x9 only (1,78:1), cutting a big portion of the top and the bottom of the frame. The framing is even tighter than the DVD's.
The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0.
You can read a professional review here
It goes into detail concerning the transfer's shortcomings and problems.
NOT RECOMMENDED (terrible picture -blurred and cropped, lossy audio, high price)
If, like me, you love this movie to bits and want to add it to your collection, I advise you to contact Disney customer service and explain why you aren't buying this Blu-ray. Otherwise they'll just claim that customers don't like it enough.
Other reviews had stated that the feature has been cropped to create a 1.78 aspect ratio.
According to IMDB, that was the aspect ratio of the original production. Of course, the IMDB information could be in error.
It would be helpful if this issue were resolved.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie for any age from 4 years old to 100+ years old. This is truly Disney magic.Published 20 days ago by Alfred J. Garozzo
Purchased for a stocking stuffer for my dad for Christmas. This was always his favorite chirstmas movie! brings back excellent childhood memories.Published 2 months ago by Ashley Ralls
I love! the Christmas Carol movie, I just didn't realize how short Disney's version of it was. I am glad they offer other shorts on the movie, just wish the Christmas Carol part... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessica
Finally can watch a favorite childhood cartoon again! Plus some favorite winter/christmas short videos included after the feature.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
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