Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
50th Anniversary Edition, Collector's Edition
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Commemorative Golden Anniversary Package with Foil and Embossing Digitally Remastered Feature All-New Content Rudolph Unwrapped 50 charming gifts about the beloved holiday special Rudolph Video Pop Up Book - A modern twist on the holiday pop-up book Sam the Snowman s Sing-Along Spectacular - Brand new sing-alongs of the most famous Rudolph songs Learn to Draw - Get step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite characters Includes DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar movie Movie Cash Offer* (up to $7.50 value)
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Could there be any show more deserving of a full-out, no expense spared box set with all the goodies for its 50th anniversary than this beloved holiday classic? I think not. And there are countless millions of fans--50 years worth of them!--who'd happily pay a premium price for that kind of special edition if it had been done right.
What we've gotten instead is this cynical money-grab in which the absolute minimum effort was expended to slap a "50th Anniversary Collector's Edition" label on the box. (Which begs the question: Collector of WHAT?) So here goes...
NO NEW REMASTER: This is the same blu-ray remaster from 2008, complete with the dust, scratches, wavering colors and other artifacts that they failed to remove back then, along with the "Sliver and Gold" audio glitch. Really Dreamworks? You couldn't expend the effort to finally restore Rudolph to its original, pristine condition?
AWFUL EXTRAS: They're mostly SO bad, they're an embarrassment--better to have not included them at all. You get:
* The Rudolph Pop-Up Book: A Sam the Snowman impersonator narrates a heavily abbreviated version of the Rudolph story, accompanied by super low budget animation of a pop-up book with the characters.
* Sam the Snowman's Sing-Alongs: The two scenes from the show featuring the songs Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are simply replayed here, except the lyrics are superimposed on them. But it gets better: since there are two songs, this is actually listed as two separate "extras." Wow, how generous!
* Learn to Draw: Some Dreamworks animation artist teaches you how to draw three of the characters from the show. 'Cause you were really hoping for that as an extra, right?
* Rudolph Unwrapped: It looks like Dreamworks spent about a dollar to make this, but at least it's entertaining: this extra simply reveals a series of fun and little known facts about the show. Ex: do you know the five different breeds of dogs that pull Yukon Cornelius's sled? I didn't. Or that the time never changes on Sam the Snowman's watch throughout the show--it's always 2 o'clock.
THAT. IS. IT. Unfortunately, you don't have much choice if you want a blu-ray of Rudolph. The first blu-ray, which uses the same remaster, contained no extras at all and sells for more than this 50th Anniversary edition. The best version I've seen for extras is the 2002 Sony Wonder DVD, which has about 45 minutes worth of them. That's also a very good quality remaster, which looks pretty darned good when uprezzed via your blu-ray player or television to high def.
So Happy 50th Birthday, Rudolph! This is no way to treat an elderly reindeer!
Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you find it helpful in making a purchase decision.
My first complaint with this is the previously mentioned stretching of the screen. It should have been done with black side borders instead to retain the proper dimensions. This was apparently someone's conscious decision to do it this way.
My second complaint is that the colors are not as vivid as they are when this is shown by a TV station. It is apparent in the very first scene with the snowman (voiced by Burl Ives). The colors are off. Why can TV stations run a version with vivid colors but this digital version is not as vivid? I thought computers could do everything. What's up the faced colors????
Lovely heart warming story about a reindeer who is different and suffers some bullying for being different. In some way, all of us are square pegs in round holes. Being accepted for or despite our uniqueness and oddities is what creating a loving world is all about.
The monster in this story was never as scary as the wicked witch and her flying monkeys in the classic movie, "The Wizard of Oz" (with a young Judy Garland) which was aired on TV every Halloween season.
Dear some computer genius, please fix this TV classic to be as technically outstanding as it was in TV over fifty years ago. Sharpen those colors and get right of the horizontal picture distortion.
One star removed due to technical complaints.