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Alice in Wonderland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning New Mastering of a Compendium Narrative Excerpt from a Classic Novel

    Lewis Carrol's 'Alice In Wonderland' isn't so much fairytale as it is scathing political satire. That the novel just happens to feature such immortal and cartoonish characters as the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat was good for masking Carroll¿s acidic intent on debasing the British aristocracy and parliament. In eschewing Carrol's intentions, Walt Disney gives us spectacle without substance; a series of highly imaginative and magnificently rendered vignettes that, unfortunately fail to provide a cohesive plot for dear sweet Alice to meander through. At best, the film appears as something of a ¿Silly Symphony¿ travelogue of moments that barely hold ones attention as a collective whole. At the time of its release 'Alice' was much criticized for ¿lacking heart¿, but actually the opposite is true. There is great warmth in the Kathryn Beaumont¿s vocal realization of the young Alice. There are also poignant moments of introspection that result in Alice¿s realization that she cannot stay in Wonderland but rather, must return to the world that belongs to her. However, having omitted many of the novel¿s best loved characters, and truncated certain story elements while completely omitted perhaps the novel¿s best segment, 'the Jabberwacky,' few die hard Carrol-philes forgave Disney for his intrusion on the hallowed ground of the novel¿s literary legacy. The transfer on Alice is, in a word, stunning! A rich, fully saturated spectrum of color that is bold and well defined. While the previously issued DVD suffered from some picture instability and age related artifacts, this version is 'practically perfect in every way'. The audio has been cleaned up and remixed to 5.1 surround. The songs benefit richly from the remastering effort with robust spread across all five speaker channels, quite uncharacteristic in most movies of 'Alice's' vintage. There are a ton of extras to sift through. There's a Charlie McCarthy featurette, some studio junket stuff and a few short subjects that get introduced by Katharine Beaumont. There's also the Mickey Mouse short 'Through the Looking Glass' which was previously made available as part of the 'Mickey in Living Color' DVD and a really, REALLY dismal virtual adventure in Wonderland that I can't imagine appealing to anyone outside of the pre-school set. One oversight: there's no comprehensive 'making of' for this Disney film - a genuine shame that leaves the other extras sort of out in the cold, presented without any kind of overview and underlying unity - sort of like the film itself.

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