This is definitely the
era of Disney for Blu-ray owners and this company have released some amazing
films of late such as the classic Fantasia to the soon to be released
Tangled that once again proves why this company has lasted so long. Now
its the turn for the adorable Bambi to come to Blu-ray and this 1942
film can now be experienced on the definitive format, thanks to an
amazing restoration process of Disney studios.
Bambi was the 5th animated featured to be
released by Disney and was based on the book Bambi: A life in the
Woods that follows the life of a Bambi (Hardie Albright & Donnie
Dunagan), a young fawn who has been
destined to become the prince of the forest. From his mother, he learns
how to survive in the forest and thankfully our little fawn has a
variety of forest friends to help in his journey which is a pure treat
to watch. It's also fun seeing the bashful Bambi grow into a powerful
young deer, including his friends.
Kind of Wobbly
There are a few scary scenes in the movie and it should be
noted that Bambi was created in a time where political correctness did
not exist but for a film that is around 70-years old, I was surprised at
how well it dated. On Blu-ray, Bambi is like a painting come to life as
we follow this young Deer as he learns to fend from other animals and
human hunters but through the powerful of friendship and family, our
little deer excels.
New Prince is Born
Other highlights of Bambi
include the colourful characters that such as Thumper (Peter Behn & Sam
Edwards), a mischievous rabbit and Flower (Stan Alexander & Time Davis),
a skunk who is also learning his role in the forest. Together, they highlight the importance
of friendship and that the world they live in is not a very safe place
at times but the righteous always prevail. In Bambi, we see action,
adventure, drama and a healthy amount of comedy that is still one of the
best animated movies of all time not to mention the magical soundtrack.
A true classic from start to finish!
Video, Audio & Special Features
Compared to the digitally restored Fantasia, Bambi in our eyes is far
superior and the digital restoration of this film is truly breathtaking
that not only removes the flaws from this older technology but really
brings the film and characters to life. Presented in 1080p AVC-encoded
image, the transfer to Blu-ray will boast larger than life colours,
sharp images and deep blacks. It also highlights that the fact that this
film was created exclusively by pencils, inks and paints in a time where
computer technology did not exist but the end result still shames a few
Bambi meets Flower
In our viewing, we did not notice any errors
whatsoever. In terms of audio, Bambi supports a powerful DTS-HD
soundtrack that sounds crystal clear on our 7.1 system. The soundtrack
of Frank Churchill and Edward Plumb truly comes alive as do the voices
of these animal critters but where this release does shine, apart from
the endearing story is through its special features.
For special features, Bambi contains a wealth of informative titbits for
the viewer that are actually quite interesting and entertaining to watch. My
favourite feature was "The Making of Bambi" which goes into some detail
on how this movie was created, including all facets of its creation.
However "Bambi: Inside Walt's Story Meetings" is one of the cleverest
features that I have seen on a Blu-ray release that includes a PIP
feature of Walt Disney and those involved with Bambi of how they created
the movie. Seeing the archived footage is truly a very memorable
experience because this was history in the making.
From deleted scenes
to original trailers and even production tricks of the time, there's
even interactive galleries and a great featurette for kids called
"Disney's Big Book of Knowledge" that allows children to take a tour of
the world of Bambi. With many more special features, Disney once again
provides great buck for your money.
All New Digital
Disney View 16:9
Full Frame Viewing Experience
Diane Disney Miller
2 Never before seen
Inside Walt Disney's
Meetings - Enhanced interactive edition
Disney Big Book of
Classic DVD Special
New Enhanced Digital
Inside Walt's Story
Meetings - Enhanced Edition
Bambi is definitely a classic Disney film and even 70 years later, this
label still remains. The digital restoration of this movie must seen to
be believed because even though it looks amazing on Blu-ray, it does not
hamper the hand drawn animation whatsoever. Interesting enough, the story of Bambi is
actually not that clichéd as many movies of today as it focused more on
real-world dangers of the forest animals. For Disney fans or
those who enjoy a good movie, we could happily recommend Bambi to
everyone on Blu-ray.
Amazing to say the least.
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