Not disappointed at all! Finally, I can say that I've seen the best available version of one of my favorite Disney animated films. The hi-def transfer and restoration is nothing short of spectacular and Fantasia has never looked nor sounded so beautiful! While some may complain about the censoring of the Sunflower character, I wasn't at all bothered by this since I grew up without having ever seen that sequence anyway. This is a superb Blu-ray/DVD!
I dimly remember seeing "Fantasia" in theatres as a child. Looking on Wikipedia, I see it was re-released when I was ten years old, so that must've been when I saw it. It doesn't seem that long ago, actually, and seeing it again now it felt just as fresh as it did back when I was a wee little lad. The original "Fantasia" dates back to 1940, and it's an amazing piece of art. Each of the segments in the film is very well done, though the best in my opinion is the mix of "A Night … more
This multi-disc set comes laden with extras, accessible through needlessly fussy menus. The most interesting of the extras is the short documentary "The Schultheis Notebook." Herman Schultheis was an artist-engineer-cameraman who worked at the Walt Disney Studio in the early '40s. During his free time, he kept a meticulous notebook on the experimental processes used to create effects in Fantasia, from the whirling galaxies in "The Rite of Spring" to the spinning snowflakes in "The Waltz of the Flowers." An interactive display of the notebook can be seen in the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and several animation historians (including this reviewer) discuss its significance. Fantasia 2000 offers Destino, the Walt Disney-Salvador Dali creation that took more than 50 years to complete, and an overproduced film about the making of it. The best of the supplemental pieces features artists Eric and Susan Goldberg and Al Hirschfeld discussing "Rhapsody in Blue," the film's most successful sequence.--Charles Solomon