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"Fantasia / Fantasia 2000" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Fantasia is a collection of animated shorts based around a variety of classical music pieces. Some of the standouts are: Paul Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice which features Mickey Mouse as a wizard bringing pots and brooms to life, the Nutcracker Suite with dancing fairies and fields of flowers, and Night on Bald Mountain which is a bit horrific, featuring skeletons and demons wreaking havoc. One of my favorites from Fantasia 2000 is Pines of Rome set to flying whales and beautiful arctic lights.  Fantasia's set list consists of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Bach), The Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Dukas), The Right of Spring (Stravinsky), The Pastoral Symphony (Beethoven), Dance of the Hours (Ponchielli), Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky)/Ave Maria (Schubert). Fantasia 2000's set list consists of Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven), Pines of Rome (Respighi), Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Piano Concerto No. 2 (Shostakovich), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Dukas), Pomp and Circumstance (Elgar), and Firebird Suite (Stravinsky).

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • 200 Minutes
  • Fantasia: 1940, Color, Rated G
  • Fantasia 2000: 1999, Color, Rated G
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (Fantasia) 1.78:1 (Fantasia 2000)
  • Codec: MPEG4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz/24bit)
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Fantasia is a true classic and I find Fantasia 2000 to be just as good.  I actually prefer some of the musical numbers in 2000 over the original Fantasia. Do flying whales make any sense? No, but are they supposed to? It just looks beautiful. Anything goes with the arts! Disney has once again put forth a wonderful blu-ray set that does these classics justice.  All music and animation lovers should own this blu-ray set.

Technical

Fantasia has never looked so good. I find it hard to believe it will even look any better than it does here on blu-ray.  Even better than the video transfer would be the DTS-HD Master Audio presentation. It just sounds phenomenal. I found myself just getting completely lost in the music.

Extras

Audio Commentary, DisneyView presentation that fills the black side bars of Fantasia with art, Galleries, Destino - a short by artist Salvador Dali that was recently completed

Pop-up storybook, music videos, sing-along mode, deleted scenes