Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2011


"Bambi" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



Virtually everyone knows the classic story of Bambi.  Bambi is a newborn fawn in the forest who begins to grow up with his friends Thumper the rabbit, Flower the skunk, and the wise Owl.  We follow Bambi from his learning to walk, to finding love, through tragedy, and his learning about interacting with man.


  • Disney
  • 1942, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 10 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD High Resolution
  • Starring: Hardie Albright, Donnie Dunagan (voices)
  • Directed by James Algar and six others
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


Bambi remains a wonderful film for kids of all ages, and one that adults can watch and still see the magic in it.  Of course, Bambi does have it's well known tearjerker moment that parents have to be aware of.  My son (15 months now) isn't quite old enough to sit and watch a whole film, but he was entranced by the bright colors and wonderful animation of the film, shouting out when he'd see a bird or bunny rabbit on screen.  It's hard to find fault with anything about Bambi.


Bambi looks better than I've ever seen it look before.  Colors and bold and strong, the animation is crisp and all the detail in the animation is visible.  The soundtrack is a brand new 7.1 mix, and for a film that was originally released in mono, Disney has done a very nice job here.  It uses the rarely seen DTS-HD High Resolution lossy audio codec instead of the more common lossless Master Audio, but it sounds great overall.  I wish they had gone with the lossless codec just so we could be sure there wasn't anything we we missing.


Special Features include deleted scenes, a deleted song, Inside Walt's Story Meetings, Disney Book of Knowledge game, and more features.  A DVD of the film is also included.