Well, at least he does acknowledge that the BR version 'looks better than it ever did' on home video versions, which as to count for something, right? He just seems disappointed by the missed opportunity of a high quality restoration a la Disney, you know. So maybe it's not all _that_ horrible?
And many thanks to you for finding all this information for me, if you happen to stumble up on a 'proper' European release... :)
If it isn't Amazon will have to refund you since they say 'All Regions' on the page.
Plus the thing only costs 6-8 pounds plus postage.
I'd use Rarewaves USA (fastest delivery overall), Moviemars USA or All Your Music on amazon marketplace since they are generally very reliable.
For me though the biggest annoyance has been Universal/George Lucas/Steven Spielberg either editing or changing voices & sound effects on the Don Bluth directed An American Tail and the first The Land Before Time film.
For '80s kids that means that only the VHS releases were as theatrically released (not meaning aspect ratio but rather the content of the film).
BTW the BD is 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen whereas some other releases have been reported as open-matte 1.33:1 (not cropped). Since this would have originated on 35mm film I could believe that but I have given up trying to figure out the 'correct' aspect ratio for An American Tail and instead of fretting; I just enjoy the film!
BTW am I the only one who thinks that Fievel's American Tails (1992, TV series) was much better than Universal's Land before Time II-XIII or TV series and really should be on DVD!
Fair enuff, a lot of input there to consider. I however was simply thinking languages (subtitles and/or audio) when I mentioned the idea of a 'proper european' release. See, I've found that there's a vast difference between european and usa releases in that regards, with the latter often being far more limited in that department. That was really all I was thinking there, but thanks again for the input... oh, and AT 3&4 aren't nearly as good as the first, I'm with you on that :)
I see what you mean Re: languages. It obviously depends whether you want or need anything beyond English (USA) for the film. Some people have foreign or non-English speaking relatives etc. to consider among other potentially more personal choices.
An American Tail on the USA Blu-ray disc includes English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 48kHz, 24-bit) alongside the usual Spanish (DTS 5.1) & French (DTS 5.1) language soundtracks associated with many USA Universal releases. It also offers American English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard Of Hearing plus normal French & Spanish subtitles.
I will always be it rightly or wrongly; presume that the thing is geared towards French Canadian & Latin American Spanish given the localised nature of most US Blu-ray discs & DVDs (excluding recent Warner Bros. & Fox BDs that will for the most part, include more language options than those listed on the back cover of the case).