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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film, Shame about the DVD release, 16 Aug. 2009
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The film is by all means breathtaking. I liked it when I was younger. In my later years this has become my favourite Disney film. Although not true to Victor Hugo's book, the animation is superb and Alan Menken's score is incredible. Even though I am 21 and some would argue too old to be watching disney films, the Movie alone deserves five stars. It is one of disney's darkest films but probably all the more enjoyable for adults because of it. I don't imagine it being a favourite of younger children as some of it is genuingly quite scary. It was a book never meant to be made into a children's film and maybe it doesn't always translate well.

There is no way disney could have made it faithful to the book without getting an 18 rating. If you can forget this and take the film as a stand-alone piece, it is fantastic.

I had to rate it four stars mostly because of the lack of bonus features. Being only one disc it lacks where several other films make up. The making of feature is not half as long nor as informative as I would have hoped. It does do a piece on the missing song someday which was a lovely addition.

Disney do know how to release their movies with love and care and to me this release seemed rushed and half finished. It was originally planned in 2002 as a two-disc release but disney backed out soon after with this single disc version. No doubt to leave material for a later two disc release. According to sources a Platinum addition is expected 2013, giving the film all the attention it deserves. But if you can't wait four years this one will tide you over.

If you are just interested in the film then buy it because it is undoubtedly one of Disney's masterpieces.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2011 23:18:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2011 23:19:09 GMT
MicHaeL H. says:
Geez, a Platinum Edition DVD in 2013??? I sure how that would be a BD instead.
And I sure hope DVD, or at least films on DVD, would have died by then.
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