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20% footage cut off and a complete lack of extras make the DVD release a WAY better release. Don't buy the Bluray!
on 17 October 2016
In short: The movie is great but you'd be better of buying the DVD version for this release has it's picture cut off and features no extra featues.
The Many Adventues of Winnie The Pooh is an excellent movie, or actually, 3 short movies that add up to the length of a feature movie. The stories are well adapted from the original A.A. Milne stories and brought to life with great animation and amazing voice acting. The soundtrack is provided by the legendary Sherman Brothers, who wrote the music for some of Disney's best features like Mary Poppins, Jungle Book and of course the Winnie The Pooh short's you'll find on this release.
So why the low rating then?
Well, while the movie is great, this Blu Ray release is an utter disappointment.
For starters, the video looks sharp and nice but for some reason Disney decided to make this a widescreen release. What this means is that they cut off the sides of the picture in order for it to completely fill the TV screen without having black borders on top or bottom. This may sound good but once you realize that you're missing out on about 20% of the frame it doesn't sound good at all. This movie was made with the intention of seeing the complete picture on every frame. Movements, backgrounds, were all created in order to accommodate this aspect ratio. Cutting it off just for the sake of the black borders is not only silly but an insult to the people who worked on this movie.
Furthermore, Disney had creative solutions for earlier movies, with movies like Pinocchio having custom, borders that blended in with the movie so this just seems like a dumb and cheap solution.
Besides this debacle, it's also missing a LOT of extra features. Features that WERE present on the DVD release. The most important being probably the 80's made 4th Pooh Short, A Day for Eeyore. This short, lasting 20 minutes is a great addition to the previous shorts and made the DVD a complete collection of these Pooh shorts..This should not have been omitted since Disney obviously has and owns the footage.
Other missing features are a 30-minute making of, a nice musical performance by Kenny Loggins of the famous Pooh Theme song, a story book for the little viewers and a DVD-game (remember those?). All in all, the DVD is a complete package. This one is bare bones and cut.