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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect addition to the collection - Blu Ray Review, 15 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Little Mermaid [Blu-ray] [1989] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Starting from when Beauty and the Beast was first released on blu ray with classic numbering on its side, I've found myself collecting the majority of the releases to build up the set, and have been eagerly awaiting this as one of the better installments of the franchise.

The film itself would be an easy 9/10 as there are moments where the animation feels a little stilted and halfhearted (almost entirely in the opening sequence with the very plain dolphins etc) which drag it down, but once we first encounter the characters, the film picks up and never lets it sag for a moment.

The blu ray transfer is flawless, as mentioned in regards to the opening animation, I did have an initial concern when watching that it might look TOO clean and really highlight the flaws to detriment of the film, but this was not the case, and instead the colours are rich and vibrant and sound perfectly balanced between dialogue and musical interludes. Speaking of said musical numbers, absolute highlights of the transfer would be the flashy visuals to Poor Unfortunate Souls, and the enhanced mood and beauty to Kiss The Girl - both have never looked or sounded better. Overall transfer gets another 9/10 due to the slight issue taken with the initial few minutes as mentioned earlier. However if you have never had any issues the style and animation there, than this definately gets the extra point to a perfect 10.
The extra features are nicely varied and whilst personally not many I'd re-watch, all were interesting to at least see the once.

Of the many Disney blu rays I have seen thus far, this is easily one of the best transfers - right up there with the likes of Beauty and the Beast and Tangled and a must buy for any fan!
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2013, 23:57:42 GMT
Finally, someone has actually reviewed the media, bonus features and transfer quality instead of going on about the plot!! Thank you for this review.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013, 10:37:55 GMT
You're welcome - glad to be of some help. Think a lot of people still don't really appreciate the extra content with different editions of films affecting the quality of the product.

Posted on 25 Nov 2013, 21:41:54 GMT
Hi Matt, your review is really helpful as would love to buy this for my father for Christmas. Can you please advise on whether the picture has scenery added to it on the edges as previous old films that have been transferred or is the picture the whole screen.
Many thanks. Alison

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013, 20:42:09 GMT
Glad to hear, and no the picture has not had a border added like Snow White, and is presented in full widescreen format.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013, 10:27:35 GMT
Great thanks for letting me know, will now prefer it for her.
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