'Dumbo (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition)'
(Animation / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG / 2011 / Disney)
Overview: For the first time ever, in celebration of this landmark film's 70th anniversary, experience the daring adventures of the world's only flying elephant with a dazzling all-new digital restoration and brilliant Disney enhanced high definition theatre mix sound.
Blu ray+DVD Verdict: The shortest of the Disney animated classics at a mere 64 minutes, "Dumbo" has a simple story, told well. The stork pays a visit to the circus, blessing most of the animals with new arrivals, including the elephant Mrs. Jumbo. When the new baby sneezes, his ears unfold and they are enormous. The other female elephants express horror and sarcasm.
Dumbo is relegated to the lowly clown act until he discovers that he can fly. This turns him into the star attraction, and he and Mrs. Jumbo are rewarded with their own private car on the circus train.
The art work in "Dumbo" ranks with that of "Pinocchio" and "Bambi" and contains wonderful touches, highlighted by the "Pink Elephants" musical number, a hallucinatory dream sequence set to march tempo that occurs when Dumbo unknowingly drinks whiskey-laced water. This surreal sequence contrasts with the otherwise realistic circus setting, with sight gags abounding. The music also includes the Oscar-nominated "Baby Mine," a touching lullaby sung by Mrs. Jumbo after she has been chained and locked away for causing a disturbance to protect Dumbo from being mistreated by some of the roustabouts.
"Dumbo" was in production for eighteen months from the time Walt Disney read the galleys of a story by Helen Alberson. Critics were effusive in their praise, especially after the experimental, ambitious feature "Fantasia" failed to entrance either critics or the public. In "Dumbo," Disney returned to a traditional story line, and his artists were able to exercise their imagination, sense of fun, and ingenuity to create a tale with heart.
For the record, "Dumbo" contains an all-new English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, a 2.0 English Restored Feature Audio track, a French and Spanish 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT), and the film also has English, French, and Spanish Subtitles available. The film is presented in 1080p High Definition with a 1.33:1 ratio. It also comes with the Special Features of:
2 Deleted Scenes
Taking Flight – The Making Of Dumbo Featurette: (28:08)
The Magic Of Dumbo: (3:09) A look at the Ride.
The Reluctant Dragon Excerpt Featurette: (5:57)
Bonus Shorts and Original DVD Features
DVD and Digital Copy