Thursday, February 03, 2011

Alice In Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Special Edition * review *

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Film Synopsis:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a story about a young girl who grows bored listening to her older sister read aloud from a history book about William I of England. While dozing off, she dreams about falling down a rabbit hole (“Wonderland”) that is populated by a peculiar series of misadventures. The always sensible Alice whirls through a world of contradictions, imagination and surprises where she encounters amazing creatures - including a pocket watch-toting White Rabbit, the imperious Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards, a Cheshire Cat with a lingering smile in an unforgettable fantasy, and the off-kilter Madhatter – and tests her sensibility and courage. In the end it’s all a dream, she is awakened by her sister’s voice, and as the two of them return home for teatime where she realizes that perhaps logic and reason exist for purpose. And in return, her sister realizes affectionately that Alice is still young, but will grow-up in time.

Blu-ray Disc Bonus Features:
Brand-New Blu-ray Features:
§  Disney View - Watch the movie in this expanded viewing experience with new Disney art in the wings of the screen.
§  Painting the Roses Red Game - Help paint the roses red in the Queen's garden.  Careful, or someone could lose their head.
§  Walt Disney Color TV Introduction (1959) - A never-before-seen color TV intro by Walt.
§  Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob - Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, provides an introduction to this newly discovered reference footage of Alice talking to the doorknob.
§  Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks - Kathryn Beaumont introduces a newly discovered pencil test of Alice shrinking.

Plus, Classic Features:
§  Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short (Now in Hi-Def)
§  Art Gallery (with new design and new images)
§  Reflections on Alice
§  Operation Wonderland (Now in Hi-Def)
§  One Hour in Wonderland
§  An Alice Comedy: Alice's Wonderland
§  Original Theatrical Trailers (1951 & 1974)
§  Walt Disney TV Introduction (1954 & 1964)
§  The Fred Waring Show (Excerpt)
§  Deleted Materials:
Ø  Deleted Scene: Pig and Pepper
Ø  From Wonderland to Neverland: The Evolution of a Song - An entertaining look at how a song originally written for Alice in Wonderland, finally found its home in another Disney favorite, Peter Pan.
Ø  Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park - Deleted storyboard sequence set to music.
Ø  Original Song Demos: "Beware The Jabberwock"; "Everything Has A Useness"; "So They Say"; "Beautiful Soup"; "Dream Caravan"; "If You'll Believe In Me"

Movie Download Bonus Features (SD & HD):
§  Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks
§  Thru The Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short
§  Reflections on Alice


MY REVIEW

Alice in Wonderland is a true classic. All three of my kids love the movie but Olivia is an especially big fan. We have watched it at least 10 times since it arrived last week. This anniversary edition is especially cool- it looks great, it sounds fabulous,  and it has a ton of fun extra features. Through the Key-hole is fascinating. Alice is an all around great family film.

Personally I love some of Alice's lines like this one...

"It would be so nice if something made sense for a change." - Alice
That is something I can relate to!


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Thanks so much to Walt Disney Studios for sending me a review copy of this film to review.

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