Pinocchio (Blu-ray)
SRP $35.99 1.33:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 BUENA VISTA

DISNEY has released another classic animated film onto blu-ray with "PINOCCHIO."  It's impossible to imagine any youngster not being totally captivated by the magical story of Gepetto, a lonely woodcarver, whom one night, after "wishing upon a star," awakens to find that his latest creation, a puppet he's named "Pinocchio," has come to life!  A fairy tells these two that in order for the puppet to become a true boy, he must demonstrate self-worth through the honesty and character so popularly instructed in most Disney films of the time.

Assisted by a likeable, singing Jiminy Cricket, in his quest to prove himself, Pinocchio quickly finds himself caught up in perilous conditions after being deceived by two conmen. Even after being rescued from his first encounter, "Pinoccho" finds himself in similar trouble again, as most young boys find themselves getting into mischief. However, there's real suspense generated within this story, and while one can expect/hope for a happy ending, "PINOCCHIO" reveals a darker overtones than this reviewer remembers as a child. Still, no harm done, and it's a rare gem, worthy of any film-lover's collection!

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.33 aspect ratio for this 1080/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  It's a flawless transfer, ranking it with the best looking animated blu-rays available! Colors are often breath-taking in vibrancy, and the detail is mind-boggling, with much credit due to the painstaking "by hand" animation that made up the entire film, in pre-computer days!  In comparison to the great looking dvd(also included within this special blu-ray offer), detail is much more elaborate, with an amount of depth that's also surprising. There are textures, previously unnoticeable, but now prominent in select scenes! WOW!!!!!

BUENA VISTA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix as well as an option for a restored mono mix. While kids will want to hear the 7.1 sound, purists will relish in the clarity found on the mono mix. It's perfectly presented, and fidelity is crisp throughout. The lossy mix offers a rich immersive environment, but it feels a bit out of whack with the classic animated style of the film itself! Also, effects feel more notably manufactured than on more recent, original "DISNEY" releases. Not a bad DTS-HD mix, but just in no way nearly as impressive as it could've been.

All of the extras found on the standard dvd have been carried over onto blu-ray, in full HD, with the behind-the-scenes documentary and deleted scenes, providing the most elements to be excited about. There's plenty more too!