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Bambi honestly is not one of my favorite classic Disney animated films but it’s hard to become emotional over the journey for these characters and the positive message it presents that’s still more than relevant today that it was back in the day.

 

 

Bambi
— Anniversary Edition/The Signature Collection —

(1942)

Genre(s): Animation, Family, Drama
Disney | G – 70 min. – $39.99 | June 6, 2017

Date Published: 06/11/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Felix Salten (story)
Voice Cast: Various
DISC INFO:
Features: DisneyView, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD HR 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Disc Size: 41.5 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


THE MOVIE — 3.5/5


Plot Synopsis: A fawn named Bambi joins his new friends, a young rabbit named Thumper and a skunk kit named Flower in happily exploring the woods. Bambi is captivated with a young doe named Faline, and he learns from his doting mother and his father — the Great Prince of the Forest — that besides the delights of the forest, there is danger in open meadows where hunters can see them. Though fear and tragedy touch Bambi’s life, another spring brings renewal.

Quick Hit Review: Watching the film again with an adult mind, it’s pretty interesting to hear how little dialogue is used. Unlike other Disney films which run rampant with talking animals and the kind, this film feels more like dialogue was cut in half and we are instead left with judging what happens on screen.

I’m still now wowed by this film. It all feels very rushed, even with the short runtime. But this is supposed to be a kid’s film? Even as a kid I never wanted to watch this film due to Bambi’s Mother being killed. I guess with releases like Up (make a grown man weep) already out there, this one might seem a bit tame, but to the younger kids, I just can’t see them wanting to watch this. I hesitated as I gave a copy to my niece for her Birthday, telling her mother to make sure to skip that chapter. — Brad Lowenberg

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.0/5


The latest Blu-ray release for this comes with an embossed and glossy slip cover. Inside is a code to redeem the Digital HD copy.

Studio Stories: Bambi (4:56; HD) – This featurette has archival recordings from Walt Disney talking about the story and animation style for the movie.

Deleted Scenes (7:25; HD) – There are two scenes and includes an optional introduction with a Disney story artist.

Owald the Lucky Rabbit: “Africa Before Dark” (5:50; HD) is an animated short that, I think, played before Bambi. Maybe.

The Bambi Effect (3:00; HD) – This looks at the formula for Disney animated movies that goes back to Bambi.

Bambi Fawn Facts (3:35; HD) – Want to know more about the animals in Bambi?

Under Classic Bonus:

  • Classic Deleted Scenes (3:07; HD)
  • “Twitterpated” Deleted Song (1:57; HD)
  • The Making of Bambi: A Prince is Born (53:15; HD)
  • Tricks of Our Trade Excerpt (7:18; SD)
  • Inside the Disney Archives (8:39; HD)
  • The Old Mill Animated Short (8:58; SD)
  • The Golden Age (6:24; HD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (2:12; SD)

 


VIDEO – 4.75/5, AUDIO – 4.25/5


Looking, I don’t believe this received a new transfer from the 2011 “Diamond Edition”, but that’s perfectly OK as this 1080p high-definition picture looks absolutely fantastic showcasing bright colors throughout and an all around clean transfer, free of any major flaws.

The disc meanwhile does include a robust 7.1 DTS-HD HR audio. There’s a nice distribution across all channels with the majority located through the center channel for dialogue while the front and rear speakers mostly utilized for the music and some ambient noises.


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, Bambi honestly is not one of my favorite classic Disney animated films but it’s hard to become emotional over the journey for these characters and the positive message it presents that’s still more than relevant today that it was back in the day. As far as this “Anniversary Edition” is concerned, it’s not bad but if you already own the “Diamond Edition”, not sure this is worth grabbing unless you are a die-hard Disney collector.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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