For the first time ever on Blu-ray, Bambi (Diamond Edition) hits stores today.
I recently had the opportunity to screen the Blu-ray and this is a must have for your Disney movie collection!
Q. So what exactly is “Diamond Edition”? There’s so many different versions of Disney movies out there, what makes this one so special?
A. “Diamond Edition” is a special collection of some of Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious classics. Many of these being re-releases from the Disney Vault for the first time in years. Blu-ray offers a higher quality picture and sound than standard DVD format because a Blu-ray disc can hold much more (about 3x more) data than a DVD. Besides the higher quality picture and sound, this also allows Disney to offer us new bonus content that wasn’t available on a former DVD edition of the movie.
Special to this edition is something new from Disney called Disney Second Screen.
Disney Second Screen is an app that allows your iPad or laptop computer to interact with your Blu-ray movie. Simply start the movie on your Blu-ray player, and then sync Disney Second Screen to the film automatically by following the easy on-screen instructions. Once connected, you can explore interactive galleries, play challenges, and learn interesting facts about the scenes you’re watching.
Admittedly, I didn’t get a chance to check out Second Screen yet but I just got my laptop fixed and didn’t want to detract from my initial viewing of Bambi on Blu-ray. That’s what would be considered “replay value” though and I can guarantee you that I’ll be watching it again this week using the Second Screen app on my laptop!
Once again, I recommend with Bambi (as I did with Alice in Wonderland) to watch the movie with the “Disney View” mode turned on. There’s some wonderful side art from Lisa Keene that enhances the scenes you’re watching while helping to fill up the black bars on the sides of the screen.
I think my favorite bonus feature was “Tricks of the Trade”. Walt Disney hosted this feature and explains the concept behind the multiplane camera. William Garity invented the camera for Disney Studios for use in feature-length animation. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature to use the camera, but it was first tested on the animated short “The Old Mill”. The reason I mention “The Old Mill” is because Disney has added a fully restored version of the Academy Award winning Silly Symphonies cartoon as another added bonus to the Blu-ray release of Bambi.
Bambi has some amazing artwork, even in the background plates alone, and it wonderful to see a fully restored HD version of that filling up my tv screen at home. But don’t just take my word for it, go on out and buy it today.
Even if you don’t have a Blu-ray player yet, I’d recommend getting the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. This still gives you a DVD version of the movie and you don’t have to go out and re-purchase it again later when you finally get your Blu-ray player. Oh, and for those of you who may not already know this, Playstation 3 is a Blu-ray player. So, if you have one of those, you already have a Blu-ray player!