Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Arriving on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and Digital Copy on October 1st -- Disney's The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

Rediscover the Film That Gave Voice to a Whole Generation


Splashes Its Ways Into Homes For The Very First Time In Blu-ray™ Hi-Def

With New Breathtaking Picture and Sound Restoration

Film Synopsis:                    Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll).

Voice Talent:                         Jodi Benson (Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3) as Ariel

Samuel E. Wright (The Lion King Broadway Show) as Sebastian

Jason Marin (Back to the Future) as Flounder

Pat Carroll (Laverne and Shirley) as Ursula

Buddy Hackett (The Music Man) as Scuttle

Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Eric

Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein) as Triton

Ben Wright (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians) as Grimsby

Paddi Edwards (Hercules) as Flotsam and Jetsam

Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Carlotta the maid

Will Ryan (The Land Before Time) as Harold the Seahorse

Rene Auberjonois (The Patriot) as Chef Louis

Directors:                              John Musker (Aladdin)

Ron Clements (Aladdin)

Producers:                           John Musker (Aladdin)

Howard Ashman (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast)

Maureen Donley (Anastasia)

Writers:                                  John Musker (Aladdin)

                                               Ron Clements (Aladdin)

                                               Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King)

Bonus Features:                   All-New Music Video

                                               @ Disney Animation
                                               Disney Intermission
                                               Deleted Character
The Real Little Mermaid: Live Action Reference Model
                                              Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland
Howard’s Lecture
                                              Classic DVD Bonus Features     

Feature Run Time:                    Approximately 83 minutes

Rated:                                              G in U.S. & Canada (Bonus materials are not rated)


My Thoughts:

Don't worry, I am not going to bore you with a review of this classic Disney film, as you have probably seen it a few dozen times -- more if you have children or grandchildren. :-)  What I will talk on is the amazing picture quality and the sound, which have both been digitally remastered, to make viewing this timeless Disney favorite a treat.  While I have seen this movie more times than I can remember, including when it was originally released in theaters back in 1989.  Boy, how time goes back so fast.  It just seems like yesterday that this movie came out at the movies and then onto VHS and then DVD.  I also remember watching the DVD with my husband, after he told me he had never seen it before.  I remember seeing the look on his face, like "Why I am sitting through this."  But, after the movie was over, he agreed that this was yet another classic Disney film worth watching over and over again.

While my husband and I have seen this film countless times, our girls had yet to experience it -- even though they have a handful of Ariel dolls and Little Mermaid toys.  So, you can only imagine how excited I was to see their reaction, as were they in viewing it for the first time.  This past weekend, we decided to have movie night on Saturday, instead of Friday night because the girls were under the weather and tired.  Snacking on popcorn and homemade brownies the girls helped me bake earlier in the day, we all settled in to watch The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition.  

As soon as the movie started playing, the girls eyes were wide and glued to the television.  They stayed this way through the entire movie.  There were a few times when they did get off the couch to dance along to the popular The Little Mermaid songs including "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World."  When the credits started rolling, Savannah turned to me and asked when we would watch it again.  She said it was one of her favorite movies, next to Cars and Toy Story. :-)


After the girls went to bed, my husband and I spent time enjoying the bonus features which make up this new re-release.   Bonus features included a new music video of "Part of Your World" sung by Carly Rae Jepsen, being introduced to a deleted character, Harold the Merman, and well as a fun Disney Intermission, "Crab-E-Oke Sing Along" to name a few.  I loved the new music video, and couldn't wait to show the video to the girls the next day.  We had a blast having a mini dance party in the living room the next day, as we watched this music video.

Overall, this is a great release that any Disney movie fan will want to have in their movie collection.  Even if you have the older versions of The Little Mermaid, once you see this digital remastered re-release, you will see why it is a must have. :-)  Make a point to check out the bonus features, as I feel that these really add to this new re-release, making it extra special for Little Mermaid fans.  

I can't wait until tomorrow afternoon, as I promised the girls that we would watch this movie again.  I have to admit, I am more excited than they are, as The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite Disney Princess movies. :-)

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