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The Little Prince

review by Zach B.

 

 

 

This is a musical version (yes, song and lyrics) of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic tale about a pilot who crash lands into the desert and meets a boy - okay, prince - from Asteroid B-612. The pilot and prince get to know one another, as the prince tells him all about his adventures. But when the princes comes to earth, he learns many important lessons, gains insight and discovers eternal wisdoms.

Fun Fact: The film's music was nominated for two Academy Awards.

 

 

"The Little Prince" is given a nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen that shows its age of three decades, but it's not really awful. The print is a pretty dirty with plenty of blemishes, nicks and scratches, and there is some noise and edge halos. But there is no edge enhancement, detail looks great, black levels are pretty strong and fleshtones also look fine. The image is a bit soft overall, but there is some sharpness to be found. And while colors have good saturation that look good overall, there is some slight bleeding here and there. Perfectly adaquete in all, though.

 

 

The Engish Dolby Surround track gets things done, but I assume the sound sources weren't in good condition to get to this to a 5.1 track. Given that this is a musical, I'd believe a 5.1 track would have been reall beneficial. Still, even if the Dolby Surround track is not as expansive as 5.1, the music does stretch out and makes the most with what it has. The result is something very solid and good enough to help you get more into the bouncy musical aspects. The film's dialogue sounds perfectly fine, and the sound effects - such as the plane noises - get the job done. The track features some strong fidelity too. English closed captions and English subtitles can also be accessed.

 

 

I'm sure if some effort there could have some things on the film's music or the book's populairty... but no, nothing.

 

 

Yet another catalog release from Paramount, there are no extras but you can probably find the DVD for around 10 dollars. The transfer is decent and sound mix is good, so if you're a fan of this adapation, you may want to consider it adding it to your collection at the budget price.

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $14.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (14 Scenes)

Released: April 6th, 2004

 

 

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 88 minutes

Starring: Steven Warner, Richard Kiley, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder, Joss Ackland, Clive Revill, Victor Spinetti, Graham Crowden, Donna McKechnie

Screenplay and Lyrics by: Alan Jay Lerner
Music by: Frederick Loewe
Based on the Book by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Directed by: Stanley Donen