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Disneyland: Secrets, Stories & Magic
Running Time: 332 minutes
Retail Price: $32.99
Features: "People and Places: Disneyland U.S.A." Music-Only 5.1 Mix, "People and Places: Disneyland U.S.A." Audio Commentary with Disney Historian Leonard Maltin and Imagineer Tony Baxter, Wonderful World Of Disneyland Trivia Game, Building Walt's Dream: Disneyland Under Construction, Gallery
Specs: 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Screen, Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Mono, English Subtitles, Two-Disc Set
Released: December 11th, 2007
about a misstep: shockingly, the centerpiece of this set - the new
restrospective documentary "Disneyland: Secrets, Stories & Magic"
is presented in NON-ANAMORPHIC 1.78:1 widescreen. I thought we were way
beyond presenting main material in non-anamorphic widescreen now, but I
guess this slipped through the cracks. (What, did they think it was a
long bonus feature?) It is disappointing, but not considering that, the
actual feature looks fine and pretty sharp: fleshtones of Julie Andrews
and the interviewees look pretty flawless and detail is good. The theme
park itself is brought to full life with color saturation is bold and
strong, without smearing and the archival material is in good shape. On
the downside though, there is some noise and edge enhancement. Given
what it is, it looks fine... but the lack of anamorphic enhancement is
For the "Disneyland" episodes on the second disc, those are in English Mono. There's not much to say about these, except the sound range on these episodes are obviously limited. Still, the music cues sound nice and Walt's voice is clear and easy to hear. English subtitles are also included for all the programs.
first disc features a few goodies on People and Places: Disneyland
U.S.A. The theatrical featurette is presented in glorious anamorphic
cinemascope, and has also been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 But there's
more - there's also a magestic Dolby Digital 5.1 music-only track, as well as Audio Commentary with Leonard Maltin and Imagineer Tony Baxter.
The film looks great and the 5.1 remix is actually quite good, and the
commentary is excellent. Maltin and Baxter are Disney experts, and
throughout the 42 minute film they offer loads of tidbits about
Disneyland, and put the entire thing in a historical context,
especially from the filmmaking angle (apparently this was the third
Disney film produced in Cinemascope).
"Disneyland: Secrets, Stories & Magic" is a great documentary about the history of the beloved theme park, filled with plenty of insights. The extra features on the set are great supplements to the documentary, but the set is disappointing given that it features a NON-ANAMORPHIC transfer. I really would have thought Disney would have known better at this point... and it's all the more odd given that they presented the film "People and Places" on the same disc with anamorphic enhancement. Regardless of that annoyance though, fans of Disney history and the park will get their money's worth if they check this set out.