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Bambi: Signature Collection 75th Anniversary Edition (1942/Disney Blu-ray w/DVD)/Sesame Street: Elmo Loves Animals (2017/Warner DVD)/Strawberry Shortcake: Dance Berry Dance (2017/Fox DVD)

Picture: B+ & C+/C+/C+ Sound: B & C+/C+/C+ Extras: B/C+/C- Main Programs: B+/B-/C+

Here's more new child titles, including the reissue of an all-time classic...

The Disney classic Bambi (1942) is back in a new 75th Anniversary Signature Collection Blu-ray w/DVD set. Technically in playback, it is the same as the last such set we reviewed at this link...


Now back in print, one of the most important and successful animated features ever arrives with an even larger saturation of CGI animated films than ever, but more than holds its own in charm, class, hearty, soul and art. The story of a baby losing its mother is as relevant as ever, as is the case with the classics.

Extras include previously released pieces like The Making of Bambi: A Prince is Born running an hour, Tricks of the Trade, The Old Mill classic short that was the first to use Tri-Plane animated cell technology, an Original Theatrical Trailer, Inside the Disney Archives, Deleted Song ''Twitterpatted'' has a title that suddenly has a new context in the cyber era, and 2 previously seen Deleted Scenes now joined by some new ones. Other new pieces include Studio Stories: Bambi that includes how The Old Mill helped make the feature possible, The Bambi Effect, Bambi's Fawn Facts and the Oswald The Rabbit animated short ''Africa Before Dark'' which Disney now owns after acquiring the Oswald films Disney himself made from another studio. Celebrating Tyrus Wong is a digital-only supplement you have to get by downloading/streaming it, though a lithograph connected to it is included in our copy along with a Digital Copy of the film for the first time. That leaves only a few extras left behind on the previous set.

Nice to have this one back, while supplies last.

Sesame Street: Elmo Loves Animals (2017) is a 3+hours compilation release that is pretty much self-explanatory from its title, but that also includes the short Old MacDonald Had A Farm as a 'Nursery Rhyme Remix' from Sesame Studios, the full-length Dinosaurs! and Wild Animals episode of Elmo's World. Though it can be obvious, there is no overlap and it is on the higher end of the many Elmo DVD releases we have covered to date, as well as that of the classic series. Not bad.

Finally we have Strawberry Shortcake: Dance Berry Dance (2017), the latest in the CGI revival series based on the older 1980s doll toys and it is a weaker offering only running 88 minutes, only offering so much new and one extra in Printable Coloring Pages via DVD-ROM, though its not awful. It is child-friendly enough, but is not much better or worse than previous entries we've seen.

The 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer of Bambi is in a 1.78 X 1 frame bookened and is the same high quality transfer from the previous Bu-ray reviewed, representing the 35mm dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor version of the film as well as possible before we eventually see a 4K version when Disney starts supporting that format. This could not be better in regular Blu-ray with fine color range, detail and depth. I was not as impressed as my fellow writer, but it is really good just the same. The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on all three DVDs are obviously going to be softer than the sole Blu-ray, especially one so good, but they are passable if soft and about as good as they are going to be in the format. Elmo has some 1.33 X 1 footage too, but the credit on the back of the DVD case saying it is only 'standard definition' is wrong and sells the release short.

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mix on Bambi is as well mixed and presented as an upgrade of a theatrical monophonic film from the early 1940s can be, but music seems to benefit the most, while the DVD version has lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 at best that is not bad, but not great and not as good as the DTS-MA. The other, newer DVD releases have lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that sound as good as they can and can more than match the older film, but expect the usual sonic limits from them too, as well recorded as they can be.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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