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The Films of Michael Sporn Ė The Tales Of Hans Christian Anderson (Two Volumes, sold separately)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: B-†††† Films: B-

 

 

As follow-ups to some impressive works by Michael Sporn released on DVD, First Run has issued two more discs of two more animated films each, but instead of more outright gritty, original and challenging works, he has adapted literary classics this time around in these Tales Of Hans Christian Anderson collections.

 

Each again running a half-hour each, the first set includes The Emperorís New Clothes (with Regis Philbin!) and the lesser-known Nightingale (with Mako). The Red Shoes (done as a classic live action feature by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, featuring the voice of Ossie Davis as narrator) is here in a comparatively abbreviated form with the somewhat-known Little Girl March (narrated by F. Murray Abraham) round out the releases.

 

The previous DVDs were covered long ago on this site, which you can read more about at:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/479/Films+of+Michael+Sporn+(Volume+1

 

 

Though these are high quality, they did not work for me overall as much as the previous material simply because I am not a big fan of Andersonís work, yet these are some of the more engaging versions I have seen (as most I equate with the term suffering) and feel they actually make the original literary works more accessible.I hope it is not a few more years before more of Spornís work arrives on DVD.

 

The 1.33 X 1 full screen, color images on each DVD are stylistic and not bad at all.As with last time, the color really jumps out.However, these copies tend to be a bit softer than the previous releases overall.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad either, which extends to the documentaries on each DVD about the sets of films they offer.Sporn also offers commentary on all four shorts, which are very useful, and you get brief still galleries of animatics and the cell & sketch work.

 

All in all, this is some of the higher quality child safe material we received in a while and if you are interested, you should get them.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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