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Gulliver’s Travels: Special Edition (1996/Genius/RHI DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Film: B-



There have been several various interpretations over the course of cinematic history regarding the character of Lemuel Gulliver, the Englishman who returns home with wild stories of his travels, which are small allegories about the real world.  One of the better interpretations is the 1996 made-for-TV version starring Ted Danson along with other talents like Mary Steenburgen, Ned Beatty, and even Peter O’ Toole.  One of the reasons that this version works well is that it’s detailed enough with its nearly 3-hour runtime that it absorbs the viewer into its ‘world’ long enough for the payoff.  The production here is also quite good for television standard and this has become one of the better Hallmark films to be released, especially for the entire family. 


While this film was already previously released onto DVD a few years ago, Genius is reissuing the film in a ‘special’ edition, but one has to wonder what is so ‘special’ about it.  Is it the technical specs?  Well, not really as it would seem that things have just been recycled here with a average 1.33 X 1 full frame transfer that appears to be from the previous release, although here it has been matted in order to maintain a widescreen appearance, so that means less picture information.  Same is true for the Dolby Stereo 2.0 mix, which seems to be the same as the previous release and while there is nothing wrong per se with these, it doesn’t necessarily warrant superb praise.  So then what…the special features?  Well, not really either as this release only has a ‘making of’ and an interview with Omar Sharif.  The ‘making of’ was on the previous release of the film. 


I’d say it’s fair that if you already own that previous copy, you can probably hold off on this one for now and upgrade when the title arrives to Blu-ray, in the meantime if you don’t own this and really really have to have it, this version might be the one to own, but no guarantees there either.



-   Nate Goss


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