Do you feel twitterpated? Disney’s fifth animated feature (counting Fantasia) debuted in 1942 and was instantly a classic. And for its 75th anniversary, Bambi is getting a brand-new Blu-ray and digital release!
Do check out our conversation with Donnie Dunagan and Peter Behn if you’re interested in hearing from the guys who provided the original voices of Bambi and Thumper when they were a ripe old age of 4 years old!
In what has become tradition (apparently), here is the official GeekDad comparison of how the new 75th anniversary Signature Collection release of Bambi stacks up to the previous Diamond Edition Blu-ray release from 2011. (You might be interested in similar comparisons I did for Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio.)
First and foremost, I should say that, as is the case with most recent re-releases from Disney, the video is identical between the two versions. They look exactly the same (beautiful), and there’s really not a noticeable difference between the two. The audio is also the same: both versions have a 7.1 DTS-HDHR audio mix along with a restored original soundtrack.
The on-screen menu is different, but they’re both equally gorgeous. It’s hard to pick one over the other.
For those of you who still buy physical media, you might be interested to know about the two versions (and their respective special features) compare. Well, here goes…
What’s the same? The new version includes most of the bonus features from the previous edition.
What’s new? Aside from the menu, there are a few differences and special features that are new to the 2017 edition.
What’s missing (from the 2011 edition)? Unless they’re hiding somewhere I didn’t see them, these features didn’t seem to make the cut.
Do I recommend the new Signature Collection edition of Bambi? If you don’t already own a copy of the film, then it’s a no-brainer. You’ll fall in love all over again, and it’s a remarkable film that any fan of animation should own.
What if you already own the 2011 edition? If you’re looking for a digital version (and for some reason want another copy of the disc), then you should grab this one. (But you could also just buy the movie digitally.) In all honesty, though, there’s not much on this edition to merit buying it again. The new bonus features aren’t really all that spectacular and not worth picking up on their own merit.
The film, though? It’s a true classic.
(Disclosure: GeekDad was provided with a review copy of this release. All opinions remain our own.)
This post was last modified on March 14, 2018 4:51 pm
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