Alice In Wonderland 60th Anniversary Combo Pack Review

We were offered to review the upcoming release of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland 60th Anniversary Special Edition Bluray/DVD package.  This was great because seeing it in a new way after 60 years was something we enjoyed doing.  The original movie was released in 1951.  This was a movie that Walt personally had his hands in.  My daughter has seen our VCR tape of Alice, but seeing the movie in high definiti0n was a definite treat.  The colors, and sounds of the movie seem much more vibrant.  Seeing some of the bonus features included in the combo pack were an added bonus.  The interactive game was a creative addition.  Through the Keyhole was nice for me being that I have seen the movie, and seeing the reference points was really excellent.

Alice In Wonderland is a very comical story that almost anyone will love.  We will watch the movie time, and time again.  I find the Cheshire Cat to be the best sub-character.  Wife likes the Mad Hatter, and our little one loved the White Rabbit.  If you have ever watched the VCR version, then you will want to watch this edition.

We give the movie a 10 out of 10.  A “Classic” movie that is great no matter what.

We received a combo pack to review.  Receiving the combo pack had no influence on our review.  As always our review is our factual opinion.

Here is the release information…

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF WALT DISNEY’S ORIGINAL, WHIMSICAL ANIMATED CLASSIC WILL FINALLY ARRIVE ON BLU-RAY™ AND MOVIE DOWNLOAD

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

60th Anniversary Special Edition

Premiering on Blu-ray Hi-Def And As A Movie Download on February 1, 2011

With interest in all things ALICE IN WONDERLAND at an all-time high following the record-breaking theatrical performance of Disney’s epic live-action fantasy adventure, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly unveils aone-of-a-kind 60th Anniversary Special Edition of Walt Disney’s original animated version of the whimsical classic tale ALICE IN WONDERLAND on Blu-ray — on February 1st, 2011.  Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 60th Anniversary Special Edition will be available across the country as a Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99 in the US and $44.99 in Canada, a Standard Definition Movie Download for $29.99 in the US and $35.99 in Canada and High-Definition Movie Download for $39.99 in the US and $44.99 in Canada.

The new ALICE IN WONDERLAND 60th Anniversary Special Edition takes viewers on magical adventure like never before with a fantastically odd and fun-filled world of colorful characters in brilliant high-definition and crystal clearsound. Additionally, the disc comes specially-packed with never-before-seen footage hosted by Kathryn Beaumont, an all-new interactive game and more.

In the film, viewers can look forward to following Alice’s adventures as she chases the White Rabbit on a magical journey into the fantastical world of Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets “curiouser and curiouser” as Alice’s madcap adventures introduce her to some truly unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more. It’s a great animated story that has pleased the eyes and ears of old and new generations alike.

The animated version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND still remains an all-time American-favorite to this day. Produced by Walt Disney himself and based primarily on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a few additional elements from Through the Looking-Glass, the film was made complete with help from filmmakers Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske (Cinderella, Peter Pan) and the voices of Kathryn Beaumont as Alice (also the voice of Wendy Darling in Peter Pan), Ed Wynn (Mary Poppin; Cinderella) as the Mad Hatter, J. Pat O’Malley (One Hundred and One Dalmatians; The Jungle Book) as Tweedledee and Tweeledum, Verna Felton (Cinderella; Sleeping Beauty; The Jungle Book) as Queen of Hearts, Sterling Holloway (The Jungle Book; Sleeping Bueaty; The Aristocats) as the Cheshire Cat , Richard Haydn (The Sound of Music; Young Frankenstein) as Caterpillar and Bill Thompson (Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan; Sleeping Beauty) as the White Rabbit.

Walt Disney first created the idea of creating Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND book into a full-length animated movie back in 1923 when he was just a young twenty-one year filmmaker trying to make a name for himself. After more than 30-years in the making, and after four successful animated releases under his belt (i.e., Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi), Walt finally released his true vision for the animated film Alice in Wonderland.

This 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of ALICE IN WONDERLAND celebrates many of Walt’s accomplishments with this film showcasing its amazing artwork,spectacular songs and dazzling animation. And be sure to dive deeper into the rabbit hole and check-out all of its unique bonus features.

Film Synopsis:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a story about a young girl who grows bored listening to her older sister read aloud from a history book about William I of England. While dozing off, she dreams about falling down a rabbit hole (“Wonderland”) that is populated by a peculiar series of misadventures. The always sensible Alice whirls through a world of contradictions, imagination and surprises where she encounters amazing creatures – including a pocket watch-toting White Rabbit, the imperious Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards, a Cheshire Cat with a lingering smile in an unforgettable fantasy, and the off-kilter Madhatter – and tests her sensibility and courage. In the end it’s all a dream, she is awakened by her sister’s voice, and as the two of them return home for teatime where she realizes that perhaps logic and reason exist for purpose. And in return, her sister realizes affectionatelythat Alice is still young, but will grow-up in time.

Blu-ray Disc Bonus Features:

Brand-New Blu-ray Features:

? §  Through the Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide to Wonderland – View the movie in this special mode and discover references to the original Lewis Carroll classic.  Kathryn Beaumont introduces.

? §  Disney View – Watch the movie in this expanded viewing experience with new Disney art in the wings of the screen.

? §  Painting the Roses Red Game – Help paint the roses red in the Queen’s garden.  Careful, or someone could lose their head.

? §  Walt Disney Color TV Introduction (1959) – A never-before-seen color TV intro by Walt.

? §  Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob – Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, provides an introduction to this newly discovered reference footage of Alice talking to the doorknob.

? §  Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks – Kathryn Beaumont introduces a newly discovered pencil test of Alice shrinking.

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Plus, Classic Features:

? §  “I’m Odd” Newly Discovered Cheshire Cat Song + Intro

? §  Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short (Now in Hi-Def)

? §  Art Gallery (with new design and new images)

? §  Reflections on Alice

? §  Operation Wonderland (Now in Hi-Def)

? §  One Hour in Wonderland

? §  An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland

? §  Original Theatrical Trailers (1951 & 1974)

? §  Walt Disney TV Introduction (1954 & 1964)

? §  The Fred Waring Show (Excerpt)

? §  Deleted Materials:

? Ø  Deleted Scene: Pig and Pepper

? Ø  From Wonderland to Neverland: The Evolution of a Song – An entertaining look at how a song originally written for Alice in Wonderland, finally found its home in another Disney favorite, Peter Pan.

? Ø  Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park – Deleted storyboard sequence set to music.

? Ø  Original Song Demos: “Beware The Jabberwock”; “Everything Has A Useness”; “So They Say”; “Beautiful Soup”; “Dream Caravan”; “If You’ll Believe In Me”

Movie Download Bonus Features (SD & HD):

? §  Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks

? §  Thru The Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short

? §  Reflections on Alice

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Street Date:                             February 1 2011

Direct Prebook:                                    December 7, 2010

Distributor Prebook:                  December 21, 2010

Suggested Retail Price:           Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) $39.99 U.S./ $44.99 Canada

Standard Definition Movie Download $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada

High-Definition Movie Download $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada

Feature Run Time:                  Approximately 75 minutes

Rated:                                      G

Aspect Ratio:                           1:33:1; Adjusted to fit 16×9 Television

Sound:                                     5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, DisneyEnhanced Home Theater Mix, Original Theatrical Sound Track

Languages:                              English, French & Spanish

Subtitles:                                 French & Spanish

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.  For more information, please visit www.disney.com.

 

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Earn Bonus Entries Into Alice Contest

If you aren’t a Disney Vacation Club member, then you can earn an additional 5 entries into the Alice In Wonderland Giveaway.  This offer is valid From today until Saturday 5/29/10.

All you have to do is fill in the information requesting additional information regarding Disney Vacation Club.  Find that by Clicking HERE.

You will receive some mail, e-mail, and possibly a phone call from an Authorized DVC rep.

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Disney’s Alice In Wonderland BluRay / DVD Contest

How would you like to have your own copy of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland?

Well, here is your chance to win a copy of it… Keep Reading…

We went to see Alice In Wonderland at the theater in Downtown Disney while we were vacationing this past Easter.  The movie was very creative.  I definitelly recommend this movie.  If you haven’t seen it, then beware that this movie is a big variation from the cartoon version from many years ago.  Johnny Depp was amazing.  Seeing the movie in 3D was a definite plus in my book.

Experience More of Wonderland …

 ON DISNEY BLU-RAY & DVD – JUNE 1, 2010

With Worldwide Theatrical Box Office Earnings Approaching the $800 Million Mark, Tim Burton’s Take on the Classic Tales Wins Fans Everywhere

Burbank, Calif., April 16, 2010 – Following a record-breaking theatrical performance, Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Disney’s 4th biggest film of all time, takes its booming box-office success into the home with a Disney 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 1-Disc Blu-ray and 1-Disc DVD on June 1, 2010, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE).

The ALICE IN WONDERLAND Blu-ray DiscTM Combo Pack provides audiences with the chance to experience a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time in pristine 1080p picture and Dolby Digital 5.1 HD surround sound quality and has been especially packaged with family and fans in mind – with lots of exciting bonus features and an extra DVD and Digital Copy of the movie.

The Blu-ray Disc versions of the film include nine bonus features that take viewers deeper into the famous “Rabbit Hole” – exploring more of the world of Wonderland, its iconic characters and the making of the film. Features include the making of the Futterwacken Dance, a look inside the world of the Mad Hatter and Johnny Depp’s transformation, Tim Burton’s vision for the movie and its characters, the visual effects of growing and shrinking of Alice, costume designs, music, stunts and more.

The suggested retail prices for ALICE IN WONDERLAND are as follows: The 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) is $44.99 (US)/$51.99 (Canada); the 1-Disc Blu-ray is $39.99 (US) /$44.99 (Canada); and the Single Disc DVD is $29.99 (US)/$35.99 (Canada). 

Film Synopsis:

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an imaginative new twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience – ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

The film’s opening weekend made ALICE IN WONDERLAND the highest-grossing non-sequel opening weekend in history, the biggest March opening of all time, the biggest 3D opening of all time and the biggest IMAX opening of all time.

Bonus Features:

DVD:

Finding Alice – It’s all things Alice. This featurette includes Tim Burton’s vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney’s version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter – Audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp’s early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes.

Effecting Wonderland – A behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the most beloved characters in the film – Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen.

BLU-RAY:

Everything on the DVD plus:

The Futterwacken Dance – Futterwhat? Check out the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken.

The Red Queen – The creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects.

Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen – A short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes.

The White Queen – An interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland’s good queen, about her character’s journey throughout the process of the film.

Scoring Wonderland – Composer Danny Elfman and Tim Burton discuss the music for the movie.

Stunts of Wonderland – A featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film.

Making the Proper Size – An inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the storyline.

Cakes of Wonderland – Take a trip to “Cake Divas” where the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale.

Tea Party Props – Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually.

 Disc Details:                          BLU-RAY                         DVD
Street Date June 1, 1010 June 1, 2010
Direct Prebook April 6, 2010 April 6, 2010
Distributor Prebook April 20, 2010 April 20, 2010
Suggested Retail Price 3-Disc Combo Pack – $44.99 US/$51.99 Canada1-Disc BD – $39.99 US/$44.99 Canada 1-Disc DVD $29.99/$35.99 Canada
Feature Run Time 109 minutes 109 minutes
Rated U.S.: PG, Bonus Materials Not RatedCanada: PG (CF: G) U.S.: PG, Bonus Materials Not RatedCanada: PG (CF: G)
Aspect Ratio 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1:78:1) Widescreen (1:78:1); Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Sound Digital Dolby 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 48kHz/24-hit Digital Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages Primary Language: EnglishTracks: French and Spanish Primary Language: EnglishTracks: French and Spanish
Subtitles Spanish, French Spanish, French
       

About Disney Combo Packs:

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD and in some cases a Digital Copy of the movie in a single package. Current 2010 Disney titles available as Combo Packs include Ponyo, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Princess and the Frog.

About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment:

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

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