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Bambi 75th Anniversary Blu-ray Release – Should You Replace Your Old DVDs and Tapes?
Bambi 75th Anniversary Blu-ray Release
“Bambi” was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, “Bambi” holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl – and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.
I was a small child when I saw Bambi for the first time and, as many of you probably experienced yourselves, I was traumatized by the (can it be a spoiler if its 75 years later?) death of Bambi’s mother. Even now, almost 30 years later, I was still absolutely destroyed by it. If anything, this is the sign of a strong film that can evoke such strong emotions no matter your age. There is a reason Bambi is one ranked the 3rd greatest animated films of all time, ranking only behind two other amazing Disney animated features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio, most likely only because they were created first.
This HD blu-ray release is absolutely stunning. The colors and detail are more vibrant while you still get a bit of that original graininess that gives the film its 1940’s charm. Along with the improved quality, we are also gifted several new bonus features including:
·THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.
·STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
·DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
·DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.
·BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
·OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.
·CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.
·DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated
·THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN
oSTORY: TELLING THE TALE
oCHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE
oACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS
oART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST
oMUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY
oHISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING
·TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt)
·INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES
·THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT
·ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
·THE GOLDEN AGE
Overall, is the blu-ray worth replacing your old DVD or VHS copies? Without a doubt. The extra features alone are worth the money but it really is nice to see such a great classic get the upgrade treatment it deserves.
Bambi is now available on DVD/Blu-ray from Walt Disney Home Video