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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965)
Columbia/Tri-Star // G // January 2, 2002
List Price: $24.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 4, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A 1965 made-for-TV feature, "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" is an adaptation of the classic tale starring Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Damon, Walter Pidgeon, Ginger Rodgers and others, complete with music from the famed Rodgers and Hammerstein duo. While certainly not the most famous adaptation of the classic tale, good performances elevate this edition above many of the others and have gained it a decent fan base.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Cinderella" is presented by Columbia/Tristar in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The considerable fan base for this edition of the classic tale that are expecting at least moderately pleasant image quality are going to be sorely dissapointed. Not only does this often appear noticably more like VHS (and bad VHS, at that) quality than DVD, it looks like someone's old and worn video copy was used to transfer to DVD. Sharpness and detail are definitely weak, as the picture goes from appearing soft to hazy and undefined.

Other flaws are apparent besides the very noticable softness, through. Mild noise is occasionally seen, as well as some occasional lines across the screen and other problems similar to what one might see from a videotape they'd watched too often. Some shimmering, edge enhancement and a general "digital" appearance also are apparent throughout.

Colors also looked weak, with a slightly faded and flat appearance. While not completely unwatchable, this is not that far from that level. I'm really suprised that the studio could not find a better source for the DVD - the image quality is to the point where it's reason enough to not recommend this title.

SOUND: The 2.0 soundtrack is somewhat stronger than the picture quality, if it's still nothing very remarkable. At least it's fairly clear and crisp, with only occasional noticable harshness to the music and dialogue.

MENUS:: Basic, non-animated menus that essentially use film-themed images and cover art.

EXTRAS: A retrospective featurette with interviews that lasts just under 10 minutes, sing-along to "In My Own Little Corner", 3 Bonus Trailers, weblink and filmographies.

Final Thoughts: While there are certainly a great deal of fans for this adaptation of the popular tale, there's really no way I can recommend the DVD. The $24.95 price tag is too much to ask for a presentation which offers image quality that often goes from bad to worse and only mediocre sound, with little in the way of supplements. Understandably, fans may still want to own this - but be warned - the picture quality is certainly going to dissapoint viewers.

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