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Gulliver's Travels
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Review by Jeff Field | posted February 12, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Features: Production Notes, Complete History, Over 100 Production Stills, Vintage Articles, Poster Art. Original Untouched Mono Soundtrack, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1

The Movie: Gulliver's Travels is the story of a man who lands on the shores of the new world. He is discovered by a group of tiny men. These men are divided into two kingdoms which are meant to be united by the princess of one marrying the prince of the other. However, the marriage plans fall apart due to differences in the opinions of the kings in what song should be played. A war ensues, and Gulliver is forced to get involved. Also included are two shorter cartoons featuring some of the same characters.

Picture: The restoration of this 60 year old film is excellent. The film is presented in the original full-screen version. There is a demonstration of the restoration process, and I have to say they did quite a good job. The colors are much better and brighter, adding new life to the image.

Sound: The sound on this disc is excellent. The original untouched mono soundtrack is just that, and as you'd expect it's not very exciting. However, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is great – they really made this film take advantage of surround sound, and I'm impressed. It takes better advantage of surround than some modern movies meant to be in Dolby Digital.

The Extras: The extras on this disc are interesting. I was most interested in the demos of the restoration process used on this movie, showing the process used to restore the film from it's original state. I also enjoyed the other films that were included, as well as the complete history.

Conclusion: If you are interested in the restoration of animation, this disc is extremely interesting to see. The movie is excellent, aimed at children but enjoyable for all. I definitely recommend this disc. It's also an excellent demonstration of sound restoration.

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