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Swiss Family Robinson
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 62 (July 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur & Janet Munro

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this adventurous two-disc Vault Disney Collection DVD set includes audio commentary by director Ken Annakin and actors Tommy Kirk, James MacArthur, and Kevin Corcoran; a classic animated short Sea Salts; and up-front ads. Clicking to the left of the DVD menu on Disc Two will offer three featurettes: a new 49-minute Adventure In The Making documentary, a 12-minute interview segment with James MacArthur, and a musical tribute to famous Disney Pirates! The right side of the DVD menu will take you to Lost Treasures: a classic four-minute video of the grand opening of the Treehouse at Disneyland (with commentary by Haley Mills, daughter of John Mills). The Production Archive is loaded with galleries (art, stills, publishing, advertising, and other marketing materials); biographies; screenplay comparisons; trailers and TV spots, Walt Disney Presents: Escape To Paradise, a Walt Disney-hosted behind-the-scenes look at Swiss Family Robinson (23 minutes); and excerpts from the 1940 Swiss Family Robinson film adaptation, narrated by Orson Welles (19 minutes). Finally, Audio Archives is a jukebox with radio spots; dialogue, effects, and music compositing for two scenes; song:

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 21553
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1960
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/07/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Ken Annakin
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DVD Picture:
As is the case with the other Vault Disney DVDs, this anamorphically enhanced DVD is a very nice restoration, with vibrant colors that are nicely balanced. Images have an overall soft quality, but detail can be nicely rendered. There is some edge enhancement and pixelization, but overall the picture should be quite pleasing. The picture is quite clean, with only minor dirt and film grain noticed. Of course, the picture has a dated look, but is quite clean for its age. Unlike the LaserDisc version, which was framed at 2.55:1, the DVD is framed at the more correct 2.35:1 (except for the opening credits, which remain at 2.55:1). (Suzanne Hodges)

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