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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®
The Voice Talents Of Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, Freda Foh Shen, June Foray, James Hong, Miriam Margolyes, Pat Morita, Eddie Murphy, Marni Nixon, Soon-Tek Oh, Donny Osmond, Lea Salonga, James Shigeta, George Takei, Jerry S. Tondo, Gedde Watanabe, Frank Welker, Ming-Na Wen Matthew Wilder & B.D. Wong
Disc One of this two-disc special edition includes an audio commentary track by producer Pam Coats and directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, a brief featurette with a Mulan Fun Facts pop-up track, an interactive DisneyPedia VIP tour of Mulan
Based on a story by Robert D. San Souci, Mulan tells the story of a spirited young girl who disguises herself as a soldier to spare her aging father from having to serve in the Imperial Army. Led by Captain Shang, Mulan trains for battle as part of a ragtag troop aided by her two sidekicks: Mushu, a smart-alek little dragon and Cri-Kee, a lucky cricket. (Suzanne Hodges)
The anamorphically enhanced and windowboxed/pillarboxed 1.66:1 DVD picture exhibits rich, solid animated images. Colors are beautifully saturated with bold reds and blues, atmospheric grays, and deep blacks. The images are sharp and detailed, with excellent dimension and detail. There are no signs of annoying edge halos around objects and pixelization is also rarely noticed. Overall, this is a beautiful picture that should certainly please the whole family. (Suzanne Hodges)
I read Widescreen Review because it has had a consistent editorial perspective since its inception: a no-compromise approach to making home theatre the best that it can be. I have read the magazine cover to cover since Issue 2. Despite staff and reviewer changes over the years, thanks to Gary's leadership this perspective has never changed. As new technologies are introduced, Widescreen Review always provides in-depth analyses of not just the technology itself, but the political and industry forces that may be forcing compromises in its development. You have always sounded the clarion call to stop compression madness or any other madness that may force us to accept a home theatre experience that falls short of what it could be. Thank you!