Fantasia

'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that runs on Tuesday; from the week's new Blu-ray releases, we recommend titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie, as well as the coolest special feature (unique to the format) and most intriguing rental.

For Blu-ray Vets:
'Fantasia' / 'Fantasia 2000'
Twitter Tag Line: Walt Disney's wondrous 1940 experimental feature remains a transfixing piece of cinema 70 years later.
New Features Unique to Blu-ray: "The Schultheis Notebook" details the animation techniques; two audio commentaries on 'Fantasia,' one featuring the assembled thoughts of Walt Disney; two more audio commentaries on 'Fantasia 2000'; plus the short film 'Destino,' a collaboration between Disney and Salvador Dali, and an 82-minute doc on that collaboration.
Transfer/Audio: "Both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 look fantastic, and Disney has done a wonderful job of ushering each one into the 21st century. Animation enthusiasts and Vault collectors will be exceedingly happy with the treatment each one has received." (Blu-ray.com)
Replay Value: Endless. Really. The episodic structure means that you can go directly to whichever sequence strikes your fancy and/or mood at the time. Because there's no dialogue -- only spoken introductions -- it's tempting to throw it up as background eye candy and listen to the orchestral score, though the distractions on offer may keep you from getting any real work done.
One Caveat: Supplemental features from previous DVD releases, totaling 304 minutes, are only available via "Disney's Virtual Vault," accessed via BD-Live.
Further Reading: "Behind the Scenes: 'Fantasia/Fantasia 2000' Blu-ray." (Moviefone) "O.K., Hippos, Grab Your Tutus." (Dave Kehr, New York Times)
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