With interest in all things ALICE IN WONDERLAND at an all-time high following the record-breaking theatrical performance of Disney’s epic live-action fantasy adventure, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly unveiled last week a one-of-a-kind 60th Anniversary Special Edition of Walt Disney’s original animated version of the whimsical classic tale ALICE IN WONDERLAND on Blu-ray. Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 60th Anniversary Special Edition will be available across the country as a Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99, a Standard Definition Movie Download for $29.99 in the US, and High-Definition Movie Download for $39.99.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a story about a young girl who grows bored listening to her older sister read aloud from a history book about William I of England. While dozing off, she dreams about falling down a rabbit hole (“Wonderland”) that is populated by a peculiar series of misadventures. The always sensible Alice whirls through a world of contradictions, imagination and surprises where she encounters amazing creatures – including a pocket watch-toting White Rabbit, the imperious Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards, a Cheshire Cat with a lingering smile in an unforgettable fantasy, and the off-kilter Madhatter – and tests her sensibility and courage. In the end it’s all a dream, she is awakened by her sister’s voice, and as the two of them return home for teatime where she realizes that perhaps logic and reason exist for purpose. And in return, her sister realizes affectionately that Alice is still young, but will grow-up in time.
Blu-ray Disc Bonus Features:
–Through the Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide to Wonderland – View the movie in this special mode and discover references to the original Lewis Carroll classic. Kathryn Beaumont introduces.
–Disney View – Watch the movie in this expanded viewing experience with new Disney art in the wings of the screen.
–Painting the Roses Red Game – Help paint the roses red in the Queen’s garden. Careful, or someone could lose their head.
–Walt Disney Color TV Introduction (1959) – A never-before-seen color TV intro by Walt.
–Reference Footage: Alice and the Doorknob – Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, provides an introduction to this newly discovered reference footage of Alice talking to the doorknob.
–Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks – Kathryn Beaumont introduces a newly discovered pencil test of Alice shrinking.
Plus, Classic Features:
–“I’m Odd” Newly Discovered Cheshire Cat Song + Intro
–Thru the Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short (Now in Hi-Def)
–Art Gallery (with new design and new images
–Reflections on Alice
–Operation Wonderland (Now in Hi-Def)
–One Hour in Wonderland
–An Alice Comedy: Alice’s Wonderland
–Original Theatrical Trailers (1951 & 1974)
–Walt Disney TV Introduction (1954 & 1964)
–The Fred Waring Show (Excerpt)
— Deleted Scene: Pig and Pepper
–From Wonderland to Neverland: The Evolution of a Song – An entertaining look at how a song originally written for Alice in Wonderland, finally found its home in another Disney favorite, Peter Pan.
–Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park – Deleted storyboard sequence set to music.
–Original Song Demos: “Beware The Jabberwock”; “Everything Has A Useness”; “So They Say”; “Beautiful Soup”; “Dream Caravan”; “If You’ll Believe In Me”
Movie Download Bonus Features:
–Pencil Test: Alice Shrinks
–Thru The Mirror Mickey Mouse Animated Short
–Reflections on Alice
Our Take: My now-five year old loves the cartoon far more than the real life version. Though we also saw the local children’s production at the theater as well, knowing those were kids, it wasn’t as scary to her as the Johnny Depp take. She has a very strong love for cats (ours recently passed) and her favorite part is when the Cheshire Cat appears to Alice, then disappears and then just his smile is left. The other day only the bottom part of the moon was lit, and she said, “look mom, it’s like the cat in Alice in Wonderland!” That cat sure made an impact on her. We love having this classic in our video library!
We were sent product for honest review.