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Mickey's Christmas Carol Blu-ray

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30th Anniversary Special Edition / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Disney / Buena Vista | 1983 | 26 min | Rated G | Nov 05, 2013

Mickey's Christmas Carol (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.75:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
Digital copy (as download)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 2.3 of 52.3
Audio 2.7 of 52.7
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Animation88%
Holiday15%
Short7%
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Mickey's Christmas Carol

 (1983)

Mickey's Christmas Carol Blu-ray features poor video and decent audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

For more about Mickey's Christmas Carol and the Mickey's Christmas Carol Blu-ray release, see Mickey's Christmas Carol Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan (I), Eddie Carroll (I), Patricia Parris
Director: Burny Mattinson

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Mickey's Christmas Carol Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

Restoration noun \res-tə-ˈrā-shən\ -- 1) an act of restoring or the condition of being restored, 2) a bringing back to a former position or condition, 3) the act of restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition, 4) a precise representation or reconstruction of the original form

Disney's touted "restoration" of Mickey's Christmas Carol is, to put it bluntly, an abject failure. Like The Sword in the Stone before it, the beloved holiday short film has been scrubbed within an inch of its life, buffed and cleaned past the point of no return, and scrubbed -- then artificially sharpened -- again, presumably just 'cause. Grain has been almost completely eradicated... along with any semblance of fine detail in the original animation, line crispness and overall clarity. (How egregious is the noise reduction? Compare this screenshot of the disc's menu, which features a pre-scrubbed frame of Scrooge counting money, to this screenshot of the same scene as presented in the film itself. Now peruse the other images. It's all downhill.) Numerous shots are soft, smeary and/or uncharacteristically filtered (with line art that looks as if it's been retraced using magic markers), so much so that the 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation often appears as if it's slightly out of focus.

We're not dealing with age here. This has nothing to do with the film's thirty years. We're not dealing with filmic softness, or a product of the source as some will undoubtedly insist. This is an aggressively processed transfer; no two ways about it. The effect isn't quite as severe as it is in the worst instances in The Sword in the Stone, but it comes too close for comfort. Other anomalies pop up throughout the film -- aliasing, color splitting, significant line smudging (some fine lines have almost been erased), ringing, and even artifacting (the faint blues of Scrooge's eyes are the most frequent offender) -- and there isn't a single scene that lives up to what anyone should expect from the sort of digital restoration advertised on the back cover, much less a disc being released by the Mouse House in 2013.

Frankly, I'm worried. The Sword in the Stone's presentation is widely and rightfully criticized as being Disney's worst, but I assumed it was a grave oversight that slipped through the usual quality control channels. Mickey's Christmas Carol suggests something more troubling is afoot. The studio would do well to find the root of the problem and eliminate it post haste. The fact that a reputation-tainting restoration is being sold at a premium price doesn't help.


Mickey's Christmas Carol Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Disney's lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is actually a step up from its video presentation, although it's still something of a disappointment. Voices are clean and clear but rather hollow and tinny on the whole (particularly when Scrooge is being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past in his bed chambers). Effects and music follow suit, and there isn't much worth outright praise, other than the audio's relative faithfulness to the film's original sound design. Would a lossless track have improved matters? Could the various shortcomings be addressed with more tender, loving care? I imagine so. As is, the lossy stereo track is serviceable. Nothing more.



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