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The Little Mermaid Blu-ray

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Diamond Edition / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Disney / Buena Vista | 1989 | 83 min | Rated G | Oct 01, 2013

The Little Mermaid (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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The Little Mermaid

 (1989)

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father's beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula!

For more about The Little Mermaid and the The Little Mermaid Blu-ray release, see the The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Kenneth Mars, Mark Hamill
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

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The Little Mermaid Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The last time I reviewed a classic Disney Animation release -- and the time before that and... the time before that -- I spent a great deal of time outlining the good, the bad and, unfortunately, the ugly; discussing everything from overzealously processed presentations, flawed restorations and other (relatively minor) issues. I can't even begin to tell you, then, how relieved I was while watching The Little Mermaid and its near-perfect 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer, one that should please both purists and modern animation fans alike. Yes, the animation is dated by Disney Renaissance standards. Yes, slight softness is apparent in the original source from time to time. And yes, the image isn't always as vibrant as the film's colorful characters. But none of these inherent shortcomings should be held against Disney's (mostly) faithful restoration and presentation, which rarely disappoints. The undersea palette is lovely, with strong primary presence, satisfying black levels, and nicely balanced contrast. Detail is excellent as well. Lines are clean and refined, background textures are nicely resolved, a faint, filmic veneer of grain reveals just how small a role any egregious noise reduction played in the restoration, and virtually everything the animators brought to life in 1989 is, indeed, alive and well in 2013. Moreover, macroblocking, banding, errant noise and other troubling anomalies are either kept to a bare minimum or altogether absent.

There is one nagging little problem, though, despite the fact that 99.9% of viewers won't notice. And since I'm already quantifying educated guesses, I'll go one step further and say 90% of those who do notice won't care all that much. (Honestly, I wouldn't have realized anything was amiss had I not been informed ahead of time.) It seems a handful of shots (assembled here) exhibit small changes made to the original animation or, every now and again, an error. Of the split-second alterations and mishaps, most are frankly negligible (the interior of three clamshells are blue instead of green during an early song, etc). However, three are worth mentioning. The first: the opening titles are slightly mistimed (which wouldn't be on my shortlist if the filmmakers didn't specifically comment on the precise timing of the opening titles and music in the disc's audio commentary). The second: a strange bar appears (for the briefest of moments) at the upper right-hand side of the screen when Ariel and Eric leap from atop giant Ursula's crown. And finally, the third and -- I'd argue -- only potentially serious distraction: two shots have been inadvertently switched at the climax of "Part of Your World" (Flounder reacts as a singing Ariel descends), and it's made more obvious by a lip-sync discrepancy between the song lyrics and animation. It's tough to spot... until you know what half-second mistake to look for. After that, it's impossible to miss. What's seen cannot be unseen, although it will still only bother a scant few. Thankfully, Disney has already addressed the issue, creating a disc exchange program. Click here for more details.

All that being said, nothing outlined above should prevent anyone, and I mean anyone, from picking up the Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of The Little Mermaid. If a disc replacement program is eventually offered, problem solved. If not, you only need ask yourself: is a one-second swap/sync error irritating enough to overshadow everything Disney gets right, and gets right so spectacularly with such respect for the original animation and film elements? That will be up to each of you, of course. But there simply isn't enough of an issue to require drastic cut off your nose measures, unless you're in a hurry to spite your face. The Little Mermaid transfer is terrific and represents the sort of faithfully rejuvenated presentation cinephiles are always begging Disney to produce. This is the real deal, folks. Enjoy.


The Little Mermaid Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There's an argument to be made that Disney's DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track amounts to overkill... and an argument to be made that it's a bit underwhelming. However, I'm of the opinion that the studio should be commended for both offering dynamic new 7.1 lossless remixes with their animated catalog and managing to stay true to the tone and tenor of each classic's original sound design and audio presentation. It requires a delicate balance, albeit one The Little Mermaid exemplifies. Enhance the original 70 mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo soundscape too much and you risk creating an inconsistent, jarringly artificial, off-putting experience. Tweak it too little and you risk a thin, two-dimensional, disappointiing remix. Thankfully, neither applies here. Voices are clean and carefully prioritized, with beautifully bouyant effects and full, enveloping music and songs. The LFE channel asserts itself without becoming too aggressive, and the rear speakers are engaging and lively, delivering a reasonably immersive undersea world. The soundfield is a tad front-heavy now and again, but none of it proves distracting. As far as The Little Mermaid goes, I can't imagine it sounding much better than it does here. It has the sonic heart of a 24-year-old classic but the soul of a newer animated musical.


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The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Disc Exchange Program - October 22, 2013

Walt Disney has created a Blu-ray disc exchange program to address issues present on the Diamond Edition release of The Little Mermaid. The key mistake the replacement disc corrects is a pair of switched shots that result in an audio sync error during Ariel's "Part ...

Exclusive Giveaway: The Little Mermaid - October 1, 2013

Blu-ray.com and Walt Disney Home Entertainment are offering three members a chance to win a copy of co-writers/directors Ron Clements and John Musker's The Little Mermaid. Backed by a full video and audio restoration, Disney's 28th animated feature makes its long-awaited ...

This Week on Blu-ray: October 1-8 - September 29, 2013

For the week of October 1st, Disney Home Entertainment bringing its iconic The Little Mermaid to Blu-ray. Other titles include the hilarious This Is the End, new catalog releases of House of Wax and The Big Parade, a new 3D restoration of The Wizard of Oz, and ...

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