By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin December 10, 2009 at 5:52AM
It’s a pleasure to report that everything about the new DVD release of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio is first-class. That includes the breathtaking restoration and the bonus features that fill a second disc. (I can’t review the commentary track because I’m on it, along with animator Eric Goldberg and Disney historian JB Kaufman, but I can tell you...
we had a great time recording it. You even get to see us in the BluRay “Cinexplore” picture-in-picture version, along with several great Disney artists who talk about the film in archival interview excerpts.)
What impresses me most is the effort that EMC West put into its lengthy historical feature about the making of this landmark feature (and yes, I’m one of the interviewees, but my contribution is minor). I learned things I never knew, and felt the same sense of discovery as I perused the well-produced materials on sequences that were planned for the film and then deleted. Even the unearthing of live-action reference footage shot by and for the animators is more extensive than I’d seen before, and better contextualized.
Pinocchio in a rectangular format. I don’t think it would harm children’s minds if they learned that older films didn’t look the same as modern ones, but I seem to be in the minority on that point. What really matters is that you can easily adjust the format to 1:33.(Walt Disney Home Entertainment)