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Quick Review: The Little Mermaid II

Old 09-17-00, 12:52 AM
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Well I was fortunate to get my copy early as it arrived today. While the video is non-anamorphic widescreen (1.66:1), the picture is incredibly crisp and clear. Considering this is a brand new release, it's not surprising, but there are no noticeable defects in the video...although anamorphic would have been nice, not sure if it would have improved it all. The sound is 5.1 and although I don't have the greatest HT setup, came across as nothing more or less than what I expected. I only watched the beginning so far and there hasn't been much surround use, but I'm sure it will come into play later. Non-animated menus come up after the preview trailers which can as is the norm now be skipped by a push of "Menu". The trailers are for "102 Dalmatians", "Fantasia 2000" (mistakenly called a 9/26 release), "The Tigger Movie", "Lady and the Tramp 2" (Spring 2001), a Disney Cruise ad (first I'd seen of those on DVD), and a snippet for the Little Mermaid II soundtrack. Unfortunately, while the previews can be accessed from the menu they can only be accessed as the group, not individually (like on "Buzz Lightyear")...I thought Disney had gotten this down. I think Disney might be taking the sequel thing a little too far, with what seems to be the first movie updated with just one twist (i.e. Ariel wanted to be a human, her daughter wants to be a mermaid). As I said I didn't get a chance to see the whole thing, but it is certainly entertaining from what I watched (although the Broadway-style musical presentation could get a bit annoying after a while...I'll have to see). Of course, since this is a direct-to-video release, don't expect it to come anywhere close the quality of the original Little Mermaid. At only 75 minutes, it seems like Disney really does try to get away with the bare minimum in direct-to-video releases. The animation quality is quite good, at least in comparison to the low-budget style drawing of "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command". So overall a great video transfer and what appears to be a decent title for a direct-to-video release, but nothing spectacular. As for extras, there are the two typical games (trivia and themed-game), interactive storybook feature, and an old Disney 8-minute cartoon called "Merbabies". Spanish and French tracks are included as well.
Old 09-17-00, 01:12 AM
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My copy also arrived today!!! The kids love it which is all that counts!!! They watched it a total of four times today!!!

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