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Treasure Planet [DVD] [2002]

Release Date:04/29/2003
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The days of two-disc special editions for animated Disney titles may be a thing of the past (other than their most celebrated titles), but Treasure Planet goes to show that quality still isn't forgotten. Though maybe not supplement heavy, this DVD does offer a number of nice features. First is the "visual commentary" section, which is comprised of an audio commentary by producer Roy Conli, directors Ron Clements and John Musker, animators Glen Keane and John Ripa, and associate art director Ian Gooding, and a visual commentary, which consists of brief making-of segments, interspersed throughout the film. It's a unique way to do this, with the only flaw being the inability to listen to the audio part exclusively. Though much is repeated from the visual commentary, a behind-the scenes section still covers plenty about the film, from character designs to posters to visual effects. Also included here is a trailer for the original Treasure Island and a music video of "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)" by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, among other things. Another section, "Intergalactic Space Adventures," offers a brief look at the animation, hosted by Roy Disney, a tour of the Legacy spaceship, and a kid-oriented look at pirates. Finally, along with three deleted scenes shown as works in progress, are some previews for other Disney titles. As for the picture, it's nothing short of impeccable. As has become expected from this organization, there isn't a flaw to be found. The 1.66:1 anamorphic image has beautiful, warm color and perfect detail throughout. Fast-moving action never breaks down, helping to create a very realist look for much of the animation. While the image stands out, the sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is a slight letdown. Dialogue is clear as are sound effects, but it's a shame that the surrounds really aren't used to their full potential. Fortunately, the mix itself seems right on target, and there aren't any distracting elements that would harm this presentation. Granted, this film is not the cream of the Disney crop, but it may not have been given a real chance in theaters, something that this DVD will no doubt help rectify.



Visual commentary: The producers & directors reveal the making-of process with additional footage as you watch the film

Delted scenes: Alternate ending and original prologue

Disney's Animation Magic: Go behind the scenes with Walt Disney Feature Animation Chairman Roy Disney

DisneyPedia: The Life of a Pirate Revealed

RLS Legacy - An Exploration Adventure Game: Take a virtual 3-D tour of the ship and be challenged to the ultimate treasure hunt

Music video performed by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls

Digital-to-digital transfer

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

French and Spanish-language tracks

Widescreen (1.66:1), enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions