As we have said many times in the past, a new high-definition presentation of a Disney animated classic is always a welcome addition to one's home entertainment library. Alice in Wonderland arrives this week in Blu-Ray format; it recycles many bonus features from previous DVD releases and adds enough new material to warrant a generally enthusiastic recommendation.
Alice in Wonderland has never been one of my favorite Disney films. I appreciate it more for its artistic and musical pedigrees and the extensive amount of Disney history that surrounds it. As entertainment, it tends to be a generally cold and dispirited affair. Despite the tremendous amount of talent and effort that went into crafting it, it never seems to live up to the sum of its parts. And I would agree that many of those parts are well realized, and even a few border on ingenious. Ah, but one person's overall disappointment is another person's vibrant wonderland, and thus this version of Lewis Carroll's Victorian-era fantasies has inspired similar and sometimes passionate critical debate since its original release in 1951.
Alice in Wonderland is a Disney animated feature that I do not revisit very often, so any excitement I might have for a new high definition edition is somewhat subdued. But it does still hold a important and necessary place in my film library and I'm happy that it is there and Blu-Ray accessible.
Explore the 2719 Hyperion Archives:
A Gem from the Musical Archives
Wonderland in Print