The 1.66:1 DVD is unfortunately not anamorphic, and is a recycled transfer of the LaserDiscs reviewed in Issue 26. There are only slight improvements in image quality, with increased clarity in backgrounds. Otherwise, the two versions are very similar. Viewed alone, the DVD is quite pleasing, but is not a reference quality picture. Both claymation and live-action scenes are a bit soft and hazy, but exhibit generally good depth. Colors are rich and fully saturated, with deep blacks. There are a couple of instances in which aliasing patterns are noticed, but pixelization and other distractions are minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)
Compared to the previous Dolby Digital LaserDiscs, the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack on the DVD is subtly yet noticeably more resolute in the higher frequencies, as well as being a bit higher in level. There are detectable differences between the Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround versions on the DVD, particularly with low frequencies in which the latter delivers with greater depth and level. The DTS version also sounds a bit more lively and active in the surrounds. Nonetheless, the 5.1-channel listening experience is exciting and engaging, with an energetic soundfield that is consistently spacious and involving. Sound effects have been very well-recorded and are effectively distributed throughout the soundstage, particularly to the split surrounds. Dialogue has been nicely produced and spatial integration is rather good. The music is an excellent recording and its integration into the soundfield is commendable. Deep bass is used throughout to both subtle and poignant effect, with below-25Hz extension that includes all channels and the .1 LFE. (Perry Sun)
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