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11-14-2011 08:51 AM
Just to give an update on this.
I recently bought this box set from an online DVD Store. It seemed American, but after buying and seeing the telephone number on the receipt, it was based in Hong Kong. I was quite Naieve as I genuinely believed this must be some kind of special edition from Disney, geared to the Chinese market, maybe to boost the brand I don't know, maybe in advance of the Shanghai Disneyland opening.
The box set arrived, clearly looking at the outside packaging, it's dodgy. The writing is real "Chinglish" with bad spelling errors and more.
The quality of the DVD's is very suspect.
Let me say from the off, these DVD's, the overwhelming majority will NOT work in your DVD player. On inspecting them, you can see how cheaply they've obviously been made when comparing to a normal DVD. How cheap do these guys have to be not to buy just a load of normal blank DVD's? They even have to skimp on this as well!
They will work in your PC which was fine for me as I planned to rip the ones I want on my PC so I could play them on Apple TV anyway. But if you're buying these planning to watch them on your normal DVD then forget it. The quality of the movies themselves is extremely hit and miss and most are miss to be honest.
All the Pixar ones are excellent. They were obviously ripped from the actual DVD's. The issue is with the older movies with many so obviously taken from the VHS copies. And note, you'll be greeted by Chinese menus on most films when you put them in!
As stated by other posters above, the following are bad quality versions.
Alice in Wonderland - awful
Bambi - awful
Dumbo - bad
Sleeping Beauty - awful
Aladdin - awful
The Lion King -awful
Fantasia - awful
Lady and the Tramp - awful
Sword and the Stone - bad
Pinocchio - can't even rip this one as the DVD is locked, can't enter its files.
Jungle Book - bad
Hunchback of Notre Dame - bad
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad - bad
Now that's a fair chunk of real Disney Classics and those films would be one of the reasons to buy this, getting all these classics in one set. The quality is just bad.....Grainy, flickering and the colours are wrong and the sound is awful. To contract this, I bought "Alice in Wonderland" on iTunes and the difference is frankly embarassing! The colours are so rich and vibrant, it's been immaculately restored and the sound excellent. I also bought the Lion King HD version on iTunes and that really takes things to a new level! So it's stark when you see how these movies can look and when you go back to these versions in this set, it's despressing!
Now for the good...
Peter Pan - as stated previously, the good cut is under the title "Return to Neverland"
Cinderella - good cut
Snow White - good cut
101 Dalmatians - good
Winnie the Pooh Many Adventures - good
ALL the Pixar movies are very good. They all look excellent
So you have to weigh it up. If I had known the above before, I never would have bought these. I don't like buying Chinese bootlegs I have to say. I paid 130 dollars so I guess if you take the movies I have been able to use, it's about 15 so far, I'm already doing well at just that...Though I have ZERO interest in the other stuff they stuck in. A load of Sponge Bob DVD's?? Tom & Jerry, The Berenstain Beans etc. No interest.
My advice is don't get this. It's a pain having to go through all these, trying to find decent copies with the bulk being rubbish. Save your money and take your time buying proper versions. Over iTunes or on Amazon and get them 2nd hand if price is the issue. Good quality is worth the extra bucks.
11-15-2011 01:44 AM
Just a quick further addition to this.
Films like Tarzan and Mulan are excellent cuts, Dinosaur, Emperors new Groove etc as well.
All the more "modern" movies that would have come out on DVD you can rely on.