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Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • English Dolby Surround
  • English DTS-HD 5.1 Surround
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles
  • French subtitles
  • Spanish subtitles
  • 2 Discs
FEATURES
  • Get Up and Dance
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Character Commentary
  • Sing-Along
  • More

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers

10th Anniversary Edition
Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Donovan Cook
2004 | 68 Minutes

Release Information
Blu-ray | MSRP: $29.99 | Series: Disney
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Release Date: August 12, 2014
Review Date: August 21, 2014

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SYNOPSIS

Best buddies Mickey, Donald and Goofy are small-time janitors with big dreams of becoming Musketeers. They may not look like heroes, but, powered by teamwork and friendship, they soon discover they can accomplish anything if they work together. Packed with six rousing songs and now fully-restored with new and classic bonus features, this heartwarming family film is better than ever on Disney Blu-ray and High-Def Digital. It's All for Fun and Fun for All!


PICTURE

Disney presents their animated straight-to-video version of The Three Musketeers to Blu-ray, presenting the 1080p/24hz high-definition transfer in the aspect ratio of about 1.78:1 on a single-layer disc.

It has a fine looking transfer. The image is sharp and lines are distinctly and crisply rendered, while backgrounds deliver some noticeable textures in the artwork. Colours are sharp and bold and blacks look rich and inky. The animation looks fine and moves smoothly and there arenít any artifacts or any problems apparent from any digital manipulation. There isnít any damage present, though I suspect the film comes from a digital source.

I was certainly pleased with the image, though I wasnít exactly wowed by it. It looks as it should for an animated feature and doesnít suffer from any of the heavy filtering other Disney releases can.

9/10

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AUDIO

The film comes with a pleasant and nicely mixed 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Itís not showy and remains front heavy, but there is some clever use of the surrounds here and there, with voices and clear sound effects mixed nicely to the rear speakers. Music creeps back as well and moves around nicely. Audio quality is good as is dynamic range. Overall itís simple but nicely mixed.

8/10

SUPPLEMENTS

Shockingly there are a few things on here (this thing is stacked in comparison to Hercules!) though I donít know if much of it will be worthwhile to anybody, young or old.

Get Up and Dance! opens the supplements and it is a bizarre feature, a dance video featuring three children for the filmís opening number. Itís new to this release and aimed for kids, naturally, but itís such a bizarre feature and Iím at a loss as to why time and effort and money was put into it. It also runs less than 2-minutes.

Next there are 5-minutesí worth of deleted scenes. Theyíre presented as animatics or rough pencil test animations and thereís even one that has been completed. They also come with an optional commentary by one of the executive producers. It was interesting to see that they actually intended to open the film in a nod to the classic Disney pictures with a book opening and presenting the story (the commentary mentions it was actually going to be live action and they even had the book designed and built.) Past that the scenes offer nothing else of value. The commentary just explains why the scenes were cut, usually because the scenes killed the pace.

The cast commentary is a cute idea which might work for kids but will feel a bit tired for adults. Basically the voice actors are in character of Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pete and they talk over a scene early on in the film. Basically they complain about working with each other, the difficulties of the director, doing stunts, and so on. Itís cute but thankfully only runs 5-minutes. If it covered the whole film I doubt I could have made it through.

The disc then has an aggravatingly annoying Making-of that runs about 10-minutes. Itís of course an EPK piece with only a few interesting factoids, like the fact this is something thatís been in gestation for a while, possibly being something Walt Disney himself wanted to do early on. Itís an annoying set-up, though, with a ďreporterĒ working as the narrator, interviewing those involved and most of the interviews feel too phony and scripted. Otherwise it goes through the usual motions of development.

The disc then closes with another Disney Song Selection, which presents songs from the film complete with subtitles for the lyrics.

And that closes the supplements off. None of it is really worthwhile and I really have to question who it was all targeted at.

3/10

CLOSING

A bizarre out of left field release for Blu-ray with some odd supplements. But the presentation at least looks lovely.




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