Pinocchio (Chad)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Chad Estrella

Plot: What’s it about?

The timeless classic about Gepetto a toy and clock maker that wishes his wooden puppet Pinocchio would become a real boy. His wish is granted after a fairy sees that he has brought so much joy to the children that he should get his wish granted. Pinocchio must prove himself to be able to distinguish from right and wrong before he truly becomes a real boy.

Pinocchio is guided by his conscience, Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy tells the rules that Pinocchio must follow and how he must choose the good things and go to school so he can learn and become a real boy. He also must try and keep Pinocchio out of trouble. It doesn’t take Pinocchio long before he is in trouble and Jiminy almost gives up on the wooden boy. Then they come together to save them from the mishaps that Pinocchio continues to get themselves into.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw this movie. It was a treat seeing this again and I even forgot about some of the scenes in Pinocchio that made me laugh before. It was an enjoyable time watching this DVD with my 10 year old sister and my mother. They seemed to enjoy it more than I, but it was still an enjoyable experience had by all. I recommend buying this disc as I’m sure it has never looked and sounded this good before and especially since it will be availiable for a limited time.

Video: How does it look?

This looks pretty good for its age and even a THX enhancement helped out. The colors looked good, but honestly they were a little dull to me. I’m sure that this might be the best this old movie could possibly look and I probably shouldn’t be so hard on it… The plus for the little kids is that they can watch it a 1,000 times and it will look as good the 1,000 time as it did the first time. Good ole DVD technology, huh?

Audio: How does it sound?

This is in 4.0 Dolby digital and also THX enhanced. The soundtrack sounded decent and I guess I shouldn’t have expected much from such an old movie. I had to turn the volume down about 5 – 10 dB due to the cracking from the soundtrack going through my speakers at the normal volume I always watch my movies at. The DVD sounded better after this adjustment. Also I’m sure not much could have been done to the soundtrack to make it sound great. I guess Dolby Digital 5.1 just has spoiled me over time.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You get the original 1940 theatrical trailer which was nice to see and you also get a full color character art work from the movie on the disc as well.

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