Disney brings another celebrated film to Blu-ray just in time for the holidays with its release of "Mickey's Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition." Although Charles Dickens' classic tale has been adapted for the screen dozens upon dozens of times, this version stands out as one of the best. Its use of everyone's favorite cartoon characters to bring the story to life is charming and the pace is perfect to keep the attention of children of all ages.
The greedy Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) doesn't understand the meaning of Christmas. Four ghosts (Goofy, Jiminy Cricket, Willie the Giant, and Black Pete) visit him Christmas Eve to show the old miser the error of his ways. He'll also get a sneak peek of what he can expect if he keeps traveling down the same road in life.
"Mickey's Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition" is presented in 1080p high-definition with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The picture is clean and features a vibrant color palette. It's obvious great care was taken in its meticulous digital restoration, as the proof is on the screen.
It's only fair to point out that I've read complaints from tech-heads who say "Mickey's Christmas Carol" has been cleaned up to the point that it's lost any "organic" flavor. Everyday viewers will never notice or give any thought to this point. All they care about is the clarity of the picture in front of them.
The audio quality of "Mickey's Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition" leaves a bit to be desired for those wishing for a true surround sound experience. All we get here is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix which limits the experience of home viewers with an expansive theater set-up. I'm not entirely sure why Disney wouldn't find a way or take the time to upgrade the sound to 5.1 or 7.1.
"Mickey's Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition" is loaded with fun bonus material. The Disney Intermission gives viewers the opportunity to sing along with Mickey and his buddies as they belt out "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," Deck the Halls," and "Jingle Bells." Bonus animated shorts are also found. "Yodelberg" is an all-new cartoon which features great artwork that marries the animated style of the classic Disney shorts with a modern look. Other shorts include "The Hockey Champ," "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "The Art of Skiing," and "Corn Chips."
It's hard to believe the time has come for a Blu-ray version of "Mickey's Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition." I remember seeing the film when it came out paired with "The Rescuers." Talk about making someone feel old. "Mickey's Christmas Carol" stands the test of time and remains as entertaining for the whole family as it was when it first hit movie screens.