Weekend Cinema Listomania (Special Critical Slacking Edition)

on December 03, 2010 by Steve Simels

Fantasia.jpgVideo Event of the Week: Might MPI's DVD of Cairo Time, the romantic bouquet to the titular city starring Patricia Clarkson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Alexander Siddig be what we're talking about? Could Fox's Blu-ray of Knight and Day, the (putting it charitably) by the numbers action thriller with a mis-matched Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz somehow get the nod? Or -- and if you know me, you'll already know the answer to this question -- could Summit's various disc editions of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the latest installment of the increasingly preposterous teen vampire series, conceivably be The One(s)?

Not very likely, I would say, although Cairo Time is kind of charming, and it warms my heart to see Siddig get a starring role for a change. But for my money, it simply has to be Disney's new four disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the original Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000.

Which leads me to something of a dilemma. The Blu-ray version of the 1940 film, in particular, has been getting critical raves pretty much across the board, but my own take -- that it's all but unwatchable, for a number of reasons I won't go into at the moment, but which have nothing to do with the fact that a few scenes have been trimmed of material Disney deems offensive to contemporary tastes -- seems to be such a minority view that I think I need to take another long look at both the Blu-ray and the DVD and sort of sleep on it before I pontificate one way or the other. Which I will do sometime next week, and probably at some length.

In the meantime, I will stipulate that the set includes some very nice supplemental historical/making-of documentary stuff; here's a clip from one of the bonuses to give you an idea.

Anyway, given all of the above, Listomania is suspended till next Friday, when it will return all tanned rested and ready as usual.

Tags: Fantasia, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Cruise

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