"Rescuers Down Under" is somewhat of a sequel to the original film. This is the first time I've watched this film, and I was suprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's well-animated and fun; nothing spectacular, but certainly enjoyable.
The film stars (er, well...is voiced by) Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor as Bernard and Miss Bianca, two mice who decide to travel down under when they hear that a young Australian boy and an eagle have been kidnapped by an evil poacher(voiced by George C. Scott). The film is fairly short at about 75 minutes, but it moves like msot of the sequences in the film, which involve flying somewhere or another.
Scott makes a menacing villian, and the other actors do their best in the roles, as well. The fact that Scott's Hunter is hunting animals may scare some younger viewers, but kids old enough will enjoy the adventures of Bernard and Bianca, and probably won't mind the sometimes scary situations.
It's a fun movie for kids, with solid animation and an entertaining story.
VIDEO: I've seen a few of Disney's "Gold Collection" releases and have been dissapointed by the picture quality of a number of them. "Rescuers Down Under" though, provides refreshingly good image quality, with an anamorphic transfer. It's not quite perfect, but it's a definite step above some of the other Disney animated releases.
Sharpness remains good; there are a couple of scenes here and there that seem less well-defined, but this is a fairly minor complaint. Detail is solid, although unspectacular, as well. Colors are rich and bright, and never display any evidence of fading or other problems. Black level is good, as well.
There are a few very minor instances of flaws on the print used; these include a couple of tiny marks, but that's about it. A few sequences are somewhat grainy, but not too bad. No pixelation or shimmering was found for a viewing experience that's one of the better ones that Disney has provided their catalog animated fare.
SOUND: The film's soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 4.0, and it's actually quite good. There isn't much surround use, but the front provides an entertaining enough experience that most will find this soundtrack unremarkable, but pleasing. The score is rich sounding and crisp - it's really the best part of the sound presentation. Dialogue is clear and easily understood, and the quality of the soundtrack as a whole is very good. I didn't feel that it was flat, or thin and there is no distortion or other problems evident. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it's a very clean, enjoyable presentation.
MENUS:: Nicely colorful, although basic, menus are included. Of course, I complain every time that Disney animated titles should have animated menus, but oh well...
EXTRAS: Trivia Game, Storybook, Trailer. Like most animated titles from the studio, not much.
Final Thoughts: I liked "Rescuers Down Under". It's a fun movie the whole family can enjoy; the DVD has good picture quality, but isn't too remarkable in any other catagory.
The Film B
Video 88/B = (352/400 possible points)
Audio: 84/B = (336/400 possible points)
Extras: 70/C- = (210/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B- = (240/300 possible points)
FILM GRADE: B
DVD GRADE: B-