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Based upon the charming 1954 book by Theodor Geisel, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO ($30) came to television in 1970 and have been a personal favorite ever since. Narrated by Hans Conried and directed by Chuck Jones, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO is a slightly off centered tale about an elephant named Horton, who is able to hear a population of tiny people living on a dust speck. Of course, no one else possesses Hortonís elephantine ears, so none of the other jungle residents hear anything coming from the dust speck. Believing that the elephant is crazy, Hortonís fellow creatures decide that something must be done about him before he becomes a danger to the community. Although the story goes to extremes, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO teaches a solid lesson in tolerance, after all, "a person is a person, no matter how small."

Warner Home Video has made DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.37:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation for DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO offers another revelation of colors for those whoíve grown up watching slightly faded presentations of the special. The wild color scheme of Hortonís world is brought to vivid life with hues that pop, but maintain complete stability. Image sharpness is excellent with the black outlines appearing perfectly precise. Blacks are faithfully reproduced, as are the whites. Contrast is terrific. Some imperfections in the original animation are evident, as are a few signs of age. Additionally, some mild grain is present in the image.

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a Dolby Digital 2.0 192kbps soundtrack that seems identical to what was contained on the previous DVD release. The two-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack has a very mild stereo presence in regards to the musical component. However, the track does have the frequency limitations that one would associate with a television program that is nearly forty years old. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand. No other language tracks are present, but English subtitles are provided.

The interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements, many of which have been ported from the previous DVD releases. THE BUTTER BATTLE BOOK was directed by Ralph Bakshi and adapts the Dr. Seuss tale about the escalating hostilities between two factions- the Yooks, who butter their bread "butter side up and the Zooks, who butter their bread "butter side down. DAISY-HEAD MAYZIE adapts the Dr. Seuss tale about the commotion caused by a young girl who suddenly sprouts a Daisy out of the top of her head. In Search Of Dr. Seuss runs ninety minutes and tells the story about the life and work of Theodor Geisel, the author commonly known throughout the world as Dr. Seuss. The cast of In Search Of Dr. Seuss includes Kathy Najimy, Matt Frewer, Robin Williams, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Andrea Martin, David Paymer and Eileen Brennan.

HORTON HEARS A WHO has been nicely upgraded to high definition and this release will certainly appeal to fans that grew up watching it. Recommended.



Horton Hears a Who! [Blu-ray]


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