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(Deluxe Edition)

Tying in to the release of the new theatrical version of the Dr. Seuss tale, Warner dusts off HORTON HEARS A WHO ($20) for a new Deluxe Edition release that includes a number of additional programs taken from the works of Theodor Geisel. 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, 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 DVD in its original 4:3 full screen television ratio. HORTON HEARS A WHO looks very good in this latest release, clean bright and nicely colorful. Sharpness and detail are about all one can expect from 2D animation of this vintage. Blacks and whites appear correct and contrast is fine. Some grain is present, but it is not objectionable. The film elements from which HORTON HEARS A WHO have been taken are relatively clean. Digital compression artifacts are usually very nicely concealed

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 well over thirty years old. Dialogue is clean and easy to understand. French and Spanish language tracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard program selection and set up features, as well as some nice supplemental programs. 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. HORTON HATCHES THE EGG is the classic Warner Bros. cartoon directed by Bob Clampett that adapts the Dr. Seuss tale about a lazy bird Maysie, who cons the ever-pliable elephant Horton into sitting on her egg while she goes on vacation. In Search Of Dr. Seuss 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 released on DVD several times in the past, but this new collection does look quite nice and offers some choice supplements for those who havenít acquired these materials previously.



Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who (Deluxe Edition) (1970)



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