With big brouhaha and an ad campaign that one cannot avoid, Disney has re-released 'The Little Mermaid' on DVD... again.
Seeing the remastered version in the theatre, I could not tell the difference between the cleaned up print and the one that's on the DVD I already have.
Most likely, a lot of us here on MC already have 'The Little Mermaid' on DVD. There's the "Limited Issue" version (so 'Limited' that they're releasing it again and again) and then there's that strange other version that has the Jodi Benson video during the credits. (That was a head-scratcher.) So, why buy this film again? Yes, it's now on 2 DVDs with some slapped together making-of or a kids game on it, but it is worth it?
My biggest complaint about the film is that this version is not the version that was released before. There are changes to this film. Not only are there enhanced sound effects, not there before, but there is a changed shot.
You can see a shot of the original shot here.
The Disney Company swore up and down that the priest was not sporting an erection. But they changed it anyway. Why? If it wasn't offensive, then why change it? It's weird.
So, your copy of 'The Little Mermaid' that you already have is a collector's item of sorts.
Yes, die hard fans are going to get the new version. But I would like people to step back and think about wasting their money on something they already have and buying something that has been changed.
Filmmakers call a final version of a film locked for a reason. It shouldn't be changed after that. More and more directors, producers, studio suits are ignoring this and changing stuff to have us buy more copies of the film, to add special effects blah blah blah. But we don't have to waste hard earned money on rebuying stuff.
My two cents. I welcome MiceChatters' thoughts on this.