This thread continues the discussion from: Obscure or Underrated Disney Movies.
I happened to recently see Disney's film version of Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. And, while the movie has some major flaws, with a little editing, I would be alright if it, and similar films like "Hidalgo", carry the Disney name in ancillary markets and in re-release.
"The Count of Monte Cristo" suffers mostly from its ending since it betrays the point of the whole film and of the original novel, which are both supposed to argue against revenge. So, the protagonist has to either make the right choice at the climax or he needs to be punished for making the wrong choice. The denouement of this film, as it was released to theatres, does neither. At the end, one can almost hear the clueless Disney executive giving focus-group research as reasoning for making such a huge mistake. But, the movie still does have some value, and classic literature adapted for film is the kind of work that should carry the Disney name.
I'm actually curious to know what alternate endings were shot.