So what do you think are Disney's worst DVDs?
Regarding A/V quality, the worst are easily any that are found on this page
as they're all P&S hackjobs that are (in most cases) available in OAR on non-R1 DVDs. It hasn't been updated since 2005 (to add releases such as Toby Tyler
, The Boatniks
, other DMC titles, etc.), but then again, just the fact that UD has page made warning consumers of which DVDs they shouldn't buy because they are pan&scan shows just how bad the situation is.
I definitely agree that The Rocketeer
is one of the worst Disney DVDs currently out there. I love the film to bits and I absolutely despise the DVD because it's easily the worst transfer I've seen for *any* movie on *any* DVD (and this includes crappy public domain stuff, some of which looks better than this - ). Sure, it's watchable, but it's more like watching a worn out old VHS that's been sharpened up (only slightly) through the TV's display settings.
I am longing for the day that those WDSHE bastards take their heads out of their asses, realize that there's plenty of interest (and sales) for a great title like The Rocketeer
, and set forth on both an extensive and meticulous high-definition restoration and remastering job and an extensive and meticulous filming, interviewing, and research period for an in-depth multi-disc DVD and Blu-Ray release. And have it ready by 2011 for its 20th Anniversary. Of course, if they were smart, they would have already done this in 2006 for a 15th Anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray release.
Another notable Disney DVD with one of the worst transfers ever authored to a disc: Blackbeard's Ghost
. Even if they got the framing issues corrected (it's both pan&scanned then re-cropped in awkward places), the quality is atrocious and is one of the reasons I refuse to get the DVD (even though I enjoy the film).
Regarding bonus features (the quality of them, on DVDs that have them), I'd have to say one of the worst is the sloppily-produced extras for The Boatniks
and The World's Greatest Athlete
. Both include the trailer (which is rare and for which I have to wonder: "WHY, BVHE, did you do it for these two random and dull movies but not for most of your better ones???"), and in The Boatniks
' case it's better than the actual film. But both offer such a headscratching inclusion that is given no context and thus becomes some of the worst extras I've ever seen. Simply titled "Outtakes", it's just a bunch of random footage (alternate angles of scenes, or just random shots from scenes) set to hokey music. Sheer laziness.