This site has the first review of this that i can find online.http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Gu...ray_Disc.shtml
From the review.....
The movie slipped into relative obscurity and subsequent disrepair over the past seventy years, and so an extensive restoration was undertaken for this first-ever Blu-ray release. Dirt was removed, damage was repaired, and colors were retimed to historically accurate reference levels. To create the new 1.78:1 1080p master, a proprietary frame-by-frame process was used, revealing never-before-seen picture information from the left and right sides while respecting the standard top and bottom safe action areas. Despite its 1.37:1 origins, Gulliver
is very organically framed for widescreen, without any stretching.
Sounds to me like they are just listening to what Koch told them rather than using their own eyes as i really cannot see any additional picture information being available at the sides when this was hand drawn so that info seems suspect.
The producers of this release actually replied in the forum of that site.http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/fo...-ray-disc.html
We appreciate your review of Gulliver's Travels Blue Ray and would like to add that the film was done from an original 1939 film master and with any film this old we did the best job possible. Our goal was to being a new version of a classic late 1930's film to a whole new generation of viewers and televisions while preserving the classic look for collectors and older fans. We used mpeg 2 in order to get the best looking product in full screen and not letterbox format. As with any older film we tried to remove as many artifacts as possible with out removing any of the bright original colors. We actually recreated the original 1939 color pallats at Technicolor. The colors are all true to the original film only brighter and clearer with the new technology.
As you noted we also included an original un-restored but cleaned up sound track in addition to the 5.1 tracks. The original sound track was actually recorded in early stereoscopic sound. The new sound tracks were augmented by Academy Award nominated Foley Artist Michael Keeping and recorded the same way the original sound effects were done by Fleischer Studio's.
Gabby is a principal character in the movie but was also featured in several Fleischer cartoons himself. He was one of Max Fleischer's favorite characters and the credits were omitted because they are the same (people) as the feature. The bonus the making of a cartoon was produced for Popular Mechanics and added to give the audience a feel for how involved and complicated the process's done at Fleischer Studio's were and how innovative Fleischer was in his time.
We hope everyone will enjoy this great classic film for years to come, both old viewers and new and we tried to keep the historic look and feel while embracing the new technologies as Max Fleischer would if he was working with us today and in a way that it could be enjoyed while viewed on the new generation of digital wide screen tv's.
This film was dedicated to Max Fleischer's son Richard who recently passed away, who provided us with inspiration, was a friend of the Tom Reich the director of this project and a very successful and well regarded director in his own right.
We thank the reviewer and Koch/E1 for their support and assistance and look for Max Fleischer's Superman coming soon.
Sounds like Superman will be butchered by them next and frankly they seem to be talking a lot of bull with regards their MPEG2 statements and their "preservation" statements.