Oliver is okay and so is Robin Hood by most accounts.... they have been given the usual treatment for budget titles and are very sharp. Contrast is high but so it was on many of their other films. Details are still intact. The DVDs were really not very far off here for contrast.
Sword in the Stone may need a petition and I am pretty serious. Someone messed it up or the master is crap. I have no idea. The aspect ratio's framing is also pretty bad in some scenes and cropping doesn't look intentional in a lot of them like it does in Robin Hood. They could have easily reframed the image if they had looked at it more closely. Would love to see an original print.
Bluray.com has the reviews up now and they are deeply concerning but I'm not sure to what extent! Fox and the Hound basically had zero restoration but at least they left the thing alone. This honestly sickens me how they have started treating their films compared to the first ones which still even had some problems! These are still huge films for collectors and fans alike!
Robin Hood appears to be in the best shape. But Sword seems like the worst of the bunch by miles although Oliver looks a little bright but not horrid or anything for what it is.
Please contact Disney here if you care!
Everybody should fill out this form. This is what Disney contacted me with and sent my message ahead to someone, probably a robot.
SKU per Best Buy is: 1006569
Screenshots of the aspect ratio differences:
Note that it is very possible to reframe this widescreen AR to not crop out as much of the top end.
Edited by khronikos - 8/12/13 at 5:02pm