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While this disc does not have a 2 in the title, it is a very close relative to those forgettable direct-to-video sequels like Cinderella 2 and Tarzan & Jane. At least this one does not purport to be an all-new full-length movie, and knowing that there are actually three short stories in advance helps lower your expectations to the cheap, animated television series level. Watching this disc with any more expectation than that will only lead to bitter disappointment. It is as simple as that.
For those of you still interested in finding out what is on the disc, here is a quote from the press release:
Sounds exciting, doesn't it? A better way to picture this disc is to have you mentally put the cast of Atlantis into three random Scooby-Doo episodes, and then you will be pretty close to how the individual shows actually come across. Actually, the Scooby-Doo episodes would probably be more entertaining.
There are only two bonus items on this disc, and only the game is remotely worth looking at. The deleted scene simply shows you the last 10 seconds or so of the last short, which essentially reveals that one of the monsters will be returning in a future television series or DVD. As for the game, it is an underwater 3-D exploration game along the lines of most of the other Disney set-top games. You use your DVD remote to navigate around a maze of objects. It is interesting but hardly compelling.
The Video, Audio and Interface
Given the rather uninspired nature of the disc content, the video and audio are actually pretty decent. The animation is not really enhanced by the anamorphic widescreen transfer, but I would rather see Disney consistently deliver transfers like this over full-frame ones, when or if possible. The audio is nothing outstanding, but it delivers to my expectations for a contemporary direct-to-video title. As for the interface, it has audio cues, animated screens, and animated transitions, but it is nothing out of the ordinary for most Disney DVDs.
The Final Evaluation
Just save your money and let this one submerge into the dark depths of the Disney vault. If you are yearning for a movie or DVD featuring submarines and adventure, this is simply not the one to get. Instead, reach for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and you and your family will be much happier with your purchase.
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