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Idea: An American Tail - Original 1986 release audio restoration/reconstruction project?
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8-Oct-2020, 11:47 AM
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Sometimes, I have heard through the internet grapevine that a lot of fans of Don Bluth, Steven Spielberg, and David Kirschner’s 1986 animated feature film, An American Tail, were still very upset way beyond crestfallen with the horrific way that they (Universal) tampered with the original 1986 Dolby Stereo release audio for An American Tail when they put it out on DVD and/or Blu-ray Disc.

According to TVTropes, “background music and sound effects were changed or added, new voice-overs were inserted (which wasn’t the bad part, since they seem to have come from the original recording sessions), and the orphans who bully Fievel near the end had their voices re-dubbed for unknown reasons.”

So I thought:

If they (again, as in Universal) can’t or won’t even re-release the first American Tail film using the original 1986 Dolby Stereo release audio masters as some audio source anytime soon, could we not even try and reconstruct or restore them or especially dub the original English audio from the movie’s original laserdisc release over the HD BluRay picture a la the Despecialized Editions of the original Star Wars Trilogy or something?

Given that much of the needed material (like James Horner’s expanded score for the movie, which was released in 2019 through Intrada Records) has been released in some way or another, a little audio clean up or something should yield results that at least come as close as possible.

Or maybe not.

What’s your word on all this, everyone?