This is just a comparison of the two DVD releases of Yellow Submarine.
- The menus are different, but the chapters are the same.
- There are no new DVD extras for the new release; the one different feature is that the old version has an isolated music audio track in 5.1 surround. The DVD extras include audio commentary, making of documentary, original theatrical trailer, storyboard sequences, interviews, original pencil drawings, and behind the scenes photographs.
- I’m guessing the soundtrack was redone: the new edition has a plain stereo option and a DTS 5.1 surround option in addition to the original mono; the old has the mono and a 5.1 surround option.
- The movie itself is widescreen; the old version had black bars to make it full screen, while the new version is widescreen.
- The new version has a wider array of language and subtitle options than the old: the old had English audio only and French, English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portugese subtitles (English and French only according to the back cover); the new has German 5.1 surround and Italian 5.1 surround in addition to the English options and subtitles in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Polish and hard of hearing captions in English and German.
The packaging and physical extras are nicer for the new version: a nice booklet and cels and stickers vs a short foldout booklet only for the old version. Most of the text in the new version’s booklet is the same as that in the old version, though.
The most important difference is in the image quality; the new version was restored frame by frame by hand.
Screencaps were made using VLC on my laptop; the new version had to be deinterlaced (and I just used the automatic option). I picked random moments; they are not exactly the same, but are close enough for comparative purposes. 1999 edition screencaps are on the left; 2012 are on the right. Click the pictures for full-size screencaps.
The new version is definitely cleaner, but the colors are not as bright as the old version. The whites are kind of grey. I was going to say that the edges are not as crisp, but that may be a result of the deinterlacing. I’m a little disappointed in the colors; I might change my mind once I see it on the TV, though. I don’t know if it was actually worth it to get the new version, but I had to have it.