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Disney announces it's Platinum Blu-Ray DVD Releases of Classic Animation Titles!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... I don't know about you, but I'm an animation super junkie. I love classic Disney animation - and I'm insanely excited to be getting SLEEPING BEAUTY on Blu-Ray here shortly - but today I got the below press release announcing that we'll be getting PINNOCHIO, SNOW WHITE, FANTASIA, FANTASIA 2000 with DESTINO! and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST afterwards. Of course the bummer is that this announcement is their schedule of releases through 2010. But hey... at least we know the schedule! Here ya go...

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Announces Expansive Slate of Upcoming PLATINUM EDITIONS Pinocchio * Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs * Fantasia * Fantasia 2000 * Beauty and the Beast Each Available For the first time on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Launching Disney’s New BD Live Network - Worldwide – Fall 2009!

Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2008—Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly unveils five additions to the celebrated Platinum Collection of animated features to be released on DVD and for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray Hi-Def. These include some of Disney’s most beloved classics Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and Beauty and the Beast. Each will be available for a limited time only, in new multi-disc sets featuring rarely seen footage and an array of new bonus features. Fittingly the one that started it all for Walt Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature length animated film ever made, will be the title that will mark a new era in home entertainment around the world, launching Disney’s worldwide BD-Live Network, a revolutionary technological breakthrough in home entertainment that will connect family and friends, allowing unprecedented interactivity and ease, from anywhere in the world. Disney’s BD-Live Network will be initially launched in the U.S. only, with the first Platinum Edition Blu-ray release, Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition, available on October 7, 2008. Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Worldwide President, commented, ”We are excited to announce a magical slate of Platinum titles for the first time on Blu-ray high definition, this celebrated collection of animated features demonstrates Disney’s commitment to deliver great content.” “The landscape for the Blu-ray format is very healthy, and we believe that the enhanced movie experiences that the format provides, such as Disney’s BD-Live network, offer consumers the chance to reinvent the experience of watching movies in their homes, and the interactivity and connectivity that is being provided will truly make the family room relevant again,” continues Mr. Chapek. Gordon Ho is Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) adds, “Disney’s BD-Live experience will enrich and deepen the overall consumer experience, and we are delighted that, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the one that will launch Disney’s BD-Live network worldwide.” The Platinum release roll-out will be: Pinocchio, the beloved story of a wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy, comes to Platinum Edition DVD and Disney Blu-ray in spring 2009. Disney's second full-length animated movie, Pinocchio won two Oscars®, one for Best Score and another for the unforgettable song "When You Wish upon a Star.” It returns for the first time since 2002. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, honored with a special Academy Award® for screen innovation this movie has been unavailable since 2001. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Platinum Edition will be released in the fall of 2009. Walt Disney’s experimental masterpiece Fantasia won two honorary Oscars for its innovative use of animation and music. Most recently released in 2000, the restored and remastered Fantasia Platinum Edition will be available in 2010. Alongside this release, a newly restored and remastered Fantasia 2000 Platinum Edition, will be available. Fantasia 2000 begins where its predecessor, Fantasia, left off, with seven completely new segments and the return of the popular “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, featuring breathtaking images coupled with classical music favorites. In conjunction with these releases, Destino, the unfinished animated feature film created by Walt Disney and famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali will release. Begun in 1946, it was rediscovered in 2003 and completed by Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney. The collaboration between these two legendary artists will be available to own for the first time along with an all-new feature-length documentary that examines the surprising partnership between Dali and Disney. Beauty and the Beast, the only animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, earned a breathtaking six Academy Award® nominations and won two Oscars®. Beauty in the Beast Platinum Edition will be available in fall 2010.
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  • Aug. 28, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by mefrog

    I'll be getting all of them

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Fantasia + Blu Ray + Wack Tobaccy = Goodness

    by Heckles

    Allgedly. I assume.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I want The Black Cauldron!!

    by disfigurehead

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I have the whole Platinum Collection on DVD

    by eric haislar

    what is coming out in oct for the next Platinum release?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Just fuck off with the 'digital copy'

    by half vader

    or at least give us the option, arseholes. Why do these things cost 4 or 5 bucks more when we know the cost is less than 1? Hmmmm.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    hayo miyazaki

    by fight the new world order

    As I kid I loved Disney films Lady and The Tramp was my favorite, but now as an adult disney films have lost that magic they had for me when i was a child. I think it is because I discovered the master that is hayao miyazaki. His films far exceed in my mind any thing done by disney with the expection of The Incredibles but that realy was pixar, Disney just slaped it's name on the film.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Get 'em before they go back into the vault... FOREVER!

    by thebearovingian

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    sweeet!

    by alice 13

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The Incredibles

    by skimn

    not on BluRay yet? Then I ain't buyin'.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    What-EVER

    by Abominable Snowcone

    My wife is draggin' me to Disneyland next summer with the kids. I have no interest in going. I've never been there, never wanted to be there. I'm only going because my kids MIGHT like it.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Snowcone

    by The Eskimo

    Your kids will love it ad so will you...its hard not to. Just bring A LOT of cash!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't the Disney/Dali thing be by itself?

    by OBSD

    Instead, that announcement is buried below paragraphs of crap about how the public is going to be allowed to purchase a Disney movie in a fourth format (VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and now Blu-ray). Whoopie. That we're going to be able to watch Destino is far more awesome than a movie being released in yet another format that's being shoved down our throats. Cue the whining now: "But it's bluuuu-raaaay" And some of us are poooooor!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Aladdin is the best disney cartoon

    by BLEST

    EVER. Lion King is epic, but Aladdin is so much fun.<p> "How in the he....bwaarrk!"

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    "Song of the South" Blue-Ray!!!

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Racism. In High Definition!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    What is Disney BD?

    by conniebrean1

    It sounds like some sort of bondage thing. Anyone want to let me know?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    There is a title missing here.....

    by dingleberryjerry

    Where is "Song of the South?" As a far as I know..it has never been released in the U.S. in ANY format. What are they so afraid of?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    blu ray is too clear looking.

    by Orionsangels

    I'm gonna see the microscopic dirt marks on snow white's print, j/k. obviously it was cleaned up, but i already think snow white on DVD is the best looking DVD ever produced. Also the best looking old film ever seen on DVD. It's old. It looks like its from the 30's, dialogue is 30's sounding, but the print looks like it was produced today.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Song of the South..

    by Harold-Sherbort

    .. was released, at least I thought, a few years back. Maybe that was during the heroin years and I just thought it so.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    SotS

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I just checked amazon, and it's got a cover for it and everything. It's definitly an updated poster too, cause it's not the one I remember when I saw it in the theaters when I was 3.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Animated films+blu-ray=???

    by fartedinthefaceofhollywood

    I'm not sure how well animated films transfer to blu-ray...i wouldn't expect there to be that big a difference between the DVD and Blu-ray versions, just because it IS a animated film...how much better can you make it look? now i know films like Cars, Open Season, and Ice Age transfer wonderfully...but 2-D animated films?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Tron and The Black Hole

    by Sgt.Steiner

    Bring it.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Re: Song of the south....

    by dingleberryjerry

    I just went to Amazon.com and they do have a listing for it but is not available except on Japanese import or bootleg. I'm sure if they did release it, it would be cut all to shit anyway.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    dingleberry...

    by OBSD

    it's "racist". Didn't you know? Not "racist" enough to stop Disney from building Song of the South theme park rides, just "racist" enough for them to be afraid of releasing it on dvd. It had a revival in theaters in the early 80's (I remember going), but sometime shortly after that, somebody decided that it shouldn't be shown to anybody, ever.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    The Anime Version Of THE LITTLE MERMAID Is Amazing

    by LaserPants

    And it's SOOOOOO much better than the Disney travesty. The anime keeps pretty close to the original story -- keeping in the bits about how walking on the land is like walking on glass, and ending with her suicide. Its actually a heartbreaking film. The Disney version is a howlingly awful piece of shit.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Just got Nightmare Before Xmas on Blu Ray

    by stuatfunnyordie

    and it fucking RULES!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Laserpants: um, yeah that sounds like shit?

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    just what the kids need to see...Ariel sucking on a shotgun barrel. Moron.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Do they really have to have separate releases...

    by jupstin

    ...for Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. What about the miracle of Blu-ray?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    What is the point of the Disney "vault"?

    by Rocklover79

    Seriously, can somebody explain the point and purpose of Disney not keeping their DVDs in circulation? Why do they release DVDs for a few months only to lock them back up in this damn vault? I've never heard of any other studios doing this. Do they make more money this way?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Ultron...

    by MCVamp

    But it's DARK! Don't you know that's what people want to see? Dark Knight proved it! That's why Superman is going to be DARK! Get with the times man! The DARK times! DARK! DARK DARK! Cough.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Harold-Sherbort..Song of the South not racist.

    by conspiracy

    perhaps it is a little insensitive and historically distorted...but it is not racist. Supposedly the NAACP said it had outstanding artistic merit, even if it was horribly wrong about Black/White relations in Post civil war America. Remus is not presented as a bumbbling baffoon or some step and fetch type, but rather as a kindly, wisened old man who tells a good tale and helps a young boy. Now, Ya want to see REAL racism..watch any rap video...they are full of steretypes far more offensive than sweet, smart old Uncle Remus.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Song of the South is not racist!

    by Harold-Sherbort

    My Nazi father took me to see that in the theater when I was 3. We walked out after a half an hour because it was in no way what he thought it was going to be.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    That was a joke.

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I know it's not a racist movie. "Birth of a Nation" on the other hand...

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Ooh..great for Xmas!

    by Juleebabee

    Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorites...I'm so getting it for my bro for xmas (he's the one w/ the ps3) but it'll actually be for me!! lol.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Rocklover:

    by MCVamp

    Because there are a finite number of "classics" in the Disney catalog, Disney wants to make sure they can re-sell them to each successive generation, ideally on new media. The average Disney film gets shown first to a 3-6 year old. Seven years go by, and that 3-6 year old is now a 10-13 year old and starting to fall out of the Disney mindset. Since the title was removed from the market, the older copies may be broken, worn out, lost, sold, discarded, etc., and there is a new generation of 3-6 year olds for an audience. What makes this work further is Disney's completely unsubtle labeling of these titles as "timeless classics." So swing it to the other side of the spectrum, you have a new generation of adults hitting their 20s and 30s who are either nostalgic for what they watched as a kid or looking to show their favorite old movies to their child...these days, usually both. Well, with Disney rolling out the ad campaigns for nearly every regurgitated title they've ever triple-dipped on, these adults buy it--because they know from experience and the ad campaigns that Disney only releases this movies for a "limited time" until they go "back in the vault" even though the movies can generally stay available for up to a year following the expiration. So Disney tries to invent a never-ending cycle, which is going to be harder to maintain as media becomes more and more durable. After all, a Blu-Ray disc is three times harder than DVD to scratch beyond playing capability and a Digital Copy lasts as long as the medium its stored on. VHS wore out within 2 years with heavy play, and DVDs get scratched all to hell. It's a genius move, really, one that George Lucas learned well from. It works.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks MCVamp

    by Rocklover79

    That actually is a smart marketing strategy. From now on, I just have to grab the DVDs the day that they come out so that I don't forget. I forgot to grab Beauty and the Beast and I refuse to spend an insane amount of money to buy one from Amazon. I have my VHS copy, so that'll tide me over until this precious vault cracks open again and I can snag it.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Vault = best way to make money off classics

    by sapno_krei

    Releasing movies on video (used to be in theaters) every 7 years or so is just good marketing. If they wanted to be real cruel about it, they could wait 20-25 years -- the length of a generation. By the time 7 years have passed, there's a whole new crop of kids ready to discover the movies. It only sucks when you realize you missed the latest release. That's why I started my collection a year before my daughter was born.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Maybe I can afford a Blu-ray system by Fantasia time!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I hope to able actually afford not only a Blu-ray player, but also a widescreen plasma big screen TV and an appropriate sound system by the time "Fantasia" is released. I need to start sacrificing sheep to the movie gods now! I HATED "Fantasia 2000", by the way. It got everything wrong the first film got right. Instead of letting artists interpret pieces of classical music, they instead decided what stories to tell first and then chose and forced the music to fit the story. Then there was the terrible introductions by Steve Martin, Whoopie Goldberg, etc. Only the whales sequence was even close to capturing the sense of artistic harmony the original film. Why re-run "The Sorceror's Apprentice"? In repsonse to everyone talking about "Song of the South," there was a legitimate Japanese laserdisc release of the film in the early 90s, and anything you see on dvd is likely a bootleg from that disc.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Harry and his typo...

    by GeekySciFiAnimeFreak

    Harry, "its" not "it's."

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Fantasia 2000

    by MCVamp

    Ugh...thanks for nothing Reluctant A., I had blocked the shitty intros from Whoopi and Steve Martin out of my mind. I'd forgotten how much that kind of thing cheapened a film that should have treated as a theatrical work of art into a FUCKING EPISODE OF WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Dam, still no 'Song of the South'

    by morGoth

    Dam I say, DAM!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    why no 101 Dalmations

    by Bloo

    if I remember my Disney history correctly 101 Dalmations used a new technology/groundbreaking tech (for that time) and I think it should always be included right away when dropping into a new format<P>here would by my top 5 Blu-Ray "Classics" Releases simply because they were innovaters<P>Snow White, 101 Dalmations, Fantasia (with 2000 included, celebrity introductions exorcised), Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Bloo:...

    by spooky2k

    101 Dalmations was only just released on Platinum - it'll be on Blu-ray the next time they release these from the vault.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    theatrical releases

    by stickmangrit

    what the fuck ever happened to putting these things out in theaters? it was a fucking brilliant marketing strategy, and a huge part of what made the whole "Disney Renaissance" of the early nineties work. rather than sinking cash into slapping together a new DTV sequel to taint my childhood with, they simply took the proven profit of the classics and got practically free profit out of them. i can still remember seeing Fantasia and 101 Dalmatians at the local Carmike when i was a kid(i'm 22 btw. Disney gets solid, predictable profit for the cost of issuing a run of prints(and with the rise of digital projectors, this is reduced further) and new generations get to experience these films on a big screen, everybody fucking wins. seriously Disney, let me show my siblings what the Genie looks like when he's twenty feet tall!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    What about...

    by Plinglebob

    Anyone heard whether Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 or Beauty and the Beast will be re-released on DVD at the same time or some time soon? My VHS copies are almost dead and would love to get my hands on a decent version.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    re: farted

    by themikejonas

    2-D animated movies on Blu-Ray are eye-poppingly fantastic. Find a way to see the "interactive quiz" version of Enchanted on the Enchanted Blu-Ray; it includes scenes from Disney animated classics rendered in high definition.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    The fuck cares about this shit, WHERE IS ARMAGEDDON!

    by BitterMan23

    One of the highest grossing movies of all time and it never even got an anamorphic transfer in the United States. Come on Disney, let's show some respect for Harry Stamper and his guys. They save the entire world and you can't allow people with a decent television set to watch their efforts properly?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Only one problem is in the way of Disney's vault...

    by qweruiop

    ...and that's internet sales, particularly from Amazon.com and Ebay.com. Aladdin Platinum DVD "locked away in the vault" for a few more years? No problem, a used copy is selling for less than $8 right now at Amazon. Sometimes those retailers even have sealed Disney DVDs for sale.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    FUCKIN BLACK HOLE!!!! FUCKIN TRON

    by picardsucks

    FUCKIN FUCKIN FUCKIN !!!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Disney Classics coming out of The Vault!!?? OMG!!!

    by FlickaPoo

    ...but they were supposed to be in that vault FOREVER!! We all rushed out and bought them all (on VHS) before it was too late!! Then we all RUSHED out to buy them all (on DVD) again...before it was too late!!! And now they're coming out of the vault AGAIN you say?? I never thought I'd see the day again in my lifetime!!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Goddam I hate what Disney has become....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I hate Disney with the passion that most of you LaserBrains reserve only for George Lucas, and for the same reasons. Because they take classic works of art and milk them for every last drop of financial gain. Then they dilute the greatness of those same works of art by slapping the title "Disney Classic" on every commercial turd they crap out...now our eyes get molested by ads for 3D CG Teenybopper Tinkerbell drivel. They still will get my money for everything up to Jungle Book though....maybe even up till Beauty and the Beast. Shit.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Ultron, Did You Ever Read The Original Story?

    by LaserPants

    Probably not, right? That would require literacy. Well, in the original story. the little mermaid gives up her mermaidness and spends most of her short life in excruciating pain for an unrequited love, and then commits suicide at the end. There are no Broadway musical numbers, no youth oriented advertorials. And you know what? The irony here is that the original story WAS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN-- that is, before everybody decided that children had to be constantly soothed, overly-protected, and molly coddled so they can grow up to be emotional wet paper bags with outsized feelings of entitlement who are utterly ill-equipped to deal with the real world AT ALL, let alone carry it on their shoulders, preferring rather to cling to nostalgia and product consumption (sound familiar?) in an ever spiraling vortex of strip-mall nothingness. Disney films aren't made for children. They're made for young consumers, to create young consumers. If anything, they're insulting to children. But keep on suckling at the diseased mouse teat, brother, keep on suckling, like a pig baby mewling for momma in the dark, the Mouse will provide, for a fee, the Sweet Mother MOUSEHOLE will provide...

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The classics are great movies

    by veritasses

    ...but I could do without many of the later ones.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Its hard to believe

    by kwisatzhaderach

    that human beings made Pinocchio. Its just an incredible work of art.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    LaserPants...

    by ScaryWaitress

    Fucking AMEN, brother... except it's not "if anything, they're insulting to children"... it's IN SHORT, they're insulting. Michael Eisner is human scum for allowing and fomenting the piles and piles of straight-to-DVD sequels of all the true classics. You HAVE to know that all the garbage they were spewing out of that animation house contributed to the demise of 2-D animation in this country. If poor Walt were alive today, he would be watching Miyazaki. He would see what Eisner and his legion of marketing hacks have done to his legacy and weep. Eisner may have finally been deposed, but his stinking, abhorrent legacy rolls on like a giant black snowball of shit. When that rat bastard meets his demise, I will dance on his grave and laugh.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck off Bitterman....

    by TheWaqman

    You're seriously asking Disney to release that piece of shit Armageddon over these movies? Fuck Michael Bay and his constant shit fimography thats worse than Uwe Boll's. Anyways I picked up Nightmare Before Christmas on BluRay and that shit looked fucking sweet. I can't wait for Sleeping Beauty, Pinnochio and Beauty and the Beast. Also holy shit I'm definitely picking up Destino, its been a long time coming. Oh and probably Fantasia too. But fuck Snow White.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Hi Fiddle dee dee...who gives a shit!

    by CellarDweller

    Great! Now those classic films (of course they're all "Masterpieces" according to Disney--even the shitty sequels, etc.) will look even grainier and pixilated b/c they were never intended to be shown on TV screens much less HD TVs/playing devices. So "enjoy" every little last grain of sand on Sleepy Beauty's ass. My point being of course that movies shot in HD/digitally can look better with the lastest technology. However, most movies shot on film still, in my humble opinion, look better on a wide-screen, non-HD, tube with a standard DVD player. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it! Oh yeah one more thing: Walt Disney was a racist and anti-Semite, just to remove those rose-colored glasses from all of the blind Disney followers with their tongues stuck up his old, frozen ass and their brains stuck in the Disney Vault...

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    PINOCCHIO is one of my all-time favorite films.

    by LoneGun

    Absolutely love that one. The relationship between Geppetto and Pinocchio is so touching. I think, the father & son bond is really the beating heart of this movie. And, of course, the artwork is incredibly beautiful. The early Disney flicks were the best.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Disney Announced Yet Another License to Print Money!

    by fiester

    Would be a more apt headline for this item.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Will the Blu-Ray version of Beauty And The Beast...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...feature the ACTUAL "theatrical version", or will it be the same as the fucked-up DVD release, where the "theatrical version" still had altered backgrounds from the IMAX version and the removal of the "Beast stutter" moment ("Y-y-you wanna stay in the tower...?")? I also want the REAL theatrical version of The Lion King.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    FREE WILLY!

    by palooka_boy

    SHAMU GOTTA EAT!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I miss the HD-DVD whiners

    by wash

    Those format war threads were epic.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    But Laserpants, Ultron was obviously joking!

    by half vader

    Wasn't he?...

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    "I have the whole Platinum collection" - erichaislar

    by half vader

    That, my friend, is because you're a pretty little girl. Pretty!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    WHY???? WHY???? WHY???!?!?!!!

    by xoandre

    Pardon me if I still do not get the appeal of HD sweat rolling off Johnny Depp's makeup as Jack Sparrow that looks - in BLUE RAY - as pathetically amateurish as a kindergarten school play. I don't see how watching ANY of the Disney HAND-DRAWN animations in BLUERAY would be appealing. I just don't get it... --Xo

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    sweet news

    by deanbarry

    give me the blu's disney! I just watched The Lion King the other night after about ten years, and thought to myself,"Wouldn't it be cool if disney released all their aniu,ation classics on blu-ray"...and we are. Wish granted. I want a million dollars also.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    aniu,ation

    by deanbarry

    umm..i got nothing. ANIMATION!!! see..i can spell!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    why isn't "The Black Cauldron" there?

    by beamish13

    I'm not being facetious. I genuinely love that film and wish it would get some more recognition

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    What's the point?

    by shaneo632

    Blowing up cartoons made half a century ago into an HD resolution will not do anything to aid the picture quality. These releases are fucking pointless.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Black Cauldron won't be out for a LONG time...

    by Nice Marmot

    They still have to release more classic old school stuff like Dumbo, Peter Pan, Alice & Wonderland, as well as superior modern films. Hell, Black Cauldron might never be released. And am I the ONLY person that could care less about Sleeping Beauty? I love the dragon, but other than that, I can't stand the square background shapes and the retina-frying Day Glo colors.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why is the Lion King so hard to find on DVD?

    by Knuckleduster

    Legal disputes? Anyone know? I'm clueless.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Will Fantasia be uncut?

    by WrongTurn

    Or are bare breasts on Centaurs still too vulgar for the 21st century?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Laserpants: parent of the year lulz

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    So children's books should have heavy-handed adult material such as suicide, to prevent the "pussification" of children? Why the fuck would I want to subject a child to that, as a life lesson? "Oooh, but it's literature"...then you refer to some obscure anime...gawd you anime nerds are ridiculous. *rolleyes* That's just full-retard there, broseph. Perhaps you have seen Dark Knight too much. You probably were one of the douchenozzles that thought Dark Knight was appropriate for an 8 year old.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    cool -looking 2d hd animation

    by half vader

    Tekkon Kinkreet, Batman Gotham Knight.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Bloo, the 'groundbreaking tech'

    by half vader

    was using photocopiers/zerox machines to convert the pencils to an 'inked' line, and not bothering to hand-colour it. Which meant you could fire a whole load of ink-and-paint girls. Streamlining yes, but arguably set the artform back, as the crumbly black line didn't aesthetically suit Disney's refined and flowing ('til that point) designs. Funny how over successive films the tail wagged the dog and the designs became less above flowing curves and more gawky and frayed.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Ulton WASN'T joking!

    by half vader

    Or maybe he was - "lulz", *rolleyes* <p> So dude, you're like, one of those "glass completely full/glass completely empty" kinda guys eh? <p> Fullretard,lolzcatz, bomb in ribcage etc...

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Vader...

    by Frijole

    I agree that it dodn't look as smooth, but the actual animators at the time PREFERRED when they went to xerox. Yeah, it put the inkers out of work, but the animators had long been grousing that the inkers were actually modifying their original drawings- and were stoked when it became possible to have their exact original artwork (minus the color of course) transferred to the cells.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    8 year release plan

    by jimbojones123

    Since Disney started doing VHS in teh 80s, they have keeped a pretty regular 8 year release schedule rotation. Looks like they're sticking with that plan.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Frijole

    by half vader

    Yeah sorry I actually meant to mention that aspect (it's something that drives me insane when others do stuff I've designed), but that it applies more often to a broader, more weighted line that mostly only really gets used on shorter projects than the skinny animated feature style of inking/linework. Well that's one argument anyway. Obviuosly it varies, even within Disney. The nice thing about CAPS is that you can have the best of both worlds. Pixar made an invaluable contribution to 2d animation, too.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Oh and

    by half vader

    I didn't mean that a grainy line was unappealing in and of itself (I've used it on purpose as an integral part of a character), just that the most of the previous Disney characters were so refined and flowing in their contours/lines that smooth/brushed/coloured keylines made sense, and a crumbly photocopied line with generation loss didn't suit the aesthetic, and that it can be argued the aesthetic then changed to suit IT. Does that make any sense?

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    "Get 'em before they go back into the vault...FOREVER!"

    by JDanielP

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Fucking rights

    by kingben

    beauty and the beast on blue-ray. fuck yeah!

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Fucking rights

    by kingben

    beauty and the beast on blue-ray. fuck yeah!

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    blu-ray = laserdisc?

    by Jodet

    I saw a player at Costco yesterday for $279. It's not the money, it's my concern this will be a niche format like laserdisc. What is it now, 10% of the market? Shouldn't that be closer to 30%???