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The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stich, Atlantis 2-Movie Collections in June (Pre-orders Up)
Posted March 23, 2013 07:47 AM by Webmaster
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has officially announced the Blu-ray release of three additional Disney Animation 2-Movie Collections: Atlantis: The Lost Empire / Atlantis: Milo's Return, Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and The Emperor's New Groove / Kronk's New Groove. Each 3-disc Special Edition set features digitally restored high definition picture and sound, and makes its Blu-ray debut on June 11th.
Synopsis: From the creative team who brought you The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast comes Atlantis: The Lost Empire, an exciting quest of adventure and discovery. Led by historian Milo Thatch (voiced by Michael J. Fox), the world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers board the incredible 1,000-foot submarine Ulysses and head deep into the mysterious seas. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn, though, when the team's mission must switch from exploring Atlantis to protecting it. The first film in the 2-Movie Collection also features the voice talents of James Garner, John Mahoney, Leonard Nimoy, Cree Summer, Jim Varney and Corey Burton.
Then, in Milo's Return, the fearless explorers reunite. During his initial expedition, Milo (James Arnold Taylor)and company located the famous underwater city and rescued the mysterious kingdom and all its people. Now Milo, Kida (Summer), and their crew gear up for more action. The team must leave Atlantis when trouble surfaces above water and they discover mystifying powers at work. From the dusty deserts of the Southwest to the icy heights of the Nordic mountains, the team's newest quest sets them against gigantic sea monsters, spectacular spirits and powerful legends. In the midst of their excursion, Kida discovers the awesome power of her city's enchanted crystals and, ultimately, must decide whether it is wiser to hide the Heart of Atlantis or share its light with the rest of the world.
Both The Lost Empire and Milo's Return are presented together on a single BD-50 disc, in 1080p with lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround tracks. Extras include:
Synopsis: Lilo and Stitch tells the story of Lilo (Daveigh Chase), a lonely little girl, and Stitch (Chris Sanders), a mischievous little creature from outer space. When Stitch crash-lands in Hawaii, Lilo adopts him as her pet, but he soon turns her world upside down. Stitch takes Hawaii by storm, wreaking havoc and hanging ten, all while evading the alien bounty hunters hot on his trail and learning about loyalty and friendship. With six original Elvis Presley songs, Lilo and Stitch is fun for the entire family. Additional voice actors include Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee and Kevin Michael Richardson.
The laughter continues Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch as Stitch settles into life with his human family. However, it appears his molecular makeup is out of whack and his friendship with Lilo (Dakota Fanning) is threatened as a result. Lilo and her friends must find a way to restore his "goodness" level before he ruins everything, including Lilo's big hula competitionl the same competition her mother won years before.
Tech specs and special features have yet to be detailed.
Synopsis: The fun begins with The Emperor's New Groove, featuring an all-star cast and Academy Award-nominated music by Sting (Best Music, Original Song). When the young and spoiled Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) is transformed into a llama by his sinister advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) and her henchman Kronk (Patrick Warburton), it takes a thoughtful peasant named Pasha (John Goodman) to restore the kingdom and show Kuzco just how much fun it is to be true to yourself.
Then fans can continue the fun with Kronk's New Groove. The outrageous sequel stars Yzma's hilarious henchman Kronk in a riotous adventure that's filled with hysterical mayhem and mishaps. Kronk cooks up a get-rich quick scheme to impress his Dad. But when things go wrong, Kronk kicks into comical high gear and discovers that the true riches in life are his friends and being "true to your groove."
Tech specs and special features have yet to be detailed.
Of the 3 sequels Disney forceably bundles on Lilo and Stitch 2 is remotely watchable. Lilo and Stitch is far from great and not even a good movie either but its alright. Atlantis 2 is particularly insulting as it begins right away (spoiler alert) by ruining the first movies ending and making Milos decision to stay a completely pointless one and what follows are 3 basic TV show episodes from a show too bad to go to the air. Krunks New Groove is also like the first movie except much less funny
More of these STUPID Two movie packages! They include a second, lousy DTV film that 90% of the buyers don't want and then jack up the price on the package, AND DMR WON'T put out a coupon! I ended up buying "Peter Pan" a bona fide classic for $11.95 (18.95 at Walmart with a 7 dollar coupon thru DMR), a month later I spend $21.95 each for, "Hunchback..." and "Mulan" because they were two-movie collections, and the second films of each I will in all likelihood NEVER see! Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY HAPPY Disney is releasing these films, but what a Kronk!
As long as I can ignore the second movie, like the Hunchback release, and (sort of) the upcoming Atlantis release, I'm okay with buying these releases. But that Emperor release is hideously ugly, and the first film deserves much better.
3 enjoyable titles from the post Disney Renaissance era. I'll jump on it the 1st week, if there's a coupon or if the price is right.
Still I'm a bit annoyed of these original & (unnecessary) sequels packages.
Disney must sense the demise of Blu-Ray to be dumping all these on the market so fast and unceremoniously. I'm not complaining. I love them. But it can't mean good things for the market in general. Here's hoping we have a BLACK CAULDRON release soon. That and more live actions: MARY POPPINS, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, SONG OF THE...oops...I forgot that one doesn't exist. Damn revisionist history.
I'm pretty sure those DVD special editions that came out about a decade ago are not going to have all those special features ported into the sets for Atlantis and Emperor's New Groove. I may stay old-school with those two.
As for Lilo & Stitch, I really want that set, but only if the stuff that came out on the 2 DVD set 5 years ago is on there.
Pity they didn't release the L&S set last year. They could have packaged it as a 10th Anniversary release.
@4000dvds2many, I don't think Disney is thinking about the potential demise of Blu so much as they have A LOT of stuff to get out. Even with these three, plus "Little Mermaid" later this year they still have 10 Animated films to get out on Blu, 9 if you don't consider "The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad" a feature (it's more a long short, I'm hoping they release it with "Three Amigo's"). So even at 9 it'll probably be at least two more years to get out: Aladdin, Black Cauldron, Hercules, Jungle Book, Oliver & Co, 101 Dalmatians, Robin Hood, Sword in the Stone, Tarzan
Figures! I just bought Lilo & Stitch on DVD today... So now I do have the 2-disc editions of these films, and I do doubt most of the special features will be carried over. But nice to see these coming to Blu-ray!
Yes! I figured with the amount of late-renaissance movies they'd been releasing in these 2-movie sets that the two Emperor movies would be coming in one of them sooner or later. The first one is one of my favourite Disney animated movies.
The cover art's a little disappointing though, dividing it into two pictures like that.
definitely in for the Atlantis and Lilo & Stitch packs. even though Atlantis: Milo's Return was a pretty lame attempt at the failed tv show, I'm glad Disney's releasing stuff on Blu-ray instead of relying on just old DVDs.
I wonder if they'll do a two movie collection for Stitch! The Movie and Leroy & Stitch as well eventually.. both movies are HD on iTunes and such.
Horrible, horrible cover art for the New Groove's movies.
I would rather get all the extras from the 2-disc DVDs then getting these awful sequels
Looks like lot of extras from Atlantis is missing, hope the other 2 have more extras, but I doubt it
This is why I HATE sequels. I don't mind having them, but not if it means taking away extras from the superior original movies.
Before reading this post, please note the complainer two posts above this one with THREE whiny faces in his post!
Most of us are tired of hearing from all you spoiled pussies who cry about artwork! You know who you are! You remind me of one of my little cousins, just about thirty years ago ... complain, complain, complain! That's all he ever did. He was never happy with anything. When given the off-chance that a particular thing or situation was remotely to his satisfaction, there always had to be something wrong with it ... just so he could open his whining, annoying trap and be heard. Dude was a Veronica Salt incarnate, maybe even worse!!!
One day I watched as his mother, my aunt, reached the boiling point, and she spun around and back-handed him across the mouth. She hit him so hard that his glasses flew across the room, and a big red hand-print surfaced on his face. He deserved every painful moment of it, pain-wise AND pride-wise.
He never changed, though. He's still a little pansy-ass who needs a proper ass-kicking. Good thing he's not on Blu-ray.com stirring all the artwork-hating douche bags into an incessant frenzy.
I'll be picking up all 3. Wish they'd port over all the features from the special edition dvds & also not put 3 discs on 2 hubs. Getting tired of Disney cheaping out on the packaging by stacking discs. But, I'm happy to get 3 more Disney animated on blu.
Multi-billion dollar company....bundles releases (with crappy covers), skimps on alot of features from previous DVD releases and then can't even make separate hubs for each disc in the damn case but still feels need to charge $25-$35 for releases....WTF Disney....WTF.
And you just had to go and do it on two of my all-time favorite Disney films "Emperor's New Groove" and "Lilo & Stitch". About the only upside is you didn't butcher the Stitch cover.
Another expensive Disney day to prepare for but heck, it'll be worth it. For those complaining about 2-movie collections, it's not like the sequel's gonna come out of the box and eat you alive. I do understand the frustrations of losing special features from the first movie though, with the sequel eating up the space. Either way, I'm psyched to finally own these in HD.
MileHigh AI said it best above. No more "Day 1 count me in" purchases of Disney Blu-rays, and I encourage others to think the same way. Disney is dropping all semblance of value in these releases. No artwork on discs ... no chapter inserts/liner notes ... disc-stacking ... zero in the way of new extra bonus features ... and an inflated price. Don't you folks see what's going on? They're figuring out how little they can give fans for maximum money! I personally drew the line with this latest line of releases -- and I'm speaking as the owner of 100+ Disney DVDs and Blu-rays. I was all set to get "Hunchback," but decided to save my money. I'd be spending $25 to get Blu-ray quality video but zero new special features (like many, I have scant interest in the cheapquel "Hunchback II.") I decided that my original DVD looks pretty good, all things considered, and I'd rather put my $25 toward a different new release and expand my library in a different direction. Maybe if enough people do the same, Disney might pay a bit more attention to its real fans with these releases. What's so maddening is that it's very cheap for Disney to toss in a new bonus feature or some cartoons, or to arrange a friendlier MSRP. But they won't even make a minimal effort.
Nice, I like that they've picked up the pace on releasing their animated classics. I'm hoping we'll see the ones between Saludos Amigos and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad. Those don't seem to get much love.
I'll be picking up Atlantis. It's been a long time since I saw it but I remember 'The Lost Empire' was good and 'Milo's Return' was okay but way to episodic for my taste but I may not be remembering it all that well.
Judging from the troll meters it looks like we're only allowed to love all three of these, AND their crappy sequels. I'm not one to care for popularity, so I'll just say, Atlantis is the only one of the six that interests me. Click away (minus is on the right...other right...the red one).
So far out of the 52 Classics (up to Wreck-it-Ralph) 36 have been released (or scheduled later this year) on Blu-ray, so that makes 8 titles this year (counting Little Mermaid this fall). Which means that next year Aladdin will finally be released and according to my calculations picking 6 more titles will probably be:
1. 101 Dalmatians
2. The Sword In The Stone
3. The Jungle Book
4. Robin Hood
The only ones missing will be:
7. Saludos Amigos *
8. Three Caballeros *
9. Make Mine Music
10. Fun And Fancy Free
11. Melody Time
12. The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad
13. The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
14. The Black Cauldron
15. Oliver & Company
* i have a feeling that these 2 may be released as a 2-movie combo (hopefully not)
Why all the people complaining about people complaining?
I always just considered that discussion when ppl talk about special features, differences b/w DVD releases, better deals, etc. It's how information spreads and that's the whole point of these forums. Why do you think we we are seeing all the re-masters slowly coming out on blu because of universal complaints across the net?
Crash - yes! Yes indeed. I was watching Spartacus the other day and I couldn't think of anything BUT Robin Hood, that is all I hear when Peter Ustinov speaks.
Tarzan is long overdue, and I'm very excited about Emperor's New Groove and Lilo, but disappointed in the slapped togetherness of the releases.
For me, Disney is supposed to equal high quality releases. Movies that are put together in a way that appeals to collectors. Tarzan and Emperor's New Groove were released in excellent packages with tons of special features. They were two stellar Disney movies that were defining animated films in my adulthood, so to see them getting slightly substandard releases without the detail and care that they deserve and Disney WAS known for on its DVD releases is not a good sign for those of us who buy movies for the extra value they provide.
That value is one of the things that keeps me buying blus, because if there's nothing on the disc, why is it worth my extra money? Movies are nice, but the reason I so freely purchase films from the Criterion collection is due to the extensive extras and special features. That, to me, is worn the extra money.
That's what you get on this forum... I can't ever express my opinion without it being obliterated by negative ratings within 30 minutes of posting. All anyone is interested in on here are sycophantic agreements with their sunshiny opinions. ***This posting will self-destruct in 3,2...***
The Atlantis: The Lost Empire / Atlantis: Milo's Return, Lilo & Stitch / Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch 2 movie collection covers look good, but who approved the bargain basement The Emperor's New Groove / Kronk's New Groove cover?
I don't mind these 2 movie blu-ray releases at all, though the jacket artwork on EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE blows. Sure, the DTV sequels are pretty bad but at least we have them. Most people would avoid them but I'm kind of a completeist that way. I think it was pretty generous of Disney to do that. Better than buying them separately for another twenty dollars or more. It's like getting a movie free, albeit a crappy one. But oh well. Both PETER PAN and LADY & THE TRAMP have sequels too, of which one was already released separately. I wonder what they'll do with TARZAN....