The Jungle Book & Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-rays
Posted August 2, 2013 01:43 PM by Webmaster
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has officially announced the Diamond Edition Blu-ray releases of The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time, The Jungle Book makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on February 11, 2014, while Sleeping Beauty arrives several months later, at an as yet to be specified date in October. (Note: Sleeping Beauty was previously released on Blu-ray in 2008, via a highly regarded 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition BD/DVD combo pack.)
Official Synopsis: Based on the Rudyard Kipling's classic novel of the same name, The Jungle Book follows young Mowgli on a fun-filled journey with unforgettable characters, including Bagheera, the wise panther, the jazzy King Louie, the hypnotic snake Kaa and the lovable, happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, who teaches Mowgli "The Bare Necessities" of life and the true meaning of friendship.
Released from the Disney vault for the first time in almost seven years, Disney's 19th animated masterpiece and the last animated feature to have Walt Disney's personal touch features the lush, colorful world and jazzy, toe-tapping songs -- including "I Wan'na Be Like You" and Academy Award-nominated classic "The Bare Necessities" -- with the ultimate in high definition picture and sound clarity. The Diamond Edition release also includes new bonus features. Technical specifications have yet to be revealed, but more details are coming soon.
Official Synopsis: Sleeping Beauty tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil witch, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by a true love's kiss. Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa (as Sleeping Beauty) and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley (as the evil fairy, Maleficent), the film's vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery, Frank Thomas and Marc Davis (of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men), and an Academy Award-nominated score (for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture) adapted from the music of Peter Tchaikovsky.
The ultimate Disney fairy tale awakens to exquisite new picture and sound on Blu-ray in October 2014. Heralded by audiences and critics alike, Sleeping Beauty was one of the final fairy tales that Walt Disney himself worked on. Fully restored with revolutionary technology, this animated classic's dazzling colors, spectacular action, and orchestration shines brighter than ever. The Diamond Edition release also includes new bonus features. Tech specs have yet to be detailed.
Awesome news. Disney and their stupid vault, Amazon has like 6 copies of Sleeping Beauty left at $69.99, glad it'll finally be affordable again. And I can't wait for the Jungle Book. This just made my crappy ass friday pretty good.
Of course, Sleeping Beauty was the first major Disney cartoon bluray, so I'd imagine most fans already have that wonderful edition. While I'll double-dip to get something on bluray to replace my DVD, it's going to be really hard for them to convince me to buy into a repackaging of the same HD transfer just because of some features.
I guess they're releasing, "Sleeping Beauty" because it's been back in the vaults awhile. By The Way, it was the FIRST Blu-Ray from Disney, NOT "Snow White" and both SB and SW are listed as Platinum Editions. I also don't think Disney is out of Diamond Editions as I'll bet Aladdin will be considered one...not that that label means diddly squat
With the exception of the excellent Snow White, objectively-speaking, when compared to the 2-disc Platinum Editions of Sleeping Beauty (my fave BD to date) and Pinocchio, the Diamond releases have been rather disappointing in regards to bonus features, so Sleeping Beauty DE's picture will have to be mind-blowing for me to double-dip.
I am, however, super-stoked to finally get Jungle Book, the last of the bonafide classics (though I do love me some Black Cauldron) yet to see an HD release.
Why Feb. 11 2014 ?? Monday August 5 its released in UK !!! I have 101 DALMATIONS from November 2012 UK release !!! Why is USA last ????????? I don't get it. !?? I'M not waiting 6 months for Jungle Book bluray us version. that's BS !!
I got Aladdin and Tarzan from Amazon.uk. They're Region Free and work just as well as any other blu. I could care less about the DVD in it so this works out for me. I keep checking there for new Disney blus. Why wait?
I bought the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray the day it was released and it is FLAWLESS. I have no idea how they can improve it. So I will wait to see what they have in store. However, I want to know why they are doing Sleeping Beauty for Fall 2014 when we have yet to receive Aladdin or 101 Dalmatians which were originally in their Platinum line... Good thing I imported both (Zaavi exclusive steelbook!)
"The ultimate Disney fairy tale awakens to exquisite new picture and sound on Blu-ray" - are they talking about a new transfer or the existing restoration? I don't see how much they can improve on the one we have now, other than converting it to 3D.
Great news about The Jungle Book. I already have the Platinum Edition of Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray, so I'll probably pass on the Diamond Edition, but I am curious to see what they can do to improve upon the already perfect transfer.
I think Disney will simply reuse the transfer from the 2008 Platinum Edition Blu-Ray of Sleeping Beauty for the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray. I honestly can't imagine that being improved cause it is already damn perfect. I don't think that the new extras will be major as well.
Very happy to hear of the Jungle Book release, I hope there is some added value to the Sleeping Beauty DE since I am to pathetically attached to collecting to allow a gap in my Diamond Edition list. Sad, I know. I do wish that they would do Diamond Editions of a few more unreleased titles first, but I don't know what they consider Diamond titles currently. Whatever the case, I hope they speed up the releases of their other animated features as well and thet they might finally get the concept that there might be as much enthusiasm for high definition releases of some of their live action classics as well. I would snatch up BDs of North Avenue Irregulars, Hot Lead and Cold Feet, Candleshoe and Blackbeard's Ghost as fast as I would releases of Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. There aren't many of their live action films I wouldn't bite on if they would just get to remastering and releasing and the same goes for the animated features they don't pay much attention to. Love their super special editions of all of the top tier classics, but I still think Disney remains one of the worst studios as far as catalog releases, I am meaning quantity not quality of titles released. I know, slow economy and all of that, but to my way of thinking, a lot of Disney's catalog are the movie equivalents of comfort food and I am as likely or perhaps even more likely to buy during tough times. OK, this comment went way further afield than I intended, so back to point, Yeah Jungle Book! Let's see what SB DE has to offer and give us more Disney!
I already have the Jungle book Steelbook pre-ordered from zavvi.com(uk) which I will probably receive within 3 weeks but wondering if I should cancel and just wait for the US release since it will most likely come with a digital copy. Hmm UK steelbook or US digital copy?
October Diamond titles (and Platinums before it) have ALWAYS released on the first Tuesday in October (TLM comes out October 1), so you can be 99% certain Sleeping Beauty will drop October 7, 2014.
@MiracleandWonder: More than likely 101 Dalmatians has been pulled from the Diamond line (it's already out in several European countries including the UK). It'll probably get a separate U.S. BD release before October 2014.
@pikachufan1336: Though IMO Sleeping Beauty could be reanimated in 3D because of its large-scale use of flat limited-animation-style cels (anyone could improve on Aurora's hair), Disney has said they will *NOT* reissue in 3D any animated film whose animators aren't alive to supervise the conversion. (That's fine by me; I'd rather them not risk 3D at all than release a horrible 3D upconversion.) That pretty much kills any 3D upgrade of any of Walt's animated films, and all but a handful of DACs made before TLM.
(Edit: And Song of the South won't drop unless & until WB makes a killing off the Censored Eleven. )
I'm pretty sure Disney knows that many people already own the Blu-ray Platinum Edition of Sleeping Beauty. They'll probably do an exchange program for people to trade in their Platinum Edition copy for the new Diamond Edition. It would save people plenty of money from that.
Love that Jungle Book is getting released. But I hate that Sleeping Beauty is taking the spot for another classic that could have been released. Sleeping Beauty is basically a re-release. I want other title that didn't get any release yet.
Just think about their release schedule during the DVD days, Disney BD release schedule isn't filled with multiple releases of the same movie over and over again while some other movies remain still unreleased. Based on the current pace, all of their classic main animation will be released next year! I certainly have no complaint.
For those asking why Sleeping Beauty is getting a re-release (or diamonding or whatever you'd call it), Maleficent is coming out summer 2014 and this ties in with its likely video release date - just like Mary Poppins is getting a release along with Saving Mr. Banks.
If Disney ever makes a movie about the life story of James Baskett then maybe there will be a Song of the South blu-ray release to go along with it.
Hey Disney, did you know you have live-action films too? Not to mention some great animations that have yet to be released on BD, even once? Instead of bothering to discontinue and later re-release the same movie over and over... Surely a genuine first time BD release will sell more, thus justify the effort, more than a re-promotion of something that's already been out and likely already sold to better then 50% of the interested market. I wonder if they'll continue this non-ecomonically wasteful, non-productive, and consumer exploitive practice should the future be all digital.
Glad to hear The Jungle Book is coming at least. Would have much preferred Tarzan or Aladdin though, or better yet, The Three Musketeers or something else, you know, that isn't drawn. I have a full shelf of catalog animations from Disney, where I can probably hold all of my catalog live-action BDs in one hand.
Just a reminder. Aladdin is getting a trilogy like The Lion King did. Aladdin will come with 1080p hd transfers of the original Aladdin, The Return of Jafar (Aladdin part 2) & Aladdin and The King of Theives. By the way all platinum releases to this point will be turning to diamond editions.
Aside from the animations. I still want live action Disney movies to come out on blu-ray.
The Might Ducks trilogy, The Big Green, Jungle 2 Jungle, First Kid, Blank Check, Flubber and classics like The Swiss Family Robinsons to movies with classics with Kurt Russel & Dean Jones.
I know about Disney's promise about not converting films whose creative legacy has passed on to 3D, but if ANY catalogue title from Disney's early days would benefit from it, then it's Sleeping Beauty. I wouldn't rule out a conversion and wouldn't mind double dipping if it came to be, though it's probably unlikely.
I'm hearing/reading that Jungle Book will be 1.75:1, not the Academy ratio that it was on VHS/limited edition DVD. Kinda disappointed by that, it's affecting my decision to buy the Blu-ray. Absolutely love this movie but I really want it in 1.33:1.... :/
I'm happy that people who missed out on the Platinum Edition of Sleeping Beauty will soon be able to afford it, but honestly, the PE is probably the best release Sleeping Beauty will have. Imo, it's the best Blu-ray release Disney has ever put out and the most flawless, apart from Snow White. Disney has become very complacent with the way they release their Diamonds as of late: Lack of disc art, lack of special features (even simple ones they can just port over from DVDs), and even some lackluster restorations.
Compare the PE edition which had:
-A beautiful restoration
-Tons of special features spread throughout 2 discs.
-Artwork on the inside of the case
to the DE which we will probably receive:
-Same, or butchered restoration in order to COMPARE what has been DIGITALLY RESTORED / REMASTERED to its original brilliance! I can see them accidentally omitting Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather when they're just floating balls of light because they'll be identified as foreign elements to the film like dust and stuff. Remember what happened to the "Disney dust" in Cinderella?
-Less special features, 1-disc blu-ray
-No disc art; instead we get a generic, ugly sky-blue disc with the the movie's logo in boring white
-HAHA, we're way past no artwork on the inside of the case
I love Sleeping Beauty. It's my favorite Disney's animation. Love the others too but Sleeping Beauty will always be first.
If this new release has anything different to the Main Feature (transfer, director's cut, extra faeries that were cut, one peasant that was left out of certain scenes added, etc.), I will definitely get it. Extras are great to have and I am sure eventually I'll go through and watch some but I am mainly interested in the Feature presentation.
YAY! So happy about Sleeping Beauty, it's my favorite Disney movie and I regret not buying the blu ray the first time around~didn't think the blu-ray craze would stick, boy am I glad it did! I also hope for some awesome extras like one of the anniversary DVDs did, especially since this is most likely a tie in with Maleficent!