Walt Disney Home Entertainment will add four titles to its Blu-ray catalog in August: Chris Buck and Kevin Lima's Tarzan (1999), Ron Clements and John Musker's Hercules (1997), James Algar, Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004). The four Blu-ray releases are available for pre-order at Amazon.
Wild with exotic adventure and laughs, Disney's Tarzan is a magnificent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic story of the ape man! Raised by a family of gorillas, including the loving Kala and the wisecracking Terk, Tarzan develops all the instincts and prowess of a jungle animal. But with the sudden appearance of Tarzan's own kind, including the beautiful Jane, two very different worlds are about to become one. Driven by five powerful songs from pop superstar Phil Collins, and starring the voice talents of Minnie Driver, Glenn Close and Rosie O'Donnell, Disney's Tarzan delivers incredible adventure as well as important reminders about acceptance and family. STREET DATE: AUGUST 12TH.
Taken from the gods as a newborn, adopted on earth, Hercules becomes an awkward teenage pillar of strength. Trying to fit in, he discovers Zeus is his dad and home is on Mount Olympus - if he can move from "zero" to true hero! Hercules teams with Pegasus, the flying stallion, and Phil - a feisty personal trainer - for the mission. But it's no walk on Acropolis. He must match wits with Grecian beauty Meg and a comical hothead named Hades, who's having a devil of a time with his hostile takeover of the Universe. He's armed with morphing morons Pain and Panic for help, and only Hercules stands in his way! STREET DATE: AUGUST 12TH.
In the tradition of grand animated classics, Disney's 11th animated masterpiece, The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad, presents two unforgettable children's classics. Through award winning Disney animation wizardry, The Wind In The Willows and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow come together in one fabulous adventure - in its original theatrical format. Hang on for the wild motorcar ride of J. Thaddeus Toad as he drives his friends Mole, Rat and Angus McBadger into a worried frenzy! Then meet the spindly Ichabod Crane, who dreams of sweeping beautiful Katrina Van Tassel off her feet, despite opposition from town bully Brom Bones, who also has his eye on Katrina. The comic rivalry introduces Ichabod to the legend of the Headless Horseman, resulting in a heart-thumping climax! Wonderfully narrated by Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby, The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad brims with high-spirited adventure, brilliant animation and captivating music you'll want to share with your family again and again. STREET DATE: AUGUST 12TH.
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disney's swashbuckling adventure, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, presented for the first time ever in a dazzling new Blu-ray Special Edition! Join Mickey and all your favorite Disney characters in this outrageously funny take on the timeless tale. Best buddies Mickey, Donald and Goofy are small-time janitors with big dreams of becoming Musketeers. They may not look like heroes, but, powered by teamwork and friendship, they soon discover they can accomplish anything if they work together. Packed with six rousing songs and now fully-restored with new and classic bonus features, this heartwarming famiy film is better than ever on Disney Blu-ray. It's "All For Fun And Fun For All!". STREET DATE: AUGUST 12TH.
Ichabod & Mr. Toad should be amazing! My personal favorite, released in the golden age just after the WWII and prior to Cinderella, Alice & Peter. Ichabod scared the hell out of me as a kid and remains a Halloween favorite. To think it was released 10 years before Psycho. I hope they are working on a double feature of Make Mine Music and Melody Time UNCUT, please. There are a ton of great mini features like Ben & Me they could add to one of these. Thanks, Disney!
@bajor27 - there was Tarzan & Jane, which used episodes of the cartoon like Atlantis: Milo's Return, and then there was Tarzan II which is a 'midquel' that takes place during the gap of the first movie like Bambi II and the B&TB sequels. I'd guess those two would get a double feature release like The Little Mermaid sequels did.
I'll probably get all of these eventually but Hercules is definitely the most important, I'll get it day one if it's in stores (plus I have that $5 coupon from the Kellogg's gummies). that has always been my favorite Disney animated movie.
DVDizzy is reporting that the more expensive listing on Amazon is a 3 disc set that includes Fun & Fancy Free
"Disney animation fans have a number of reasons to be excited today. The company just announced an August 12, 2014 Blu-ray debut for The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. The 1949 classic, consisting of half-hour adaptations of The Wind in the Willows and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be available in a new DVD, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Digital Copy combo pack, and a 3-disc edition that also includes the 1947 anthology classic Fun and Fancy Free."
I've been waiting years to upgrade Hercules to any better edition, but after so many fan-fakie false alarms and wishful-thinking about the August slate, you'll excuse me if I save my celebrating until I've GOT the disk.
With Fun and Fancy Free apparently being paired with one edition of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, it appears the end is near for having all 53 DACs to date (Big Hero 6 will be #54) out on BD. Though F&FF/Ichabod & Toad seems to be an odd couple, that leaves the other four "package films" in their expected pairings: Saludos Amigos/The Three Caballeros (released together on DVD) and Make Mine Music/Melody Time. With The Black Cauldron apparently about to hit BD in the UK as part of the Disney Villains collection (IMO it shoulda been paired with Ichabod & Toad, with F&FF/MMM/MT as a 3-pack), that puts the DACs on track to be completed on U.S. BD with the expected 2015 Diamond releases of 101 Dalmatians & Aladdin (both already out in the UK).
YES! Disney finally got it right by not putting in those stupid straight-to-video Disney sequels with the classics! The Blu-ray double features of Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 and The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under were the only good ones. Plus I'm fine with Fun and Fancy Free being with The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Blu-ray release, since they are both part of the Disney Animation canon.
Great to see Tarzan finally and really surprised to see Ichabod make the cut, but that's not the version of The Three Musketeers I'm looking for. Come on Disney! You know you have live action catalog films too, right?
So, let's see...Hercules and Three Musketeers have a DVD in the package, but Tarzan does not. Hopefully, one of the Ichabod releases will. What's the point of that, Disney? They seem to be picking and choosing which of their releases will include a DVD. ...And in case you're wondering why I care about a DVD, I have a friend who collects Disney, but has no interest in Blu-ray, so I sell her the DVD from the combo pack for $5 to $10.
Great News. I'm in for Tarzan, Hercules, and Mr. Toad. Too bad Disney did away with the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disney World, always enjoyed that as a kid. I'm sure kids these days wouldn't know about it. I'm not familiar with Three Muskateers, is it an actual movie or a short like the Mickey Mouse Prince and the Pauper short from the 90's?
I'm betting Disney will find a way to ruin Ichabod and Mr. Toad. They'll either zoom in to fill up a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and/or do absolutely nothing about generating a better master. I hope I'm wrong.
Now let's explore how well these titles would turn out in post converted 3D, starting with Tarzan (who already has a listing for a 4 disc combo in 3D), and work our way down.
Tarzan was released in 1999, it coming to Blu-Ray is a wonderful thing indeed. now if it came to Blu-Ray 3D it would truly make a statement.
Hercules would also command a TV if it were converted to 3D, The sole CGI element in that one was Hydra and that was 2D CG to begin with, would need a radical overhaul in whatever the original program was to be stereoscopically re-rendered again for 3D TV owners. The cell elements would translate well to post conversion (it would focus more on depth of field than effects)
Ichabod and Mr Toad due to the age of the animation, we know how complicated those older conversions are. due to being older it would need to be completely restored, than the need to insert depth axis maps would be needed, than there would need to be depth being applied to the animation, etc.
The Three Musketeers would also need the conversion process applied to it like with all the previous catalog titles that were converted to 3D. the examples being the three other cell animated classics that were all converted to it (lion king, beauty and the beast, little mermaid).
Still waiting for the six Hayley Mills films, Disney. Pollyanna and the Moonspinners were my favorite of her Disney films. Outside of Disney: Tiger Bay, The Family Way and Take a Girl Like You are great.
@Blu-Jawa - wouldn't get your hopes up for that, it was a TV show and we all know how ABC/Disney feels about TV releases on Blu-ray. not to mention it's Disney XD, even Disney Channel would be a step up.
Not that I am against the Three Musketeers movie, but I sort of wish it were another classic in the Disney Animated Canon instead. Hercules,Tarzan, and Ichabod and Fun & Fancy combo pack are all great. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is an excellent choice and follows the live action/animated movies like Mary Poppins and Pete's Dragon. But the three musketeers seems a little out of place. It doesn't fit in anywhere, and was a direct to video film. I have never seen this film, is it even worth picking up? I would rather have seen Black Cauldron, or combo packs for Make Mine Music/Melody Time, and Saludos Amigos/Three Caballeros. Or even another one of Disney's live action/animated films like Song of the South or the complete Reluctant Dragon film... Song of the South is a dream, I know, but it would be so awesome to get an official release. I heard that they did an HD scan of the film a while back, so it is possible. Obviously they wouldn't bother doing that if they weren't ever going to consider releasing it.
First of all... YES!!! "Tarzan" and "Hercules" are two of my favorites!!! And I'm really glad to see some of the less well known classics starting to hit, too.
Secondly, while I don't see it mentioned here, "Bedknobs And Broomsticks" will also hit the same day.
Thirdly, I guess this means we can expect a Tarzan 2-movie collection for the sequels won't be far behind ("Tarzan II" and "Tarzan And Jane"). Unfortunately the fact that "Hercules" is not a 2-movie collection here probably means that "Hercules: Zero To Hero" will not be hitting Blu-Ray anytime soon (too bad, as I'd really like to be able to see it). Oh well, the important points are being hit here, so that's good enough for me. :-)
If you aren't bothered about DVD and Digital copy, the UK "Hercules" blu is region free and only £8 on Amazon.co.uk at the moment. Put it in the basket and see how much it works out at after delivery added and VAT removed.
Anyone seen the specs on these. Hopefully they'll remaster Tarzan & it won't have the video problems in the UK edition. Also hopefully Tarzan finally will get a DTS-HD MA soundtrack instead of the Dolby Digital soundtrack on the UK edition. If so I'm glad fully in. Tarzan was easily the worst Disney movie I have owned as far as sound & picture goes.
I am looking forward to Tarzan on blu ray. Adding to what marine92104 said about the audio, maybe we'll finally get a 5.1 track for the film since even the original 2-disc DVD edition from Disney way back in the day was only 5.0. Did they lose the .1 element somewhere or what?
Hercules. Ah, Hercules. I've always had a soft spot for it since I went to the cinema to see it and despite some very weak elements (Tate Donovan's performance, cynical writing, overuse of the Rocky angle, not enough James Woods, not enough Charlton Heston), its vim and vigour always has me smiling at the end. Hopefully, we'll get a commentary as I'd love to hear the directors thoughts on the film.
The others were not really on TV when I was growing up so I'm in a take it or leave it mindset about the older film and the less said about Disney's TV efforts in the 2000's, the better.