Walt Disney Home Entertainment has revealed further details about five of its upcoming catalog titles: Tarzan (1999), Hercules (1997), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004). All five Blu-ray releases street on August 12th.
Wild with exotic adventure and laughs, Disney's Tarzan is an 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 songs from pop superstar Phil Collins and featuring 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.
Tarzan is presented in 1080p with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track. Extras include:
"You'll Be In My Heart" Music Video Performed By Phil Collins
"Strangers Like Me" Music Video Performed By Phil Collins
"Trashin' The Camp" Studio Session With Phil Collins & 'N Sync
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.
Hercules is presented in 1080p with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track. Extras include:
When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul (Ian Weighill, Cindy O'Callaghan and Roy Snart) move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch. Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England. Disney's Academy Award-winning classic soars onto Blu-ray for the first time with an all-new digital master. Experience a dazzling blend of live action and wondrous animation from the producer, director and writer of Mary Poppins, sure to delight the entire family.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is presented in 1080p with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track. Extras include:
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, and 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, animation and music.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is presented in 1080p with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track. Extras include:
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!"
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers is presented in 1080p with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio track. Extras include:
Hm... only interested in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Disney, where to hell are your live action classic movies like The Parent Trap? (I mean the one with Hayley Mills and not that crap of remake of a Lindsay something...) and her other movies?
CrazyEightyNine... they still haven't given you guys in the US an Aladdin Blu-Ray? I don't understand why the releases are all over the place.
Like here in Australia we have Aladdin and 101 Dalmations, but not The Emperor's New Groove of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Which version of Bedknobs is it? Im guessing it the longer cut judging only from the cover art "Special Edition", at least i hope so!
Forget about Song of the South, Disney's most profitable film from the 1940's. They released it in most other countries outside the USA in one format or another. I still have my japanese Laserdisc and VHS from the UK release. I really don't know why they don't just release it already.
Yeah where are the live action Disney films from the 50-70's! I want my Fred McMurray, Dean Jones, Kurt Russell features released and others from the Live action Vaults!
Bugger! It would seem to be the shorter copy of Bedknobs & Broomsticks, possibly even the briefest edition. All cut material is only viewable as an extra, rather than through branching. Obviously this is due to the lesser quality material. A damned shame, as the restored print provides the most rounded experience.
So, hold onto your DVDs if you want the other 2/3's of the extras for Tarzan. Disappointed at why this title didn't earn a Platinum release with all the previous extras. It's not like they didn't take long enough to do it right.
Thumbs down if Bedknobs is the shorter version. Disney spent a good chunk of money for the last DVD release which restored ALOT of cut and lost footage. They even hired Angela Lansbury to do some lines because they couldn't find the sound for a few small sections. The movie's love story is much deeper in the longer version. Yet it looks like the deleted and extra scenes are extras. Why couldn't they put 2 versions of the film on the disc, or use the method they did on the Close Encounters disc , the seemless branching. I am crossing my fingers but I have a feeling this is not the longer edition.
Disney intended the entire film to be released as was, then he died and the film was butchered to release under 2 hours. It will be a travesty to this great film if this is not the long version.
@ John Johnson Disney would need to insert the CGi castle on the live classics, because all of them opened up with the older segmented castle, or an older logo variant.
The catalog classics like Lion King, Beauty and The Beast, the little mermaid, and others and many of the pixar films (in CGI animation had a 2D CGI Castle) had a segmented castle/2D CG castle/early 3D CG castle, and as such had to be converted to now with the very well designed current logo as created by the wonderful folks at weta digital.
The current logo did not come until Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and it debuted June 24th, 2006.
to many of you asking about the classics, expect butchering with the current 3D CGI castle opening and closing your films.
I was going to pick up Tarzan but Disney put it on Netflix and killed the incentive to buy. Same reason I haven't gotten most of the non-Diamond releases. Most of them are on Netflix in HD so unless I can get one from DMR what's the point of buying?
Watching a couple of HD broadcasts of B&B, both of which were missing the extended footage, along with the said material being "rescued," as was in pretty tatty shape, clearly coming from dupes a couple of generations off the negs. The newer stuff has a characteristic quality which you really can't disguise, being somewhat darker, a little softer, and the colours just don't match. There is one shot during the portabello Road number which is horrible, and makes you wonder how badly they needed it. In SD, the new additions are almost a distraction, but HD wouldn't just pick the restoration apart: it would do an autopsy on it.
You also have to factor in just how much more obvious the re-recorded dialogue would sound in HD, as only Lansbury and McDowell were the main ones able to turn up for it. The impressionists do a good job, but - once again - are noticeable in DS, and would take you out of the movie when upgraded.
There are some extended version of films where an HD copy of will either never turn up, or use inferior materials and look dreadful. The 138 min version of Dawn of the Dead is one, with Bedknobs & Broomsticks running alongside.
My family and I love Disney movies, all of them, but why does Disney have the highest prices on the market? WOW... I think we can wait until the prices drop a bit before taking the plunge on any of these. Too bad to, because we do love Disney movies, but not enough to break the bank. Enjoy for anyone that can afford them.
@wvl: It's because they're one of the biggest media empires in the world. Same goes for Apple and others. They'll always have higher prices, except for Disney Afternoon shows which you can get for $10 a season at Wal-Mart
@BHolst: "Where's Song of the South?" - Back a couple years ago when Roger Rabbit had the flaw in wrong DVD in the combo release, you had to call if the website didn't work. I called, and after getting the RR issue straightened out I asked about SOS.
I think I started out by asking why they had it permanently locked in the Vault? I was informed, "It isn't locked in the vault. It is however on long-term hiatus. I told the representative I buy a copy Day One, and that may here on Blu-Ray.com would also. "We don't feel we would recoup the investment to release a remastered version of this movie." As an aside, they are very much aware of blu-ray.com, so possibly discussing on some sort of a semi-routine basis Might(?) help.
The dvd was 5.0 too. I believe that's how Tarzan was mixed - which a lot of family animations aren't as dynamically mixed, at least not in terms of effects that could make certain aspects of the film too intense for very young kids. If your AVR is properly set up, the relevant low frequencies will still be routed to the sub.
@jholmes93: You seem to be confusing collecting with renting. You don't own anything by watching it via Netflix, assuming you have a fast enough and reliable enough service to stream in the first place and don't mind the lower quality of streaming. But if heavy-handed compression that isn't in anyway personalized to take into consideration the demands of the source or specific scene, lossy sound, and no extras isn't enough of a reason for you, Disney is notorious for putting their films on moratorium also, their animations especially. Have you seen what Snow White and others go for on BD now? They can do the same for streaming services too, except with streaming it would be a complete cut off - you wouldn't have lingering used and new copies going for a premium after it's cancelled. It's their property - they make the rules - assuming Netflix license isn't already for a pre-determined amount of time.
Why do you think Netflix is getting into producing their own shows and movies? It's so that they can remain viable. They know that one day studios will no longer be willing to share their profits with third party providers - studios have long craved the complete control of their properties that only exclusive distribution can provide, and there's no other practical way of achieving that end than an all digital future.
I received my copy of Tarzan and Hercules early thanks to The Disney Movie Club. Tarzan looks and sounds beautiful. Same can be said for Hercules. Hercules does not have that many extras on it though. Tarzan is packed with bonus features.
@Bluwatch Aladdin would be too complex for the mouse to do themselves, they would need a third party conversion company bought in like with the little mermaid as i think for Aladdin there wasn't all that much CGI in the film from pixar.
the genie would be a great thing to see post converted by a third party.
@MoulinBlu: I said I don't own most of the non-Diamond releases. I didn't start getting Blu-Rays until after Snow White, Pinocchio and the first release of Sleeping Beauty were long gone. My Disney animated collection is growing, it's just mostly Diamonds and recent movies at the moment. As for the movies on Netflix? My school's network is actually faster than my home so I have no problem streaming in HD. And I don't have a full-blown 5.1/7.1 sound system so I could care less about the sound mixing for now. Also, Disney doesn't really put the non-Diamond movies on moratorium, with a few exceptions. The DVD releases of most of those movies are still readily available for decent prices
I don't have the patience for Disney's odd release strategy. As a UK customer I will generally get what's available, so have a mix of UK releases (the bulk), US titles and an Australian release (Rescuers 2 pack).
If the whole ratings logo thing puts you off international releases, I feel sorry for you. For example; Hercules, Tarzan and Aladdin have had UK and other worldwide releases for sometime now. Whereas you got Great Mouse Detective and Lilo & Stitch before us so I imported those.
Only a handful of Disney animated I'm still interested in. The more contemporary ones I usually end up picking up for completionist sake, though some are pretty decent. I have been waiting for Ichabod though, after that and 101, I should be good to go. Then I'll be waiting for a few classic live action films: Old Yeller, Black Hole (should come out around the time of the remake), Treasure Island, Apple Dumpling Gang, 20k Leagues, Song of the South, Swiss Family Robinson, and I might be forgetting one or two.
@Morsoth: The underlying link is to the "2-Movie Collection" with Fun and Fancy Free. (It actually should be a 3-movie collection; The Reluctant Dragon turned out to the FULL feature previously released only thru DMC & DMR, *not* just the short.)
@jholmes93: Bob Iger won't be running Disney forever; I also think he's also said since then (it seems to come up in the stockholder's meeting just about every year) that he *might* release SotS someday.
@blucollect: Disney is highly inconsistent about logo replacement when 3D conversion isn't involved (classic films with 3D conversions almost always have the logo replaced for technical reasons). I wouldn't necessarily say they HAVE to replace the logos on non-3D titles, though I wouldn't be surprised if about half of them have replaced logos (edit: maybe less on the very oldest titles; RKO logos are usually preserved).