Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have formally announced the
Diamond Collection, which represents 14 of the most beloved and historic
animated films the studio has ever made. Each title will be thoroughly
restored for the highest level of picture and sound. Additionally, each Blu-
ray will feature ground-breaking special features that promise to push the
limits of Blu-ray.
Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
commented, "Because today's family rooms are more technologically-
advanced and consumer expectations are higher than ever, we are excited
to announce the launch of the Diamond Collection. We believe that the
collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy these timeless classics
like never before, and underlines Disney's commitment to continue to bring
the best quality product and immersive experiences in to the home."
Disney promises that each title will be remastered from the original
negative (when available) for a pristine 1080p picture and stunning 7.1
soundtrack. As with all special Disney releases, these titles will only be
available for a limited time.
Suprised to hear that 101 Dalmatians is getting the Diamond treatment as I never really thought of that one as a Disney masterpiece, but still an enjoyable movie. I wonder if Beauty and the Beast will have a 3D version available since it's returning to theatres for a 3D run...
EDIT: Oh yeah, where's Robin Hood and Sword in the Stone?
Hercules isn't a classic...and neither is Fantasia 2000 but I guess they're doing that one just because the first one is coming. But yeah, where's Aladdin?? That's the only one that seems missing. They're releasing is just about the same order as the Platinum Collection. I remember seeing Disney Blu Ray ads showing Aladdin and seeing that it would come sooner or later. WTF Disney?
Anyone think re-releases of Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty would be any better than the current blu-rays? I know there will probably be new special features, but as far as A/V quality, I can't see them getting any better.
chad, when they re-release Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty, I wouldn't be surprised if they just updated some special features and shipped them with the same video/audio. They already spent a ton of money and time fixing those titles, can't see why they'd want to repeat.
Still no official word on dumbo though, that sucks:(
as for this whole diamond collection stuff, i hate that disney treats some of it's titles better then others, there are alot of less popular Disney movies that deserve just as much attention as the bigger ones
Robin Hood, Pochahantas; Dumbo and Fox and the hound just to name a few
such such crap that Aladdin is not in the Diamond Collection.... and they are already making us double dip on sleeping beauty and pinocchio haha... come on disney get your **** together. You make amazing blu-rays, but stop screwing us!
Just because those titles are announced doesn't mean those are the only titles that are gonna be announced! The above Disney blu-ray release list is for the 6-year period from 2010-2015, well, what about 2016-2020, 2021-2025 etc.? Tons and tons of Disney Diamond and animated films are going to be released on blu-ray month-by-month and year-by-year over the next 50+ years!
Thank you Titanicfave! It's amazing how this announcement puts people in a tizzy just because Disney is NOT announcing other fan favorites. Have patience people! Be grateful that a studio like Disney exists that is so committed to putting the best product on the market.
Wow, I was hoping my kids would be able to enjoy these while they still live with me. Looks like they may be in college by the time they get around to releasing the best. They are 4 yrs. old, 2 yrs. old and 2 yrs. old. LOL
H3LL, I can't wait to pick up Beauty and the Beast, 101 Dalmatians and The Lion King! But where the f**k is Aladdin at? Where the f**k is The Great Mouse Detective? All movies i names are my most favorite Disney hits!
First off: Titanicfave, you apparently don't understand the concept of the Diamond Collection. It is going to only include what Disney classifies as the 14 most beloved and historic animated films the studio has ever made (as was written in the first paragraph). Those 14 movies the author listed (which apparently include Sleeping Beauty and Pinnochio, which is kinda stupid since they released them already) are going to be the only Diamond films released. So tons and tons of Disney Diamond and animated films will not be released on Blu-ray month-by-month and year-by--year. On top of of that, Disney would not release a new movie every month because they need to do all that work to remaster the movie.
Secondly: People are "complaining" because they want certain movies to come out that Diseny has not announced. Unfortunately people need to realize that Disney releases at their own pace, but on top of that, it takes them a long time to release their movies because they actually put the time in to make sure the picture and audio is as good as it can possiby be.
Lastly: lildon24, it takes Disney so long to release some movies probably because they have to do so much work on them to make them look as good as they want them to look. I would personally rather Disney take their time and work on the movies and release them with the awesome picture quality and sound quality like they do than have them churn out shitty releases. But than again, I like to get my monies worth for what I am buying and having the best pq and sq on the Blu-ray that the studio can get is worth it to me.
All are must-buys for me. In the meantime, I will wait patiently to see if Aladdin, Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and others will be titles released on a different line of Disney blu-rays. Also, this may seem like a stretch, but I would LOVE a blu-ray edition of THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER!
Everyone will have their favorite Disney cartoons but I really wonder why they start with the real oldies like Sleeping beauty, Snow White and pinocchio. Are these the most popular? I doubt it. Lion King, Mulan, the Jungle Book would surely beat them hands down. The later films must be easy as they require less work. Why not run a two track schedule with several of the easier ones quickly and add an oldie every now and again as they get done. Robin Hood, Jungle Book and Aristocats would be my favorites but Disney are always a pain, look how long it took to get basic DVDs out and the mess they made of several of those. I dont have a lot of confidence these guys at Disney today have much idea what it is their customers want!
Disney staggers their releases because it makes them feel more important. People build up such anticipation for them, and they know the classics will only be available for a limited time before going back in the vault, so anyone with even a passing interest in any of the movies will buy them almost immediately upon release.
"Better buy it now before I'm trying to hunt down an overpriced copy on eBay."
On the one hand it'sa good thing they have a Diamond Collection, in theory it does honor certain movies that are historic, classic, timeless. It helps people who may not be familiar with the studio's 70+ year output (yes there ARE those people) to have say, a starting point to delve into the art of animation and studio's history...
BUT it then makes all the other films seem "less than" in people's minds. Already one just this one thread we've seem a large number of films spoken of that people find just as Classic as the Diamonds. So contraversy arrises.
It's problem common with all the arts, what Great, what's good, what important, what isn't. I remember a conversation with a film critic and a film lover. The film critic said "The Godfather" was the best mafia film ever. The film lover said, "No, the Valachi Papers is the best." The critic replied, "You may have enjoyed the Valachi Papers more but it is NOT a better film that the Godfather" The film lover replied, "If I enjoyed it more doesn't that make it a better film?"
Not planning on buying Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio again. Another 7 years later and Disney might re-release them again as part of the "Titanium" collection or the "Plutonium" collection or whatever. I wish they would just set up the best collection possible and just release the movie and not double and triple dip. There are so many Disney movies and they take forever to release them that at the rate of one new one every 2 months, it would take them decades before repeating. Just go through the alphabet and move on.
Keep in mind that this is only the Diamond (Formally Platinum collection) titles. There are plenty of other great Disney titles that are fair game. Titles like Nightmare Before Christmas, Dumbo, Aladdin and others can be released as Special Editions at any time outside of the Platinum line. Everyone had to wait for these specific Diamond/Platinum films to be released on VHS the first or second time, then 5-10 years later for DVD and it will be the same 5-7 year wait on Blu-ray. It's the Disney Vault system and it works for them. Like it or not, it gives them a chance to market each release to a new generation.
Not fussed on Beauty and the Beast, and will only buy Fantasia if it is uncut. Unlike the dvd abomination, which though advertised as restored and uncut and which looked great, was in fact cut by the PC brigade. C'mon Disney, you know you can do it...
I will not double-dip anymore and I also don't consider some of these to be that good anyways. I know - I'm a heretic - whatever. As has been mentioned - by the time they are done - how relevant will the format be?
To me, I want all the Studio Ghibli films more than I want some of the others mentioned here. I am not sure who is responsible for them but they could stand to be remastered and put out on blu while it still matters.
2011 will probably be the release of Little Mermaid to tie in with their theme parks opening of the themed attraction. Add the two diamond releases per year with the two Pixar releases per year and then throw in Disney's non-diamond releases along with the first time releases that are coming out of the theatres and I think we'll start to see a good mix of catalog releases each year from Disney.
I'm surprised at some of the negativity on here.
Disney treat their legacy better than any other studio out there. The blu titles we've had so far have been of incredible quality so how can you complain!
They have always staggered the home video releases of their best films. Why the bitterness now?
They do this
A) for quality reasons - spending a lot of time and effort restoring them
B) so there is a cycle for new generations. Children can grow up with them and it keeps the films fresh and in demand. Itís a business strategy that's a win-win situation for everyone, except those impatient who want them all released straight away.
Personally I think it makes them a bit more special that we have to wait for them
I admit some frustration as there are several I cannot wait to see in hi-def that I am having to grit my teeth and wait for.
Finishing my DVD Disney classic collection recently was a great moment though. Been collecting them since 1999 and quite happy to start now all over again.
Agree with some of the other posters. We're likely to see Aladdin next year. It's been showing in HD on Disney Channel in the uk, which is always a sign. It looked absolutely incredible too. Personally I would have had it in the 'Diamond' list, ahead of Little Mermaid. But am happy it means it will come out sooner as its wonderful.
As for the Pinocchio/Sleeping Beauty double-dip fury. They've always been part of this range. They did get the diamond treatment, except Disney hadn't come up with the collection title. Those releases you've already picked up on BD are very much the ultimate versions of those movies. They appear on this list as they will come back round for re-release in 7 years, just as Snow White will in 8.
HEY Shark2k, I truly DO NOT believe those are the only 14 Disney Diamond titles that are going to hit blu-ray in my Lifetime which! there are many disney titles that will be released on blu in the near future and tha far away future! Those 14 up there are pretty good titles, but there are still plenty more that aren't announced and probably will be annunced in the far away future, titles include Aladdin, heck one of the most back in the day films of all time: Oliver & Company best hit blu-ray!!!!!!!!!! and overall, I truly DO NOT believe that those 14 titles indicated up there as the diamond collection are necessarilly the only 14 diamond titles that are going to hit blu-ray! Last but not least, when I look at my mom's VHS collection, I see plenty of disney diamond titles that I believe will hit blu-ray in my lifetime.
For those who keep commenting saying the want the incredibles, Finding nemo, and ETC> Pixar films, I don't think Pixar films have anything to do with the diamond collection, within the next 2-3 years I'm sure all 10 Pixar films will be on blu. Up and Monster's inc. come out on Nov. and the 3 Toy story's will be out later next year then along the line The incredibles and finding nemo will be here!
Love what Disney is doing with the Blu-ray format. Disapointed though that Aladdin is not on this list. Also not happy to see re-releases of stuff that has come out. Especially if there is going to be all new features now when I already bought the others