The Digital Bits is reporting that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment plans to release the 1982 science-fiction film Tron in November, a month ahead of the theatrical release of its sequel Tron Legacy. It also revealed that the studio will release The Lion King on BD in October 2011.
Huh, that's strange. I thought The Lion King would've been spring 2011, followed by Bambi in october 2011. Perhaps they'll push back Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 to spring 2011. The logic in Disney's release schedule is beyond me.
tron will probably happen, but I won't ever believe any news regarding Disney animated titles ever again, and nobody else should either.
we've all been burned far too much already.
any rumors about Disney releases cannot be considered credible because Disney itself is no longer credible.
Does anyone else find the score of The Dark Knight to be slightly hypnotic. I find that the score in the latest Tron Legacy trailer bears slight resemblance to TDK's instrumental theme and almost has the same effect.
I dunno. I guess I'm just a sucker for a good score. Anyone else noticed the same?
Tron recently made it's HD debut on Directv's HDnet movie channel. and I have to say the film looked good. The "in game" sequences really shined well in HD. The other scenes where a mixed bag, but ofcourse that is a broadcasted HD source and not a BD source. But if the HDnet movie looked good, I can imagine the BD should look even better.
Beauty and the Beast is coming in October. A recent flyer from Disney announced it.
Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are coming, just not this March. I expect them to be released in December in time for gift giving for the holidays.
Dumbo was postponed with no new release date announced. It could come this year or next.
(Dumbo was previously postponed on DVD two separate times as well...so I guess
Disney likes to delay that one.)
The animated Alice in Wonderland is not coming to Blu-ray, Tim Burton's Alice is coming in June.
Lion King has always been scheduled for an October 2011 release. It was scheduled for Fall of 2011 nearly 3 years ago.
Bambi is supposed to be the Spring release in 2011.
Tron makes perfect sense for a Blu-ray release, it was one of Disney's first special edition DVD's,
the 1080p transfer is already complete and restored, and the film has a sequel to tie into this December. So a November release is VERY likely, though not yet official.
Because I got my Encom security badge in the mail yesterday, it was pretty inevitable that I was going to watch Tron last night. Still an AWESOME movie. It's quite a puzzle why this didn't catch on like wildfire when it came out. It was basically that era's Avatar. It still looks so amazing and unique. The most incredible part is that we've all seen live action characters superimposed into a gamey CGI background in plenty of places, but I've never seen them fit so naturally as they do in Tron. It REALLY feels like they inhabit that space, even though that reality is so completely alien. Tron is a landmark achievment (that inspired John Lasseter to explore CGI animation) and deserves the respect of every film fan.
anyone else think Disney is really starting to drop the ball with their release schedule? I see no reason why Dumbo had to be postponed (they didn't even swap it with another title like say, Alice in Wonderland to tie in with the new movie... that at least would have made some sense)
and the Disney animated library is over 40 titles by now, they need to increase the rate of releases, because 2 a year is just way too long to have to wait for the lesser titles (we all know the big 10 or 15 will be the first ones to hit, but some of us are fans of the less received titles like Hunchback or Fox and the Hound... why do we have to wait until 2022 to get those??
I have no problem with disney sticking to their 2 platnum titles a year (those titles that are deemed cream of the crop in the disney library) but would it kill them the sprinkle in a release or two of the second and third teir titles between the platinum releases?
when it comes to their animated films, disney seems to have a rule that only certian titles are deemed worthy of a high def release
Disney really screwed up with Fantasia. Now they have no Diamond Edition for this Spring.
Alice In Wonderland isn't coming to Blu Ray nor a having a Diamond Edition. Disney is re-releasing it at the end of this month on DVD and that's the next time we'll see a release for it anytime soon. And Dumbo won't be a Diamond Edition.
I REALLY hope Tron has reference or near reference picture & sound; this film, next to the Alien Anthology are THE two most important Blu-ray releases for me. I hope there are plenty of extras too, just in time for Legacy ;D
@magicpod: I do too, but it seems I heard that they will only be transferring a film print so it will be fairly grainy, a la The Last Starfighter. I hope that's not the case and they can do a digital-to-digital transfer, but I'm not sure that technology to set it up for that existed at the time Tron was made.
If it's done properly, "Tron" should look great, regardless of the minor issues on the source print. I felt the 20th Anniversary DVD edition was one of the best packages on the format, and if they stay true to the source used for that transfer, I don't really think they can go wrong. Very excited about this one...As for "Tron Legacy," I'm a little skeptical as to what that's going to be like. Visuals on the trailer look impressive, and they've got Bridges and Boxleitner back...hopefully it will be a good movie that can own up to its predecessor, and not just some special-effects laden 3-D garbage, that you watch once and never bother with again...
Cool!! Very awesome news to finally see that The Lion King has a blu-ray release date! ...But, October 2011 is a very long time from now and this is going to be a long wait because The Lion King is that awesome!!!!
The problem for "The Lion King" is... will the Theatrical Version be the corrected version? When the Platinum DVD was released, most of the scenes in the Theatrical version contained the re-animated scenes that were done for the Special Edition instead of the original sequences (a scene that was replaced with a song has been left intact, though). This upsets me, since each version should be left alone.
fett: TRON was shot 65MM so it should be fairly clean and with low grain.
Digital transfers can only exist from films that were either scanned and postproduced digitally (digital IP, which has only existed in the few years), shot completely digital (like the last 2 Star Wars films) or CG animated like any Pixar films. Disney features animated using the CAPS system, such as LION KING would be direct digital.
I have the 2-Disc, and it has a LOT of bonus features. I'm not sure all of them would be ported over. So, if you want more supplemental material I'd suggest picking it up since it officially went out of print this month.
doubt beauty and the beat will be released october 2011, from what i know, they are timing the 3d release to its 20th anniversary, which should be november 2011, unless they are still targeting a valentines release. in that case, the october bluray seems appropriate.
this was from an older press release from around October from Disney
"Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on October 6, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney’s most treasured titles, including: Beauty and the Beast; Fantasia and Fantasia 2000; The Lion King; Bambi; Cinderella; Lady and the Tramp; The Little Mermaid; Peter Pan; The Jungle Book; 101 Dalmatians; Sleeping Beauty; and Pinocchio."
and goes on to say
"Two titles will be selected each year, including Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia in 2010, as Blu-ray Diamond editions, each title will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time."
as for Tron, it doesn't surprise me since it's an older film and the new one is coming out.