On February 7th, Walt Disney Studios will street the new Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition Blu-ray in retailers across the country. However, the studio has been sending out review discs over the past two weeks - this link connects to Blu-ray.com reviewer Kenneth Brown's insights on the film - and these advance copies contain an insert teasing Disney's 2012 Blu-ray slate.
Listed in chronological Blu-ray release order, the titles include:
- Aladdin Diamond Edition (Note: This information is located on the Lady and the Tramp "Blu-ray Guide")
With the exception of the The Lion King 1½ and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride sets, no technical and supplementary details are known for the aforementioned films other than the fact that Disney will offer all titles in Blu-ray combo packs.
In other news, the insert also indicates that both Bambi and Beauty and the Beast will go back in the Disney Vault on April 30th, 2012.
I will definetely buy Cinderella, The Rescuers and The Aristocats. I will also buy Pocahontas but I hope they put the cheapquel in a separate disc. I hate that Disney is pairing great films with crappy ones. The most welcome news is the Diamond Edition of Aladdin. I don't care too much for The Rescuers Down Under but I can live with it because at least is part of the official animated canon.
VERY disappointed that Pocahontas isn't receiving a Diamond Edition Blu-ray and that it's instead being paired with its mediocre DTV sequel. All of Disney's "Classic" and "Masterpiece" films deserve the Diamond Edition (I believe they ended with the line with Disney's Tarzan), in my opinion. Irregardless, I'm still gonna buy it 'cause I love the first film. I'm definitely down with Aladdin and The Rescuers 2-pack, too. Can't wait for eventual releases of Tarzan, Mulan, The Little Mermaid Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Pocahontos, GREAT! But does Disney remember that it also made live-action films? Mary Poppins for one. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Black Hole, Old Yeller, The Happiest Millionaire (which was a Roadshow), The Absent Minded Professor, ect. Sad these greats aren't coming out (so far). I think Walt would be disappointed these are being ignored.
Looking at the trailer reminded me how much I hate the Direct-To-Video sequels Pocahontas, Rescuers, & Rescuers Down Under are all great films that deserve individual releases. I really don't like this trend of collections
I think it's lame to have Pocahontas as a two movie set.. the only thing that should have those would be the Lilo & Stitch sequels.. the original theatrical movies should get their own seperate release
basically only thing I won't get is Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3
I can almost understand adding "Fox and the Hound 2" to Fox and the Hound". The original was a nice little film. But to thrown in the Pocahauntas sequel with a really good film is just stupid. I'm wondering why they bother at all. Are they getting scads of mail asking, "Where's those Direct to Video sequels???'
I upped you. I think Pocahontas deserves a Diamond Edition as well. Disney was on a hot streak (mostly) starting w/ The Little Mermaid and through The Hunchback of Notre Dame. All of those should be Diamonds IMO (except Rescuers Down Under). Glad to see they added Aladdin to the Diamond list at least.
The bluray format will be extinct before Disney get around to release all their classics. ;-) It's a pain knowing you have to wait a year for Aladdin and even more for Tarzan. Yeah, and it's a mistake releasing both Pocahontas movies in a double pack.
Robin Hood and the Jungle Book are my two favourites and there is not a sniff about them! I think this "back in the safe" idea is stupid, once they are out anyone can find a copy if they look hard enough!
It's gonna be a great summer with Rescuers Down Under on blu. Good to know Aladdin is finally in the works. I'm surprised there's no news yet on a Finding Nemo blu-ray coinciding with the 3D theatrical release this fall. I would guess Little Mermaid gets a 2013 release along with its 3D theatrical release. Other than that my most anticipated announcement would have to be Tarzan. That would truly look amazing in high def.
Wow this is a lot of comments. Lol. Ok, here's my 2 cents.
I will ignore Lady and the Tramp II because it's not part of the Disney feature animation Canon, also because it was extremely lame.
Pocahontas on blu? No complaints. Pocahontas 2 in the same case? Lame. I most likely will avoid it.
I see a few comments about Rescuers not being a good set. Let me clarify something here...
The original cleaned up for blu will look nice but its definitely a great set because you can see a huge difference in the sequel. see Rescuers Down Under was the only true sequel released by Disney feature animation and it shows. gorgeous animation, great action, its a very underrated film and I feel a blu ray release is truly justified here.
Aristocats? Really? Ugh. Whatever Disney.
By the way, these freakin' "buddies" movies, the "beverly hills Chihuahua"s, Disney please stop for the love of God. We get it, puppies are cute. Now STOP IT AND MAKE SOMETHING GOOD.
Will not get Cinderella. Yes I know, its claimed to be a masterpiece, but it's just boring to me.
Aladdin? DAY ONE.
Movies that need to be on bluray; Black Hole, Absent-Minded Professor, The Jungle Book, Lilo and Stitch, Black Cauldron, Emperor's New Groove, adventures of winnie the pooh, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, A Goofy Movie (no crappy dtv sequel with it), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
another year with apparently a total lack live action classics.
Disney truly sucks.
I'm just completely sick of this crap.
and have they already abandoned Studio Ghibli?
just pathetic schedule.
Disney is now officially my least favorite studio for bd and after 5+ years have become the biggest disappointment hands down based on what they have available to release.
I been waiting on Aladdin for a long time now for blu-ray release. Next year sound far away. Also I am waiting on" 101 Dalmatians", "The Return of Jafar", and ones of the best favorite movie of all time, "The Great Mouse Detective!"
Who cares if Pocahontas gets released with its sequel. Only a few people would ever buy that movie period, so it might as well be included. I don't care about the sequel, but honestly I might actually watch it once if it was included. Also, I do not think Pocahontas is worthy of a Diamond edition. While not a horrible movie, it is far from being a total classic in my opinion. That movie had way too many flaws. Also, the added footage with the song in the 10th anniversary edition actually made the movie better, so THAT version better be included! I have all the disney movies on DVD and I am slowly upgrading to blu-ray. I have bought every animated classic on blu ray since Sleeping Beauty, and I plan on owning all of them.
@PretyHateMachin I do care that Pocahontas gets released with its cheapquel (seriously that movie can't be called a sequel). Maybe is because I grew up with the Renaissance films (The Little Mermaid-Tarzan) and it's my favorite period in the Disney canon so I expect all of those films to be released in top notch presentations. I really like the film and while it may be not "worthy" of a Diamond Edition I think it deserves a good standalone release . After all, it won two Academy Awards (best song and best score) and has remained popular. I only hope that Disney treats it well and give it a better release than The Fox and the Hound (which has a good but underwhelming video presentation and no bonus features) with stellar picture and sound and at least all the DVD bonus material. And I agree, they better include both cuts of the film because the 10th Anniv. cut is better than the theatrical one.
Looks like I'll have to speed up my plan to buy Bambi...
Excited for Lady, Rescuers, Aristocats, Cinderella, and Aladdin. I expect Nemo to be a Fall release (they released a teaser trailer and the 3D re-release indicates a blu-ray release).
Still looking forward to: Tarzan, Emperor's New Groove, the rest of the Diamond Editions, and the older classics like Mary Poppins. Not as knockout of a year for Disney as 2011 was, but certainly not bad.
The sad thing is that, with the release of Pocahontas we confirm that Disney is going to release all its non-Diamond titles alongside its crappy cheapquels, so look forward to this two packs in the future:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame/The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2.
The Emperor's New Groove/Kronk's New Groove
Atlantis: The Lost Empire/Atlantis 2: Milo's Return
Lilo & Stitch/Lilo & Stitch 2
Brother Bear/Brother Bear 2
Fortunately Cinderella, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan and 101 Dalmatians are Diamond titles so they won't be crammed with their "sequels".
I don't get why a lot of people is getting really upset because Aladdin is going to be released in Spring 2013. I know is a long time but I rather have a top quality DIAMOND EDITION release of the film in a year than a so-so "anniversary" edition later this year that would have surely be crammed alongside its cheapquels. I'm really glad Disney reintroduced Aladdin into the Diamond Line and that they have set a release date (even though is still a distant date). People,let's enjoy what's coming this year and relax because now we know for sure that Disney will treat Aladdin as the classic it is.
"The Rescuers" may be the most under-appreciated Disney animated feature in the studio's history. It is captivating from the very first shot and the only animated feature from the studio that can match or top it since its release back in 1977 (I saw it the very first day as the projectionist in the Tanforan Theater in san Bruno, Ca.) is "Lilo & Stitch."
I'm glad Cinderella is finally coming to blu; I've been wanting that classic in my collection for a long time. I'm also very interested in Aladdin.
I still plan to buy the big box of The Lion King series and am considering both Lady and the Tramp and Beauty and the Beast. Looks as if I'll need to decide soon on that last title. (And I'm still waiting for a good sale/deal on Dumbo.)
The visual style of The Aristocats reminds me of 101 Dalmations (1961) and The Jungle Book (1967), both of which had a similar, "sketchy" style (which I've always loved) and both of which I would really like to see on blu.
In any case, Disney's on a blu-ray roll and, clearly, good things are happening.
Notice how most of the classic movies are slated for release this summer? The only ones that aren't are part of the Diamond Line and have a set schedule already.
What I mean to say, is that there are a lot of animated movies that can be released in the Fall/Winter, right before holiday season starts. 2012 isn't completely defined yet.
Also, there is a reason those movies aren't available yet. Disney is probably going to want to spread their catalog throughout the timeframe of the Diamond Edition lineup, which is supposed to end 2015/2016.
Myself? I'm personally waiting for three movies: Who framed Roger Rabbit, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Finding Nemo.
When we saw Beauty and the Beast 3D two weeks ago, there was a trailer for Finding Nemo 3D. It got cut off before the end though so I'm not sure if it's going to be fall 2012 or spring 2013. Hopefully a Blu-ray should be out shortly before or after this.
I've always thought that Disney's releasing method is incredibly selfish & self-centered. The 'Vault' idea alone presumes that humans are timeless & immortal. Disney's vanity precludes even my own selfish ranting over their methods.
I hate the Pocahontas pairing of a classic and a cheapquel. I hope they get the aspect ratios right with the Aladdin sequels if they're released at the same time as the original. I could never believe Disney didn't put out a corrected Jafar on dvd.
Where the hell is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Black Hole, The Jurt Russell Trilogy, Herbie, Darbie O'Gill and the Little People and the other live-action? How about the theatrical animated shorts while we're at it?
This list seems more like a tease than anything comprehensive. If this is all we are getting from Disney, then they must feel like 2012 is the year of the "B-list". They could at least reel us in with that "coming soon" caption and a list of films that they probably won't release for another couple years. I'm still waiting for Spirited Away to get a proper Blu release as well. Bottom line, with all Disney's genius for exploiting rabid fans, they could be doing a little more to keep us interested than just saying, 'Don't worry you'll have Cinderella before the holidays, and Aladdin next year'.
"Finding Nemo" will likely be re-released in 3D; I doubt a Blu Ray will be released in 2012. If there is a Blu Ray release, expect Disney-Pixar to have it coincide with the Christmas shopping onslaught.
C'mon Disney - how about "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"?
@ tcfiero I owned Song of the South on Laserdisc years ago...it was an import from Japan. I would kill for a remastered, HD Blu-Ray of this movie, as the animation is some of the finest ever done by the studio. I heard rumors a while back that they were contemplating releasing it under the Treasures line of DVD's, but it never came to fruition. I'm beginning to think they will never let this out of the vault because of the racial stuff. It truly is a shame.
WHY does Disney insist on reminding us that crap like Lion King 2, Pocahontas 2, Lion King 1 1/2 (really?), and Lady and the Trap 2 exists?!! Seriously, I thought we were done with this scar on Disney's record when Eisner left and Lasseter took charge, but NOW THEY'RE BEING RELEASED ON BLU-RAY??!!!! Pathetic.
On the positive side, I'm excited about Lady and the Tramp and Cinderella and am pleasantly surprised about The Rescuers I/II (that IS justifiable), The Aristocats, and Aladdin. I honestly thought it would take a lot longer for these to get their Blu-Ray debuts.
While I don't like or respect it, What Disney is doing is really smart. They take their time releasing the movies we all want, driving up the demand. Then they release them around the time the "top of the line" home video format is becoming less and less. By the time all the blurays for the good Disney movies are out, their will be something better than blu ray and they will start all over again.
Cinderella, my mom's favorite, Tinker Bell 4 - Secret of The Wings, first Disney DTV movie in 3D, not 3D CGI animated, in real 3D.
Gonna be a big year this year.
P.S. @Tns49 UP is now in 3D in UK and Germany.