Like many families, we’re expanding our Blu-ray library. While streaming of TV content works for us as a family, for our movie experience we want a richer experience. We love the pristine HD picture and sound quality the Blu-ray format offers. We also enjoy the extras that are included which are generally not included with a streamed or downloaded movie.
Walt Disney Studios films already occupy a huge portion of our home video collection and with the release of five iconic Disney animated films today, August 21, 2012, it will be expanding.
Disney Animated Movies Released to on 8/21/12
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I was a teenager in 1977 when this movie was released in the theatres and much too cool to see it. I finally did catch it in 2003 when it released to DVD with my own children and it became a favorite. It’s paired with its 1990 sequel for even more family fun. The special Blu-ray features include: “Peoplitis” deleted song; The Making of “Rescuers Down Under;” “Three Blind Mouseketeers” animated short; Water-Birds, A Walt Disney True Life Adventure documentary; “Someone’s Waiting For You” Sing-Along.
Originally released in theatres in 1970, and yes, I saw it at the drive-in, this film was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and written by Larry Clemmons. This animated film is Rated G and runs for approximately 79 minutes. The new bonus features include “The Lost Open,” a featurette with Richard Sherman which takes viewers through the film’s storyboards of including a never-before-seen alternate beginning which introduces a deleted character and a deleted song “How Much You Mean To Me” and “Court Me Slowly” which were written and performed by the Sherman brothers.
LADY AND THE TRAMP II: Scamp’s Adventure – Special Edition
Starring Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano, like all of the films released today, it’s the first time this title has been released on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital. The special features include The Making of Lady and Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure; Sing-Along.
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I wrote a more complete review earlier this week – read: Disney’s POCAHONTAS and POCAHONTAS II Movie Collection on Blu-ray 8/21. The Blu-ray debut features new bonus material including “Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha,” which is a fascinating featurette showcasing the behind-the-scenes details of how Walt Disney and his team originally worked on developing a full-length animated feature called “Hiawatha.” It was their work on that project which ultimately influenced the development of “Pocahontas.”
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I had the amazing pleasure of meeting the voice talent who plays Tigger duing a press event last year. Jim Cummings is fabulously talented and watching him go in and out of character was a real treat. Not only that, but he’s a quick wit and incredibly funny (read about the interview and check out a video taken at the event – read: Interview With Jim Cummings and Tom Kenny of Winnie the Pooh). Now I have a whole new appreciation of the Winnie the Pooh movie franchise. Plus, I got the chance to record Piglet’s voice in a film clip (see my attempt here: My Piglet Recording Session ) and I learned that voice work isn’t as easy as one would assume!
There are two all-new features in this Blu-ray release: Disney Intermission—the gang of the Hundred Acre Wood takes over your TV screen when the movies is paused plus the featurette “A Tigger Tale” where the filmmakers share how Tigger’s literary and film history influenced “The Tigger Movie.”
Pick up these films at major retailers or online and add them to your home Blu-ray collection soon!