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UltimateDisney.com: The Ultimate Guide to Disney DVD
JANUARY 16-31, 2005: NEWS ARCHIVES

New Disney DVDs: Mulan II, America's Heart & Soul
Tuesday's New Releases
2004 Buena Vista films Mr. 3000 and Shall We Dance?
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January 31, 2005 - The official website for the Annie Awards has been updated with a complete list of the winners. In addition to The Incredibles' 10 awards, Disney was honored with Best Home Entertainment Production (The Lion King 1½), Best Short (the Oscar-nominated Lorenzo), and a Special Achievement award for the Disney On the Front Lines DVD release.

Our new DVD review looks at tomorrow's DVD release of the original Japanese Shall We Dance?, a PG-rated film distributed by Miramax.

January 30, 2005 - The 32nd Annual Annie Awards were held tonight and the big winner was...The Incredibles, what else? Going into the night, Pixar's latest film led all contenders with sixteen nominations in The International Animated Film Society's yearly honoring of achievement in television and film animation. The film took home the awards for Best Animated Feature, Music, and Production Design, while Brad Bird was honored as Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Voice Acting (for his performance as Edna Mode). For more info, see ABC News' report.

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January 29, 2005 - Unsurprising information, but worth mentioning: the MPAA has assigned a "G" rating to the upcoming direct-to-video Tarzan II. The Pacifier has received a "PG" for action violence, language, and rude humor.

January 28, 2005 - Our latest DVD review looks at Touchstone's Mr. 3000, a PG-13 comedy which stars Bernie Mac as a 47-year-old former slugger who returns to pro baseball in an effort to get three hits and reclaim his milestone. This film disappeared from theaters too quickly last fall, but the DVD which will be released on Tuesday earns a recommendation.

Aliens of the Deep, James Cameron's new 3-D underwater exploration film opens in 27 IMAX theaters across the US today. (More on the film / Reviews)

January 27, 2005 - Disney has released a bit of extras information on the Special Edition re-release of their 1998 remake The Parent Trap due May 31st. The disc will contain a gag reel, a Visual Effects featurette, an audio commentary with director/screenwriter Nancy Meyers and screenwriter/producer Charles Shyer, and an apparently new "Look Back at the Making of The Parent Trap." Not surprisingly at all, it appears to lose the one extra from the first DVD, the film's theatrical trailer. The Parent Trap (1998) Special Edition can be preordered for $13.99 at Amazon.com.

Amazon.com indicates that the April 5th DVD release of Disney's IMAX documentary Sacred Planet will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with bonus features to include a making-of featurette, a director's commentary, and the "Our Sacred Planet" music video. Suggested retail price is $19.99.

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January 26, 2005 - Nominees for the 77th Annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday, and outside of a healthy showing of films from their Miramax branch, Disney scored 4 nominations for Pixar's The Incredibles and a Best Short nod for "Lorenzo." See this thread for a full list of nominees and discussion.

We have added the very cool but not final cover artwork for Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama to our Upcoming Cover Art section.

Oscar winner and screen legend Paul Newman celebrates his 80th birthday today. Newman has a starring role in Pixar's next film Cars and a press release from Disney reveals some new information about the film's plot and characters. We've updated our Cars preview with this information.

January 25, 2005 - Early specs sent to retailers on National Treasure reveal that this May 3rd release will be just a single disc with no DTS track. Director Jon Turteltaub will provide optional audio commentary on deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and an opening scene animatic, but not the film itself. Four featurettes round out the disc: "National Treasure on Location", "Treasure Hunters Revealed", "The Knights Templar", and "Riley's Decode This!" which is accompanied by 3 puzzling challenges. Expect a press release soon and you can preorder National Treasure now at 35% off from Amazon.com.

Over 100 DVDs of Disney and other Buena Vista movies are undergoing price drops this spring. See this thread for the full list.

Pictures from the Mulan II DVD Launch Party held last Saturday in Los Angeles have been posted on the forum.

January 24, 2005 - As we mentioned last Friday, May 31st will see the DVD debut of Get a Clue, the 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Lindsay Lohan. Of greater interest and coming the same day is a Special Edition of Lohan's 1998 remake The Parent Trap with Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson. Nothing has been announced, but we expect this re-release to include a new anamorphic widescreen transfer as well as the bonus material that was issued on laserdisc. Amazon.com has both of these Lohan DVDs up for preorder at $13.99 each (30% off the $19.99 SRP): The Parent Trap (1998) Special Edition, Get a Clue.

Also newly added to Amazon at the same discount: 1993's Heidi (May 3) and Kim Possible: So the Drama an upcoming TV movie which will air in April and make its DVD debut on May 10th. See our Upcoming Release Schedule for all known details on Disney's DVDs through the end of May.

Aaron Wallace weighs in with a new review of Ellen: The Complete Season One, the Touchstone Television sitcom which has come to DVD from A&E Home Video.

January 23, 2005 - The Disney Channel Movie Surfers website has posted a 5-minute segment which previews several Disney films of 2005, offering fleeting glimpses at The Pacifier, Ice Princess, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Sky High, Chicken Little and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Be warned that the high-bandwidth QuickTime download is 55 MB.

Meanwhile, we have put together our own preview of Valiant, a Disney-distributed computer animated film about World War II carrier pigeons. The film, which is produced by Vanguard Animation, is set to open in theaters this April, though there's been little ado thus far.

January 22, 2005 - Voiceover man Brian Fairlee has posted a 30-second MP3 file of a preview for the upcoming direct-to-video feature Kronk's New Groove on his website. Though it doesn't reveal much, it does provide our first soundbites from the film.

We have just posted the fourth and final installment of 2004: Year in Review, which is really more of a "2005: Year in Preview."

January 21, 2005 - Tonight's new DVD review looks at Mulan II, the first of five direct-to-video features Disney is expected to release in 2005. This follow-up features capable animation, a voice cast that mostly returns, and effort that shows. And yet, the film is passably entertaining at best and mediocre at worst. The elements are in place for a better than average sequel, but in spite of its aspirations, the film seems pretty content to settle for a light and predictable romantic comedy air. Read the full review.

May's catalogue titles are now mostly up for preorder at Amazon with the release dates reversed and a 30% discount, neither of which is likely to last long: That Darn Cat! (1965), Summer Magic (1963), and In Search of the Castaways (1962).

Right before Herbie: Fully Loaded hits theaters, Disney will be promoting the DVDs of star Lindsay Lohan. Included in this promotion will be the debut of Lohan's 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie Get a Clue on May 31st. (This may be pushed back to coincide with Herbie's delay.) Cover art for Get a Clue and Scrubs: The Complete First Season have been posted.

Even though we already knew this and more, Disney's newly-released information on Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition confirms that the 2-disc set will contain two versions of the film.

Cover art for four new catalogue DVDs coming on May 3, 2005. Click for larger view.

January 20, 2005 - Hayley Mills fans, rejoice! May 3rd will not only bring the original 1965 film That Darn Cat! as previously stated, but also the Region 1 DVD debuts of In Search of the Castaways (1962) and Summer Magic (1963). As mentioned earlier, the Disney Channel's 1993 telemovie Heidi will make its way to DVD as well. No technical specs or bonus features have been announced, but each will carry an SRP of $19.99. You can take a look at the cover art (hopefully these will be changed to spell "Hayley" correctly) here. Between these catalogue titles, Pocahontas, and National Treasure, May's first Tuesday is shaping up quite nicely for Disney DVD fans.

Disney has released a 2-minute "sizzle reel" for Herbie: Fully Loaded, providing a first glimpse at this series-revitalizer coming to theaters in June. Click here to view (QuickTime, 21 MB).

January 19, 2005 - At last, Disney has issued a press release for The Incredibles: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD, which definitely looks like a winner.

We have just posted Part 3 of our 2004: Year in Review, which reveals our picks for the Top 10 Disney DVDs of last year, as well as the best direct-to-video debuts, the most-read site reviews, and the overall and international top-selling DVDs on the site. Check it out now.

Menus for next month's Miyazaki DVDs Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Porco Rosso, and The Cat Returns have been posted.

Posters for The Pacifier, Ice Princess, and Herbie: Fully Loaded have been added to the Coming to Theaters page.

An update on May's DVD debut of the Touchstone Television series "Scrubs": bonus features will include never-before-seen dream sequences, audio commentaries, and a retrospective documentary.

January 18, 2005 - Amazon.com once again has The Incredibles: 2-Disc Collector's Edition up for preorder. This time, they have the release date right (March 15th) and it is discounted at 40% off retail price. For more details on this highly-anticipated DVD and its hours of extras, see this thread. Disney's 2nd biggest box office hit of 2004, National Treasure is also up for preorder, with a May 3rd release date and a 35% discount. Press releases on these are yet to come.

The Aladdin II & III Collection comes to DVD this week!

The Aladdin II & III Collection is released this week. This 2-DVD set contains both The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
Read our review.

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January 17, 2005 - Some exciting Disney DVD news today! The long-awaited 2-disc Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition will arrive on May 3, 2005 and is now up for preorder (30% off) at Amazon. While no formal press releases has been issued, international releases of this set have clued us in on what to expect. Click here for what's expected to be included on this remastered re-release.

We have just posted the colorful cover art for April's catalogue titles: Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, The Barefoot Executive, and The Million Dollar Duck, plus a revised cover for National Treasure, which is due to arrive on May 3rd.

Title logo for "Tarzan II", a new sequel coming to DVD Summer 2005. Title logo for "Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch", a new sequel coming to DVD Fall 2005. Title logo for "Kronk's New Groove", a new sequel coming to DVD in 2005.

Some direct-to-video sequel news. The follow-up to The Emperor's New Groove is now being called Kronk's New Groove and is expected before the year's end. Tarzan II, a "midquel" set during Tarzan's youth in the jungle, is slated for Summer 2005. Lilo & Stitch 2 has taken on the rhyming subtitle Stitch Has a Glitch; it is due in the fall. We have screencaps from its first preview here on the forum.

On May 17th, two weeks after Pocahontas, we'll see two new box sets for Touchstone television comedies: "The Golden Girls" Season 2 and "Scrubs" Season 1. No word yet if the next installments of "Home Improvement" and "Boy Meets World" will join them as planned.

The long-awaited second installment of 2004: Year in Review summarizes last year's Disney DVDs by looking at three trends - one good, one bad, and one unimportant.

January 16, 2005 - Our latest DVD review looks at the Aladdin II & III Collection, a 2-pack which comes out Tuesday. At last, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves come to DVD. These films, Disney's earliest direct-to-video works, are far from their worst; while crudely animated, they offer laughs, adventure, and sufficient storylines. What's disappointing: the set is quite light on extras (mostly just games) and King of Thieves has been misframed in widescreen. Still, the mild entertainment these sequels provide makes them well worth a look. Read our full review.

Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
The Great Locomotive Chase - Walt's excellent Civil War adventure released without extras and disappointing video, but at least it's in Cinemascope.
• Classic Cartoon Favorites - Volume 1: Starring Mickey, Volume 2 - Starring Donald, Volume 3: Starring Goofy and Volume 4 - Starring Chip 'n Dale: Low-priced discs offering a solid hour of vintage animated shorts with satisfying video and audio quality. Perfect for casual fans or as an introduction.
Where the Red Fern Grows - It's hard to tell that this genuinely satisfying new adaptation stemmed from a troubled production.

Touching on Touchstone Reviews:
The Village: Vista Series - Atmospheric but shallow, Shayamalan's weakest suspense yet relies on style and twists more than substance. Light on extras too.
The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan - Elaborate, gimmicky Sci Fi Channel documentary is not what it purports to be, nor is it insightful or rewarding.

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