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MARCH 1-15, 2005: NEWS ARCHIVES

March 15, 2005 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment has just issued one massive sales announcement that lays out many of the upcoming Disney DVDs that we've been wondering about. The announcement contains information on Cinderella, July 12th's Disneyland DVDs, August's live action catalogue, upcoming direct-to-video films Lilo & Stitch 2 and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween, the new Timeless Tales series of cartoon shorts, the next Disney Princess wave, DVD releases of 7 Disney Channel Original Movies including the Halloweentown trilogy, Season 1 sets of Touchstone Television hits "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives", and those previously-mentioned Touchstone and Miramax Special Editions. Read all here.

By now, you've probably had a bit of fun with The Incredibles' utterly-pleasing 2-disc set. But there's more fun to be had at the secret section of the official DVD website. An exclusive wallpaper, an index of Easter eggs, a deleted scene not on the DVD and more await you once you enter the secret code. (Hint: Pay attention to the telephone number on Mirage's card in the film or visit Weather.com.)

May 24th has been set as the day that Pooh's Heffalump Movie comes to DVD. On disc, the latest big screen adventure will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. It will be accompanied by the featurette "Welcome to the Family, Lumpy", a Hide 'n Seek set-top game, Disney's song selection, and a couple of DVD-ROM treats. See the press release.

Finally, a press release has been posted for Sacred Planet, the IMAX format ode to Planet Earth which comes to DVD in three weeks.

The Incredibles comes to DVD this week!

The Incredibles is now available on DVD as a 2-Disc Collector's Edition!
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Coming to Theaters has been updated with new Herbie: Fully Loaded pictures and a new preview of The Greatest Game Ever Played.

A new issue of UD's newsletter has just been sent out. To read it and subscribe, click here.

March 14, 2005 - Those in the Los Angeles area may be interested in a special The Incredibles DVD signing event at the Virgin Megastore on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard tomorrow night. Story supervisor Mark Andrews and composer Michael Giacchino will be on hand to meet fans and sign DVDs, and attendees can win a variety of Incredibles prizes. See this thread for more details.

A new week means a new weekly update video (WMV, 961 kb) from snowhite8 on this week's big Disney DVD release!

Disney has opened up the official Cinderella DVD website at CinderellaDVD.com, though there's nothing there but the trailer that's been turning up on DVDs since the beginning of the year.

Over in UD's International DVD Forum, Ric-mx is reaching out to inform another audience of Disney's DVDs with his new series Disney DVD en Espańol. In the first installment, there is an overview of US discs of the animated classics for Spanish-speaking viewers. This column is in English, but the series will be bilingual.

Despite direct competition in the family film market from Fox and Blue Sky's Robots, estimates say that The Pacifier sustained only a 40% drop to bring in an additional $18 million at the weekend box office. This Vin Diesel comedy (with a $54 million gross to date) will be joined in theaters this Friday by the 4th Disney film of the year: Ice Princess. Both are expected to come to DVD this summer.

March 13, 2005 - Sunday's New York Times has an interesting read on Disney's remakes. The article specifically looks at how Herbie: Fully Loaded and Tim Allen's The Shaggy Dog depart from the original films. There are some interesting tidbits to be found, from Dean Jones cameos to the new Swiss Family Robinson and a Tron sequel.

March 12, 2005 - Aaron Wallace has reviewed the "Felicity" Senior Year DVD Collection, housing the 4th and final season of Touchstone's hour-long drama. The set provides a conclusion and then an atypical time-bending extension due to changed network plans. In spite of a healthy offering of bonus features, the show is deemed lackluster. Only diehard fans seeking completion will likely take notice.

Vanguard Animation's CGI comedy "Valiant" will be distributed in the US by Disney.

Though we just learned of Valiant's delay here, there is now an official website in the UK, where the film is still set to open on March 25th. For now, the elaborately-designed site provides some wallpapers, a screensaver, a photo gallery, and a larger version of the 70-second trailer that's been around for a while. The American equivalent of the URL still only redirects to the Walt Disney Pictures homepage.

March 11, 2005 - That didn't take long! Pooh's Heffalump Movie, the well-reviewed but minimally-seen latest Hundred Acre Wood outing, will come to DVD in late May. Here's our first look at the cover and disc art:

Pooh's Heffalump Movie - click for larger view Pooh's Heffalump Movie disc art -- click for larger view Vintage Mickey: click for larger view

There's a bit of new information about the four newly-announced DVDs coming on July 12th. As you might have deduced, they're timed to coincide with Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. We've just posted the Vintage Mickey cover art, which now gives us covers and some information on 3 of the 4 scheduled discs. (The 90-minute Mickey DVD will contain "Steamboat Willie" and other classic Mickey shorts.) All we have on the fourth is the title (The Secrets, Stories, and Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth) and SRP. More details to come on these four and all other newly-discovered releases.

This shouldn't surprise anyone considering the complete lack of promotion there's been thus far, but according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, Disney's upcoming Valiant (which was scheduled to open in theaters on April 15th) has been bumped back four months and will now arrive August 19th. This G-rated, Vanguard-produced computer animated comedy centers on British carrier pigeons in World War II.

Cover art has been added for Touchstone Television's Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season, coming in mid-September.

March 10, 2005 - Thanks to Amazon.com, we have a pretty complete slate of the Disney DVDs due to arrive this summer and fall. Each is now up for preorder at 30% off (or more) and will automatically be adjusted if prices are lowered. One that's anticipated as much as any is the long-awaited Cinderella: Platinum Edition (35% off) on October 4th, the 6th 2-disc set in the line and the last Disney animated classic to arrive on DVD. The reported collector's gift set on the way is not yet listed on the site.

The next catalogue wave in August brings some live action films from the early Walt Disney and post-Walt periods in the way of Johnny Tremain (1957), Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960), The Boatniks (1970), and The World's Greatest Athlete (1973).

Coming August 30th is the promising direct-to-video sequel Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, of which you can view screencaps here.

July 12th brings a variety of Disney titles we're hearing about for the first time, including the low-priced compilation discs The Best of the Original Mickey Mouse Club (of Walt's daily mid-'50s program) and The Best of Britney, Justin and Christina (the early '90s Disney Channel revival), plus Vintage Mickey and a Disneyland disc entitled The Secrets, Stories, and Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth.

Lumpy the Heffalump returns for the direct-to-video feature Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie on September 13th. Three other holiday-themed films make their way to Disney DVD same day, in the Halloweentown Double Feature (housing the Disney Channel Original movies Halloweentown and Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge) and third and latest entry of the series Halloweentown High.

Also due in September are the previously-mentioned two new Disney Princess DVDs Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Volume 2 - Enchanted Tea Party and Disney Princess Stories: Volume 3 - Beauty Shines from Within (9/6) and 6-disc sets containing the debut seasons of Touchstone's popular TV series "Desperate Housewives" (9/20) and "Lost" (9/6).

Lastly, there's also the next Baby Einstein title Baby Wordsworth (July 19), preschool series launcher Little Einstein: Our Big Huge Adventure on August 23, the Barbie and potentially Lohan-themed My Scene Goes Hollywood (August 30), and the first two discs of a new series called Timeless Tales (Vol. 1, Vol. 2) debuting August 16th.

Specifications and special features on most of these are still to be announced, and we'll have more details for you as they come in. For now, enjoy the often-short-lived 30% discounts at Amazon.com!

The Best of The Mickey Mouse Club The Mickey Mouse Club: The Best Of Britney, Justin & Christina Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Volume 2 - Enchanted Tea Party

New cover art for the three DVDs above: The Best of the (Original) Mickey Mouse Club, The Mickey Mouse Club: The Best of Britney, Justin & Christina, Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Volume 2, plus "Lost" Season 1 box art, My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie's cover, and a new title graphic for Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.


Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, "A Whole New World", and Maleficent. Over the past two years, UltimateDisney.com readers have named these the best of Disney's animated classics, live action films, songs, and villains, respectively. This spring, the site will be conducting a fifth poll and countdown and you can help decide what the subject will be. Check out this thread to give feedback on some proposed ideas or come up with your own.

March 9, 2005 - A much more upbeat review looks at Finding Neverland, Miramax's delightful PG-rated drama that looks at what inspired author J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. While the DVD isn't a universal triumph, the film is.

The subject of today's new DVD review presents high school life in California in a rather different fashion. "Popular": The Complete Second Season houses the hour-long WB dramedy's final 21 episodes in a 6-disc set. Offering a blend of bitter personalities, teary-eyed drama, and a bit of the bizarre, "Popular" is an uneven and mostly unsavory viewing experience.

Cover art for That Darn Cat! has been revised and yes, "Hayley" is now spelled correctly.

March 8, 2005 - In a brand new video feature for UD, snowhite8 takes a look at new and upcoming DVD releases. (Windows Media, 768 KB)

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March 7, 2005 - In the first of three new detailed reviews of this week's Buena Vista television DVD box sets, we look at "Sweet Valley High": The Complete First Season. Adapted from the popular book series, this syndicated half-hour show plays its silly stories straightfaced in its debut year. It's centered on Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, twin sisters who look alike but act very differently. The 3-disc set offers a basic and unimpressive presentation, and the 22 episodes will be most diverting for those who tuned in ten years ago.

March 6, 2005 - Despite less than glowing reviews, The Pacifier calmed the competition and handily took home the top spot at the weekend box office, bringing in an estimated $30.2 million in its first three days. Its gross exceeded most expectations, providing Disney with their first #1 place for in nearly four months and easily their biggest earner of the year so far.

March 4, 2005 - Disney has just issued a press release for the second wave of Walt Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites DVDs. Each of May's three discs in the series compiles 8 vintage shorts and carries a low suggested retail price of $14.99. Volume 5 (Extreme Sports Fun) loses "Soccermania" from the international release of the same title, but picks up Mickey's Polo Team and Goofy shorts centering around football, basketball, and baseball. Volume 6 (Extreme Music Fun) and Volume 7 (Extreme Adventure Fun) haven't been released anywhere yet and their selections match the theme of their titles. See the press release for full contents.

No surprises in the finally-available press release for May 3rd's fully-loaded Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition. This long-awaited 2-disc set will house everything that resides on the film's international Special Edition DVDs and most of what was on its deluxe laserdisc.

The Pacifier opens in theaters today. In this PG-rated family/ action/comedy from Walt Disney Pictures, Vin Diesel plays Shane Wolf, a Navy SEAL assigned to protect a suburban family of five kids. (More on the film.) Early reviews of the film are mixed, with the consensus being slightly skewed to the negative. Nonetheless, the film could become Disney's first #1 at the box office since their two hits last November. Most screenings of The Pacifier will be preceded by the revved-up first trailer for Herbie: Fully Loaded; you can download this now from Yahoo! Movies. (Thanks to MickeyMousePal!)

In the popular Baby Einstein video series for toddlers, Baby Monet: Discovering the Seasons is the 17th entry. But it's the first one to get reviewed at UltimateDisney.com.

March 3, 2005 - In our latest installment of "Touching on Touchstone", Aaron Wallace enthusiastically recommends Ladder 49, a PG-13-rated firefighter drama starring Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta which comes to DVD next Tuesday.

February's Most Popular DVDs on UltimateDisney.com
Top Sellers
1) Bambi: Platinum Edition
2) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
3) Porco Rosso
4) The Cat Returns
5) The Chronological Donald: Vol. 1
6) The Lion King: Platinum Edition
7) Walt Disney on the Front Lines
8) Sleeping Beauty
9) Behind the Scenes at the Disney Studio
10) Tomorrowland
11) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
12) The Little Mermaid
13) The Complete Pluto: Volume 1
14) Starring Chip 'N Dale
15) Beauty and the Beast
16) Home Improvement: Season 1
17) Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary
18) Pinocchio
19) Disneyland USA
20) Mulan II
Top Preorders
1) Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition
2) The Incredibles: 2-Disc Collector's Edition
3) Home Improvement: Season 2
4) JoJo's Circus: Animal A Go-Go
5) The Golden Girls: Season 2
6) Summer Magic
7) JoJo's Circus: Take a Bow!
8) Extreme Sports Fun
9) Million Dollar Duck
10) Tarzan II

March 2, 2005 - Four new stills of menus and bonus features from the National Treasure DVD have been posted here. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adventure, which was Disney's second highest-grossing film of 2004, comes to disc on May 3rd.

Disney has opened up an official Tarzan II website, which for now only includes a goofy-looking preview, our first sneak peek at June's direct-to-video midquel.

A variety of news from USA Today, TVShowsonDVD.com, and elsewhere has filled in some more details on upcoming Buena Vista television releases. The first two seasons of "Moonlighting", the hour-long '80s Cybill Shepherd/Bruce Willis detective series, will arrive on May 31st from Lions Gate with commentaries and more. It was initially planned for release by BV last year. Meanwhile, there's been more extras talk on ABC's big first season hits "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives", both planned as 6-disc sets due in September. For full details on all three shows, visit our Television Shows section.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will be releasing another animated series as a DVD season set, but it's not a Disney one. It's "Fantastic Four": The Complete 1994-95 Season, a four-disc set housing 574 minutes worth of episodes that will be released on July 5th, which coincidentally is three days before the theatrical release of Fox's live action Fantastic Four feature. Cover art's posted here.

More info has come in on Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, which will air on the Disney Channel in April and come to DVD on May 10th. In this made-for-TV adventure, Kim is again up against Dr. Drakken, while her best friend Ron Stoppable dabbles in Diablo Devil toys. On disc, So the Drama will be presented as an extended edition (including unaired scenes) in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1. Bonus features will include music videos by Jesse McCartney ("Get Your Shine On") and Kim's voice Christy Carlson Romano ("Could It Be"), more deleted scenes, and a never-before-seen episode from the half-hour series (now winding down its popular three-season run). See revised cover art here.


Bambi: Platinum Edition comes to DVD this week!

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Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
The Incredibles - Pleasing in every way, from cinematic excellence to digital perfection, with a wealth of great supplements thrown in for good measure.
Bambi: Platinum Edition - While lighter in supplements than past Platinums, this set offers much insight to the final chapter of "Early Disney" and the film looks and sounds better than any other Disney film from its era on DVD.
Porco Rosso - Miyazaki's film about a mustachioed pig wins you over with a blend of character drama and action.
Disneymania in Concert - Pop stars remix beloved Disney songs on stage.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - Miyazaki's early '80s epic is given a great DVD release.
Dinosaur: Collector's Edition - The ambitious production wows you with state-of-the-art visuals and bores you with a humdrum story and standstill center. Still, with hours of great bonus material and first-rate picture and sound, it's one of Disney's most oustanding DVDs.
The Cat Returns - Less mystic and open to interpretation than films by Miyazaki who produced but did not direct this one. While it's simple, it's also well-written and rather charming.

Recent Touchstone and Miramax Reviews:
"Ellen": The Complete Season Two - A&E's three-disc set offers satisfactory presentation of this hilarious Touchstone sitcoms' second year.
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys - Pals says, This all-new movie won't disappoint fans of the Pokémon show.

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