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March 15, 2006 - We've updated our New & Upcoming Disney DVD Price Drops Thread with 39 Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVDs set to undergo temporary or permanent price reductions this June. Among the noteworthy titles that will be discounted are last fall's 2-Movie Collections, a number of Miramax Collectors Series discs, M. Night Shyamalan thrillers, a pair of fully loaded Lindsay Lohan DVDs, and movies that were in theaters as recently as last summer. Click here for the full list, with purchasing and review links.

In his new DVD review, Aaron Wallace looks at Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World, The History Channel's two-hour program that aired last Christmas. Without commercials, the episode comes to 89 minutes and it is accompanied by no bonuses. Still, he declares that the documentary does about as good as job as can be done in its runtime. The show looks at the astounding achievements in construction and technology for which Orlando's much-visited resort is responsible, dividing its attention among all four Florida theme parks. Boasting nicely-rendered computer graphics, insights from Disney Imagineers, and an adquately-upheld focus, this is a disc that should delight Disney parks enthusiasts and stimulate those with the slightest interest at all. Read Aaron's complete critique.

March 14, 2006 - Yet another one of Disney's animated classics has undergone a quiet discontinuation. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 25th Anniversary Edition has disappeared from Disney's retail databases and is now out of stock at Amazon.com. When one of the studio's cartoon features goes out of print without an announcement, it usually indicates a new DVD edition will be coming. However, nothing has even been rumored for Pooh and its 2002 disc left little room for improvement. Read our review.

Amazon.com has put some of June's DVDs up for preorder: Dumbo: Big Top Edition, Glory Road: Widescreen Edition, "Home Improvement": The Complete Fourth Season, and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure: Special Edition.

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March 13, 2006 - This week brings far fewer Disney DVDs than last week. In fact, the only one is Remember the Titans: Director's Cut, which just so happens to be the subject of our latest review. The high-grossing, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 2000 football drama is one of the studio's best live action films of the decade and its original release five years ago was one of the strongest discs Disney has put out. A low-priced slipcovered re-release couldn't go wrong then, right? Wrong. This new DVD loses both of the previous disc's two audio commentaries, its DTS and French tracks, and the theatrical trailer. The extended cut adds 6 minutes to the running time, mainly by re-inserting three deleted scenes. It also re-orders a number of training camp sequences and performs a few puzzling minor revisions. Our review is the one place that details a full list of Director's Cut changes and provides over a dozen screencaps from the new DVD. It also, of course, critiques the film, which is highly recommended but in its now-discontinued original release. Click here to read the full review.

March 11, 2006 - A little over a year ago, a website which specializes in Disney-related speculative journalism reported getting inside word that Song of the South would be coming to DVD this fall as a special 60th Anniversary Edition. While this source has gotten some accurate scoops in the past, we classified this Song of the South news as rumor. The story was conceivable as various signs over the past few years have pointed to Disney finally giving this 1946 live action-animated musical a North American home video release, but this source was the only place reporting a firm release window. Yesterday, at Disney's annual shareholders meeting in Anaheim, current CEO Robert Iger debunked those rumors, claiming that he screened the movie recently and holds concerns about its depictions, even considering the context in which it was made. Citing "a sensitivity that exists in today's culture", he confirmed that a decision to not re-release the film ensures that a home video release will not be occurring in the foreseeable future. (Bootleggers, rejoice!). Few other items noteworthy for Disney films and home videos emanated from the two-hour-plus proceedings. The first trailer for Pixar's Ratatouille, due in theaters June 2007, made its debut and the company announced that it would likely release films in both the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats, though its support still lies with the latter. You can listen to a webcast of the conference here.

The Shaggy D.A.: The Canine Candidate Edition is the focus of our most recent DVD review. This 1976 sequel catches up with Wilby in adulthood, as the family man vows to run for district attorney. His campaign gets sidetracked when that spirited ring turns up again and so do his transformations into a sheepdog. With a talented cast that includes Dean Jones, Tim Conway, Suzanne Pleshette, and countless other Disney regulars, Shaggy D.A. offers a bit more than the studio's typical '70s comedy, and its long-awaited DVD serves up two featurettes and a cast audio commentary. Read the full review.

Our Upcoming Cover Art page has been updated with thumbnail covers of June releases Dumbo: Big Top Edition, Glory Road, "Home Improvement": The Complete Fourth Season, and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. Details on the specs and bonus features of "Home Improvement" Season 4 and Scamp's Adventure have been added to our Upcoming Schedule page.

March 10, 2006 - Since a trailer first showed up on January's Funny Factory DVDs, people have been wondering, "Why is Dumbo receiving a new Special Edition?", "Will it be worth it to upgrade?", and so on. As posted earlier, Disney is expected to issue a full press release for this June 6th release (now being dubbed "Big Top Edition") soon, but we've managed to scrounge up some details on this single-disc re-release. While as usual there is a large open-ended "And More!", preliminary specs suggest the primary attraction may be a "New Digital Transfer." Beyond that, not much sounds new and what does isn't especially exciting. Slipcover packaging, "learning cards" for a matching game, a music video for Jim Brickman and Kassie DePaiva's "Baby Mine", and DisneyPedia: "My First Circus" are all additions. The remaining extras being touted -- the featurette "Celebrating Dumbo", a "Dumbo's Big Discovery" DVD Storybook, Sing-Along Songs, and the shorts "Elmer Elephant" and "The Flying Mouse" -- all appeared on the 60th Anniversary Edition DVD, released in October 2001. That first disc also offered a John Canemaker audio commentary, Walt Disney's TV introduction, two trailers, a sound design excerpt, an art gallery, a look at the apparently-abandoned Dumbo II, and a Michael Crawford music video of "Baby Mine." It's unclear if any of the remaining bonuses will be ported over, but hopefully the forthcoming announcement should clarify. Even if it does, this may be one to await a picture quality review on before being deemed an improvement.

Disney's latest incarnation of The Shaggy Dog opens in 3,501 theaters nationwide today. This PG-rated remake starring Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Danny Glover, Zena Grey, Spencer Breslin, and Robert Downey Jr. comes thirty years after sequel The Shaggy D.A., in which Dean Jones portrayed a lawyer similarly prone to inopportune transformation. Though reviews have been unkind, this live action comedy is expected to outdo competition and claim the weekend box office throne, which would give Walt Disney Pictures its fifth consecutive #1 opening on widely-released films, dating back to Chicken Little last November. As always, you can check out our preview of the film for an overview and pictures, plus links to view or save trailers, visit the official website, and purchase related items.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment is soon expected to formally announce a number of DVD releases coming this June: among them, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NCAA drama Glory Road, Dumbo: Big Top Edition, "Power Rangers: Mystic Force" Volume 1 - Broken Force (all for June 6th), "Home Improvement": The Complete Fourth Season (June 13th), and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure - Special Edition (June 20th). For now, we can tell you that Glory Road will be issued in separate widescreen and fullscreen versions, each offering deleted scenes, two audio commentaries (one with director James Gartner and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the other with screenwriters Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois), an Alicia Keys music video, extended interviews with the real Texas Western players, and two featurettes which include insights from the real Don Haskins, plus NBA coach Pat Riley, and former NBA player Tim Hardaway. Check back later and we'll hopefully have more news on all of the mentioned titles for you then.

March 9, 2006 - Reliable information from inside sources that wish to remain uncredited reveals that The Jungle Book and 101 Dalmatians, long slated to be the 9th and 10th entries in Disney's Platinum Edition line have now swapped places, leaving Dalmatians's re-release likely to show up the last week of February 2007, and The Jungle Book due for two-disc treatment in October of 2007. This same source informs us that in addition to The Complete Second Season sets of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" (which are lining up to arrive in time for the third season premieres), this September will bring multi-disc box sets for "Grey's Anatomy": The Complete Second Season and Golden Globe winner "Commander in Chief": The Complete First Season. The Season 2 DVDs of ABC's "Lost" and "Housewives" will arrive in much the same fashion as last September's boxes; "Lost" will be a 7-disc set containing over 8 hours of bonus features including an exclusive episode of unaired, revealing flashbacks, while 6-disc "Housewives" will boast over 5 hours of extras, among them, an unaired storyline. The same source also confirms that direct-to-video projects Tinker Bell (formerly referred to as The Tinker Bell Movie) and Cinderella III are still on pace to hit DVD in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, of 2007. Finally, although it was added to the Platinum Collection in 2003 (the year its Special Edition release went out of print), Peter Pan is tentatively scheduled to be reissued in the spring of 2007 under an unknown moniker, perhaps to aid awareness of Tinker Bell. As usual, until these various releases are officially announced, all of this information is subject to change. Don't get mad at us if it doesn't pan out as planned, but do know that this set of scoops originated with UD.

An article in Variety reveals that the recently-reported three-month delay of Meet the Robinsons is to "allow time for more screens to be converted to digital" as per plans for its 3-D engagements.

Due to strong response to our last contest, UD has again hooked up with Sideshow Collectibles to bring you an exciting new giveaway from the company's sold-out "Muppet Show" statues. This time, you can win a 10-inch, hand-cast, hand-painted Series 3 bust of The Swedish Chef, the Muppets' mostly indecipherable culinary expert. All it takes is answering three trivia questions and this rare keepsake (which sold for over $60) could be yours. Check out UD's Contest #16 to enter and win. Entries must be received by March 25th for consideration.

Jake Lipson has a new review for you today, covering Miramax's 2005 drama Proof. Calling it the best newly-released movie of the last six years, he urges you to check out the film, which was adapted from a Pulitzer-winning play. Despite an unceremonious box office run and a shortage of awards recognition, Miramax's DVD does the film right by presenting it well and with a generous amount of interesting extras.

March 8, 2006 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment took home nine honors from the 44 nominations it brought into the 2006 DVD Exclusive Awards. Four of those went to Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles for "Overall DVD, New Movie", "Behind-the-Scenes Program", "Menu Design", and "New Movie Scenes" (Jack-Jack Attack). In the DVD Premiere Movies categories, midquel Tarzan II was awarded for Original Song, Original Score, and Visual Effects. Click here for the full list of winners, or here for the accompanying article.

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March 7, 2006 - Our two newest reviews cover two of this week's new Studio Ghibli DVDs. Aaron Wallace critiques
Whisper of the Heart. This 1995 film focuses on a middle school student with academic interests whose quest to discover a mysterious library patron leads her to a boutique holding many wonders. This entirely likable movie is treated to a satisfactory DVD, barely.

The other review spotlights Howl's Moving Castle, the latest and supposedly last film directed by the esteemed Hayao Miyazaki. With roots in British literature, this fantasy is more accessible than some of Miyazaki's other works, but the director's print is still unmistakably present. This complex tale engulfs and rewards. The DVD presentation complements it, with reference-quality picture and sound, and two interesting featurettes in addition to the standard bonus fare.

For an unspecified but limited amount of time, Amazon.com is giving customers the chance to save $6 in addition to substantial discounts when they buy both Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro together. Look for the "Best Value" section of the product pages.

March 6, 2006 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment has officially announced the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical for a May 23rd DVD release. The press release confirms bonus features information reported earlier by USA Today and reveals that a 1.33:1 fullscreen/Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation is in order. New and large artwork for this "Encore Edition" as well as the first two volumes of Walt Disney's It's a Small World of Fun now appears here.

Our newest DVD review looks at The Shaggy Dog: The Wild & Woolly Edition. Despite the silly name, Walt's first live action comedy is one of the studio's rare works to be treated to both a satisfying film presentation faithful to its theatrical exhibitions and some worthwhile bonus features. The film offers just about all of Disney's regular actors from the '60s and lots of the fun you'd expect without being overly funny. The disc delivers as bonuses a feature-length audio commentary and two featurettes with the young cast members. Read the full review here.

March 4, 2006 - Signs have been pointing to a DVD re-release of Disney's 1981 animated film The Fox and the Hound for a while. The 2000 Gold Collection disc was quietly discontinued earlier in the year and a sequel is set to bow before 2006 ends. Now, thanks to Mike from MadonnaDownload.com, we have confirmation that The Fox and the Hound will be reissued as a 25th Anniversary Edition DVD sometime "this summer." This scan of an ad inside the Chicken Little DVD reveals that much, but nothing else as far as the film presentation or bonus features are concerned. You can check out the MadonnaDownload forums for screencaps and scans from Chicken Little.

February's Top Sellers on UltimateDisney.com
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1) Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition
2) Bambi II
3) Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom: The Disney Songbook
4) Bambi: Platinum Edition
5) Beauty and the Beast: PE
6) Disney Princess Sing Along Vol. 3
7) "Goof Troop" Volume 1
8) Sleeping Beauty
9) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
10) WDT: The Chronological Donald V1
11) "Quack Pack" Volume 1
12) The Little Mermaid
13) WD Treasures: Disney Rarities
14) The Golden Girls: Season 4
15) WDT: Disney On the Front Lines
16) WD Treasures: Mickey Mouse Club
17) The Lion King: Platinum Edition
18) Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Ed.
19) Walt Disney Treasures: Spin & Marty
20) WD Treasures: Tomorrowland
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2) Imagineering Field Guide to WDW
3) The Shaggy Dog: A Day to Play
4) The Shaggy Dog: Junior Novelization
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2) The Shaggy D.A.: Canine Cand. Ed.
3) Modern Marvels: Disney World
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5) Chicken Little
6) "Dinosaurs" Seasons 1 and 2
7) Howl's Moving Castle (2-Disc Set)
8) My Neighbor Totoro (2-Disc Set)
9) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (1-Disc WS)
10) Whisper of the Heart (2-Disc Set)
11) Little House on the Prairie (2005)
12) Harry Potter & Goblet of Fire (DE)
13) Baby Einstein: Meet the Orchestra
14) CCF 11 - Best Pals: Donald & Daisy
15) CCF 10 - Best Pals: Mickey & Minnie
16) CCF 12 - Best Pals: Mickey & Pluto
17) The Golden Girls: Season 5
18) Little Einsteins: Team Up
19) It's a Small World of Fun: V1
20) It's a Small World of Fun: V2
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1) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
2) The Simpsons: Season 7
3) Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride (WS)

Our newest DVD review wasn't released by Disney, nor would it ever be. Dream On Silly Dreamer is a 40-minute documentary written and directed by Dan Lund and produced by Tony West, two former Disney animators. Their film covers the late '80s/early '90s animation renaissance and the subsequent events which led the studio to lay off most of its artists and effectively end traditional animation earlier this decade. Through candid, passionate interviews with former animators and an animated storyline clearly inspired by Walt-Era cartoons, the film skillfully tells a compelling story of art colliding with business. The independently-released DVD boasts hours of mostly interesting bonus material, including drastically expanded versions of sequences in the film, coverage of the film's 2005 theatrical screenings, and the entire 25-minute score. For anyone disenchanted by or simply interested in Disney Feature Animation's rise to and recent fall from glory, this disc is definitely one to check out. Read the full review.

Box Office Mojo has posted new release dates for ten films from Walt Disney Pictures and Disney's other film branches. Previously slated to hit theaters this December, Meet the Robinsons has reportedly been bumped to March 30, 2007. Meanwhile, Disney/Walden literary adaptations Bridge to Terabithia and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian have been scheduled for February 16th and December 14th of 2007, respectively. The studio will follow up this year's summer slate of Pixar and Pirates with Pirates and Pixar; Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and Pixar's not-yet-officially announced 8th feature film Ratatouille will bow on May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend) and June 29th, respectively. Finally, the live action film adaptation Underdog is set to open August 3rd, while the 2D-animated/live action hybrid Enchanted has been pegged for November 2nd.

A menu has been added to the Little Einsteins: Team Up for Adventure press release. The disc, boasting three episodes from the popular Playhouse Disney series, streets on April 25th.

March 2, 2006 - Although it won't be the week's bestselling DVD, Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition did sell about 1 million units on Tuesday, according to Video Business. That matches the first day results of 2005's Platinum Editions, Bambi and Cinderella despite the fact that Lady was previously released to DVD in 1999.

More cover changes can be observed in the revised artwork for The Shaggy Dog: The Wild & Woolly Edition and The Shaggy D.A.: The Canine Candidate Edition, which take elements from both of their previous covers for a relatively appealing final product. You can view all versions here. More importantly, the 1959 and 1976 comedies are among the most-anticipated live action Disney films to finally make their DVD debuts. With audio commentaries, documentaries, and 16x9-enhanced widescreen transfers, they'll do that in high style on Tuesday. We hope to bring you reviews soon.

Amazon.com has lowered their preorder price on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Special Two-Disc Collector's Edition to $23.26, 34% off list price. Orders previously placed should be automatically adjusted to reflect the increased discount. Check yours to be sure. Amazon has also lowered the just-released Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition to $14.96, a whopping 50% off SRP.

The Greatest Game Ever Played has had three different release dates and now it's on its third different cover. Click here for the latest version and the two abandoned designs.

March 1, 2006 - The updated Remember the Titans: Director's Cut press release lists the bonus features that this month's reissue will hold, all of which appeared on its strong-selling 2001 DVD (along with several others which apparently aren't being ported over). The announcement also notes that the new cut (which will run about 6 minutes longer than the theatrical version) "contains material that may be inappropriate for children under 17." Amazon.com has this new DVD up for preorder at just $12.99, 35% off SRP.

Our latest review offers long-overdue coverage of last December's Toy Story 2: 2-Disc Special Edition. While Pixar's 1999 blockbuster doesn't outdo its predecessor, it does please in ways that sequels rarely do. Its fifth and most recent DVD incarnation largely satisfies as well. It provides minimal improvements in picture and sound (including a DTS track) plus a few new extras, while losing some from the Ultimate Toy Box. While those who owned the UTB have little reason to rebuy, this near-perfect presentation delivers a major upgrade from the basic version thrice released. That makes it a highly recommended addition into the collection of anyone who doesn't aleady own the UTB. More...

Animation fans have had plenty to be happy about in the brief time that the Walt Disney Company has been under the leadership of Robert Iger as CEO. From the purchases of Pixar Animation Studios and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the news that traditional animation would be returning for at least one cinema-bound project, Disney, which has relatively long the whipping boy of the cartoon industry, seems to be turning itself around for the better. To that end, o-meon.com reports through Animated News that directing/writing/ producing duo John Musker and Ron Clements will be returning to Disney's Feature Animation department. Among the pair's credits are The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Great Mouse Detective.

Our Disney DVD Price Cuts thread has been updated with titles scheduled for temporary and permanent price reductions in April and May.

Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom: The Disney Songbook - This Disney World concert is a very nice complement to last fall's album, serving up renowned pianist Brickman's inspired new takes on classic Disney tunes as well as some of his previous hits, many with the help of guests vocalists. The disc also boasts two brief but enjoyable bonuses.
Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition - The down-to-earth CinemaScope production holds up better than most movies, offering a blend of music, comedy, and romance that is quite difficult to dislike. The DVD lacks an audio commentary, but it provides a satisfying making-of documentary, a better than usual selection of games and activities, and a dazzling digital restoration.

Recent Touchstone, Miramax and Buena Vista DVD Reviews:
"Ellen" The Complete Season Three - The oft-reshuffled Touchstone sitcom's third season is the funniest and most adventuresome. A&E's set drops commentaries, leaving a brief blooper reel and cast bios as the only extras, while audio/video remains consistent. If you only check out one season, this is your best bet.
Hugo the Movie Star - This 1996 animated Danish film tells the story of a rare animal that defies classification, a fact which attracts hunters and Hollywood executives. This dud of a sequel and its equally lacking full-length predecessor are packaged together and presented in English dubs and unpleasant fullscreen.

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