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5. Classic Cartoon Favorites: Vol. 11 - Best Pals: Donald & Daisy
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7. Classic Cartoon Favorites: Vol. 12 - Best Pals: Mickey & Pluto
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10. Walt Disney's It's a Small World of Fun: Vol. 1
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See Upcoming Schedule for the latest announcements. / Tuesday's New Release Chart

March 31, 2006 - Disney's official Leroy & Stitch press release elaborates on the series-concluding direct-to-video feature's plot and reveals that the June 27th release will include only one never-before-aired episode of "Lilo & Stitch: The Series." Click to read it.

Chimney Sweepstakes, a newly-opened website specializing in Disney giveaways, is currently giving visitors the shot to win the Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition DVD plus Golden Mouse Ears and a pin commemorating Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Beginning in May, the site promises daily prizes of interest to Disney fans.

The announced specs on April 11th's Region 1 DVD debut of Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin have changed a few times. Now that our review disc has come in, we can confirm that the film is presented in the 1.66:1 widescreen aspect ratio and is enhanced for 16x9 displays. We'll let you know if that's good or bad news in our review in the next few days. This 1997 direct-to-video outing is accompanied by three bonus features, most notably Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the Oscar-winning featurette short which appears in its original form for the first time on DVD. It has frequently been seen as part of the feature-length compilation The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the 25th Anniversary Edition DVD of which was recently discontinued. See the press release for more on Pooh's Grand Adventure and look for our review of this and other April Disney DVDs in the near future.

UltimateDisney.com's Spring 2006 CD Roundup

March 30, 2006 - Our fourth and latest batch of reviews covering the newest output from Walt Disney Records is here. UD's Spring CD Roundup critiques ten albums released in the past few months. There are soundtracks for High School Musical, Bambi II, Lady and the Tramp, The Shaggy Dog, "JoJo's Circus", and "That's So Raven"; Baby Einstein: Meet the Orchestra for tots and Little Einsteins: Musical Missions for the slightly older; DEVO 2.0, which remakes the New Wave band with tweens; and Steve Tyrell's jazzy takes on classic animated tunes in The Disney Standards. Click here to read them all.

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March 27, 2006 - Through this Friday, those who buy the cast biography disc The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series from Amazon.com can save an extra dollar with the code GLDNGRLS. You can read our review of this 2005 DVD release here.

Today, we break out a new capsule review format for our debut DVD Roundup, which takes a look at three discs recently released from Disney's Touchstone, ESPN, and Miramax divisions. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Rob Schneider's raunchy, successful-enough-to-spawn-a-sequel, R-rated 1999 comedy gets revisited in a "Little Black Book Edition." Through the Fire, a documentary on basketball superstar Sebastian Telfair's exciting senior year in high school, is treated to a very packed disc. While Daltry Calhoun would appear to be a Johnny Knoxville comedy from the cover, it's actually a pleasantly surprising light-hearted drama boasting an impressive list of bonuses. Read critiques of all three right here.

Disney's June 27th DVD releases Leroy & Stitch and Cow Belles are now up for preorder at Amazon.com. When ordered together, the two qualify for free shipping in the US. Each title is expected to be formally announced soon.

March 26, 2006 - Our Contest #16 has ended and the randomly-selected winner is Daniel from Australia. He will receive a sold-out Swedish Chef bust from Sideshow Collectibles. Thanks to those who entered. The correct answers were: 1) the kitchen, 2) film projectionist, 3) donuts or pancakes.

March 23, 2006 - Disney's consumer website has confirmed a June 20th DVD release for Eight Below, Disney's $75 million-grossing arctic drama. Released in separate 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 pan & scan editions, the film will be equipped with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, deleted scenes, the featurette "Running with the Dogs: The Making of Eight Below", an audio commentary with director Frank Marshall, human star Paul Walker, and director of photography Don Burgess, and a second commentary with Marshall and producer Pat Crowley. Cover art has been posted here.

Look at that, it's another new review. This one critiques Little House on the Prairie, the six-hour miniseries that The Wonderful World of Disney aired last spring. It aspires to be a more faithful adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder's widely-read 1935 novel, but only satisifes in fits. Its two-disc DVD is reasonably priced and boasts a stellar soundtrack, but subpar picture quality and the utter lack of extras disappoint.

March 22, 2006 - Our last look at this month's new Studio Ghibli DVDs covers My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed 1988 film. Relying on a straightforward narrative and lighthearted family drama more than fantastic elements or confounding messages, Miyazaki serves up his most personal and one of his most satisfying works to date. Disney's two-disc DVD corrects the injustice of the film's last DVD release by Fox, providing a good widescreen transfer and the original Japanese soundtrack. As usual, the new dub offered is more than adequate. Unfortunately, the handful of bonus features are light even by Disney's Ghibli standards and the picture/sound are not quite perfect. Still, on the strengths of a film marked by tough-to-describe but certain effectiveness, this garners a recommendation. Read on.

March 21, 2006 - Our Upcoming Disney Movies page has been updated with new high-res images from The Wild and news that clears the path for the long-expected Swiss Family Robinson remake to move forward.

Thumbnail cover art for Leroy & Stitch has been posted here.

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Chicken Little falls to DVD this week!

Tuesday's New Release - Chicken Little, Disney Feature Animation's latest film, is now on DVD!

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March 20, 2006 - Disney has recently made the hit Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical available for download on iTunes for the price of $9.99. This is the first time the studio has released a full-length film for iTunes download and comes after the movie's soundtrack and several songs from it have set sales and download records. The film will come to DVD with bonuses on May 23rd. Amazon.com now has the DVD up for preorder at 30% off.

Video Business reports that Leroy & Stitch will arrive on DVD, as recently expected, on June 27th. This feature-length conclusion to "Lilo & Stitch: The Series" finds Dr. Hδmsterviel having created an evil twin of Stitch with plans of building an unstoppable clone army. The direct-to-video film will be accompanied by unreleased episodes of the cartoon program, as well as a game. You can view six pictures from the movie here.

March 19, 2006 - As promised, we have a third review for you this weekend, this one covering this week's sole new release, Chicken Little. Disney's first fully computer-animated work is more than a movie for the studio's fans. Unfortunately, for all the hoopla, it's a pretty uneven and mediocre debut, probably due to demographic appeals overshadowing artistic intentions. The calculated randomness provides only semi-satisfaction, and the same goes for the DVD which houses it. Aside from music videos and a game that don't merit repeat viewings, the light disc delivers a standard 18-minute making-of featurette and a genuinely interesting lot of deleted scenes. As for the feature presentation, video and audio are flawless. Read our review.

March 18, 2006 - With the second compilation of Silly Symphonies expected by the end of this year, what better time is there than now to look back at the debut volume, Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies, released in 2001's pilot wave? Lindsay Mayer does just that, commenting upon the musically-themed animated shorts and their collector-friendly DVD presentation. The two-disc set holds 37 of the 75 cartoons produced during the format's 1929-1939 run, including plenty of landmark shorts (such as The Skeleton Dance, Three Little Pigs, and Flowers and Trees) and noteworthy fable adaptations (like The Tortoise and the Hare and two takes on The Ugly Duckling). Boasting deluxe restorations, a handful of insightful bonuses, unique pre-deteroriation packaging, and a shortage of cautionary introductions, Silly Symphonies delights more than most subsequent Treasures tins. Though the set is long out of print and a bit expensive to find, the critic nonetheless gives a high recommendation. If you don't already own it, then reading this review is the next best thing.

In the first of three DVD reviews we'll be bringing you this weekend, Aaron Wallace looks at Baby Einstein: Meet the Orchestra - First Instruments, the 20th and latest volume in the series that's "all the rage in toddlertainment." Simple but easy to commend, the 40-minute program introduces the very young to the various components of an orchestra with the typically accessible supply of puppetry, bright colors, and small children. Read the full review.

March 17, 2006 - Though it is still a week from making its television debut, the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles is already lined up for a DVD release. The comedy film stars sisters Alyson and Amanda Michalka (known in the pop music scene as Aly & A.J.) as wealthy teens whose father puts them to work in his dairy farm. Cow Belles will land on disc on June 27th in fullscreen and Dolby 5.1, with an exclusive alternate ending, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and two Aly & A.J. music videos. It will carry an unusual SRP of $26.99. Cover art has been posted here.

March 16, 2006 - Disney has issued press releases for June's major DVD releases. The Dumbo: Big Top Edition doesn't sound so big; it will lose the audio commentary, two trailers, Michael Crawford music video, and Reluctant Dragon excerpt from the recently-discontinued 60th Anniversary Edition DVD, though its new digital transfer is said to "provide a pristine visual experience for a new generation of fans." Despite a modest box office performance, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NCAA basketball drama Glory Road will be treated to a full disc, with two audio commentaries, two featurettes, interviews, a music video, and deleted scenes. As previously stated, "Home Improvement": The Complete Fourth Season will include a never-before-seen blooper reel; this 3-disc set has been bumped to June 6th to arrive alongside Dumbo and Glory Road. Finally, while it apparently won't be billed a "Special Edition", Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (June 20th) will retain the commentary, featurette, game, and three Pluto cartoons from its original release and add three "Junkyard Games" and Disney Song Selection's lyric feature.

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.

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.

Recent Disney and Disney-Related DVD Reviews:
• Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World - The History Channel's documentary does as good a job as 89 minutes allow in looking at the achievements in construction and technology for which Florida's much-visited resort is responsible. The program divides its attention among all four parks, boasting nice computer graphics, insights from Disney Imagineers and an adequately-upheld focus. This disc should delight Disney parks enthusiasts and stimulate those with even a slight interest.
• Remember the Titans: Director's Cut - This high-grossing Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 2000 football drama is one of the best live action Disney films of the decade. Its new DVD, however, loses two audio commentaries, DTS and French tracks, and the theatrical trailer, while adding six minutes to the running time mainly by re-inserting three of the old disc's deleted scenes. Check out our review for a full list of revisions in this puzzling downgrade of a re-release.
• The Shaggy D.A.: The Canine Candidate Edition - This 1976 sequel catches up with Wilby in adulthood, as his transformations into a sheepdog sidetrack his candidacy for district attorney. Thanks to a talented cast, this 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.
• Whisper of the Heart - Studio Ghibli's 1995 film focuses on a middle school student whose quest to discover a mysterious library patron leads to many wonders. This entirely likable movie is treated to a satisfactory DVD, barely.
• Howl's Moving Castle - The latest and supposedly last film directed by the esteemed Hayao Miyazaki has its roots accessibly in British literature, but the auteur's print is unmistakably present. This complex tale engulfs and rewards and its DVD complements it, with reference-quality picture and sound, and two interesting featurettes in addition to the standard bonus fare.
• The Shaggy Dog: The Wild & Woolly Edition - Despite the silly name, Walt's first live action comedy is treated to a rare, satisfying mix of faithful film presentation and worthwhile bonus features. The film offers most of Disney's regular actors and lots of fun without being overly funny and the disc delivers a commentary and two featurettes with the once young cast members.
• Dream On Silly Dreamer - Forty-minute documentary made by former Disney animators covers the late '80s/early '90s Disney renaissance and the subsequent events which led the studio to lay off most artists and halt traditional animation earlier this decade. Through candid, passionate interviews with former animators and a sarcastic animated storyline clearly inspired by Walt-Era cartoons, the film skillfully tells a compelling story of art colliding with business. The independent DVD boasts hours of mostly interesting bonuses, including drastically expanded versions of sequences in the film.
• Toy Story 2: 2-Disc Special Edition - Though not as potent as its predecessor, Pixar's 1999 blockbuster pleases in ways that sequels rarely do. Its largely satisfying latest DVD incarnation provides minimal improvements in picture and sound (including a DTS track) plus a few new extras, while losing some from the Ultimate Toy Box. UTB owners have little reason to rebuy, but this near-perfect presentation is highly recommended for all else and delivers a major upgrade from the thrice-released basic version.

Recent Miramax DVD Review:
• Proof - Despite an unceremonious box office run and a shortage of awards recognition, Miramax's DVD does this drama (adapted from a Pulitzer-winning play) right by presenting it well and with a generous amount of interesting extras.

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