August 30, 2003 - Apparently, there's been changes to the features for The Santa Clause 2 DVD. Whereas the original press release specified an audio commentary with Tim Allen (which we later learned was to be in character as "Santa") and Spencer Breslin, the commentary will apparently just be with TV-turned-film director Michael Lembeck. The "Naughty and Nice" set-top game is now actually "Operation Toy Box: Save Santa."
Gone are the Hilary Duff music video (which also would have been on the VHS also), and the e-cards. In are the following DVD-ROM features: Coloring Book Activity, "Reindeer Games" Game, "Santa's Lib's" Activity, and "Holiday Rush!" Game. Deleted scenes still appear to be included (there will be 7 of them), as will a gag reel, the "True Confessions of Legendary Figures" interviews with mythical characters (hopefully, the film's actors will be part of this) and the "Inside the North Pole with Curtis" making-of featurette. Finally, the "Special Effects Featurette" presumably has been renamed "Director's Tour of Elfsburg Featurette."
As always, everything's subject to change and though Disney's video site still lists it, I imagine there won't be a DTS track, in addition to the Dolby Digital tracks in English, Spanish, and French that are included. I guess this is why Santa checks the list twice.
August 29, 2003 - Here are two shots of the deleted scene "Gil Speaks/Soap Opera" from November's Finding Nemo DVD...
In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions list was updated.
August 26, 2003 - Well, the Sleeping Beauty insert confirms the forthcoming release of double-disc editions of Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, and Mary Poppins. We've got the scan and a detailed page previewing these 4 Special Editions coming in 2004. Check it out.
Amazon.com has done a great deal of price-lowering on some of the most notable upcoming DVD releases, including The Lion King Collector's Gift Set, Sleeping Beauty, and the 4 upcoming Walt Disney Treasures, all of which are now 30% off or greater. If you've already placed orders, they've been automatically lowered. If you've been holding off for a better deal, it might be worth revisiting the Complete Upcoming Disney DVD Release Schedule.
Cover art for December's "Lizzie McGuire" DVD releases (Volume 1: Fashionably Lizzie, Volume 2: Growing Up Lizzie) and Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade have been added.
August 24, 2003 - Cover art for Recess: All Growed Down:
Guess this bears repeating...People may wonder why "UltimateDisney.com" appears on the big cover and disc art from this site. Is Disney really promoting our site on their artwork? Of course not. But I pay for bandwidth and I know they'll get distributed all over the Internet, and without a link to the site. So, if you're going to use bandwidth, you might as well let people know from where the images come. I'd much rather people visit the site than just use bandwidth elsewhere, so links to THE SITE (not just the images) are always preferred. Thanks!
August 22, 2003 - Fears of a delay for Mickey Mouse in Living Color Volume 2 can be squashed...here's the cover and disc art:
August 21, 2003 - Here's a first look at the Finding Nemo DVD menus...
August 20, 2003 - Here is a first look at December's Walt Disney Treasure tin covers and discs for The Chronological Donald, Disney on the Front Lines, and Walt's Tomorrowland:
In the meantime, enjoy disc art for Front Lines and Chronological Donald:
Four December titles are now up for pre-order at Amazon for just $14.99 each. Two volumes of "Lizzie McGuire" TV show episodes: "Lizzie McGuire" - Growing Up Lizzie and "Lizzie McGuire" - Fashionably Lizzie, plus two new direct-to-video "Recess" features: Recess: All Growed Down and Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade. All street December 9.
And here are two shots from Lilo & Stitch: Island of Adventures DVD Game (November 11):
August 16, 2003 - Added our 32nd review: The Watcher in the Woods.