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AUGUST 16-31, 2004: NEWS ARCHIVES


Bambi Platinum Edition DVD announced! (Press Release / Preorder)

August 31, 2004 - We've just reviewed another one of next Tuesday's catalogue titles: The Last Flight of Noah's Ark, a 1980 Disney film starring Elliott Gould.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (Special Edition) comes to DVD this week!

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
2-Disc Special Edition is now available!
Read our review.

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August 30, 2004 - We've just posted the press release for the highly-anticipated DVD debut of Bambi. This 2-Disc Platinum Edition arrives March 1, with many bonus features including never-before-seen deleted sequences, a Disney Time Capsule featurette, and "Inside Walt's Story Meetings." You can now pre-order Bambi: Platinum Edition, plus next February's direct-to-video sequel Mulan II (first look at cover art below) for 30% off from Amazon.com.

Mulan II -- click for larger image

December 7 will bring more TV on DVD content, in the form of single disc volumes of the Disney Channel series "Kim Possible" (Kim Possible: The Villain Files) and "That's So Raven" (That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish). Each disc's SRP is $19.99. (Disney TV Shows)

Also, while the release of the first wave of the Disney Princess Collection is still eight days away, dates have already been scheduled for Wave Two. Arriving on February 15th are Disney Princess Stories, Volume 2 and Disney Princess Party, Volume 2. We hope to have more details on these, as well as something called Aladdin 1 & 2 Collection, a 2-disc set due on January 18th. For now, all are 30% off on Amazon.com, if you'd like to pre-order while the discounting's as good as it gets.

The August 2004 issue of DVD Exclusive includes a special section on the 10th anniversary of Disney's direct-to-video films, which have become an unprecedented financial success for the studio. One of the articles mentions that the two direct-to-video Aladdin sequels (Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves) will be coming to DVD next year as Special Editions. You can download the 5-page print section as a PDF document on DVD Exclusive's website.

A reminder that entries to our latest contest must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern, tomorrow.

August 29, 2004 - We've had bandwidth problems lately, in part due to increased traffic, and in part due to the fact that our webhost is not proving very proficient at processing bandwidth orders. In any event, we apologize for any difficulties you've experienced accessing the site.

August 28, 2004 - We have added a DVD review of next month's new release of One Little Indian, Disney's 1973 western adventure starring James Garner.

In addition, our International Exclusives list has been updated with the Region 2 DVD release of $1,000,000 Duck, a 1971 Dean Jones comedy.

August 27, 2004 - Our latest in-depth DVD review covers Disney's own release of their affecting 1983 drama Never Cry Wolf.

A few details have come in about November 2nd's re-release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The 3-disc Gift Set will include the existing 2-disc Collector's Edition plus "The Lost Disc", a third disc featuring 8 never-before-seen bonus features running a total of 69 minutes. Carrying the same $29.99 Suggested Retail Price that the 2-disc set did, the new DVD sounds enticing to those few people who haven't already bought the film on DVD. The 3-disc Pirates gift set is up for pre-order at Amazon at just $20.99. Here's a look at the set's artwork:

Pirates of the Caribbean: 3-Disc Gift Set -- click for larger image

The first of our DVD reviews on September 7th's catalogue slate covers The Island at the Top of the World: 30th Anniversary Edition.

Yesterday's USA Today mentioned that Bambi's Platinum Edition is now coming on March 1, a week earlier than we were expecting. Disney home video executive Gordon Ho praises the digitally restored transfer, and speaks of "Walt's Annotated Bambi", a bonus feature taking you through the film's production in the words of Walt Disney himself. Click here to read the article.

August 26, 2004 - Disney has released three photos of the effervescent Clay Aiken recording the "Proud of Your Boy" music video under the supervision of Aladdin filmmakers Alan Menken, Ron Clements, and John Musker. The music video will appear on the 2-disc Aladdin Platinum Edition DVD. Click here for a preview of Aladdin's numerous bonus features and menus.

August 24, 2004 - We've just posted press releases for three of Disney's DVDs due this December: Gargoyles: Season 1, The Young Black Stallion, and Where the Red Fern Grows.

Disney's revised, nicer-looking cover art for Around the World in 80 Days is now available in Upcoming DVD Art.

Boy Meets World: Season One comes to DVD this week!

Boy Meets World: The
Complete First Season

is now available on DVD!
Read our 2-page review.

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August 23, 2004 - We just sent out the latest issue of UltimateDisney.com's free newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, send a blank e-mail to UltimateDisney-subscribe@topica.com or visit here. Subscribers also get access to all past newsletter issues.

August 21, 2004 - Today is the last day to submit votes for our UltimateDisney.com's Disney Villain Countdown. If you haven't already, put together a list with your favorite villains in animated and live action Disney films, and post it or send it in by midnight tonight.

August 20, 2004 - We have a new DVD review up early today, of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride - 2-Disc Special Edition.

We've updated our Coming to Theaters page, adding write-ups and pictures for Pooh's Heffalump Movie (coming next February) and Sky High, a superhero film starring Kurt Russell and Bruce Campbell that's due in theaters in the fall of 2005.

Disc art is in for two-thirds of this December's Treasures wave. Click the pictures for a larger view of the Mickey Mouse in Black & White and Complete Pluto discs.

Mickey Mouse in Black & White Volume 2 Disc 1 - click for larger image Mickey Mouse in Black & White Volume 2 Disc 2 - click for larger image The Complete Pluto Volume 1 Disc 1 - click for larger image The Complete Pluto Volume 1 Disc 2 - click for larger image

August 18, 2004 - Amazon.com now has the three new Buena Vista television box sets coming in November up for pre-order at the 30% discount that doesn't always last very long: The Golden Girls: Season 1, Home Improvement: Season 1, and Boy Meets World: Season 2. In addition, December 7th's 2-disc release of Gargoyles: Season 1 is also discounted for pre-order at just $20.99.

Furthermore, the rumored-but-unannounced "Lizzie McGuire" boxset is up for pre-order at 30% off. Details are sparse on this 4-disc set, but SRP is $49.99 and release date is November 23. It's believed to be the Complete First Season of the Disney Channel show, but until a press release is issued, we won't know for sure.

Just added two new stills from the Aladdin Platinum Edition games "Inside the Genie's Lamp" and "Aladdin's Magic Carpet Adventure."

August 17, 2004 - Our report last May about more Buena Vista TV shows is officially confirmed by Buena Vista today, in a new press release, announcing DVD releases of the first seasons of "Home Improvement" and "The Golden Girls", as well as the second season of "Boy Meets World." Each box set will contain audio commentaries (with "Boy Meets World" wisely utilizing picture-in-picture video for its commentaries) and carry a $49.99 SRP. The release date has been bumped up to November 23.

As promised, we have a new contest open to active forum members. See this thread for details and to enter to win a gift certificate to Amazon.

Unfortunately, it appears that Tiger Town, the Disney Channel's first telemovie, has been pulled from the September 7 slate, for no stated reason. It's no longer on the upcoming release calendar at all, and we're not sure why, but we are disappointed.

Our latest DVD review is of the latest direct-to-video Winnie the Pooh film, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo.

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers comes to DVD this week!

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
is now available on DVD!
Read our review.
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August 16, 2004 - A Wrinkle in Time, Disney's made-for-TV adaptation of the popular book by Madeleine L'Engle which finally aired last spring, is coming to DVD on November 16, with a $24.99 SRP. Amazon has the DVD up for pre-order at 30% off. Bonus features are expected to include an audio commentary with Madeleine L'Engle, deleted scenes, trailers, and a game.

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