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SEPTEMBER 16-30, 2003: NEWS ARCHIVES

September 28, 2003 - I want to thank all who contributed to the site, through Amazon's Honor System yesterday. Bandwidth and other site costs for the next few months should be much more manageable, and you can expect a new DVD Giveaway contest after our current one ends in a couple of weeks. If you didn't get a chance to already, and would like to support the site with a contribution, you can still do so. Now, onto several updates... More updates later today, including an impressive tentative list of catalogue DVD debuts coming early next year!

The two "Lizzie McGuire" DVD volumes coming December 9 will be just a random collection of episodes. Volume 1 (Fashionably Lizzie) will contain "Last Year's Model", "Best Dressed for Much Less", "Just Like Lizzie", and the not-yet-aired "Just One of the Guys". Volume 2 (Growing Up Lizzie) contains some stronger Season 1 episodes: "Misadventures in Babysitting", "Between a Rock and a Bra Place", "Rated Aargh", and from season 2, "Party Over Here".

There's a number of reasons why this lacks logic, but a brief news update turned into a semi-scathing essay, Fuzzy Reception, which notes why you might wish to skip these "Lizzie McGuire" DVDs and comments on Disney's noticeable absence in the TV Show DVD market.

Something that should interest even more of you is a tentative, unconfirmed catalogue release schedule for February through May 2004. There are a number of older live action films, more made-for-TV movies, and some Anchor Bay releases being repackaged. Of course, no specific details are known about any of these, but one can only hope that Disney can recognize that the type of customers who are buying these catalogue releases are the customers who prefer having the film presented in the original aspect ratio. Without further adieu...

Feb 3, 2004

Two re-releases of Anchor Bay cult classics: Midnight Madness (1980) and Return to Oz (1985). A trio of TV movies in time for Black History Month: Perfect Harmony (1991), Ruby Bridges (1998), and Selma, Lord, Selma (1999). And some '60s live action fare: Bon Voyage! (1962), The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1962), Those Calloways (1965), and Follow Me, Boys! (1966).

March 2, 2004

More '60s live action in the way of Miracle of the White Stallions (1963) and The Gnome-Mobile (1967). The 1981 film Night Crossing finally makes its DVD debut, as does Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and the '90s Wonderful World of Disney production Miracle at Midnight starring Sam Waterston.

April 6, 2004

April brings three sequels - the made-for-TV Angels in the Endzone (1997) and Angels in the Infield (2000), and 1963's Son of Flubber, which will be correctly presented in Black & White.

May 4, 2004

Miracle in Lane 2 (2000) starring Frankie Muniz, will become as far as I can tell, the first Disney Channel original movie to come to DVD. In addition, the soccer comedy The Big Green, 1956's The Locomotive Chase (currently available from Anchor Bay), and the two unreleased Kurt Russell "Dexter Riley" comedies Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975) will all also make their Disney DVD debuts.

While it's not news that The Lion King 1 1/2 will be making its debut on February 10 next year, this unconfirmed item is noteworthy. The direct-to-video sequel will supposedly be released as a 2-disc set. In addition to the Timon mockumentary and deleted scenes we already know about, additional bonus features will include a Hidden Mickey Hunt (in which you track hidden Mickeys throughout the movie with your remote), Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari 1.5, The Making of Lion King 1.5, Nathan Lane Audio Outtakes, and music videos. The two games will be "Name That Character" and Who Wants to Be King of the Jungle? (a jungle version of "Millionaire" hosted by Meredith Viera). This would be the first 2-disc set for a direct-to-video feature, but it all seems pretty reasonable. I'll let you know once this is confirmed, as a full press release should be issued within the next few weeks.

September 27, 2003 - You may have noticed the site went down again. Bandwidth...again. Read an important announcement on this, updated today. Since some site visitors have expressed interest in supporting the site with a contribution, you may now do so through Amazon's Honor System. (Minimum of $1.)

September 21, 2003 - Added a new, in-depth DVD review of Disney's 1992 live action musical Newsies and a fourth installment of DIScussions which you may or may not agree with, on Sword in the Stone.

September 19, 2003 - Today's update is not about Disney DVD news, but rather about the site. If you tried accessing it last night or this morning, you noticed that you couldn't because the site had exceeded Bandwidth Limits. Now many of you may not care, but the site does cost money to run, and the more traffic grows, the more it will cost. There are ways to cut bandwidth used, like dropping the Cover Art section, and cutting down on certain features of the forum. There are also ways to increase revenue from the site, but I don't wish to resort to the awful, intrusive pop-up and pop-under advertising that plagues most of the Internet these days. Instead, I'd encourage those of you who find this site a worthwhile venture to support the site.

How can I support the site, you may ask? Well, you can use our affiliate links when you're purchasing a Disney movie or any other product from a variety of Internet stores, including Amazon's worldwide stores and Best Buy in-store pickup. You can help inform others of the site, and if you have a website of your own, you can use our "Link to Us" page to post a banner or button linking to this site.

As has always been the case, I'm open to suggestions, comments, and feedback of any kind. I'd post an e-mail address at which to send such comments, but it would just become bombarded with spam, so you can do a little searching for one, or better yet, post your thoughts on our active discussion forum. Your support is most appreciated and I think it's a favorable alternative to sacrificing sanity for pop-up ad revenue.... Enough of that, now where are our Freaky Friday specs?!

September 18, 2003 - The cover artwork for December's DVD releases of "Lizzie McGuire" have been updated to include Toon Lizzie and to note that each volume will contain 4 episodes of the show. It's still unclear as to what episodes will be included; whether they're releasing the first 8 episodes produced or aired, or just 8 random episodes.

September 17, 2003 - Added some artwork for November's DVD releases: covers and discs for Rolie Polie Olie: Olie's Winter Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving, and disc artwork for Eloise at the Plaza and The Music Man. Check Upcoming DVD Art for all your needs. Today marks the one-year anniversary of last year's mega-selling Monsters, Inc. DVD. If you don't have one, get one.

September 16, 2003 - September 16, 2003 - It's beginning to look a lot like fall...and with just over three months before Christmas, we bring you the first look at three menu screens from Disney's holiday sequel, The Santa Clause 2 (pre-order):

The Santa Clause 2: Main Menu -- click for larger view The Santa Clause 2: Bonus Features Menu -- click for larger view The Santa Clause 2: Deleted Scenes Menu -- click for larger view

Just three weeks away, the long-awaited DVD debut of The Lion King arrives. Here is a king-sized new photo of the Collector's Gift Set (pre-order): and here are three shots of supplements: (from left to right) a sketch from the deleted "Bug Football" sequence featuring Timon, a capture from the "Virtual Safari" jeep tour, and Zazu's flyaround tour of Pride Rock, part of the menu introductions:

The Lion King DVD: Deleted The Lion King DVD: Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari -- click for larger view The Lion King DVD: Zazu's Flyaround -- click for larger view

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