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November 29, 2004 - We have a new review today: Gargoyles: The Complete First Season, which is the first season set of a Disney animated series ever released on DVD. With 13 episodes on 2 discs, 5 audio commentaries and more, this winning presentation is something we hope to see more of.

Disney stayed atop the box office over the holiday weekend with its two films, National Treasure and The Incredibles taking the #1 and #2 slots (a Thanksgiving first for a studio) for a total of $78 million in five days. We're expecting The Incredibles to make its DVD debut as a 2-disc set next spring, and now it looks like National Treasure might also. Amazon.de has 2-disc listings for both The Incredibles (June 30) and National Treasure (April 28) up for preorder in Germany. Generally, the US gets similar or better DVD treatment for its new films, but an official announcement may still be weeks away.

November 28, 2004 - In movie news, Robert Downey Jr. has signed on for Disney's remake of The Shaggy Dog and Cheech Marin will provide a voice in Pixar's next feature Cars. For more information on these productions plus a look at the Chicken Little balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, visit Coming to Theaters.

Amazon.com has up for preorder the four Disney DVDs coming March 22 for $13.99 (30% off SRP): Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days, Mickey and the Beanstalk, JoJo's Circus: Take a Bow!, and JoJo's Circus: Animal A Go-Go.

November 27, 2004 - As promised, we finally have our final 2-page DVD review of November's sitcom boxsets. In focus is Boy Meets World: The Complete Second Season. With its young, oft-confused protagonist moved up to high school, this terrific family sitcom continues to bring lots of laughs, and Disney's 3-disc boxset excels with the best bonus features of this month's batch.

From 62 valid entries and 329 chances, the randomly selected winner of Contest #6 is Marianne from California, who wins Alice in Wonderland: The Masterpiece Edition. Congratulations! Our next DVD giveaway contest will begin next week.

November 26, 2004 - Ben Simon has written about the aesthetic differences in next month's Walt Disney Treasures. Among the packaging changes the trio of limited edition sets receive: no more wraparound slips outside the tins and white keepcases inside. Read Ben's full report at Animated-News.com.

Production numbers for December 7th's three Walt Disney Treasures tins are as follows: 175,000 tins of Mickey Mouse in Black & White, Volume 2, 130,000 of Mickey Mouse Club: Week One, and a surprisingly low 110,000 copies of the most popular preorder The Complete Pluto, Volume 1.

November 25, 2004 - Just posted a thread with new pictures of bonus features from Disc 2 of Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition. There are stills of menus, the new animated short, deleted song, and set-top game, plus links to the most substantial discussions and reviews of this highly anticipated December 14th DVD release.

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November 22, 2004 - In our third review of Tuesday's boxsets, Aaron Wallace covers The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season. Though it's very light on bonus features, the set earns a recommendation for its solid presentation of a widely appealing sitcom that holds up well nearly twenty years later.

The answers have been posted to UltimateDisney.com's Contest #6. The winner will be selected from the 64 valid entries later this week. Look for our next contest to start next week.

November 21, 2004 - Our latest DVD review looks at In Search of Santa, an uninspired direct-to-video computer animated feature from Miramax that features Hilary and Haylie Duff as twin penguin princesses who embark on a journey to the North Pole.

Our second big two-page DVD review of next Tuesday's releases has been posted: Lizzie McGuire: Box Set Volume 1. This 4-disc set includes the first 22 episodes of the Disney Channel comedy series that became an unexpected success and full-fledged marketing line. The earliest episodes were the show's strongest, and they are finely presented along with some commentaries and other new bonus features.

November 20, 2004 - We now have for you a detailed, 2-page review of Home Improvement: The Complete First Season. From its launch in the fall of 1991, this Tim Allen-headed sitcom was a hit with audiences, and the Taylors quickly became the television family for the postmodern era. The 3-disc Season 1 boxset comes up a little short in the bonus features area, but it excels in its presentation of the show.

A new batch of "Disney Learning Adventures" are coming to DVD on March 22nd: Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days and Mickey and the Beanstalk. While it's not clear what these will contain, the first two Learning Adventures DVDs (Winnie the Pooh: ABCs and 123s) offered activities and lessons for preschoolers. Presumably, Beanstalk would include the half-hour short from Fun and Fancy Free, but runtimes are 50 minutes and up, so there will be more than just that. This is the first we're hearing about Mickey's Around the World. SRP is $19.99. We'll have more details as they come in. The same day brings two new volumes of the Playhouse Disney series "JoJo's Circus" titled Take a Bow!, and Animal A Go-Go.

Sweet Valley High: Season One has been added to the upcoming DVD schedule. The 3-disc set will arrive on March 8, the same day that brings new season sets of teen-centric series Felicity and Popular.

Our latest contest has ended. The randomly selected winner will be announced next week. We'll also be starting a new contest before the end of the month.

November 19, 2004 - The latest Disney film National Treasure opens in theaters today, to mostly unfavorable reviews. A number of these have compared this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced adventure to bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Despite the producer's successful track record, experts expect National Treasure to duke it out in a three-way race at the box office with The Incredibles and the new opening Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie. Meanwhile, Yahoo! Movies has added the The Pacifier, Disney's action/comedy starring Vin Diesel which opens March 4, 2005. (More info)

November 17, 2004 - Just added disc art for next January's Classic Cartoon Favorites.

November 16, 2004 - Disney has issued cover art for the second wave of 2-Disc Studio Ghibli DVDs arriving on February 22.

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