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Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills star in Walt Disney's beloved 1961 comedy "The Parent Trap." The actress returns for more double duty in the 1986 made-for-TV sequel "The Parent Trap II." Both will be together on one low-priced two-disc 2-Movie Collection coming this September. Click to read the press release.
Lilo & Stitch 2
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Toy Story: 10th Anniversary
Disney Princess: Wave 3
Heffalump Halloween Movie
Halloweentown Trilogy
Classic Cartoon Favorites: Volumes 8 & 9
The Parent Trap I & II Pack
50th Anniversary Disney Theme Park Sing-Alongs
Cinderella: Platinum Edition
Tarzan: Special Edition
Emperor's New Groove NGE

Cinderella admires the handiwork of friendly mice in Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece. "Cinderella" will become the last of the studio's animated classics to make its DVD debut when it is released as both a 2-disc Platinum Edition and Collector's Gift Set this fall. Click to read the press release, for more on this much-anticipated DVD.
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Disney Channel Holiday
Disney Princess: Christmas
Playhouse Disney Holiday
"DuckTales" Vol. 1 Box Set
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
Tales from Avonlea S1
Five Mile Creek S1
Old Yeller: 2-Movie Set
Home Improvement: S3
The Golden Girls: S3
Kermit's 50th Anniv. DVDs
WD Treasures Wave 5
Gargoyles: Seas. 2, Vol. 1
Once Upon a Mattress
Disneyland: Secrets...of
the Happiest Place on Earth
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disney theme parks with the DVD debuts of four park-themed Sing-Along Songs volumes coming September 20th: "Disneyland Fun", "Campout at Walt Disney World", "Beach Party at Walt Disney World", and "Flik's Musical Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom." Click for the press release and preorder links.
1. WDT: Disney Rarities
2. Chronological Donald, V2
3. Disneyland: Secrets...of the Happiest Place on Earth
4. Cinderella: Platinum Ed.
5. WDT: Spin & Marty
6. WDT: Elfego Baca & The Swamp Fox
7. Cinderella: Gift Set
8. Toy Story: 10th Anniv.
9. CCF: Classic Holiday Stories
10. "DuckTales" Volume 1
11. Halloweentown 2-Pack
12. CCF: Holiday Celebration
13. "Gargoyles" S2, V1
14. Halloweentown High
15. Tarzan: Special Edition
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August 31, 2005 - The next theatrical film from Walt Disney Pictures is The Greatest Game Ever Played, which will swing into American cinemas on September 30th. But you might not have to wait that long to see it or even pay, because Disney is currently offering nearly 200 free advance screenings of this film throughout the United States. To check for showings in your area, print out tickets, and learn much more about this upcoming movie, visit our newly-created The Greatest Game Ever Played Screenings Page with stills from the film, information on the true story that inspired it, filmmaker bios, trailer links, related DVDs, and more.

On December 6th, a day already plentiful with Disney DVDs, the studio will also issue a pair of new Disney Channel discs with urban appeal. The recently-aired feature-length finale The Proud Family Movie and new 100-minute episode compilation "That's So Raven": Raven's House Party will each be released with $19.99 SRPs. Cover art has been added here.

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August 30, 2005 - If you have 49 seconds and don't like to read, then snowhite8 has the perfect thing for you! It's the latest installment of her Weekly Video Update series (WMV, 943 kB). Check it out as she quickly fills you in on today's two new direct-to-video animated DVDs from Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is the subject of our latest in-depth DVD review. This "proper" sequel picks up where Disney's offbeat 2002 comedy left off, as psychotic fits hinder Stitch's efforts to help Lilo prepare for a unique hula competition. This enjoyable outing ranks among the studio's better direct-to-video films; it succeeds by delivering an interesting multi-tiered story while staying true to the characters and tone of its popular predecessor. In spite of a noticeable but minor ringing issue, the DVD's audio/video treatment excels, providing the film's impressive look and sound with cinematic pizzazz. With just four light supplements, the disc will let down those wanting a behind-the-scenes view of this DisneyToon Studios production, but the newly-created short "The Origin of Stitch" and interactive game "Where's Pleakley?" both divert a bit.

Disc art for this December's four new Walt Disney Treasures volumes has been added to Upcoming Cover Art.

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August 29, 2005 - The official websites for Disney's three remaining films of this year have all received updates. GreatestGameEver.com has opened for Disney's austere-looking golf drama The Greatest Game Ever Played which hits theaters September 30th. While promising much more than it delivers, it currently holds information on the real Francis Ouimet, galleries of him and the movie (in which the '20s caddie-turned-champion is played by Shia LaBeouf), a grainy Flash intro, wallpapers, a screensaver, and the trailer. Oakey Oaks, one of two sites for Disney's G-rated CG comedy Chicken Little has added some new gallery pictures, animated signature GIFs, and buddy icons, passing off some marketing responsibilities to the common man. Finally, Narnia.com, the most elaborate site of them all, has added a second of five eventual areas to explore: the home of four-foot faun Mr. Tumnus.

In an article for Variety and Video Business, Scott Hettrick reports today about Disney's hopes to capitalize on "the great gift card effect" with its December 26th DVD releases of Toy Story 2: Special Edition and Touchstone's Dark Water. The 2-disc Boxing Day re-release of Pixar's blockbuster 1999 sequel will contain a mix of new bonus features and material included on previous releases including new deleted scenes, outtakes, multiple featurettes, and a game. Much like next week's Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD, it is also expected to employ a higher digital bitrate and a DTS track.

In our latest DVD review, Renata Joy looks at Miramax's new direct-to-video animated feature, My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie, adapted from a stylish modern line of Barbie dolls. In it, the five tall, thin, and trendy teen protagonists are excited to learn that being shot in their neighborhood is a major motion picture starring Lindsay Lohan. Despite no mention on the package, the freckle-faced starlet appears throughout (voiced by Lohan herself), as four My Scene girls become film extras and one gets a speaking role, setting up a predictable rift among the friends. With simple but appealing Flash animation, unsurprising lessons learned, and a 7-year-old's conception of Hollywood, My Scene nonetheless proves to be a zippy and entertaining ride, especially for the young girls it's aimed at. Sweetening the deal, the DVD comes equipped with a fine 16x9 widescreen transfer, 5.1 surround sound, five interactive bonus features, and a low $19.99 SRP.

For five additional screencaps from the My Scene Goes Hollywood DVD, plus looks at the rest of the month's DVDs, visit our updated August DVD Thread.

August 27, 2005 - Our Disney / Buena Vista TV Shows page has been retooled again, in the names of accuracy and thoroughness. Entries for live action series lasting less than one full season (22 episodes) have been removed, as DVD releases are unlikely (though not impossible, as two "Complete Series" sets have ilustrated), a few shows previously missed have been added, and, where possible, episode runs of unreleased series specified. In addition, the lists have been reordered and reorganized, with two new sections created ("Acquired Series" and "Playhouse Disney"). Check it out for info and statuses of more than 100 Disney TV programs.

In related news, few stores seem to be taking note of the temporary price reductions that went into effect this week on the first two seasons DVDs of Buena Vista series "Boy Meets World", "Popular", and "Sweet Valley High" (Season 1 only). However, some readers have reported Best Buy stores as quietly having these multi-disc sets marked down, making "Boy" and "Sweet" sets available for just $21.99 each, and "Popular" seasons just $32.99 each. It's unclear how long these price drops will be in effect, but these savings are not available online and are apparently not available at every Best Buy.

We have some photo updates from two live action sports dramas on Disney's 2006 theatrical slate. Two stills and the theatrical poster have been added for Glory Road, the story of Texas Western's 1966 journey to the NCAA basketball championship behind coach Don Haskins and a breakthrough all-black starting lineup. When it opens next January, the film will mark the fourth pairing of Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Pictures. Also, there is one new picture from the set of Invincible featuring Mark Wahlberg in character as Vince Papale, a bartender who became the NFL's oldest rookie when he joined the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s.

An article from Variety (subscription required) confirms that direct-to-video "midquel" Bambi II (formerly known as Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest) will be released on February 7, 2006, proving that marketing departments' conception of "spring" doesn't always coincide with the traditional Vernal Equinox launch. Disney has previously employed early February dates for straight-to-video films The Lion King 1 and Mulan II. The focus of the piece is that Bambi II will feature original songs by country singers Martina McBride and Alison Krauss, but it also mentions that the DVD will include "trivia tracks" in addition to the fairly standard DTV serving of "interactive games and featurettes." Though this year offers a record-setting five original direct-to-video films from DisneyToon Studios, president Sharon Morrill reveals plans to stick to "only" three or four DVD premiere movies per year in the future. The Studios' 2006 output will include Brother Bear II (tentatively slated for June), which will contain music by Melissa Etheridge.

Tales From Avonlea: The Complete First Season packaging. Click for larger view. Label art from six of the seven DVDs now scheduled for September 27th. Click to view full-sized images. "Little Einsteins: Our Big Huge Adventure" was released on Tuesday. Click to read UD's detailed DVD review. Buena Vista Home Entertainment has picked up distribution rights to the Spanish animated film "The 3 Wise Men" and will release it exclusively to Wal-Mart stores in November.

August 26, 2005 - Factsheets for Tarzan: Special Edition and The Emperor's New Groove: New Groove Edition have been updated with one and two menu screens, respectively.

Large cover and packaging artwork for The Complete First Season DVD releases of '80s and '90s Disney Channel dramas "Five Mile Creek" and "Tales From Avonlea" have been posted. The new images reveal that both series' sets will presented in individual keepcases housed in a cardboard box.

Disc art has been added for next month's two holiday-themed Classic Cartoon Favorites and four Disneyland 50th Anniversary Sing Along Songs volumes. All six DVDs, as well as previously-delayed The Parent Trap: 2-Movie Collection will now be released on September 27th, making for one colossal Disney DVD date. On the same day, Buena Vista Home Entertainment will usher in three DVDs from Miramax Family: Sharks, Flippers & Lopaka (from Australia's aquatic animated series), The Phoenix and the Carpet (the late '90s UK series adapted from E. Nesbit's fantasy novel), and direct-to-video cartoon film Hugo the Movie Star.

Aaron Wallace has a review of Little Einsteins: Our Big Huge Adventure, the feature-length launch of a new series that aims for preschoolers who have graduated from the Disney/Baby Einstein line. It delivers "a kid's meal of art and culture that parents will no doubt appreciate for their children and maybe even for themselves."

Reuters reports that Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release Antonio Navarro's animated Christmas film The 3 Wise Men to DVD exclusively at Wal-Mart stores on November 1st. This feature-length cartoon comes from Spain, where it made its theatrical debut in 2003, and the disc will feature the original Spanish version plus a new English dub featuring the voices of Martin Sheen, his son Emilio Estevez, Eddy Martin, and Christian recording artists Jaci Velasquez and Marcos Witt. Retail giant Wal-Mart is said to account for 40% of all home video sales.

August 25, 2005 - Disney has released disc art for "The Golden Girls": The Complete Third Season and Sophia has finally snuck her way onto one of the 3 discs in this sitcom set arriving November 22nd.

Artwork has come in for October 18th's The Emperor's New Groove re-release, which confirms a slipcover and "The New Groove Edition" subtitle, but does not specify if it is a 2-disc set.

The Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition DVDs press release has been updated to reflect the dual-format (1.85:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 full screen) of these four Muppet movie DVD reissues coming on November 29th. The previously-expected audio commentaries are still missing, however.

August 24, 2005 - The Herbie: Fully Loaded press release has been updated with screencaps of the Main and Deleted Scenes menus.

August 23, 2005 - As promised, we now have a thorough, 2-page DVD review of "Boy Meets World": The Complete Third Season. With its protagonist in high school, this winning family sitcom gets a bit edgier and a little funnier, while it continues to deliver entertaining storylines and develop its likable cast of characters. Disney's 3-disc set presents an excellent lot of 22 episodes, marked by abundant laughs and an impressive guest star roster. This package lives up to the previous two sets in solid audio/video quality and sufficient design, and the lower price tag is appreciated, but it certainly disappoints in the supplement department, with just one fun but brief trivia game.

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Final Week: Four Hayao Miyazaki films on DVD for just $14.99 each (Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke).

The latest word from Disney's customer service hotline and e-mail is that November's four Muppet film DVDs will include both widescreen and fullscreen versions. The studio has not issued a revised press release, nor have they employed dual-format discs much in the past, so for now, we're still considering the aspect ratio a perplexing puzzle. Discuss this Kermit's 50th Anniversary dilemma here.

As usual, snowhite8 has the scoop on this week's two new DVDs in the latest installment of her Weekly Video Update series (WMV, 982 kB).

We've just put together 2005-06 Animated Film Preview, a page which provides more than two dozen brand new screencaps and information on three upcoming Disney releases: Pixar's June 2006 theatrical release Cars, this December's direct-to-video follow-up Kronk's New Groove, and next spring's straight-to-DVD Leroy & Stitch.

Our August DVD Thread has been updated with two stills from "The World According to Boy", an interactive trivia game included on "Boy Meets World": The Complete Third Season, now available.

"Lambert, the Sheepish Lion" is one of 31 cartoon shorts which will appear on this December's "Disney Rarities" Walt Disney Treasures tin. Click for the Wave 5 press release, which lists full contents for all four upcoming volumes. Will Michael Caine really have to put up with cropped co-stars for a second time on DVD? Read the disappointing specs planned for the Kermit's 50th Anniversary re-releases due in November. "Herbie: Fully Loaded", the fifth and latest in the series of comedy films about a spirited Volkswagen, will race to DVD on October 25th with a healthy supply of bonus features. Click to read the press release. Touting "Valiant" as being "from the producers of 'Shrek'" didn't really yield box office success for Disney.

August 22, 2005 - Final box office numbers are in for the weekend and Disney's Valiant managed to gross just $5.9 million for an 8th place opening. While its performance would indicate the G-rated, CGI comedy (Britain's first) was "for the birds", the Vanguard Animation-produced film had a number of disadvantages, from underpromotion (in a campaign unfortunately linking it to DreamWorks' Shrek) to the second smallest theater count for a Disney film this year. Its 3-day performance puts it just half-a-step ahead the underwhelming opening of Pooh's Heffalump Movie, but it actually boasted the fifth highest per-theater average among the top ten films. Though Valiant won't soar high in American theaters, it will receive new life when it comes to DVD in time for the holidays.

Small cover art has been posted for the Season One sets of "Tales from Avonlea" and "Five Mile Creek", plus The Muppet Movie 50th Anniversary Edition re-release, which suddenly doesn't seem so special anymore. All three are due in November.

The remaining three Disney DVD announcements issued today seem to offer better news than the Muppets mishap. The press release for "Gargoyles" Season 2, Vol. 1 merely confirms the good news that already came in for the well-treated mid-'90s cartoon. Herbie: Fully Loaded elaborates on a widescreen-only DVD that sounds like a cut above the studio's typical new live action film design. Lastly, the Wonderful World of Disney's Once Upon a Mattress will make it to ABC just before its December 20th DVD release, but with a 16x9 widescreen/Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation, a low price tag, and a handful of extras, who needs TV?

Say it ain't so, Disney! The studio has also formally announced November's four much-anticipated Muppet movie DVD reissues and if their press release is accurate, they might as well proclaim, "Happy 50th birthday, Kermit the Frog! Hope you like pan-and-scan!" That's right, the single-disc "fully remastered and restored" 50th Anniversary Editions will apparently contain only 1.33:1 transfers of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island. The announcement appears incomplete (the audio commentaries expected to be ported over on the latter two are absent, as are other extras), but recalls a fiasco three years ago when Disney first released Carol and Island with cropped treatment. Hundreds called and e-mailed then (including peeved director Brian Henson) without yielding any better results, but nonetheless, you are encouraged to again voice your displeasure by calling 1-800-723-4763 or writing Disneyinfo@Disneyhelp.com.

Disney has just issued a press release for the fifth wave of Walt Disney Treasures. This reveals the full contents of all four sets, confirming and denying rampant suspicions the titles alone led to. Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts 1920s-1960s will contain 31 cartoons, including seven Alice comedies, "Ferdinand the Bull", "Ben and Me", "Chicken Little", "Noah's Ark", "Lambert, the Sheepish Lion", and two featuring Ranger Woodlore and Humphrey Bear. Among its bonus features are "Alice's Cartoon World" with Leonard Maltin and actress Virginia Davis (who played Alice at age 4), a timeline of Walt's silent era, the rare short "A Feather in His Collar", and an audio commentary by Richard Sherman. The Chronological Donald, Volume Two will house 30 of the irascible duck's shorts (including Donald's wartime cartoons which appeared on On the Front Lines), and provide as bonus features the complete "Disneyland" episode "A Day in the Life of Donald Duck", the rare short "The Volunteer Worker" (also from Front Lines), a timeline of the Disney studio through World War II, and a new featurette on legendary artist Carl Barks. The Adventures of Spin and Marty holds all 25 installments of the "Mickey Mouse Club" serial's first season, plus the entire "Mickey Mouse Club" episode that introduced it, Tim Considine's original screen test, "Back in the Saddle with Harry Carey Jr.", and most excitingly, "Return to the Triple R" where title stars Considine and David Stollery visit the original filming site and reflect on the serial. Finally, Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox: Legendary Heroes will offer six hour-long adventures (three of each title character), an interview with "Elfego" star Robert Loggia and a featurette on the series' real life inspirations. As usual, all four volumes will be equipped with Maltin's introductions and assorted galleries. See the press release for full details.

August 21, 2005 - Lindsay Mayer has reviewed Sin City, Dimension Films' unique and highly-acclaimed adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel series. "Graphic" should be emphasized, for this "dark, twisted, and violent" production certainly lacks the family-friendliness of most DVDs reviewed around here. Though the nearly-barren disc is a tease for supplement-happy collectors (who are already drooling at talk of a forthcoming special edition), the movie earns an enthusiastic recommendation for those of appropriate viewing age and not averse to stylized violence. The critic labels Sin City an unexpected surprise among contemporary film, one which deserves any attention it can get for its "unique, unusual, and stellar methods of storytelling."

August 20, 2005 - While definitive information has still not come in on the Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition DVDs' aspect ratios, Video Business reveals that the two Disney-made films of the bunch (The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island) will indeed contain new "Pepe Profiles" bonus features like the previously-announced supplements on the first two films. Carol will include "Gonzo: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Weirdo" and Island will house "Fozzie Bear: A Long Day's Journey Into Night Clubs." All four Muppet movie DVDs will be released on November 29th.

August 19, 2005 - Our Walt Disney Records: Summer 2005 CD Roundup launches in earnest an exciting new addition to UltimateDisney.com today. This article reviews nine major audio CDs that have been released by Disney's music branch this summer, ranging from compilations timed to celebrate Disneyland's 50th Anniversary to the latest soundtracks and karaoke albums. Reviews of new output from Walt Disney Records will become a regular element of this site, and among the titles UD plans on covering in the near-future is A Musical History of Disneyland, the collector's dream 6-disc box set full of the theme park's aural staples. For now, check out our Summer CD Roundup for reviews of the following: Walt Disney Takes You to Disneyland, Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs, The Happiest Celebration on Earth, Disney Wishes!, Disney's Karaoke Series: Theme Park Favorites, Artist Karaoke Series: Hilary Duff, Radio Disney: Move It!, and soundtracks for Valiant and The Proud Family.

You may have noticed newly formatted double-underlined links to items at Amazon.com around this site over the past few days. Anytime you see a bold, double-underlined link, mousing over it will bring up a little bubble with cover art, pricing, and contents information on the linked DVD or other item. We hope you find this new enhancement useful, and as always, purchases through these links support UD and keep this site going with no extra cost to you.

Valiant, the Disney-distributed, Vanguard-animated pigeon comedy, flies moderately high, opening in just over 2,000 theaters today. For more on the film, Britain's first CG-animated production, click here.

High-res final cover art for The Great Muppet Caper: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition and disc art for Aliens of the Deep have both just been posted.

August 18, 2005 - The last of this week's six Disney DVD releases has now been reviewed in depth. Studio Ghibli's 1999 film My Neighbors the Yamadas was adapted from a long-running comic strip, which explains its alluring minimalist visual style and format of strung-together vignettes. This consistently entertaining and often poignant comedy, written and directed by Isao Takahata, offers a truly endearing portrait of family life. Though the DVD (Disney's first single-disc Ghibli release) is light on extras, it delivers quality in the new English dub and top-notch picture and sound.

August 17, 2005 - Amazon.com has just added Disney's four November 8th television DVD box sets up for preorder at 30% off retail price: "DuckTales": Volume One, "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers": Volume One, and "Tales From Avonlea" Season One for $24.49 each, and for $27.99, the four-disc "Five Mile Creek" Season One.

Now that the 2-disc Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition re-release has come in, we can immediately confirm some specs and extras without making you wait for a review, which will take quite some time. The feature presentation is offered with a DTS 5.1 track - a Region 1 Pixar DVD first. Disc One also includes all-new previews for Pixar's Cars (hosted by director John Lasseter) and December's post-Christmas Toy Story 2 Special Edition, new animated menus (a basic text index is provided as well), a new DVD introduction by Lasseter, an Easter Egg of the film's Buzz Lightyear commercial, and the old laserdisc/Ultimate Toy Box audio commentary. The disc's highlight supplement, though, is the brand new 12-minute featurette "The Legacy of Toy Story" which edits together comments from a remarkable roster of important figures in animation and filmmaking at large, including lead voice cast members Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, acclaimed animation directors Brad Bird and Hayao Miyazaki, helmers of cinematic spectacle George Lucas and Peter Jackson, film historians Leonard Maltin and John Canemaker, and Roy E. Disney. Those fearing the loss of the Ultimate Toy Box's "Toy Story Treats" will be glad to know that there are many (exact number to be determined) scattered about Disc 2's menus as Easter Eggs. Among the second disc's bountiful supplements (all 16x9-enhanced) is an unannounced game called "The Claw." For now, you can check out a couple of the set's menu screens in our September DVD thread, read the incomplete DVD press release or take advantage of Amazon's 43% preorder discount in anticipation of this potent September 6th set.

A first promo for next year's Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition appears on the upcoming Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD and announces that Disney has bumped up the release date one week to February 28, 2006. The preview reveals little else beyond the usual "restored beyond its original brilliance" talk (which isn't adequately illustrated, as clips are 4x3), although for once, Disney appears to be emphasizing the "Platinum Edition" name. You can see four screencaps from this minute-long spot on our updated DVD Schedule entry.

Our Coming to Theaters profile of The Shaggy Dog has been updated with 10 pictures and new information from the Tim Allen comedy remake, which is scheduled to hit theaters next March. The screencaps come from a Disney Channel Movie Surfers preview on the Lilo & Stitch 2 DVD.

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August 16, 2005 - Aaron Wallace is back with a DVD review of another one of today's new releases, That's So Raven: Disguise the Limit. In it, he reflects on the Disney Channel comedy's puzzling popularity, a case of deceptive advertising, and of course, the contents of this 90-minute compilation. Those expecting Raven-bashing may be disappointed, as he concludes the series "isn't nearly as bad as its detractors will have you believe." Fans may be similarly letdown, though, by the random episode route given here.

At last, Amazon.com has put Herbie: Fully Loaded back up for preorder and now with a 43% discount off the SRP. This widescreen single disc release of Disney's high-spirited series revitalizer streets on October 25th and will include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, three featurettes, bloopers, and Lindsay Lohan's "First" music video.

Tuesday means new release day, and it also means the latest installment of snowhite8's ever-entertaining Weekly Video Update (WMV, 955 kB). This week, sw8 gives the Micro Machines fast-talker a run for his money as she covers seven new DVDs in just 95 seconds!

Lindsay Mayer has a review of Studio Ghibli's 1994 animated drama Pom Poko, which comes to DVD today. The film tells of shape-shifting "Raccoons" forcefully reclaiming the natural world from industrialized human civilization. Poko is delivered in both a new Western-friendly English dub and its original culture-heavy Japanese version, though the light 2-disc set only offers Japanese promos and a storyboard version as far as bonus features. Consistently engaging and marked by Ghibli's moral "grays", Poko may not be Ghibli's best film, but it is line with the studio's other classics and "certainly deserves a look."

In their new report on DisneyToon Studios Australia's impending closure, DVD Exclusive reveals that Leroy & Stitch, the conclusion to the "Lilo & Stitch" animated series, will arrive on DVD next April, while the once-halted Dumbo II appears to be back on the slate.

Today marks Disney's most voluminous DVD release date of the summer. Reviews for the not-yet-covered discs My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Dimension's Sin City will be coming in the hours and days ahead. In the meantime, our August DVD Thread has been updated with two film stills and the Main Menu from Pom Poko, one of two Studio Ghibli animated films making American DVD debuts this week.

One of the UD Forum's resident Gargoyles experts, "Siren", has passed along some information from show creator Greg Weisman on the '90s animated series' upcoming Season 2, Volume 1 DVD, which has been set for December 6, 2005. As previously mentioned, the 3-disc set will hold the first 26 episodes of the TV cartoon's second season (#'s 14-39). Bonus features will include audio commentaries on the four-part arc "City of Stone", episode introductions by Weisman, and featurette "The Gathering of the Cast and Crew."

Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
Timeless Tales: Volume Two - Delivers the "classic cartoons, no bonus features" treatment Disney has enjoyed offering as a Treasures-alternative in 2005. The disc's four literary adaptations stem from Disney's early years of animation and deliver some of the studio's finest shorts, but the barren design may deter.
Phil of the Future: Gadgets & Gizmos - Four-episode compilation of Disney Channel's fish-out-of-water comedy offers an entertaining program, a fun bunch of episodes, and even a disc-sweetening pair of extras, but the random show route delivers far less bang for buck than a pricier season set would.
Timeless Tales: Volume One - Hourlong compilation delivers five enduring cartoons adapated from familiar fables: four Silly Symphonies of the 1930s, and Mickey Mouse's 1990 featurette The Prince and the Pauper. Though the award-winning content delights, the presentation leaves most wanting more.
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz - The Muppets' latest feature-length outing clearly fails to live up to their past productions; its intentions are muddled and forced efforts to engage adults and teens hinder this Wonderful World of Disney telemovie. The DVD features a small but entertaining handful of extras and a questionable 4x3 presentation.
"The Muppet Show" Season 1 - Music, humor, and long-forgotten guest stars make for a unique and pleasing variety show pulled off in the witty Muppets way. This praiseworthy 4-disc set holds the entire debut season of the gang's big primetime break (though five episodes are missing segments), boasting top-notch picture quality, an inspired design, and an excellent handful of extras new and old. Altogether, you get ten hours of a dated but still fresh series' beginnings, providing countless laughs for viewers of all ages.
Baby Wordsworth: First Words - Around the House - Latest Baby Einstein volume employs "short and sweet" approach to stimulate toddler demographic with helpful phrases and even a bit of sign language with actress Marlee Matlin.
The World's Greatest Athlete - Fairly entertaining 1973 comedy about young man transported from the African jungle to an American college by two down-on-their-luck sports coaches. Disc delivers rare, satisfying treatment: a fine anamorphic transfer and a couple of extras.

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Bride & Prejudice - Director Gurinder Chadha's adaptation of Jane Austen's enduring novel serves her own needs more than her audience's, and the reconfigured result is not a full-blown Bollywood musical, not accessible to all audiences, and not able to conquer its flimsy, disconnected pop songs.

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