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NOVEMBER 1-15, 2003: NEWS ARCHIVES
November 14, 2003 - The Lion King 1 1/2 (pre-order) has undergone a redesign. Here's the revised cover and disc art...
November 10, 2003 - The delay of Walt Disney Treasures to next May is confirmed. Don't expect an official reason, but the prevailing wisdom seems to be that there's been a huge increase in demand for these sets - and with all of the limited copies already accounted for with retailers, the five month delay will allow the studio to increase the print count of all the sets.
You won't have to wait as long to get the Alice in Wonderland: 2-Disc Masterpiece Edition. We've just added the complete press release for that.
And a brief reminder for a couple of deadlines. The deadline to enter our DVD Giveaway Contest is this Saturday, November 15. The deadline to submit a list of your 10 to 20 favorite animated classics is next Saturday, November 22.
November 7, 2003 - The big bad news today is that Disney is apparently moving Wave 3 of the Walt Disney Treasures, scheduled for release in just 3 1/2 weeks, all the way back to May 2004. This move is technically unconfirmed, highly unusual, and without a specified reason. Huge bummer, it would seem.
November 6, 2003 - Well, it's not really a make-or-break item, The Music Man actually WILL be presented in 1.33:1, matching the standard and not high definition original broadcast ratio. More significant is the news that Finding Nemo has set the single day sales record, with an estimated 8 million copies of the movie on VHS and DVD (90% were the latter) purchased Tuesday alone.
November 2, 2003 - Despite what was announced by Disney, last fall's Wonderful World of Disney original movie (Eloise at the Plaza is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen on DVD, matching its widescreen High Definition broadcast ratio and not its standard airing 4x3 presentation. Presumably, The Music Man (2003) starring Matthew Broderick will also be presented in 16x9 widescreen. Both TV movies hit stores next week, November 11, and MickeyMouseBoy has an early review with screencaps of Eloise at the Plaza, starring Julie Andrews.
November 1, 2003 - A new month and lots of ground to cover...
Brother Bear is now open in theaters, and there are a number of reasons why you should see it in theaters. The Ink and Paint campaign, by two site members and animation enthusiasts, details the importance of this release, Disney's 43rd animated classic, and the effect it may have on the future of the studio's traditional 2-D animation.
With the number of animated classics now up to 43, we are coming up with a poll to find the best of the best. From now through November 22, you can vote with an ordered list of your 10-20 favorite animated classics from the list of 43. We will be compiling the results and putting together a feature with the 20 most loved Disney animated classics, with some thoughts on each. This poll is only open to forum members - register and submit your votes.)
Speaking of the forum, a bunch of Christmas-themed avatars have been added to the avatar gallery.
Forty-three was also the number of reviews we had until we added #44 - Never Cry Wolf, a live action Disney film from the '80s that has been released to DVD by Anchor Bay.
What's bound to become the top-selling DVD ever (Finding Nemo) hits stores Tuesday, the fastest home video turnaround for a Pixar film to date. We've put together a look at the most enticing Internet deals for this DVD, which you'll notice to the left. And MickeyMouseBoy has his Finding Nemo DVD preview, with screencaps.
If you tried accessing the site last night, and couldn't, it was because we exceeded our bandwidth limit for October with just seven hours or so to go. In spite of nearly doubling our monthly bandwidth levels, we've consumed enough to not last the full month.
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Finally, as promised, our DVD Giveaway Contest #3 is now up and running and there are two ways to win. (Those of you who aren't too keen on the live action films still have a chance.) First prize is the Disney movie of your choice from an extensive list. Second prize is a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Full details here.
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