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DECEMBER 16-31, 2004: NEWS ARCHIVES
December 30, 2004 - No press release yet, but it appears that The Incredibles is set to come to DVD on March 15th. Take a look at this new DVD ad stand, which reveals the date and promotes the new short "Jack Jack Attack."
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December 28, 2004 - BonusMage has now posted a pretty complete list of bonus features that Disney UK has issued for The Incredibles: 2-Disc Collector's Edition, which is due there on March 21, 2005. We should be seeing at least all of the same things on the US DVD, which is expected around the same time and should be officially announced soon.
December 26, 2004 - With the new year less than a week away, our Upcoming Disney Movies page has been updated in various, miscellaneous ways. Next year will bring at least ten new Disney films, including many which may expand audience expectations of the studio.
December 25, 2004 - Some more insight to the highly anticipated Incredibles Collector's Edition: 2099net has posted the latest bonus features passed by the British Board of Film Classification. These include the new short "Jack Jack Attack" (4½ minutes), a trailer for Cars, a 15-minute alternate opening, and what looks to be around 20 minutes of additional deleted scenes.
December 24, 2004 - Our eighth contest and the last of 2004 is now up and running: End-of-the-Year Screencap Challenge. Fifteen Disney DVD screencaps are presented and if you can identify the movies or shows at least 10 come from, you'll get a shot to win a brand new America's Heart & Soul DVD (currently only available from Costco stores). For more details and to enter, click here.
December 23, 2004 - Today, we launch the first part of 2004: The Year in Review, our look back at the Disney DVDs released this year. This first installment covers the monthly batches of titles from Disney's live action catalogue, which made up half of all the DVDs the studio released this year. Included in this section are an overview, a list of best-sellers, and our pick of the five best catalogue DVDs Disney released in 2004. As promised, our Year in Review will continue with coverage of other trends and titles that 2004 brought, including direct-to-video debuts and our list of the Top 10 Disney DVDs of the year.
December 22, 2004 - Disney's April 2005 catalogue slate is now up for pre-order at Amazon.com. Each title is priced at $13.99 (30% off the $19.99 suggested retail). Making their Region 1 Disney DVD debuts on April 12th are the following classic live action comedies: Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966), The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967), The Barefoot Executive (1971), and Million Dollar Duck (1971). For summaries of these films, view our updated 2005 Disney Catalogue DVD thread.
December 20, 2004 - We've just posted stills of 5 menus and 2 bonus features as part of an all-new page about the upcoming Region 1 Bambi Platinum Edition.
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December 19, 2004 - In the past, we've mostly kept to our DVD reviews to films which bear the "Disney" name. When asked, most site visitors expressed an interest in more reviews, so now every once in a while we'll look at major films from the Walt Disney Company's other studio branches, primarily Touchstone Pictures and Miramax. We'll stick to titles with wide appeal, but they will not always (or even often) be family-friendly fare like the Disney movies.
Our first review of this type (cleverly named "Touching on Touchstone") covers King Arthur: Director's Cut, the unrated DVD version of Touchstone Pictures' underperforming action epic. This Jerry Bruckheimer production depicts the 'untold true' story of the 5th century Arthur who inspired the more familiar legend.
The randomly selected winner of UltimateDisney.com's 7th contest is Nicole from St. Paul, MN. Nicole will receive Home Improvement: The Complete First Season and becomes the second Minnesotan to win. (See past winners here.) Oh, and the answers were 1) Michigan, 2) Alias and Felicity, 3) Wilson. Thanks to all who entered! Our next contest, a screencap identification shindig, should hopefully start sometime this week.
December 18, 2004 - Where the Red Fern Grows, an all-new adaptation of the Wilson Rawls novel, is the subject of our latest DVD review.
Disney has released the first trailer for Ice Princess, a skating comedy starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall, and Joan Cusack, which lands in theaters next March. View it in QuickTime: small, medium, or jumbo-sized. (More on Ice Princess...)
December 17, 2004 - Our newest DVD review covers The Young Black Stallion, Disney's visually pleasing 2003 IMAX narrative film which is released next Tuesday.
December 16, 2004 - Better late than never, our last detailed 2-page review of Wave 4's Walt Disney Treasures has now been posted: The Complete Pluto, Volume One. As with other compilations of classic Disney shorts, the core of the set depends on what you think of the comedic cartoon short format. If you're a fan, then this set doesn't disappoint, providing 3½ hours of Pluto's early and noteworthy appearances. On the other hand, the unacquainted will find Pluto's shorts more accessible and less formulaic. While some have voiced their disapproval of Disney splitting Pluto's canon into two sets, this Volume 1 DVD nonetheless delivers stellar video/audio and an hour of bonus features in the Treasures tradition.
Cover art for Sacred Planet has been posted.
After making the film festival circuit over the past year and a half, the new adaptation of Wilson Rawls' beloved novel Where the Red Fern Grows makes its DVD debut next Tuesday under the Disney banner. Hundreds of people got to see the film last Saturday at a special screening in Sonoma, California. The screening was followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. See this thread for pictures and more information. We'll be having DVD reviews for you of Where the Red Fern Grows and The Young Black Stallion (both available next week as part of Disney's new Literary Collection) by this weekend.
We had a major scare earlier today when the entire General Discussion section of our forum (containing over 50,000 posts since the forum launch of April 2003) disappeared in the early morning hours and were feared to be forever lost. Fortunately, our webhost saved the day and almost all of those posts from our most popular forum section. The trade-off: anything posted in any of the forums since Saturday is now lost and won't be retrieved. Also, the 12 forum members who signed up since last Saturday will have to re-register. Still, it should be a lot easier to rebuild five days' worth of posts than everything, and we thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Hope to see you on the forum!
Some updates have come in on a few upcoming Disney movies: Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Swiss Family Robinson and Jungle Cruise.
Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
• The Absent-Minded Professor - Still disappointingly absent of extras, this re-release does restore the film's original widescreen aspect ratio and black & white palette.
• Jack Seiley on That's So Raven: Supernaturally Stylish - It tries to follow the "Lizzie McGuire" formula, but fails.
• The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement - Though cast and crew enthusiastically return, this sequel falls short.
• Jack Seiley on Mickey Mouse in Black & White, Volume 2 - Mickey's early shorts are dated but nonetheless a "must-have" for animation buffs.
• Kim Possible: The Villain Files - Episode compilation of the Disney Channel series that doesn't work as an action/comedy.
• The Mickey Mouse Club - Vintage Disney television programming has a different appeal today, and a nice half-hour of extras.
• Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition - Remarkable improvement in picture and sound, two discs full of great extras, and one of Walt's best films!
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