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been a pretty quiet week for family- oriented DVD
announcements, but there were a couple worth mentioning.
First of all, Fox Home Entertainment officially announced the release of Ron Howard’s fantasy adventure Willow as a special edition on November 27 for $26.98 SRP. The DVD has been digitally remastered and is presented in a new 5.1 Dolby surround soundtrack.
Features on the disc include special commentaries, an all-new documentary showcasing Willow's groundbreaking achievements in special effects, a “Making Of An Adventure” documentary, an effects featurette, original theatrical trailers, TV spots, a still photo gallery, and much more. It sounds like a winner disc, but I also remember the film wasn’t necessarily for younger viewers.
Here’s the press release film summary:
Next up is the second DVD from the animated TV series “Dragon Tales.” This five-episode compilation debuts on August 7 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment at a price of $19.95 SRP. The episodes include “Quetzal’s Magic Pop-Up Book,” “The Fury is Out on This One,” “Much Ado About Nodlings,” “Four Little Pigs,” and “Quibbling Siblings.” These adventures focus on skills, such as sharing, taking turns, learning to be considerate and managing one’s temper. Special features on the DVD include interactive menus and three Dragon Tales sing-a-longs: “Shake Your Dragon Tail,” “Betcha Can” and “Wiggle,” . The digitally mastered audio is in both English and Spanish audio, and the video is presented in the full-frame format. Run time is approximately 65 minutes. Here are the synopses for the episodes from the press release:
In addition to the DVD release, these episodes will be included with several others on three VHS tapes released on the same day as the DVD for $12.95 SRP each. The three tapes will also be available as a box set.
Also, I received a reminder about the July 3 VHS release of two more installments of the Magic School Bus. Warner Home Video (WHV) and Scholastic Entertainment will debut two brand new adventures from Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus television series, “The Magic School Bus: Makes a Rainbow” and “The Magic School Bus: Gets Planted.” Each video will be available for the suggested retail price of $9.95.
Disneyland Annual Passholders, who have the type pass that gets them the 10% merchandise discount, may want to stop by the park and take a look at the pricing on both the Fantasia and Toy Story deluxe DVD box sets. Normally these three disc sets retail at most stores for 69.95. At Disneyland they are priced at 49.95 - and with your merchandise discount they come down to 44.96 - a remarkable deal.
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more!
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