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Kevin Krock, editor
The MousePlanet Home Theater Video News - 7/9/01

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I thought I would start with some interesting news for those of you waiting for the Snow White "Immersive 2-Disc DVD Experience." Here’s the artwork, and what you’ll find on the discs:

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Disc 1

Magic Mirror on the Wall: To guide the viewer through all the features, the Magic Mirror is summoned as the host, through all-new animation created especially for this release.

• Guided Tour: Tour Guide Angela Lansbury takes you on a VIP tour sampling bonus features
• Some Day My Prince Will Come: Barbra Streisand performs a newly recorded rendition of the song presented over an animated montage of highlights from the film.
• "Still The Fairest of Them All: The Making Of Snow White:" A 40-minute documentary providing fascinating insight into the events leading up to the development of the film
• "Heigh-Ho" Sing-Along: With an option to hear the vocals from the film or perform your own, karaoke style.
• "Dopey's Wild Mine Ride" Game
• "The Goddess of Spring:" Silly Symphony animated short, which served as a test for the character Snow White.
• Audio commentary is gathered from dozens of hours of rare archival recordings of Walt Disney himself, hosted by film historian John Canemaker.

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Disc 2

Five enchanted "Lands" to explore displayed on a new 3-D animated map

  • Snow White’s Wishing Well (History And Development)
    • Walt Disney biographical timeline
    • Highlights of Walt Disney's life and career
    • Snow White production timeline
    • The evolution of the production
    • Brothers Grimm original version of "Snow White"
    • Storyboard to film comparisons
  • The Queen’s Castle (Virtual Galleries & More)
    • Visual Development Gallery including preliminary designs and deleted concepts, highlights the creation of the European storybook world
    • Layouts and Backgrounds Gallery including original designs and renderings
    • Camera And Filter Tests including excerpts from Disney TV shows "The Story Of The Silly Symphony, " and "Tricks of Our Trade" with Walt Disney focusing on the Multiplane Camera
    • Animation including a featurette on the original voices from the film
    • Live-Action Footage including rare, live-action test footage featuring dancer Marge (Belcher) Champion and vaudevillian Eddie Collins with Disney artists
    • Character Design Galleries
    • Still art galleries showcase the production designs
  • The Queen’s Dungeon (Abandoned Concepts)
    • Snow White Meets The Prince storyboard reconstruction of an alternate scene
    • Some Day My Prince Will Come (Fantasy Version) storyboard reconstruction
    • The Prince Is Captured storyboard reconstruction
    • A look at the restoration process for the DVD
  • The Dwarf’s Mine (Rare Treasures)
    • Four partially animated (and one fully-animated) scenes that did not make the final film version plus the original RKO Opening and End Credits
    • Disney Through The Decades: an new overview of the Walt Disney Studios, looking at each decade from the 1930's to the present with Roy Disney, D.B. Sweeney, Angela Lansbury, Fess Parker, Robby Benson, Dean Jones, Jodi Benson and Ming-Na.
  • The Dwarf’s Cottage (Wonder Of An Era Gone By)
    • The Release: Rare newsreel footage of the Hollywood premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater, a large selection of still photographs of original merchandise, and trailers from the various theatrical re-releases.
    • Publicity: A retrospective of different theatrical poster designs used to promote "Snow White" over 65 years, press kits and the original 1937 Exhibitor's manual, stills from the premiere, the original press book, production photos, and posters.
    • Vintage Black & White Short Subjects including "A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios," (RKO exhibitors short), "How Disney Cartoons Are Made" (revised version of "A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios," shown publicly as the first trailer for "Snow White")
    • Supplemental Audio including Cecil B. DeMille talks with Walt Disney about his production and premiere for the Lux Radio Theater, radio broadcast from the premiere, Disney radio program celebrating "Snow White Day" (January 9, 1938), radio commercials, voice recording sessions and a deleted song: "You're Never Too Old To Be Young" (sung by the Dwarfs)
    • DVD-ROM Features

Whew! Quite a list, and I can’t wait to see all that great stuff in a few months.

Here's a tidbit that I recently gathered: Fans of Tron will be happy to hear that Disney is preparing a 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. No release date has been set, but I’d expect to see it in the summer of 2002. I'm hoping we'll get a couple of discs packed with extras as well as an anamorphic widescreen transfer. (The LaserDisc box set was quite a deluxe package!) Too bad it probably won’t correspond to the theatrical release of Tron 2.0, which is apparently still in pre-production.

In announcement news, Warner Bros. announced the September 11 release of animated versions of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord Of the Rings (theatrically released, 1978), The Hobbit (TV special) and The Return Of The King (TV special). While Warner did not release the full specifications, the discs will not be special editions and will only be available as full-frame transfers, and each disc will retail for $19.95.

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Warner Brothers is also releasing three more space-related IMAX films on October 2: Mission to Mir, Hail Columbia! and Destiny in Space. The discs appear to be direct transfers of the movies without bonus material, and each disc will retail for $19.98. A five disc box set will also be available, and it will include the three previously mentioned titles as well as Blue Planet and The Dream is Alive.

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Rumor tidbit: The Shrek special edition DVD is tentatively slated for an October release. Here are a few of the anticipated goodies: new "behind- the- scenes" interviews with the characters from the movie, "computer rendering errors" and uncompleted storyboards. Plus, as we understand it, there will be deleted / unused scenes that were rendered / finished especially for the DVD. More to come as details are released.

Availability Reminder: You can pre-order the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs at 25% off retail from Amazon.com. Check them out:

That's it for now, but stay tuned for more!

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