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Kevin Krock, editor
The MousePlanet Home Theater Video News — 9/24/01

In the past few weeks, there have not been a whole lot of family- oriented DVD announcements, but I recently received a more information about some of Disney's 2002 DVDs. So, without delay...

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First, the details about the Tron 20th anniversary Collector's Edition two-disc set have been released. On January 15, 2002, we can all look forward to finding over five hours of bonus material including:

  • A new 75-minute documentary called, "The Making of Tron"
  • Deleted scenes with all- new introductions by writer / director Steven Lisberger and visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw
  • Production photo gallery with new photos from the Disney photo archives
  • Audio commentary by director Steven Lisberger, producer Donald Kushner and visual effects supervisors Harrison Ellenshaw and Richard Taylor
  • Storyboard to film comparisons
  • Extensive still frame galleries
  • Pre- production animation tests
  • Original Wendy Carlos soundtrack music deleted from the film
  • Inspirational designs by design artists Syd Mead, Peter Lloyd and Jean "Moebius" Giraud
  • Computer animation design and demo reels
  • Original publicity materials
  • Original theatrical trailer

...and much more

Second, here are the details about the two Atlantis: The Lost Empire DVDs that are due to hit the stores on January 29, 2002:

Standard Edition
SRP $29.99

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Filmmakers
  • Deleted Scene: Viking Prologue
  • How To Speak Atlantean
  • DisneyPedia
  • Virtual Tours Of CG Models - Ulysses & Leviathon


  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • THX-Certified
  • Fullframe (1.33:1)
  • Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9

Collector's Edition
SRP $39.99

Disk 1

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Filmmakers
  • Visual Commentary (Producer Don Hahn and Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise take views behind the film during key scenes and actually shows how the film was created with exciting footage and visuals)
  • Deleted Scene: Viking Prologue
  • How To Speak Atlantean
  • DisneyPedia
  • Virtual Tours Of CG Models - Ulysses & Leviathon


  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • THX-Certified
  • Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9

Disk 2

  • Multiple Platform Navigation System (3-D Menus)
  • Explore Mode - The actual CG model of the Ulysses submarine used in Atlantis is the menu navigation environment
  • Tour Mode - Sit back and enjoy a two-hour, self-navigating "Submersive" DVD documentary
  • File Mode - Lists all features in sequential order (text menus)
  • Many features plus visual commentary presented exclusively in widescreen format
  • Story & editorial
  • Art direction
  • Character designs
  • Music and sound
  • Publicity
  • Whitmore Industries industrial film

...and, of course, much more

On the 12th of February 2002, Peter Pan will make its DVD debut as a special edition. Unfortunately, there are no details about the goodies or specifications yet. My guess is that it will be priced at $29.99 SRP.

Cover art © Disney
Cover art © Disney

Then, on February 26, 2002, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True will hit the shelves with a SRP of $29.99. Here is the plot summary:

"In Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Cinderella Jaq and Gus explore how life has changed for the young princess and her friends and family. With help from the lovable Fairy Godmother, the mice tell a story of Cinderella's awkward first days in the palace, when she tried so hard to fit it that she forgot how to be herself. Then they reveal how Jaq once felt so left out of palace life that he wished to be human…a whish that came a little too true when the Fairy Godmother overheard his plea! And finally they relate the charming tale of how Cinderella taught one of her nasty stepsisters to smile-and uncovered a hidden well of kindness that leads her to her own true love."

The DVD bonus features and specifications are:

  • "Put it Together" Music Video - movie clips set to the Brooke Allison song "Put it Together," a modern version of "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"
  • DVD Storybook
  • Musical Magic - discover how magical movie music is made from the composer of the film
  • Cinderella's Enchanted Castle Game
  • DVD-ROM activities
  • Anamorphic widescreen, 1.66:1
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • DTS 5.1 Digital surround sound
  • French and Spanish language tracks

Promotional art © Disney
Promotional art © Disney

Another recent announcement was the March 19, 2002 release of the direct- to- video Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 DVD. It too will have a SRP of $29.99. Here is the press release summary:

The DVD bonus features and specifications are:

  • A Gargoyle's Life - Jason Alexander narrates this "witty and educational tribute" to gargoyles
  • Festival of Fun Activity - Two children's activities: a lesson about the musical scale and a puppet theater.
  • Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt - Discover how Hewitt fulfilled her life-long dream of portraying an animated star.
  • Anamorphic widescreen, 1.66:1
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • DTS 5.1 Digital surround sound
  • French and Spanish language tracks

On May 7, 2002, Winnie the Pooh fans will be happy to hear that the 25th Anniversary edition of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be released on DVD with a SRP of $29.99. This classic collection of four Pooh shorts has been digitally remastered and restored for the anniversary, and the disc will contain a relatively small set of bonus material.

The DVD bonus features and specifications are:

  • Never-before-seen music video of "The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song" performed by Carly Simon
  • Exclusive sneak peek at the 2003 theatrical release, "Piglet's Big Movie"
  • "A Day for Eeyore" bonus featurette
  • Sneak peek at the new, full-length 2002 video/DVD release, "Winnie the Pooh: Happy Holidays to You"
  • Behind-the-scenes "Making Of" footage
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • THX-Certified
  • Fullscreen viewing presentation
  • French and Spanish language tracks
  • Child-friendly game with multiple play options
  • DVD storybook
  • Winnie the Pooh scrapbook
  • Sing-along song

Finally, the release of a Schoolhouse Rock special edition DVD is scheduled for mid-2002. Details are a bit sketchy, but it appears that at least 25 of the educational shorts will appear on the "Best Of" VHS edition. The Collector's Edition DVD may - I would certainly hope - contain all 46 shorts on one, possibly two, DVDs. Additional details will be coming in the next couple of months.

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


















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