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

Here are just a few DVD news items that you may find interesting.


On December 4, Buena Vista Home Video releases the documentary Walt: The Man Behind The Myth. Right now, it looks like this will only be released as an unedited, 86-minute VHS, but no price has been set. Here is some of the press information if you have not heard about this wonderful documentary:

An edited, 84-minute version of this film aired on Wonderful World Of Disney on the ABC Network on September 16th. Walt: The Man Behind The Myth narrated by Dick van Dyke, star of Disney's Mary Poppins, offers a new and revealing look at Walt Disney both inside and outside the studio.

To present Walt's life and legacy as accurately as possible, the producers shot more than 70 new interviews with colleagues, friends and family of Walt Disney, including animation legends Joe Grant, Ward Kimball, John Hench, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Marc Davis. Diane Disney Miller and Roy E. Disney, Vice-Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, are also featured.

The film also draws on leading historians including Leonard Maltin, Bob Thomas, John Canemaker, Charles Solomon, Brian Sibley, and J.B. Kaufman, as well as celebrities including Art Linkletter, Dick van Dyke, Chuck Jones, Ray Bradbury, John Lasseter, Dean Jones, Robert Stack, and Buddy Ebsen.

As I mentioned in a previous News posting, on January 29 of next year, Atlantis makes its DVD debut in both collector's and standard editions. Here is what the standard disc cover will look like:

Atlantis DVD cover - Promotional art  Disney

Then on February 12, Disney releases Disney's American Legends on DVD and VHS. The disc appears to contain a compilation of four animated Disney shorts: "Paul Bunyan," "Johnny Appleseed," "John Henry," and "The Brave Engineer." The DVD features appear to include Dolby Digital surround, the original Walt Disney TV show introductions, an American Legends game, and the Donald Applecore animated short. More to come as additional details are released.

American Legends DVD cover - Promotional art  Disney

Finally, in January, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Snow White will go on moratorium and begin to disappear as current stocks are depleted. My guess is that we will see the first two return in the coming years as updated, special editions of one kind or another. Snow White will probably go away for a long time, unless Disney alters its Platinum DVD policy.

That is all for now, but stay tuned!

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