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:
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.
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!