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The MousePlanet Home Theater Video News — 3/13/02

Just in the last week, there has been a slew of Disney press releases (quoted in the smaller type size below) for their 2002 home video releases, and I thought that I would pass them along.


The much- delayed Oliver & Company DVD will finally see light on May 14 as an anamorphic widescreen transfer with a number of bonus features:

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Available For The First Time In Six Years And For The First Time EVER On Disney DVD

OLIVER & COMPANY

With Superb Musical Cast And Bonus Features

A Classic Tale Gets A Bold New Look On May 14, 2002

BURBANK, Calif., March 1, 2002 -- You're invited to join the loveable, animated canine gang of Disney's action-packed spectacular OLIVER & COMPANY as they steal your heart and romp back onto VHS and, for the first time ever, appear on Disney DVD on May 14, 2002 from Walt Disney Home Video. With a celebrated voice cast which includes pop star Billy Joel and music and screen star Bette Midler, and a wealth of terrific songs, OLIVER & COMPANY stands as one of Disney's liveliest animated features.

OLIVER & COMPANY features an all-new, state-of-the-art digital high definition transfer of the film, and both the VHS and DVD include the Academy® Award-winning animated short, "Lend A Paw" (Academy Award® Winner, Best Short, 1941). In addition, the DVD includes exciting features such as "The Making of Oliver & Company," "Disney's Animated Animals" featurette, Fun Film facts and more. The extraordinary clarity of the Disney DVD picture is supplemented by the superb audio quality of Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

OLIVER & COMPANY is available at the collectible price of $22.99 for the VHS (S.R.P.) and $29.99 for the DVD (S.R.P.). Prebook date is April 2, 2002.

On VHS and Disney DVD, OLIVER & COMPANY features the bonus short:

"Lend A Paw" (Academy Award® Winner, Best Short, 1941)

OLIVER & COMPANY SPECIAL EDITION DVD FEATURES

  • All-New State-Of-The-Art Digital High-Definition Transfer
  • French and Spanish Language Tracks
  • Widescreen (1.66:1) - Enhanced for 16 x 9 television
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Never-Before-Released On DVD:
  • The Making of Oliver & Company
  • "Disney's Animated Animals" Featurette
  • Fun Film Facts
  • "Puss-Cafe" Classic Disney Animated Short (starring Pluto)
  • Still Frame Scrapbook Behind-The-Scenes Production and Concept Art
  • Publicity Materials
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Television Spot
  • "Why Should I Worry?" Sing Along Song
  • "Streets of Gold" Sing Along Song
  • DVD-Rom Weblinks

DVD bonus features not rated.DVD features subject to change.

OLIVER & COMPANY's star-studded cast includes Bette Midler (TV's "Bette") as Georgette, Billy Joel as Dodger, Joey Lawrence ("A Goofy Movie") as Oliver, Dom Deluise ("Don't Drink the Water") as Fagin, Cheech Marin ("Spy Kids," TV's "Nash Bridges") as Tito, Roscoe Lee Browne ("Babe") as Francis, Sheryl Lee Ralph (TV's "Moesha") as Rita, the late Richard Mulligan (TV's "Empty Nest") as Einstein and Robert Loggia ("Wide Awake") as Sykes. Among the terrific songs in OLIVER & COMPANY are "Once Upon A Time In New York City," "Why Should I Worry" (sung by Billy Joel,) "Perfect Isn't Easy" (sung by Bette Midler), and "Streets of Gold" (sung by Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters). Popular musicians Ruben Blades and Huey Lewis both make contributions to the film.

Inspired by the timeless Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist," OLIVER & COMPANY is the thrilling animated classic full of action, friendship, courage and heart that starts when Oliver, the orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, the cool mutt from a New York pack of pickpocket pooches. Soon, Oliver is lovingly adopted by Jenny, a lonely little rich girl, until tough-guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart. Now it's up to Oliver, Dodger, and all his colorful, street-smart canine pals to outwit the villains and rescue the girl in an electrifying chase that will leave you breathless! Filled with laughter, loyalty and paw-tapping music by Billy Joel, Huey Lewis and Bette Midler, OLIVER & COMPANY is family fun you'll love watching over and over again!

OLIVER & COMPANY has an approximate running time of 74 minutes and is rated "G" by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Presented in Dolby Stereo with digitally-mastered stereo sound, OLIVER & COMPANY is close-captioned for the hearing-impaired.


Then on July 23, Tarzan and Jane make their direct- to- video debut. As this acts as a promotion for the current television series, it will undoubtedly look and feel like a package of disjointed short stories patched together with interstitial animation, much like Cinderella II. It will not be a true sequel but an old and tired formula that Disney seems to keep using, but here is what is planned:

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Tarzan® Is Back In An All-New Animated Adventure

TARZAN® & JANE

SWINGS TO DISNEY DVD AND VHS ON JULY 23

BURBANK, Calif., March 1, 2002 -- Swing into nonstop fun and adventure from Walt Disney Home Entertainment with the all-new movie TARZAN® & JANE, premiering only on Disney DVD and video on July 23, 2002.Disney's TARZAN captured our imaginations, now the story continues as this animated adventure begins with Tarzan and Jane celebrating their first year together in the jungle. All of the favorite characters from Disney's TARZAN are back, including Terk, Tantor and the Professor, in an action-packed tale full of surprises. TARZAN® & JANE features irresistible new music, including a new duet of "Two Worlds" performed by Phil Collins and Mandy Moore. The wonderful new musical number "Singing To The Song Of Life" is also sung by Moore.

TARZAN® & JANE will be priced at $29.99 (S.R.P.) for Disney DVD and $24.99 (S.R.P.) for VHS.

As Tarzan and Jane's one-year marriage anniversary approaches, Jane searches the jungle for the perfect gift for Tarzan, enlisting the help of the hilarious Terk and Tantor. As they recall the many adventures they've shared so far, Jane realizes what an exciting year it's been in the jungle; from encounters with both old friend and new adversaries, to outsmarting prowling panthers to surfing the lava down an erupting volcano.But that's nothing compared to what Tarzan has in store for Jane a surprise that will show her just how much he understands her world.

On Disney DVD, TARZAN & JANE® will include the features:

  • Tarzan & Jane's Adventure Builder
  • Help plot Tarzan and Jane's adventures in a story hosted by Tantor
  • "Build Your Own Tree House" Game
  • Help build and furnish a new treehouse for Tarzan and Jane, in this fun, two-part game.
  • Exclusive Sneak Peek at Disney's TARZAN II
  • Mandy Moore "Singing To The Song of Life" Music Video
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Aspect Ratio 1.66:1, Enhanced For 16x9 Television Screens
  • French Language Track

TARZAN® & JANE has a running time of approximately 75 minutes. Bonus features are unrated.


Next up, the release date for the 30th anniversary DVD edition of School House Rock has now been set for August 27, and it promises to be quite a set:

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD

Every Song From Classic Series In One Collection With Bonus Features

THE BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION VHS

The Greatest Hits From the Landmark Series

BURBANK, Calif., March 1, 2002 -- Conjunction Junction, what's your function? In the '70s and '80s, the catchy Schoolhouse Rock tunes taught millions of children the fundamentals of math, grammar, science, history, and money. Relive the pop culture sensation with the SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK SPECIAL 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD, which includes every song from the landmark series in a collectible two-disc DVD. Among the over 50 tunes are such classics as "Conjunction Junction," "Three is a Magic Number," "I'm Just A Bill," and "Electricity, Electricity." The DVD features an all-new song about the Electoral College, "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" written by the show's original creators. In addition, it includes behind-the-scenes footage, "play-all" and "shuffle-all" features, fun-filled games and much, much more!

Also available on VHS only is THE BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION a collection of the top 25 hits as selected by Schoolhouse Rock fans everywhere. Both of these entertaining and educational titles are available on August 27, 2002.

The SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK-SPECIAL 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD is priced at $29.99 (S.R.P.) from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. THE BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is priced at $19.99 (S.R.P.) for VHS only.

The SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK - SPECIAL 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD includes these features:

  • All 46 Schoolhouse Rock Songs
  • The All-New Song "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" Written, Performed and Animated By the Show's Creators
  • Several Never-Before-Released-On-Video Songs
  • The Making of "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" Featurette
  • "Play-All" and "Shuffle-All" Features
  • Top 10 and Top 20 Jukebox
  • "Arrange-A-Song" Puzzles
  • "Earn your Diploma" Trivia Game
  • "Three Is A Magic Number" Nike Commercial
  • Emmy Awards Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries By the Schoolhouse Rock Creators
  • Music Videos From Contemporary Artists

The SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK-SPECIAL 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD has a running time of approximately 221 minutes and is unrated. THE BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION VHS has a running time of approximately 83 minutes and is unrated.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK | Song Title List

MULTIPLICATION ROCK (11): "My Hero, Zero" | "Elementary, My Dear" | "Three Is a Magic Number" | "The Four-Legged Zoo" | "Ready Or Not, Here I Come" | "I Got Six" | "Lucky Seven Sampson" | "Figure Eight" | "Naughty Number Nine" | "The Good Eleven" | "Little Twelvetoes"

GRAMMAR ROCK (9): "Unpack Your Adjectives" | "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here" | "Conjunction Junction" | "Interjections!" | "Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla" | "Verb: That's What's Happening" | "A Noun Is a Person, Place or Thing" | "Busy Propositions" | "The Tale of Mr. Morton"

AMERICA ROCK (10): "No More Kings" | "Fireworks" | "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" | "The Preamble" | "Elbow Room" | "The Great American Melting Pot" | "Mother Necessity" | "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" | "I'm Just a Bill" | "Three-Ring Government"

SCIENCE ROCK (9): "The Body Machine" | "Do the Circulation" | "Electricity, Electricity" | "The Energy Blues" | "Interplanet Janet" | "Telegraph Line" | "Them Not-So-Dry Bones" | "A Victim of Gravity" | "The Weather Song"

MONEY ROCK (8): "Dollars and Sense" | "Seven-Fifty Once a Week" | "Where the Money Goes" | "Tax Man Max" | "Walkin' on Wall Street" | "This for That" | "Tyrannosaurus Debt" | "The Check's in the Mail"

SCOOTER COMPUTER & MR. CHIPS (4): "Introduction" | "Software" | "Hardware" | "Number Cruncher"

ALL-NEW SONG (1) "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College"


On September 3, Mickey’s House of Mouse becomes the House of Villains as this television series-based direct- to- video release hits store shelves:

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A FULL-LENGTH ADVENTURE NEW TO VIDEO AND DVD

MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS

DISNEY'S GREATEST VILLAINS TRY TO TAKE OVER THE HOUSE OF MOUSE SEPTEMBER 3

BURBANK, Calif., March 1, 2002 -- It's Mickey Mouse and his friends versus Disney's greatest villains in MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS, from Walt Disney Home Entertainment, coming September 3, 2002 only on Disney DVD and video. The first movie to bring together all of Disney's greatest villains, this fast-paced movie includes over 150 terrific characters. The movie features an array of classic Disney cartoons, shorts, and a raucously fun song sung by the villains, entitled "It's Our House Now!"

A rollicking adventure from the creators of the wildly popular "Disney's House of Mouse," this full-length animated movie is priced at $29.99 (S.R.P.) for the Disney DVD and $22.99 (S.R.P.) the video. Prebook is July 23, 2002.

In MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS, the best meet the baddest when Mickey Mouse comes face-to-face with the Disney villains everyone loves to hate, for a night of mischief and mayhem that is sure to leave you laughing. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy have their hands full when the wicked Jafar teams up with Cruella, Hades, Ursula, Captain Hook, Maleficent and all of the other dastardly villains in a wild attempt to turn the House of Mouse into the House of Villains. These scene-stealing villains stage their showdown with a show-stopping musical number that makes MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS a fun-filled event for the entire family.

MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS DVD BONUS MATERIALS

  • Fright Delight
  • A collection of Disney's spookiest sound effects in 5.1 Surround Sound.
  • Escape The House of Villains Adventure Game
  • Help Mickey Mouse take back the House of Mouse from the Villains
  • The Villains' Gallery
  • Discover everything there is to know about the Villains you love to hate.
  • DVD-ROM Web links
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS is modeled on the style of Disney's popular series "House of Mouse" (the series can be seen Saturdays on the ABC Television Network).The "House of Mouse" is the hottest meeting place for everyone's favorite animated characters, with Mickey Mouse as the house's host.

MICKEY'S HOUSE OF VILLAINS has a running time of approximately 70 minutes and is close-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Bonus features subject to change.


The movie many of you have been waiting for, Monsters, Inc. will be released on home video on September 17 in a deluxe DVD version as this press release describes:

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THE MOST ANTICIPATED MONSTER MOVIE HIT COMES TO DVD AND VHS

Disney/Pixar's MONSTERS, INC.

Nominated for FOUR Academy Awards®!

Incredible Animated Extravaganza From the Oscar®-Winning** Creators of TOY STORY and A BUG'S LIFE

VHS and Definitive 2-Disc Special Edition DVD Include ALL-NEW ANIMATED SHORT "Mike's New Car," Outtakes Including "Company Play" and Tons of Fun Features

BURBANK, Calif., March 1, 2002 -- On September 17, 2002 one of the biggest theatrical blockbusters of 2001, MONSTERS, INC., makes its home entertainment debut on a 2-disc Special Edition DVD and VHS from Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Pixar Animation Studios (Nasdaq: PIXR). Nominated for four Academy Awards®,* including "Best Animated Feature Film," MONSTERS, INC. has become one of the highest-grossing animated films in box-office history.

The 2-disc DVD and VHS of this hilarious and heartwarming comedy smash features an all-new animated short "Mike's New Car" created exclusively for this MONSTERS, INC. release (with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal); the uproarious, Oscar®-nominated Pixar short "For the Birds" (Best Animated Short Film nominee, 2001); hysterical outtakes including a hilarious "Company Play" musical performance by the MONSTERS, INC. characters, an exclusive look at the exciting upcoming feature film FINDING NEMO, a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, and much, much more.

Presented with pristine digital picture and sound, a stellar cast and eye-popping computer-animation magic, MONSTERS, INC. will be available on 2-disc DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.) and on VHS for $24.99 (S.R.P).

* 2002 Academy Award® Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film, Best Original Score (Randy Newman), Best Original Song ("If I Didn't Have You") and Best Sound Editing.

The definitive 2-disc Special Edition DVD of MONSTERS, INC. has been designed to appeal to both the discerning film fan, who demands nothing less than the highest-quality home entertainment experience, and to families who enjoy the interactive and engaging bonus features that DVDs can provide. Both audiences will enjoy countless hours of entertainment within the two distinct worlds of the MONSTERS, INC. DVD: the Monster World and the Human World.

The "Monster World" portion of the disc allows viewers to enter the alternate world of Monstropolis and join Monsters, Inc. for a first day on the job, learning all about Monstropolis' wonderful world. Viewers literally become employees at the Monsters, Inc. factory, starting their day with Roz as they learn about the monsters, explore the hysterical employee handbook and learn about the uproarious history of the monster world. Other great features include the "Disney/Pixar Storytime - Welcome to Monstropolis" program, an all-new storybook of monster adventures; "Boo's Door Game," a set-top adventure featuring Sulley and other characters from the film; DVD-ROM features and more.

In the "Human World" of the 2-disc Special Edition DVD, film buffs are invited to go behind the scenes with the 'humans' at Pixar and Disney to see how this incredible film was created. Included in the "Human World" is a fascinating and comprehensive tour through all aspects of this animated masterpiece, including in-depth behind-the-scenes programs, abandoned concepts, 3-D location flyarounds, a tour through Pixar's Fabulous Fun Factory, and a featurette on Randy Newman's Oscar®-nominated song "If I Didn't Have You." Newman's score for the film was also honored with an Oscar® nomination.

The VHS of MONSTERS, INC. will feature:

  • Outtakes:Including "Company Play" - Performance of "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me" - Written, Choreographed, Produced, Directed and Catered by Mike Wazowski
  • "For the Birds" - the 2001 Oscar® nominated Pixar Animated Short Film
  • Music Featurette "If I Didn't Have You" Performed by Billy Crystal and John Goodman
  • Exclusive Sneak Peek of FINDING NEMO, Disney/Pixar's New Upcoming Feature
  • "Mike's New Car" - Exclusive, All-New Short Created For DVD and VHS, Featuring the Voice Talents of John Goodman and Billy Crystal

The 2-disc Special Edition DVD MONSTERS, INC. will feature:

Disc One:

  • Choice of Viewing Presentation:
  • Fullscreen Version of the Film (1.33:1) - Specially Reframed ForStandard TV
  • Widescreen Version of the Film (1.85:1) Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions (Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio)
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround EX
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround EX Sound Effects Only Track
  • THX® Certified with THX Optimizer
  • Audio Commentary by the filmmakers Director Pete Docter, Co-Director Lee Unkrich, Executive Producer John Lasseter and Executive Producer and Screenwriter Andrew Stanton

Disc Two:

(Divided Into Two Worlds: The Monster World and The Human World)

  • Outtakes: Including "Company Play" Performance of "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me" Written, Choreographed, Produced, Directed and Catered by Mike Wazowski
  • "For the Birds" the 2001 Oscar® nominated Pixar Animated Short Film
  • Music Featurette "If I Didn't Have You" Performed by Billy Crystal and John Goodman
  • Exclusive Sneak Peek of FINDING NEMO, Disney/Pixar's New Upcoming Feature

MONSTER WORLD

Monsters, Inc. Orientation

Welcome to Monsters, Inc. viewers enter the factory and start their first day on the job with Roz! Viewers can peruse their company handbook as they learn about their monster co-workers.

Welcome To Monsters, Inc.

  • Your First Day
  • History of the Monster World - How Monsters Evolved
  • Employees' Handbook Menu Screens
  • Your Fellow Employees
  • Hazard I.D. Symbols
  • Repetitive Scare Injury
  • C.D.A. (Child Detection Agency)
  • Contamination Safety Check & Alert Procedures
  • The Cafeteria
  • Top 10 Ways To Get Fired
  • Sample Scare Report
  • Gain 10,000 Pounds
  • Personals
  • And More
  • Monster of the Month Awards
  • Scarer Cards Fun-Filled Facts About All The Monsters

New Monster Adventures

  • Special Animation Created For This Release, Including "Mike's New Car" All-New Animated Short Created Exclusively For The MONSTERS, INC. DVD (with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal)
  • Monsters, Inc. TV Treats
  • Boo's Door Game The mischievous Randall has shredded Boo's door. Help Mike find the pieces and put it back together.
  • Disney/Pixar Storytime "Welcome To Monstropolis." Discover More About Mike and Sulley In This All-New Storybook of New Monster Adventures
  • Music Feature "If I Didn't Have You"

Behind the Screams

    • On The Job With Mike and Sulley

HUMAN WORLD

Go Behind the Scenes and See How MONSTERS, INC. Was Created

  • Discover How Computer Animation Works
  • See How Monstropolis Was Created
  • Animation Gags
  • Location Flyarounds
  • Never-Before-Seen Tests
  • Abandoned Concepts
  • Monsters, Inc. Guide to Inside Jokes

Pixar Tour

  • Pixar's Animation Studio
  • Take a Tour Through Pixar's Fabulous Animation Studio, Where the
  • Animation Comes To Life

From Story to Storyboard

  • Story Is King
  • Monsters Are Real
  • Original Treatment
  • Story Pitch
  • Abandoned Concepts
  • Original Opening
  • Storyboard To Film Comparison

Monster Files

  • Cast of Characters
  • What Makes A Great Monster?
  • Character Design

Design

  • Monstropolis
  • Setting the Scene
  • Color Scripts
  • Location Flyarounds
  • Monstropolis Art Gallery
  • Guide to "In Jokes"

Animation

  • The Animation Process
  • Early Tests
  • Opening Title Animation
  • Shots Department
  • Master Lighting
  • Production Demonstration

Music and Sound Design

  • Monster Songs includes "If I Didn't Have You"
  • Mixing Demo
  • Binaural Recording
  • Sound Design

Theatrical Release

  • Premiere
  • Theatrical Teaser
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • TV Spots
  • International Elements
  • Toys
  • Posters

From the Academy Award®-winning creators of "Toy Story" comes MONSTERS, INC., the hilarious new computer-animated feature that opens the door to a world of monsters and mayhem and scares up lots of laughs in the process. MONSTERS, INC. is the largest scare factory in the monster world and the top kid Scarer is James P. Sullivan (John Goodman, "The Emperor's New Groove"), a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns, known as "Sulley" to his friends. His Scare Assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal, "America's Sweethearts"), a lime green, opinionated, feisty monster. Scaring children isn't such an easy job, as monsters believe children are toxic and that direct contact with them would be catastrophic.

The film's eclectic cast of characters also includes the factory's crab-like CEO Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn, Academy Award® winner, Best Supporting Actor, "Affliction" 1997), the beguiling serpent-haired receptionist Celia (Jennifer Tilly, "Stuart Little") and the sarcastic chameleon monster, Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi, "Ghost World"), who schemes to replace Sulley as Monsters, Inc.'s top Scarer.Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who turns the monster world upside down and teaches Sulley and Mike that laughter is more powerful than a scream.

MONSTERS, INC. is rated "G" with a running time of approximately 94 minutes. Bonus materials not rated and subject to change.


The final DVD announcement is Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s 2002 Platinum edition release hits store shelves on October 8, with the following features outlined in the press release:

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Beauty & The Beast: Special Edition

Disney's Second Platinum Edition Release

Featuring All-New Musical Sequence "Human Again"

2-Disc DVD Includes THREE Versions Of The Film

BURBANK, Calif., March 1, 2002 Disney's masterpiece BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION will be available for the first time ever on Disney DVD and video as a special "Platinum Edition" title from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. The only animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST earned a breathtaking six Academy Award® nominations and won two Oscars®, for Best Song "Beauty and the Beast" and Best Score (1991). Now, this "tale as old as time" is new again with footage, never-before-released on DVD or video, including the song "Human Again." Originally conceived for the film but never used, "Human Again" became a hit during the Broadway run of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and has now been fully animated and integrated into the film by the original creators and animators.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION DVD represents the film's first-ever digital presentation with enhanced picture and sound for home viewing. This classic has been meticulously restored and painstakingly reformatted one frame at a time, allowing audiences to enjoy even greater animated detail. Under the guidance of producer Don Hahn and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, the film's original tracks have been remixed and a team of top artists and technicians worked to make this "Special Edition" the best possible. The Disney DVD features three versions of the film: the Special Edition, with the all-new musical sequence, the Original Theatrical Edition, and the Work-In-Progress Edition, as shown at the 1991 New York Film Festival.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION will be available October 8, 2002 for a limited time only. 2-disc DVD: $29.99 (S.R.P.).VHS: $24.99 (S.R.P.).

The Platinum Edition release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION features the new-to-DVD and video song and segment "Human Again," one of the fabled collaborations of the Oscar®-winning musical team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. "Human Again" garnered such overwhelming response during the Broadway release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST that it has now been fully animated. This wonderful song is sung from the perspective of the enchanted objects, who long to see castle life return to the days when the Beast was human, and features all the original voice talent from the film. The animation for "Human Again" has been in production for over two years. Disney animators including the legendary animator Glen Keane (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, TARZAN, POCAHONTAS and many more) animated "Human Again" exclusively for the 2002 release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION is the second of Disney's Platinum Edition DVDs and follows the success of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, which released to strong critical acclaim and has become the top-selling DVD for a re-released title. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION represents the first ever "Experiential" DVD, which takes DVD entertainment to a whole new level. Viewers will become a participant in the movie's storyline via special character interactions and activities created exclusively for this "Experiential" DVD release. Woven into the fabric of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION are seven outstanding songs including the Oscar®-winning title song, "Beauty and the Beast" (Best Song, 1991). Some of the highlights include "Be Our Guest," the show-stopping spectacular delivered in grand style by Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, a chorus of silverware and dancing plates, and the beautiful Oscar® nominated "Belle."

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION features a cast of top vocal talent. Veteran stage actress and singer Paige O'Hara is the voice of Belle, one of Disney's most beloved and independent heroines, and Robby Benson ("Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In At the House of Mouse") delivers a powerful portrayal of The Beast. Acclaimed screen star and four-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury (TV's "Murder, She Wrote;" "Fantasia 2000") gives a bubbly performance as Mrs. Potts. Stage and screen star Jerry Orbach (TV's "Law and Order," "House of Mouse") shines as the voice of Lumiere, the passionate candelabra, and David Ogden-Stiers ("Atlantis The Lost Empire") is hilarious as Cogsworth, the tightly-wound mantel clock who functions as the head of the household.

Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th Century, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SPECIAL EDITION follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, and transforms his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle's inventor father stumbles upon the Beast's castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father's place. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast's exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SPECIAL EDITION DVD FEATURES

  • The all-new "Experiential" DVD experience: this ingenious new approach to DVD dissolves the boundaries between fantasy and reality and transports the viewer into the enchanted worlds of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • An all-new backstory of the movie is unveiled as the DVD user breaks the "enchanted spell."
  • 3-D environments transport you into the world of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • Viewers communicate with characters and become part of the story

DISC ONE:

THE VIEWER IS TRANSPORTED INTO THE STORY, AND BELLE'S PROVINCIAL FRENCH VILLAGE COMES ALIVE

  • All-Digital Presentation Utilizing An All-New High Definition Transfer for the DVD
  • Widescreen 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio, Enhanced for 16x9 Screens
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Newly Created For The 2002 Large Format Release
  • THX Certified
  • French Language Track
  • Three Enchanted Versions of the Film Special Edition
  • Includes the all-new musical sequence "Human Again" Original Theatrical Edition
  • The animated film masterpiece audiences around the world know and love
  • Work In Progress Edition As shown at the 1991 New York Film Festival
  • Audio Commentary From The Filmmakers
  • Karaoke / Sing-Along Track
  • Watch the film and sing along to all your favorite BEAUTY AND THE BEAST songs as the words pop up on the screen
  • Maurice's Invention Workshop Game
  • Help Chip in Maurice's Workshop and begin a journey that continues on Disc 2 in which the viewer can break the spell and make all the enchanted characters human again

DISC TWO:

ENTER THE ENCHANTED CASTLE AND EXPLORE ITS MANY SECRETS WITH VISITS TO FOUR DISTINCT CHARACTER WORLDS

MRS. POTTS - FUN FOR ALL AGES

  • The Story Behind The Story
  • The viewer is transported into Belle's library as celebrity hosts Celine Dion, James Earl Jones, David Ogden Stiers, Ming Na, Angela Lansbury, Robby Benson, Page O'Hara and Jodi Benson share the stories behind several of Disney's most beloved characters
  • A Tale As Old As Time
  • "Making of" featurette.
  • Character Profile Game
  • Which character from the film do you most resemble? Mrs. Potts will tell you
  • "Beauty And The Beast" Broadway Musical Featurette

CHIP'S - PERFECT FOR THE YOUNGER ADVENTURER

Disney's Animation Magic

  • Go backstage with the young stars of the Disney Channel's hit show, "Even Stevens"

Chip's Musical Challenge Game

  • Test your memory and musical ability with this all-new game. Plays in 5.1 Surround Sound.

"Beauty And The Beast" Music Video By Jump 5

  • All-new musical recording of the song "Beauty and the Beast" by pop sensation Jump 5

WEST WING - THE FORBIDDEN WORLD

"Break The Spell" Adventure Game

  • The game acts as a mini-movie adventure in which the viewer must navigate through several levels of action and magic. Reach the magic rose in time to break the enchanted spell and save Beast and all the characters before it is too late and the last petal falls

COGSWORTH AND LUMIERE - FOR THE ULTIMATE COLLECTOR & FILM FAN

  • Bringing The Story To The Screen
  • Early Presentation Reel
  • Alternate Version: "Be Our Guest"
  • Alternate Score: The Transformation
  • Original Demo Recordings With Introduction By Alan Menken
  • Designing Beauty And The Beast
  • Art & Design Gallery
  • The Characters
  • Character Galleries
  • Animating Beauty And The Beast
  • Pencil Version: The Transformation
  • Animation Tests
  • Setting The Stage
  • Layouts & Background Gallery
  • Tricks Of The Trade
  • Camera Move Test
  • Release & Reaction
  • Poster & Ad Design
  • Trailers & TV Spots
  • Large Screen Format Trailer
  • And More

ALL DVD BONUS MATERIAL IS UNRATED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


Sounds like quite a year doesn't it! I also expect to hear about the second wave of Walt Disney Treasures DVDs in the next month or so, since they were scheduled for release in the November / December time frame.

That is all for now, but stay tuned for more later.

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