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The MousePlanet Home Theater Video News - 6/4/01
Things are getting back to normal around here with the new Krock family addition, and several newsworthy items have come up over the last couple of weeks. Most good. A little bad...

First the bit of bad news: I received word last week that Buena Vista Home Video has decided to pull its School House Rock! DVD and VHS releases from its scheduled August release. No specific reason was given, and no new release date has been set.

On the good news front, I have some very cool details about contents and bonus material on several of Buena Vista's other DVD releases this year.

Snow White - Releases on October 9

  • Hosted by Roy Disney and "The Magic Mirror"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Guided tour through the vast virtual galleries
  • All-new rendition of "Some Day My Prince Will Come" by Barbara Streisand
  • "Heigh-Ho" karaoke or sing along
  • Rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • "Disney through the Decades" hosted by studio favorites
  • History and development
  • Art and design
  • Abandoned concepts
  • "Much more!"

All material is subject to change

Dumbo - Releases on October 23

  • Audio commentary
  • Michael Crawford "Baby Mine" music video
  • Exclusive Dumbo II sneak peak
  • Original Walt Disney TV Introduction
  • "Celebrating Dumbo" featurette - The origins and history of Dumbo
  • Dumbo DVD storybook
  • Elmer the Elephant and The Flying Mouse animated shorts
  • Dumbo art gallery
  • Theatrical trailers

All material is subject to change

And, for those of you interested in Wave 1 of the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs, here's the current list of the episodes/shorts on each of the volumes. Wave 1 looks very promising, and I hope we get to see many of the remaining episodes/shorts in future waves.

Walt Disney Treasures DVD
Volume 1: Mickey Mouse in Living Color

  • The Band Concert
  • Mickey’s Garden
  • Mickey’s Fire Brigade
  • Pluto’s Judgement Day
  • On Ice
  • Mickey’s Polo Team
  • Orphan’s Picnic
  • Mickey’s Grand Opera
  • Thru the Mirror
  • Mickey’s Rival
  • Moving Day
  • Alpine Climbers
  • Mickey’s Circus
  • Mickey’s Elephant
  • The Worm Turns
  • Magician Mickey
  • Moose Hunters
  • Mickey’s Amateurs
  • Hawaiian Holiday
  • Clock Cleaners
  • Lonesome Ghosts
  • Boat Builders
  • Mickey’s Trailer
  • The Whalers
  • Mickey’s Parrot
  • Brave Little Tailor

Walt Disney Treasures DVD
Volume 2: Disneyland USA

  • The Disneyland Story
  • Dateline Disneyland
  • Operation Disneyland
  • Disneyland After Dark
  • Disneyland 10th Anniversary Show

Walt Disney Treasures DVD
Volume 3: Silly Symphonies

Fables and Fairy Tales

  • Mother Goose Melodies
  • Babes in the Woods
  • Lullaby Land
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants
  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Flying Mouse
  • The Robber Kitten
  • Who Killed Cock Robin?
  • The Golden Touch
  • The Country Cousin
  • Elmer Elephant
  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Favorite Characters

  • Three Little Pigs
  • The Big Bad Wolf
  • Three Little Wolves
  • The Wise Little Hen
  • Toby Tortoise Returns

Accent on Music

  • The Skeleton Dance
  • The China Plate
  • Egyptian Melodies
  • Flowers and Trees
  • The Cookie Carnival
  • Music Land
  • Woodland Café
  • Farmyard Symphony

Nature on the Screen

  • The Ugly Duckling (1931)
  • Birds of a Feather
  • The Busy Beavers
  • Just Dogs
  • Father Noah’s Ark
  • Funny Little Bunnies
  • Peculiar Penguins
  • Mother Pluto
  • The Old Mill
  • The Ugly Duckling (1939)

Walt Disney Treasures DVD
Volume 4: Davy Crockett

  • Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter
  • Davy Crockett Goes to Congress
  • Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Davy Crockett at the Alamo

In other news, Warner Home Video (WHV) recently made several announcements worth mentioning. First of all, on August 21, WHV releases The Neverending Story and The Neverending Story 2. The discs feature anamorphic widescreen transfers, English and French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround tracks, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles and trailers, and retail for $19.95 each.

Then on August 28, WHV releases a spiffed up 30th anniversary special edition of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. This edition, to retail for $24.98, sports many additions not present on the original DVD release, including:

  • Animated menus
  • All-new documentary "Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory"
  • Audio commentary with the now grown-up Wonka kids
  • Sing-along Wonka songs
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Original theatrical featurette

The new documentary contains behind-the-scenes secrets, a first look at script changes, special effects techniques, anecdotes, and all-new interviews with Gene Wilder and all the now grown-up Wonka Kids.

Also on August 28, WHV is distributing its first Teletubbies DVD ($19.98 retail). From the press release:

Created specifically for preschoolers and their families, this release both invites children to play along with the Teletubbies and their furry, feathered and fluttery friends and teaches valuable lessons that parents will appreciate. The program features the four Teletubbies caring for a little lamb, a beautiful butterfly and a friendly dog and includes live-action scenes of young animals interacting with their own families. Viewers may then join the Teletubbies as they watch children from around the world at play with a wide array of baby animals, from playful puppies and majestic elephants to a family of graceful swans and even baby penguins!

The new Teletubbies DVD, Baby Animals, is loaded with special features, including:

For children:

  • Four "Come and See" live-action inserts in which children invite viewers to meet the animals they love, including a newborn calf, fuzzy lambs, sloppy piglets and fluffy chicks.
  • A delightful musical montage featuring the famous Teletubbyland rabbits.

For parents and caregivers:

  • Interviews with the series creators highlighting the movement, patterns, language, music and, of course, fun. — Favorite scenes from five of the most popular Teletubbies videos.
  • Instant access to five specific Baby Animals scenes. — Animated program menus. — English subtitles for hearing-impaired viewers. — Language selection for American and Canadian viewers.

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












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