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Notable Disney Live-Action Titles Coming to DVD in 2004

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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   Ernest Rister

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Posted February 10 2004 - 03:58 PM

Especially Notable Titles in Bold

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (March 2)
The Gnome-Mobile (Pan and Scan) (March 2)
Miracle of the White Stallions (Pan and Scan) (March 2)
Night Crossing (Pan and Scan) (March 2)
Son of Flubber (April 6)
Ghosts of the Abyss (April 27)
The Great Locomotive Chase (May 4, 2004) - Originally shot in CinemaScope, no word on DVD aspect ratio
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (May 4, 2004)
The Strongest Man in the World (May 4, 2004)
Herbie Rides Again (May 4, 2004)
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (May 4, 2004)
Herbie Goes Bananas (May 4, 2004)
Freaky Friday - Original 1977 Version (title streets in June)
Candleshoe (June)
The Happiest Millionaire: Roadshow Version (June)
Flight of the Navigator (June)
A Far Off Place (June)
The Three Lives of Thomasina (July)
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (July)
The Ugly Dachschund (July)
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (August)
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (August)
The Shaggy Dog (August)
The Black Hole (August)
Tex (September)
The Island at the Top of the World (September)
Mary Poppins: Masterpiece Edition (December)

#2 of 23 OFFLINE   WillG



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Posted February 10 2004 - 04:06 PM

3 out of the first 4 titles listed in P&S. Scary Stuff
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#3 of 23 OFFLINE   Andy_MT


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Posted February 10 2004 - 04:22 PM

yes, those titles will be in this new hybrid format, DVHSD.

#4 of 23 OFFLINE   WillG



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Posted February 10 2004 - 04:39 PM

Well there are quite a few titles on there that are not going to go over well if released in P&S only. It's a bit nerve-racking
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#5 of 23 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted February 10 2004 - 04:42 PM

[quote] I will very much look forward to this one. Thanks for the list Ernest!

#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Rob T

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Posted February 10 2004 - 05:12 PM

This will be mine too. Posted Image

#7 of 23 OFFLINE   Todd Phillips

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Posted February 10 2004 - 06:03 PM

The Black Hole?!?!

Disney finally claims it as their own? I wonder if it will be better than the Anchor Bay release, which isn't bad.

Good to finally see The Island at the Top of the World too.
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#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted February 10 2004 - 06:05 PM

A Far Off Place should be in bold. Always thought it was a great family film. Posted Image

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Posted February 10 2004 - 07:09 PM

I saw Night Crossing in the theater back in '82 and would love to see it again. Not in P&S, though.

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Posted February 11 2004 - 11:37 AM


#11 of 23 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted February 11 2004 - 11:43 AM

There will be little point in repurchasing any of the previous Anchor Bay released titles if they don't have new, anamorphic transfers. Candleshoe will be at the top of my list for June along with Freaky Friday if they are done properly.

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Posted February 11 2004 - 02:07 PM

Freaky Friday will be Anamorphic Widescreen. Not really sure about the rest, but I'm holding some hope they won't all (or mostly) be Fullscreen casualties.

#13 of 23 OFFLINE   Ernest Rister

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Posted February 11 2004 - 10:12 PM

The two titles I want the most are Three Lives of Thomasina and Darby O'Gill, both of which are in my top 5 of the best Walt Disney live action films. Thomasina is a suprising drama that, at it's core, explores the theme of blaming God for death and loss. Patrick McGoohan (Braveheart) is outstanding as the wounded husband who has turned his back on God, as is Karen Dotrice (Mary Poppins), the little girl who slides into madness after losing both her mother and her treasured cat in short order. Exceptional, woefully-underseen Disney film. Darby O'Gill should need no explanation, but it, too, has fallen into neglect -- there hasn't been a new release of this title on home video in years. Although most people remember Darby for its outstanding visual f/x, the best thing about it is the screenplay and the acting. The film features winning performances by Albert Sharpe as Darby, Jimmy O'Dea as King Brian, the sparkling Janet Munro, and Sean Connery, who made his American cinema debut with this film. The witty and charming screenplay was written by Lawrence Watkin, based on the Darby O'Gill stories by author H. T. Kavanaugh. The only regrettable choice in both films is the awkward Disney staple of a catchy theme song -- the same thing that mars 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. If you ever wanted to see and hear Sean Connery close out a film by bursting into song, here's your chance.

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Posted February 12 2004 - 04:05 AM

Their are a few titles listed that I'm interested in, but none more so than Dr. Syn. Dr. Syn was originally rumored as a Tresure release 2 years ago. I wonder if this well than be a 2 disc release of the original tv shows, or a theactrical cut? Well it have extras?

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Posted February 12 2004 - 02:07 PM

The Strongest Man in the World and The Black Hole could be good.

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Posted February 12 2004 - 04:18 PM

Oh hell yeah...the banshee scared the crap out of me as a kid. Now that I think of it, it's still pretty freaky. And yes, Sean Connery is in it. AND HE SINGS TOO! Something everyone needs to see at least once...
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#18 of 23 OFFLINE   Robert Anthony

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Posted February 12 2004 - 04:25 PM

Hey Ernest--why no bold for "The Black Hole?" I know the movie was riddled with it's fair share of problems, but what's your take on it? I guess this question is kind of similar to my question about The Black Cauldron in that both movies made some noise before release, and then sank. They're mostly curiosity pieces now.

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Posted February 13 2004 - 03:12 AM

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Posted February 13 2004 - 03:52 AM

The transfer Disney supplied to Anchor Bay for Island At The Top Of The World was total crap. It would be a huge disappointment if they just recycle the same transfers for the re-issues.

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