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BVHE Press Release: Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 12 Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 17 2008 - 08:32 AM

Finally Releasing from the Disney Vault on DVD and
for the First Time EVER in High Definition!
Walt Disney’s
Pinocchio:
70th Anniversary Platinum Edition
Available For The First Time on 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def With Special Access to Disney BD-Live Network And An All-New 2-Disc DVD, March 10, 2009

Burbank, California, October 17, 2008—The film that taught the world to “Wish Upon a Star” shines brighter than ever when Walt Disney’s original classic, Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition is released from the Disney vault on March 10, 2009. Available for the first time in high-definition and 2-Disc DVD, Pinocchio is brilliantly restored with enhanced picture and sound unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard before. This classic story of magic, adventure and loyalty will be available for a limited time only and comes loaded with bonus features that unlock the doors to the magical world of Pinocchio.


The special 2-Disc Blu-ray release not only includes a bonus standard definition DVD of the classic animated film in the same package, allowing viewers the opportunity to enjoy Pinocchio on a standard def DVD while they are preparing to upgrade to a 1080p Hi-Def Blu-ray experience in the near to present future, but provides viewers accessibility to Disney’s popular BD-Live Network, a backstage pass for Blu-ray Disc owners to chat, video stream, participate in communal games and download exclusive content unavailable to general DVD owners.


Walt Disney’s second animated feature, Pinocchio debuted 70 years ago with vibrant hand drawn animation, universally loved music like the Academy Award® winning original song “When You Wish upon a Star,” and a touching story that made it an instant classic. Introducing audiences to the magical favorites of Pinocchio, Geppetto the puppet maker and the Blue Fairy, Pinocchio also marks the screen debut of a character who became one of Disney’s signatures: the fast-talking, wisecracking Jiminy Cricket.

This new release inspires viewers to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has been revitalized with an all-new digital restoration and now, for the first time ever, the amazingly detailed animation, the timeless Academy Award®-winning music (“When You Wish Upon A Star”) and heartwarming adventure-filled story is released with all-new dazzling bonus features transport you into Pinocchio’s fantastic world. Join Gepetto’s beloved puppet—with Jiminy Cricket as his guide—on a thrilling quest that tests Pinocchio’s bravery, loyalty and honesty, virtues he must learn to become a real boy.

DVD BONUS FEATURES

DISC ONE
Pinocchio’s Matter of Facts - - Learn fun facts about Pinocchio and other related subjects as you watch the movie.
· Audio Commentary -- An all-new audio commentary with Leonard Maltin, Eric Goldberg and J. B. Kaufman.
· Disney Song Selection -- Select this option to sing along with favorite songs as the lyrics appear onscreen.

DISC TWO

· No Strings Attached: The Making of Pinocchio - - Witness the behind-the scenes magic that transformed Carlo Collodi’s popular book into a classic animated film.
· Deleted Scenes --
v The Story of the Grandfather Tree - - Kindly Geppetto tells Pinocchio about the Great Pine Tree from which Pinocchio is descended.
v In The Belly Of The Whale - - The most elaborate of Pinocchio’s deleted scenes that remain in the Disney Archives, these recently discovered storyboards reveal a different version of Geppetto inside Monstro.
· Alternate Ending - - A recently uncovered set of small storyboard panels reveal plans for a different version of Pinocchio becoming a real boy.
· The Sweat Box - - The Sweatbox was a small projection room at the Disney studio where Walt critiqued story reels, rough animation, and dailies of films in progress with his anxious artists. This piece traces the history of the Sweatbox and brings to life this important part of Walt Disney’s artistic process.
· Live Action Reference Footage
· Pinocchio Art Galleries
· Deleted Songs - - An audio collection of period “pop” recordings of songs that not used in the final film.
· Pinocchio Puzzles - - Hosted by Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio’s Puzzles is a multi-tiered Puzzle game that contains six unique wooden puzzles for the viewer to assemble. Each puzzle forms an image from the film that comes to life once they are complete.


BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES

* Disney BD-Live Network features only available in the U.S.

DISC ONE

Includes the movie plus …

· Cine-Explore

· Disney BD-Live Network – The Disney BD-Live Network is just one of the many ways movie lovers, families, and loved ones can continue to stay connected and engage in their favorite movies.
o Movie Chat – Communicate with your remote friends on-screen while in a synchronized viewing party using your remote control or any text enabled device such as a laptop, desk top or any PDA device such as a Blackberry, iPhone or most other regular cell phones. Your chat session will appear over the movie and occur in real-time while watching the movie together.

o Movie Mail – Blu-ray owners will be able to record a personalized video message of themselves, superimpose that capture onto one of many pre-selected clips of the movie, and send it off to a friend, colleague, or relative. This specific feature enables Pinocchio Blu-ray Disc owner to personalize a very special greeting as never before.

o Movie Challenge – Users will be able to test their skills against other players in a synchronized, real-time, online trivia game while watching Pinocchio with anyone online. Movie Challenge is always active no matter what time of the day it is, and there will always be a game in progress.

o Disney Movie Rewards Live – Pinocchio Blu-ray owners will be able to accumulate Disney Movie Reward Points by participating in many Disney BD-Live Network activities. In return, viewers can redeem points for exclusive content such as Avatars, downloadable extras and many more exciting possibilities.


DISC TWO

Includes all DVD bonus content plus:

· Pinocchio Knows Trivia Challenge


STREET DATE: March 10, 2009

DVD Specifications:
Direct prebook: January 13, 2009
Distributor prebook: January 29, 2009
Suggested retail price: U.S. $29.99, Canada $35.99
Feature run time: 75 minutes
Rated: “G” Bonus material not rated in the U.S.
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages: French, Spanish


2-Disc Blu-ray (Also includes Bonus DVD): BD-Live Only Available in the U.S.
Direct prebook: January 13, 2009
Distributor prebook: January 29, 2009
Suggested Retail Price: U.S. $35.99, Canada $45.99
Feature Run Time: 75 minutes
Rated: “G” Bonus material not rated in the U.S.
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Up to 7.1 HD Sound; Bonus DVD - 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound.

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#2 of 12 Stephen_J_H

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Posted October 17 2008 - 09:31 AM

I'm really liking this practice of including the film on DVD with the Blu-Ray. I just bought Sleeping Beauty this week, even though I have yet to buy a BD player.
"My opinion is that (a) anyone who actually works in a video store and does not understand letterboxing has given up on life, and (b) any customer who prefers to have the sides of a movie hacked off should not be licensed to operate a video player."-- Roger Ebert

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Posted October 18 2008 - 03:52 AM

I hope they include trailers.

#4 of 12 Brandon Conway

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Posted October 18 2008 - 06:36 AM

Do any of the trailers survive? It is a 70-year-old film after all.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#5 of 12 ScottR

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Posted October 18 2008 - 07:54 AM

Yes, they were on the LD and the 1940 trailer was on the previous dvd release.

#6 of 12 Mike Frezon

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Posted October 18 2008 - 04:41 PM

The day after my birthday?!?

What a nice present! I LOVE Jiminy Cricket! Posted Image

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Posted October 18 2008 - 05:30 PM

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I'm really liking this practice of including the film on DVD with the Blu-Ray. I just bought Sleeping Beauty this week, even though I have yet to buy a BD player.

Agreed.

and for those already with a BD player, it's a great second disc for the car or kids room.

Allowing regular DVD collectors to "upgrade to BD" like this, even before they spend the cash on a BD player, is a brilliant idea. That way you can buy the new titles *now* and wait for BD player prices to fall this holiday season. Win-Win.
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Posted October 19 2008 - 12:39 AM

Nobody ever accused the mouse of being stupid...

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Posted October 19 2008 - 11:27 AM

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Allowing regular DVD collectors to "upgrade to BD" like this, even before they spend the cash on a BD player, is a brilliant idea. That way you can buy the new titles *now* and wait for BD player prices to fall this holiday season. Win-Win.

Absolutely! It worked for me as I bought Sleeping Beauty without owning a player yet as well. My guess is we will own a player by the time Pinocchio is released but you never know. I just wish they were including a DVD with Wall-E also.

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Posted October 19 2008 - 03:20 PM

Agreed. I don't want to buy Wall*E twice, even though it was my favourite movie this year.
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Posted February 21 2009 - 08:08 AM

With the release around the corner my anticipation is high. Have any reviews popped up online that I've missed?

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted February 24 2009 - 07:15 AM

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Originally Posted by ScottR
Yes, they were on the LD and the 1940 trailer was on the previous dvd release.

Disney seems to skimp on the original and re-release trailers on their animated films lately... I hope they are somewhere on the BD.... I have the Old LaserDisc box set and they are on there. NO excuse that they could not be carried over on what they are billing as the best special edition of Pinocchio ever.

I will still buy it but come on give us the trailers.

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