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#1 of 40 Steven Wesley

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Posted December 09 2008 - 09:27 AM

A forum poster over at UltimateDisney.com seems to have uncovered that Zorro will be included in Wave 9 of Walt Disney Treasures.
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I just received the Zorro lithograph from Disney Movie Rewards, and it came in an envelope and a with flyer that says:

"Coming soon to dvd as part of the Walt Disney Treasures."
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Another post that features an e-mail response from Leonard Maltin seems to indicate a Ludwig Von Drake set also in development:
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Got this via email from Mr. Martin today:
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Heres hoping!

"... I'm hoping to pay homage to Ludwig (and Herman), so keep your fingers crossed! cheers, Leonard

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Posted December 09 2008 - 10:01 AM

Well hopefully they don't colorize Zorro like they have been for the season sets. Presumably Maltin can set them straight on that.

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Posted December 09 2008 - 10:29 AM

I'm still hoping they'll put out Kurt Russell and the Osmonds at the Haunted Mansion in some odd set.
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#4 of 40 WadeM

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Posted December 09 2008 - 11:30 AM

If they can just gather all of the remaining theatrical animated shorts together, then that'll probably be the last Treasure that I'd purchase.

#5 of 40 Chris S

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Posted December 09 2008 - 04:45 PM

Given the demand for Dr Syn this set could be just as difficult to locate without an increase in production.
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Posted December 10 2008 - 01:21 AM

I'd certaily buy both ZORRO and a VON DRAKE set.

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Posted December 10 2008 - 03:33 AM

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Well hopefully they don't colorize Zorro like they have been for the season sets. Presumably Maltin can set them straight on that.

I don't see how they'd fubar the set that badly. Really, I don't even want to see the colorized versions anywhere on the set: not as extras, not on the cover...nowhere.

#8 of 40 Russell G

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Posted December 12 2008 - 10:18 AM

I'll buy any treasure they release. Nice to hear these are continuing. I'd like to see more of those legacy ones too, whatever that series that TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES came out in. They could do a run of educational films under that banner.
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Posted December 12 2008 - 04:09 PM

It's kind of mind boggling and downright silly that they won't release one of their classics, i.e., "Song of the South," which has nothing in it any worse than "Gone With the Wind" has.

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Posted December 12 2008 - 06:30 PM

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A forum poster over at UltimateDisney.com seems to have uncovered that Zorro will be included in Wave 9 of Walt Disney Treasures.View a scan of the flyer
Zorro lasted two seasons, 82 episodes altogether, including 4 hour-long episodes that some fans consider a third season, so it can't all be in one volume of Walt Disney Treasures. The Disney Movie Club issued the first season, 39 episodes, over five volumes, or about 8 episodes per disc. The second season has started to come out now (amazon and ebay resellers are trying to control those and are selling them at outrageous prices). I wonder if this new release will be in multiple volumes or as a box-set for each season. My hope is for a box-set of each season. Supplements would be nice. It will sell like crazy in any case. People have been demanding Zorro since DVD began 11 years ago.

Speculation: perhaps the Treasures set will not repeat the Movie Club edition. Some stories and themes lasted over a number of episodes between 1957-1960. These were later assembled into feature-length -- I forget if it was 4 or 5 Zorro films including the origin story -- which appeared on vhs two decades ago. Picture quality, not so good. Or perhaps the Treasures set will consist of the 4 hour-long episodes from 1961. The latter seems to me the most likely.

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It's kind of mind boggling and downright silly that they won't release one of their classics, i.e., "Song of the South," which has nothing in it any worse than "Gone With the Wind" has.
Plus it's a gentler movie than Gone With the Wind. It appears that Song of the South is sold in France exclusively by the Disney theme park there. At least that's what a website claims that offers the DVD as an import. Someone said it's a bootleg but it sure looks authentic to me. I plan to buy it after the holidays. I will post the link if anyone wants to look over the website.

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Posted December 13 2008 - 04:53 AM

Assuming Zorro is included in the next Treasures wave, I'm expecting it to be the hour long episodes. It's about the right size for a Treasures and would come out probably about the time they were finishing up season two for the club.

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Posted December 13 2008 - 09:43 AM

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Well hopefully they don't colorize Zorro like they have been for the season sets. Presumably Maltin can set them straight on that.
Have you seen Viewmaster's 3-D slides of Disney's Zorro? Viewmaster released two different 3-D sets, or six reels of 3-D slides.

Viewmaster's Zorro is interesting for two reasons. First, the spectacular stereoscopic photography makes you realize how great this series would have looked as a 3-D feature film. Second, the slides are in color, whereas the program was monochrome. So we get to see the natural color behind the scenes. The color pallette is designed for monochrome filming, with set walls, props and costumes co-ordinated in different shades of black, white, gray, and brown. This is how it really looked on the set, a simpler and entirely different palette than the colorized version.

I think Disney has been playing Zorro too close to the vest. Time to just release the program with its beautiful monochrome photography in box-sets that everybody can buy. Perhaps a colorized version, too, for those who prefer it.

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Posted December 14 2008 - 02:40 PM

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It appears that Song of the South is sold in France exclusively by the Disney theme park there. At least that's what a website claims that offers the DVD as an import. Someone said it's a bootleg but it sure looks authentic to me. I plan to buy it after the holidays. I will post the link if anyone wants to look over the website.

It is a bootleg. The transfer comes from the Hong Kong LD release which doesn't include the burned in subtitles at the start of each song like the Japense LD release.
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Posted December 14 2008 - 11:22 PM

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When push comes to shove it seems that these (major) DVD distribution companies always release the dullest, most lackluster and least interesting tv properties in their possession.

ZORRO (ABC 1957-59) is another rarity in my top 10 tv series want list but in the interim there were also 4 hour long ZORRO segments produced for the WALT DISNEY PRESENTS (ABC 1954-61) tv series that could all be handily packaged together in a WALT DISNEY TREASURES collection.

These segments consist of:

01) "El Bandido" (30/10/1960)
02) "Adios El Cuchillo" (06/11/1960)
03) "The Postponed Wedding" (01/01/1961)
04) "Auld Acquaintance" (04/02/1961)

Perhaps the two ZORRO tv episode compilation films THE SIGN OF ZORRO (1961) and ZORRO THE AVENGER (1962) could also be included (or failing that the still outstanding ELFEGO BACA segments).

At the very least let's get something positive started here! How about it Disney?! I'm sure that the late Walt Disney would certainly approve.

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Posted December 15 2008 - 01:26 AM

I wonder how well a 9th wave will do without any character cartoons left to anchor it.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


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Posted December 15 2008 - 02:06 AM

Zorro is sufficiently popular and in demand to anchor the next wave. Disney generally crams at least 2.5 hours onto a Treasures disc. Some discs run 3 or 4 hours. All four hour-long episodes could conceivably fill 1 disc. Two or three feature-length edits lasting roughly 90 minutes could fill the second disc. Or maybe the feature length edits -- I think there's five of them altogher including the origin story The Sign of Zorro, Zorro and the Mountain Men with co-star Annette Funicello, Zorro and the Eagle, and The Secret of El Zorro -- will fill both discs, instead of the hour-long episodes. Disney is probably mulling over the possibilities now.

It's a long wait until December 2009.

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Posted December 16 2008 - 04:38 PM

Zorro will be a definite buy for me. I don't own many of the treasure sets because I came across the line late and missed a lot of them but I loved the ones I did get. I don't want to pay through the nose for the ones I missed through third party sellers. I hope we get more Spin and Marty and/or The Hardy Boys this year, if not, then in the next wave.

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#19 of 40 Steven Wesley

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Posted May 14 2009 - 03:42 AM

Bumping up this topic with the latest update from UltimateDisney.com on Wave 9:
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May 8, 2009 - Disney has announced its next wave of Walt Disney Treasures and it's nothing like the first eight. Arriving on November 3, 2009 are two volumes: "Zorro": The Complete First Season and "Zorro": The Complete Second Season. Each six-disc set will carry a $59.99 list price and present its episodes complete and in their original black & white format. In addition, the four famous one-hour "Zorro" specials will be divided among the two sets (two on each). Extras will include Leonard Maltin introductions, certificates of authenticity, Zorro pins and lithographs.
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It's an interesting move. Just one series really, but heavy emphasis on that title. Sort of a cop-out for a Treasures release.
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Posted May 14 2009 - 03:43 PM

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Bumping up this topic with the latest update from UltimateDisney.com on Wave 9:

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May 8, 2009 - Disney has announced its next wave of Walt Disney Treasures and it's nothing like the first eight. Arriving on November 3, 2009 are two volumes: "Zorro": The Complete First Season and "Zorro": The Complete Second Season. Each six-disc set will carry a $59.99 list price and present its episodes complete and in their original black & white format. In addition, the four famous one-hour "Zorro" specials will be divided among the two sets (two on each). Extras will include Leonard Maltin introductions, certificates of authenticity, Zorro pins and lithographs.

Cover art here

It's an interesting move. Just one series really, but heavy emphasis on that title. Sort of a cop-out for a Treasures release.

Wow. $60 MSRP?!? Yikers.

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