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BVHE Press Release: Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 Special Edition (DVD)


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 01 2010 - 06:36 AM

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Releasing for the First Time in Over a Decade
To Astound the Eyes and Ears of a New Generation!

Highly-Anticipated Hi-Def Debut of Disney’s Acclaimed Masterwork and the Modern Magnum Opus it Inspired


 

Fantasia & Fantasia 2000:
2-Movie Collection Special Edition 

On 4-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD
November 30, 2010


 

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BURBANK, Calif., September 2010 — Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 -- the magical, animated musical masterpiece and the contemporary classic inspired by it -- debut in highly anticipated Blu-ray High Definition and DVD 2-Movie Collection Special Editions on November 30.  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is opening the Disney vault to be able to present these two films that broke the boundaries of imagination in the highest quality possible.

The Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition will be available in a 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack ($45.99 SRP) and a 2-Disc DVD ($39.99 SRP) for a very limited time only.  The Blu-ray transformation of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will reveal the magic, music and majesty of both films as never before experienced, with state-of-the-art picture restoration of the original Fantasia and pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound. The Blu-ray combo pack is a tremendous value featuring, in addition to the two films in two different formats, a wealth of bonus features.
Among those Blu-ray special features is the highly requested Academy Award® nominated short Destino.  Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray, the seven minute film is the result of a unique collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali begun in 1946, but put on hold due to studio financial concerns.  In 2003, Roy E. Disney worked with a team of modern day animators to complete the film as a tribute to Walt’s pioneering artistic vision. Accompanying the highly anticipated short is an all-new feature length documentary entitled “Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino,” which explores the origins of the relationship between Disney and Dali, their collaboration on Destino, and ultimately how the film came to fruition so many years after its inception.

Fantasia, an unprecedented and magnificent feast of music and animated images, was initially released by the Studio in 1940 as a “road show” release. The following year, at the 14th Annual Academy Awards, Fantasia earned two Special Awards. The first was given to Walt Disney and associates for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures, being the first commercial film released in multi-channel sound using a process called Fantasound, and the second to conductor Leopold Stokowski and his associates “for…unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music…thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form.”

Considered avant-garde during its time, Fantasia has gone on to become one of the most popular movies of all time and today is considered a classic.  In 1990, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”  Featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Stokowski, this groundbreaking film, which consists of animation set to eight musical pieces, is narrated by Deems Taylor and includes an appearance by Mickey Mouse (voiced by Disney himself).

Equally impressive is Fantasia 2000, the awe-inspiring extravaganza of sight and sound, executive produced by the late Roy E. Disney. Featuring an array of celebrity hosts including Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Penn and Teller, Angela Lansbury, Itzhak Perlman and Quincy Jones, the film, like its predecessor, expertly visualizes classical music compositions with various forms of animation and live-action introductions. Fantasia 2000 is primarily performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by James Levine.
Synopsis: The dreams and visions of Walt Disney come to life in Fantasia, which blends music and film magic into an exhilarating movie-going experience. Unforgettable images are brought to life by some of the world’s best music, and highlighted by the comedy of Mickey Mouse as a troublemaking sorcerer’s apprentice, along with the beauty of winged fairies and cascading snowflakes, the majesty of Noah’s ark and even plump hippos performing ballet in tutus.

Motivated by his uncle’s foresight, Roy Disney continued the magic with Fantasia 2000 which begins where its predecessor left off. There are seven completely new segments, and viewers watch a bustling Depression-era metropolis in the style of Al Hirschfeld’s famous cartoons, a flock of flamingos with slapstick yo-yo talents, an ark full of animals gathered by Donald Duck as Noah’s first mate, and musical life breathed into a family of flying humpback whales.

Fantasia DVD Bonus Features:


  • New Audio Commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley
  • Disney Family Museum (running time: approx. 5 minutes) – Walt’s daughter Diane Disney-Miller takes viewers on a tour of the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and most importantly, the Schultheis notebook with long lost Fantasia production notes found in more recent years in the walls of a convent.
  • Fantasia Blu-ray Bonus Features
    Everything on the DVD plus:



  • Disney View – This viewing mode maximizes the Blu-ray viewing experience with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio. Original artwork created by a Disney artist, in a style that complements the beauty of the film.
  • The Shultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure (running time: approx. 14 minutes) –An in depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook.  The detailed log was created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on Fantasia, and intricately breaks down the film from a technical view. Many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered.
  • Interactive Art Gallery and Screensavers – Viewers can explore the artwork of Fantasia as never before, in HD resolution with unique Blu-ray interactivity and programming.
  • Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection 
  • o  With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, animation historian John Canemaker, and Scott McQueen, manager of film restoration.
    o Audio commentary with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker.


    Fantasia 2000 DVD Bonus Features:



  • Musicana – Walt’s Inspiration for a Sequel (running time: approx. 10 minutes) – This documentary reveals rarely-seen art created for Musicana, a late 1970’s project intended as a Fantasia sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions.  Viewers are offered a look at the origins of pieces that were started by Walt, such as “The Emperor and the Nightingale” which was then taken over by a very young John Lasseter.  Ultimately, Musicana was stopped to begin production on “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” but the memories of this piece still live on with the animators who conceived it.
  • Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray Bonus Features:
    Everything on the DVD plus:



  • Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino (running time: 82 minutes) – This feature length documentary explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the Destino short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946.
  • Destino (running time: approx. 7 minutes) – The legacy of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali lives on in this highly anticipated short film.
  • Disney’s Virtual Vault -- BD-Live Feature
  • o  Original DVD Bonus Features from Legacy Collection


  • Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection (total running time: 84 minutes)
  • o  With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, and producer Don Ernst.
    o  Audio commentary with the directors and art directors for each segment.

    About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Combo Packs  (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package):   To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – Blu-ray Disc(s) plus a DVD in a single package. Classic Disney titles released as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    The Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack is priced at $45.99 SRP and the 2-Disc DVD set is priced at $39.99 SRP.
    STREET DATE: November 30, 2010 
    Direct prebook: October 5, 2010
    Distributor prebook: October 19, 2010
    Pricing: 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack: $45.99 SRP
    2-Disc DVD: $39.99 SRP
    Feature run time: 125 min – Fantasia; 75 min – Fantasia 2000
    Rated:G
    FastPlayTM:  FastPlay enabled
    Technical specifications may only apply to feature.
      Blu-ray Discs
    Aspect ratio: Fantasia - 1.33:1, Fantasia 2000 - 1.78:1
    Sound/Language Tracks: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 DEHT                                 French and Spanish Language Tracks Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
    DVDs:
    Aspect ratio: Fantasia - 1.33:1, Fantasia 2000 -1.78:1
    Sound/Language Tracks: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT), 5.1 DEHT
    French and Spanish Language Tracks
    Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles
    For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.  For more information, please visit www.disney.com  





     

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    #2 of 15 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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    Posted September 01 2010 - 07:39 AM

    I welcome Fantasia on Blu-ray. I'm sure it will look spectacular. I'm hopeful the bit of visual censoring from the VHS / DVD edition will not be carried over on the  Blu-ray, trivial though it was.

     

    Aren't the supplements reversed?

    Doesn't Destino and Dali and Disney: A Date With Destino  belong to the Fantasia time period?

    Isn't Musicana closer to the Fantasia 2000 time period?

    I have no interest in Fantasia 2000, but I will buy it for Destino.



    #3 of 15 OFFLINE   GaryEA

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    Posted September 03 2010 - 03:36 PM

    Destino is finally being released but only on Blu-ray? Are you kidding me?

     

    I know I'm the minority that does not have Blu-ray in my home, but having Destino as an exclusive to one format is just sad. Even if I had BR, i would still feel that it was unfair.

     

    Destino should be available to as many people possible. It is a landmark in animation history, Disney history, and the Dali legacy.

     

    I hope Disney reads this forum and does the right thing, by giving Destino and the documentary it's own release on both formats.

     

    Gary



    #4 of 15 OFFLINE   mdnitoil

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    Posted September 03 2010 - 03:49 PM

    Agreed, although you have things a little backwards in that BR owners are not even close to being the majority.  Still, it doesn't change the fact that it's a lame decision.  I suppose I can be thankful for their shortsightedness and be content with my original box set.  Just doesn't seem to be any reason to double dip.



    #5 of 15 OFFLINE   ahollis

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    Posted September 04 2010 - 01:33 AM



     

    Originally Posted by Richard--W 

    I welcome Fantasia on Blu-ray. I'm sure it will look spectacular. I'm hopeful the bit of visual censoring from the VHS / DVD edition will not be carried over on the  Blu-ray, trivial though it was.

     

    Aren't the supplements reversed?

    Doesn't Destino and Dali and Disney: A Date With Destino  belong to the Fantasia time period?

    Isn't Musicana closer to the Fantasia 2000 time period?

    I have no interest in Fantasia 2000, but I will buy it for Destino.


    Destino is with Fantasia 2000 since they were both shepard by Roy Disney Jr. full filling his Uncle Walt's vision.  I think Musicana belongs with Fantasia since this was Walt's vision of Fantasia 2000 and closer to Fantasia than Fantasia 2000.  But this is just my opinion.
     


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    #6 of 15 OFFLINE   TravisR

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    Posted September 04 2010 - 06:14 AM

    Originally Posted by mdnitoil 

    Agreed, although you have things a little backwards in that BR owners are not even close to being the majority.



    Not speak for GaryEA but I think he meant the majority of people here at HTF.

     

    That being said, I own a Blu-ray player and plan to buy Fantasia on Blu-ray but I also think it's lame to exclude content from the DVD.



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    Posted September 06 2010 - 07:54 AM



    Originally Posted by GaryEA 

    Destino is finally being released but only on Blu-ray? Are you kidding me?

     

    I know I'm the minority that does not have Blu-ray in my home, but having Destino as an exclusive to one format is just sad. Even if I had BR, i would still feel that it was unfair.

     

    Destino should be available to as many people possible. It is a landmark in animation history, Disney history, and the Dali legacy.

     

    I hope Disney reads this forum and does the right thing, by giving Destino and the documentary it's own release on both formats.

     

    Gary



    Gary,

     

    You are not alone. I don't have Blu-Ray either, and I hate how most companies are doing this now but at least Disney does offer Blu-Ray combo packs. This way you can enjoy the DVD and when you do decide to upgrade you already have the Blu-Ray copy. Usually near the release dates Disney offers a 10 coupon for these combo packs and it comes off pretty cheap. I got the Snow White Combo pack for 10 bucks, Up Combo Pack for 10 bucks, and Alice in Wonderland Combo Pack for 15. Granted I don't think it's fair that Destino is being excluded but you can try to make the best out of it.

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    Posted November 11 2010 - 03:51 AM

    I have noriced that releases in Germany and England do not have Destino!



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    Posted November 11 2010 - 10:22 PM

    My Blu-ray double pack of "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000" does contain both the "Destino" short - and the "Destino" doc on it! United Kingdom here, by the way!

    Alistair



    #10 of 15 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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    Posted November 12 2010 - 12:54 AM

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    Posted November 12 2010 - 06:47 AM

    TravisR,


    Much obliged for clarifying my point. When I said majority, I was referring to the members of this board. My apologies for any confusion.


    KellyVO,


    Thank you for your input!. I will definitely buy the combo pack because I'll upgrade to BR at some point in the future. Plus, I don't want to miss out on Destino before it goes back into the "vault"!


    And thanks for the tip on the coupons. I will be looking out for them!

    Originally Posted by KellyVO 



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GaryEA 

    Destino is finally being released but only on Blu-ray? Are you kidding me?


    I know I'm the minority that does not have Blu-ray in my home, but having Destino as an exclusive to one format is just sad. Even if I had BR, i would still feel that it was unfair.


    Destino should be available to as many people possible. It is a landmark in animation history, Disney history, and the Dali legacy.


    I hope Disney reads this forum and does the right thing, by giving Destino and the documentary it's own release on both formats.


    Gary



    Gary,


    You are not alone. I don't have Blu-Ray either, and I hate how most companies are doing this now but at least Disney does offer Blu-Ray combo packs. This way you can enjoy the DVD and when you do decide to upgrade you already have the Blu-Ray copy. Usually near the release dates Disney offers a 10 coupon for these combo packs and it comes off pretty cheap. I got the Snow White Combo pack for 10 bucks, Up Combo Pack for 10 bucks, and Alice in Wonderland Combo Pack for 15. Granted I don't think it's fair that Destino is being excluded but you can try to make the best out of it.




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    Posted November 13 2010 - 03:28 AM



    Originally Posted by GaryEA 

    KellyVO,


    Thank you for your input!. I will definitely buy the combo pack because I'll upgrade to BR at some point in the future. Plus, I don't want to miss out on Destino before it goes back into the "vault"!


    And thanks for the tip on the coupons. I will be looking out for them!

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KellyVO 



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GaryEA 

    Destino is finally being released but only on Blu-ray? Are you kidding me?


    I know I'm the minority that does not have Blu-ray in my home, but having Destino as an exclusive to one format is just sad. Even if I had BR, i would still feel that it was unfair.


    Destino should be available to as many people possible. It is a landmark in animation history, Disney history, and the Dali legacy.


    I hope Disney reads this forum and does the right thing, by giving Destino and the documentary it's own release on both formats.


    Gary



    Gary,


    You are not alone. I don't have Blu-Ray either, and I hate how most companies are doing this now but at least Disney does offer Blu-Ray combo packs. This way you can enjoy the DVD and when you do decide to upgrade you already have the Blu-Ray copy. Usually near the release dates Disney offers a 10 coupon for these combo packs and it comes off pretty cheap. I got the Snow White Combo pack for 10 bucks, Up Combo Pack for 10 bucks, and Alice in Wonderland Combo Pack for 15. Granted I don't think it's fair that Destino is being excluded but you can try to make the best out of it.

     


    Gary,


    Here is a link for a 10 Dollars off coupon. It's through the Disney Movie Rewards Program. So you kinda need to join to get the coupon (it's free to join, and it's 10 dollars off) and this coupon requires you to enter a UPC from a VHS, DVD, laserdisc of Fantasia or Fantasia 2000. Here is the link:


    http://www.disneymov...antasia-upgrade


    Hope that helps!


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    #13 of 15 OFFLINE   GaryEA

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    Posted November 13 2010 - 05:43 AM

    Thank you Kelly! The discount will take the sting out of what was going to be a very melancholy purchase. :)

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    Posted November 13 2010 - 06:54 AM

    Thanks for posting the coupon!



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    Posted November 13 2010 - 08:49 AM

    No problem! I'm all about saving money! I'm glad Disney offers these coupons for their Blu-Ray combo packs. I just used the coupon for Toy Story 3 last week and the Beauty and the Beast coupon last month!


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