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BVHE Press Release: Bambi (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 18 Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 08 2010 - 05:32 AM



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DISNEY ADDS A NEW GEM TO THE BLU-RAY™ DIAMOND COLLECTION



Walt Disney’s

BAMBI Diamond Edition


Releases From The Disney Vault on March 1, 2011


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Burbank, Calif., December, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of BAMBI to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection line-up of Disney’s greatest animated-classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, BAMBI Diamond Edition features the loveable and adorable wide-eyed fawn and his forest friends in Blu-ray high-definition on March 1, 2011.



The Diamond Edition debut of BAMBIWalt’s fifth full-length animated classic, is an endearing tale about a young prince of the forest who learns valuable life-lessons about friendship, love, and the miracle of life. The movie is a must-own coming-of-age story that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has especially packaged with families in mind - providing the ultimate, interactive hi-def home entertainment experience with a newly enhanced digital restoration, enhanced picture and sound, games, activities and more.

    The new BAMBI Diamond Edition will be available as a 2-Disc Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada, a High Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $19.99 US/$39.99 Canada, and/or a Standard Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $14.99 US/$24.99 Canada. Those who wish to own the standard definition DVD version of BAMBI will need to wait seven additional weeks – until April 19, 2011.



Disney’s new “Second Screen” technology, which is being introduced for the very first time on the BAMBI Diamond Edition release, will further transform the at-home movie watching experience by empowering viewers with the ability to engage with film content on multiple media platforms and bring them to life in their own hands at the touch of a button. By simply downloading the new Disney Second Screen App onto an internet-connected computer or iPad™* and synching it to the movie, consumers will instantly be able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with fun interactive elements like animated flipbooks, galleries, photos, trivia and more.



Film Synopsis:

  As morning light breaks across the meadow, a young deer named Bambi is born and hailed as ‘Prince of the Forest.’ Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful yet lovable skunk. But the fun of nibbling on fresh blossoms and frolicking through the woods is only the beginning. Exploring his new world, and guided by the wisdom of Friend Owl,Bambi learns valuable life lessons with every adventure – experiencing the power of friendship, family, and love along the away.



The Making of the Film:

 
BAMBI was Walt Disney’s fifth animated full-length feature film which released in 1942 during World War II and took approximately five years in the making due to the exquisite artwork and attention to detail of each and every scene, character and figure.  The artwork itself was created by some of the legendary “nine old men,” including Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl and Eric Larson and in order to achieve the film’s unprecedented level of realism, animators modeled anatomical studies using live animals (including a pair of fawns named Bambi and Faline) and imbued each with a uniquely endearing personality. Bambi’s delightful forest home received the same painstaking attention to detail, as background artists painted hundreds of landscapes based on extensive field research and nature photographs. 



Walt Disney broke the longstanding animation tradition by casting child actors in the roles of Bambi’s young animals, including Bobby Stewart as Baby Bambi, Donnie Dunagan as Young Bambi, Hardie Albright as Adolescent Bambi and Peter Behn as Young Thumper. The cast also includes Sam Edwards as Adult Thumper, John Sutherland as Adult Bambi, Paula Winslowe as Bambi’s Mother and Sterling Holloway (the voice of Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book’s Kaa, the snake) as Adult Flower.



Film Accolades:

BAMBI was nominated for three Academy Awards® for Best Song (“Love Is a Song,”), Best Sound Recording, and Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. To date, BAMBI is No. 3 on the list of American Film Institute’s Top 10 Animated Films of All Times. And in 2004, the movie was commemorated with a first-class U.S. postage stamp and in the 1990’s the film inspired astronomers to name a pair of asteroids after the adorable characters – Thumper (April 20, 1993) and Bambi (October 17, 1995).   

Bonus Features:

Backstage Disney:

    ·      Inside Walt’s Story Meetings-Enhanced Edition - A fascinating, multi-tiered, interactive story-telling experience. Go back in time with dramatic voice re-enactments of the moments with Walt that led to the creation of this classic film.

·       2 Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes ·       Deleted Song: “Twitterpated”

·       Blu-ray Galleries—A collection of the extraordinary images originally created as part of the design process for BAMBI.


Family Play: Games & Activities:

·       Disney’s Big Book of Knowledge: BAMBI Edition An interactive educational gaming experience that uses the film as a learning tool. Players can customize their own Big Book of Knowledge and learn all about forest creatures, seasons andmore! Each time a player completes a task, they are rewarded with new stickers to decorate their Big Book of Knowledge.


Digital Exclusive:

·       The Golden Age


Classic DVD Bonus Features:

·       The Making Of BAMBI: A Prince Is Born—A comprehensive look at the making of BAMBI covers the story, the characters, the actors, the art design, the music and the history of Walt Disney’s classic film using behind the scenes footage, production stills, animation, artwork and multiple interviews withperformers and behind the scenes participants.

·       Tricks of the Trade (excerpt)—In an episode from the 1957 Disneyland TV show, Walt narrates the story of the multiplane camera, an animation innovation crucial to the production of BAMBI.

·       Inside the Disney Archives—Disney Supervising Animator Andreas Deja guides viewers through Disney’s Animation Research Library, where artwork from past Disney animated feature films is stored, including early story sketches of Bobo the rabbit,” (who became Thumper),  glass paintings made for the multiplane camera and more.

·       The Old Mill—Winner of the 1937 Academy Award® for Best Short Subject/Cartoon, The Old Mill was a testing ground for several techniques critical to Walt’s artistic vision for BAMBI, including the multiplane camera, animating realistic animals and experimenting with such natural occurrences such as wind, rain and lightning. 

·       DisneyPedia: Bambi’s Forest Friends 

 

Disc Specifications:

     

BLU-RAY

DVD

Street Date

March 1, 2011 April 19, 2011
Direct Prebook

January 4, 2011 February 22, 2011
Distributor Prebook

January 18, 2011 March 8, 2011
Suggested Retail Price 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada; High Definition Movie Download = $19.99 US/$39.99 Canada; Standard Definition Movie Download = $14.99 US/$34.99 Canada 2-Disc DVD = $29.99 US/$35.99 Canada
Feature Run Time

70-minutes 70-minutes
Feature Rated

G G
Technical

  FastPlayÔ enabled
Aspect Ratio

1.33:1 1.33:1  
Sound

7.1 DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, 5.1 Dolby Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT)  
Languages

5.1 Dolby Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT) French and Spanish Language Tracks 5.1 Dolby Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT) French and Spanish Language Tracks
Subtitles

English SDH, English ESL, French & Spanish English SDH, English Line 21/CC, French & Spanish
             
About Disney’s Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection:

Disney’s Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.

 

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#2 of 18 Guest__*

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Posted December 08 2010 - 06:43 AM

Great news, but no mono?



#3 of 18 Stephen PI

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Posted December 08 2010 - 04:55 PM

Yes, there is (2/0).


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Posted December 08 2010 - 06:48 PM

There is? I didn't see it listed on the press release. Thanks!



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Posted December 10 2010 - 04:16 AM

So...are all of the extra features from the DVD included? Because I sold it off not too long ago.



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Posted December 10 2010 - 04:59 PM



Originally Posted by Brisby 

So...are all of the extra features from the DVD included? Because I sold it off not too long ago.

Luckily, it looks like the new BD will have most of the extras from the DVD. The press release doesn't list the film's trailer, a 6-minute restoration featurette, and a 5-minute "time capsule" bit from the old release. Usually, there's no telling with Disney. They seem to pick random odds and ends from the previous release, exclude major documentaries and replace them with new ones, drop art galleries, etc. But it looks like Disney's being a little lazier with this release and aren't producing any new supplements.


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Posted December 11 2010 - 01:37 AM

Has Disney ever included all the features from the DVDs on their Blu-rays? I think Sleeping Beauty did but other than that, I think there's always been at least a few smaller featurettes that didn't get ported over.



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Posted December 11 2010 - 04:11 AM



Originally Posted by TravisR 

Has Disney ever included all the features from the DVDs on their Blu-rays? I think Sleeping Beauty did but other than that, I think there's always been at least a few smaller featurettes that didn't get ported over.

I don't think so. Sleeping Beauty isn't an exception either. It's missing the commentary (they recorded a new one for the BD), a handful of featurettes (though they did produce a lengthy documentary for the BD), and some art galleries and archival bits from the Special Edition DVD. Snow White is missing a lot (a 40-minute documentary, a music video, deleted scenes and concepts, galleries, and text extras among others). Beauty and the Beast is missing a documentary (which was replaced with a newer, longer one) but includes most of the extras from the DVD. The Toy Story movies are missing a handful of featurettes and other extras from the Toy Box. Fantasia includes all of the Anthology set's video extras, but as a streaming BD Live bonus that plays in a tiny window. I haven't looked at their other Pixar releases yet. Probably more info than you wanted, but these things bother me. :)


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Posted December 11 2010 - 07:49 AM



Originally Posted by Ray H 



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Originally Posted by TravisR 

Has Disney ever included all the features from the DVDs on their Blu-rays? I think Sleeping Beauty did but other than that, I think there's always been at least a few smaller featurettes that didn't get ported over.

I don't think so. Sleeping Beauty isn't an exception either. It's missing the commentary (they recorded a new one for the BD), a handful of featurettes (though they did produce a lengthy documentary for the BD), and some art galleries and archival bits from the Special Edition DVD. Snow White is missing a lot (a 40-minute documentary, a music video, deleted scenes and concepts, galleries, and text extras among others). Beauty and the Beast is missing a documentary (which was replaced with a newer, longer one) but includes most of the extras from the DVD. The Toy Story movies are missing a handful of featurettes and other extras from the Toy Box. Fantasia includes all of the Anthology set's video extras, but as a streaming BD Live bonus that plays in a tiny window. I haven't looked at their other Pixar releases yet. Probably more info than you wanted, but these things bother me. :)

They have to have something to add to the next Blu-ray release of the film in five years.



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#10 of 18 Adam Gregorich

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Posted February 08 2011 - 02:45 PM

We got some fun Bambi themed activity sheets for "the kids" today.  Total file size is 5MB


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Posted February 08 2011 - 04:32 PM

still hoping for a ironpack



#12 of 18 Phoebus

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Posted February 08 2011 - 10:31 PM

This disk has already arrived in the UK.

The back of the bluray box suggest it's region free should anyone consider importing.  I'd doubt that the accompanying dvd would be, though.



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Posted February 09 2011 - 06:49 AM

I heard that the original RKO logo is missing from this release. It hasn't been seen since the mid-90s release. :(



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Posted February 10 2011 - 02:34 AM



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Disney’s new “Second Screen” technology, which is being introduced for the very first time on the BAMBI Diamond Edition release, will further transform the at-home movie watching experience by empowering viewers with the ability to engage with film content on multiple media platforms and bring them to life in their own hands at the touch of a button. By simply downloading the new Disney Second Screen App onto an internet-connected computer or iPad™* and synching it to the movie, consumers will instantly be able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with fun interactive elements like animated flipbooks, galleries, photos, trivia and more.

Dear Disney,


For the love of all that is holy, please don't make me screw around with "mutliple media platforms" or online connections in order to watch bonus features.  Just put 'em on the BD disc menu, please.


Also, just as a reminder, please lose the pause popups.


Thank you!


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Posted February 10 2011 - 02:44 AM




Originally Posted by Aaron Silverman 



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Disney’s new “Second Screen” technology, which is being introduced for the very first time on the BAMBI Diamond Edition release, will further transform the at-home movie watching experience by empowering viewers with the ability to engage with film content on multiple media platforms and bring them to life in their own hands at the touch of a button. By simply downloading the new Disney Second Screen App onto an internet-connected computer or iPad™* and synching it to the movie, consumers will instantly be able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with fun interactive elements like animated flipbooks, galleries, photos, trivia and more.


Dear Disney,


For the love of all that is holy, please don't make me screw around with "mutliple media platforms" or online connections in order to watch bonus features.  Just put 'em on the BD disc menu, please.


Also, just as a reminder, please lose the pause popups.


Thank you!


Signed,


Aaron, AKA MILLIONS OF DISNEY FANS.



Damn, they are just continue to make it more difficult to enjoy the films.  All I want is to watch the movie and then sit back and enjoy some documentaries on the making and marketing of the film.  Keep the games for the young ones, but give us old nostalgic people something we enjoy without hooking up our laptop. 

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#16 of 18 Sam Favate

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Posted February 10 2011 - 04:14 AM

Every maker of discs wants to be first with whatever they think will be popular. They don't seem to grasp that the most popular features are a great image and sound on an unabridged movie.




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Posted February 10 2011 - 07:28 AM

Great letter, but don't leave out that abominable pop-up at the start of the end credits.  I was checking out the new "Alice" BD last night and found that you can't make that fucking thing go away.  At least on my Panasonic, the pause pop-ups can be down-arrowed off...but only after a sufficient amount of time.  I have to wait for the player-generated "pause" pop-up to go off, then after a couple more seconds the down-arrow will get rid of the Disney pop-up.  I am sick and tired of this studio (of course they're hardly alone) taking a shit on the product I've willingly and optimistically double- and triple-dipped on over the years.


And it's all very well for us to go on bitching about it here, but surely there needs to be some public dialogue on these issues before there will be any hope of getting their attention.  I find myself dreaming of a full-page ad in the L.A. Times containing an open letter to all the studios.



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Posted February 14 2011 - 12:54 PM

A few more clips with a valentines day theme:


Clip- Thumper Gets Twitterpated




Clip- Flower Gets Twitterpated




Clip- Bambi Gets Twitterpated






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