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BVHE Press Release Winnie The Pooh (2011) (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 09 2011 - 06:58 AM



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ALL THE BELOVED CHARACTERS

FROM THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD ARE BACK!


DELIGHTFUL ALL-NEW MOVIE COMES HOME TO BLU-RAY,


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DVD AND MOVIE DOWNLOAD OCTOBER 25th


Includes an Exclusive Short, Sing-Along Option and Hours More

of Exciting Bonus Features!


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Inspired by the beloved stories from A.A. Milne’s books and crafted in Disney’s classic style, “Winnie the Pooh,” is the most critically-acclaimed animated film of 2011*.  It is narrated by the voice of John Cleese and features the vocal talents of legendary voice actor Jim Cummings(over 350 voices including Gnomeo & Juliet) and a host of other distinctive actors including Craig Ferguson(TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’), Tom Kenny (TV’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’), Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) and musical performances by Zooey Deschanel (indie folk band “She & Him”).

* RottenTomatoes.com, as of 9/9/2011



The all-new “Winnie the Pooh” brings back to life the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes and characters.  Sure to become a family favorite for every household, it is directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet The Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and The Frog) and Executive Produced by John Lasseter.

  Blu-ray ™Bonus Features:

·       Exclusive bonus short “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” – In this charming short, Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees.

·       “The Ballad of Nessie” - The animated short film included in the theatrical release is the heartwarming tale of how Nessie found her new home in the Loch Ness.

·       “Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too” – A fun and informative behind-the-scenes look at the film, designed for the whole family. Hosted by John Cleese (narrator of the film), and with occasional help fromPooh himself, this featurette explores Winnie the Pooh’s history from his beginnings as a character in a book, to his continued life in the movies. The filmmakers reveal how they worked to keep the look of the characters and settings in this movie consistent with their first appearances on-screen in1966. Pooh, being a bear of very little mind, finds much of this confusing, but the Narrator and the filmmakers make it all clear to Pooh – and you!


·       Deleted Scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 5 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations,” “Original Eeyore Intro,” “Original Tigger Intro” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”


·       Sing-Along with the Movie – Follow the red balloon and changing word colors to seven song lyrics featured in the film.

·       Disney Song Selection – “Winnie the Pooh Theme Song,” “The Tummy Song, “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “The Backson Song,” “It’s Gonna Be Great,” “Everything is Honey” and “The Winner Song Finale”

DVD Bonus Features:

·       “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”

·       “The Ballad of Nessie”

·       Deleted scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”


Movie Download Bonus Features:

·       “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”

·       “The Ballad of Nessie”

·       Deleted Scenes introduced directors. Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”


   
Disc Specifications:


STREET DATE:                         October 25, 2011

Direct prebook:                           August 30, 2011

Distributor prebook:                     September 13, 2011

Suggested retail prices:               3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) $44.99 U.S. and $51.99 Canada

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada

1-Disc DVD $29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada

High-Definition Movie Download
$39.99 U.S. and $44.99 Canada
Standard-Definition Movie Download

$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada

Feature Run Time:                      Approx. run time 60 minutes

Rated:                                       G

Aspect Ratio:                             1.78, 16x9

Sound:                                      5.1

Languages:                                English, French and Spanish



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Film Synopsis

Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art.


About The Filmmakers:

Directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet The RobinsonsThe Emperor’s New Groove) and Don Hall (The Princess and the FrogMeet The Robinsons), the film was supported by a variety of industry and highly-creative Disney veterans including Producers Peter Del Vecho (The Princess and the FrogChicken Little) and Clark Spencer (BoltMeet The Robinsons), Executive Producer and two-time Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter (Toy Story franchise, WALL●E, Bolt) and senior story artist Burny Mattinson (Academy Award®-nominee for Best Animated Short Film, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1983 and key animator on the 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!).



About The English Language Voice Talent:

The “Winnie The Pooh” movie is narrated by funnyman John Cleese (Shrek Forever AfterA Fish Called Wanda) and voiced by the talents of Jim Cummings (Gnomeo & JulietThe Princess and the FrogShrek) as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Craig Ferguson (TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) as Owl, Tom Kenny (TV’s SpongeBob SquarePants) as Rabbit, Travis Oates (TV’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too) as Piglet, Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) as Eeyore, 
Kristen Anderson-Lopez (TV’s The Wonder Pets,’ Off-Broadway’s ‘In Transit’) as Kanga, Wyatt Hall (seven-year-old son of director Don Hall) as Roo and Huell Howser (this was his first role as an actor) as Backson and Jack Boulter (this was his first role as an actor) as Christopher Robin.


About The Music:

The amazing musical scores featured throughout the film were created by Tony® Award-winning songwriter Bobby Lopez, and his wife Kristen, who wrote all of the six spirited new songs for Pooh and his pals, including “The Tummy Song,” “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “Everything Is Honey,” “The Winner Song,” “The Backson Song,” and “It’s Gonna Be Great.” Lopez is behind the Broadway hits “Book of Mormon” and  “Avenue Q” and together they’ve written for Nickelodeon and Disney, including the stage version of “Finding Nemo” and composed songs for several episodes of “The Wonder of Pets,” which earned him two Daytime Emmy® Awards in 2006 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition. 


The original score, a special rendition of the beloved “Winnie the Pooh” theme song for the film was composed by Henry Jackman (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”) and sung by actress, musician, singer and songwriter, Zooey Deschanel (Indie folk band, “She & Him”). Deschanel also provided vocals for “A Very Important Thing To Do” and “So Long.”

  About Disney Blu-ray Combo Packs: 

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD and in some cases plus a Digital Copy of the movie in a single package. To date, the company has released almost all their films as Combo Packs. Recent Disney titles released as Combo Packs include TangledSharpay’s Fabulous AdventureBeverly Hills ChihuahuaBambi, Santa PawsBeauty and the Beast and Fantasia.


About The Walt Disney Studios:

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which TheWalt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings qualitymovies, 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 underWalt 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 17 OFFLINE   Jason_V

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Posted September 09 2011 - 08:57 AM

Wait...a movie running 60 minutes is going to cost $40 for the 2 disc BD?  When one is a BD and the other is a DVD?  Yes, there will mostly likely be a Disney coupon of some kind and no store is going to have WtP on sale for $40 release week, but this is a $15 title.  Max.  Not the $31 Amazon currently has it for.  And not even $20.



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Posted September 10 2011 - 05:35 AM

This is a NEW THEATRICAL RELEASE that opened commercially this past summer, hence the $40 list price...the actual take-home price at Amazon is $30!!!



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Posted September 10 2011 - 02:36 PM



Originally Posted by lukejosephchung 

This is a NEW THEATRICAL RELEASE that opened commercially this past summer, hence the $40 list price...the actual take-home price at Amazon is $30!!!


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Seriously, it's 60 minutes.  An hour.  Amazon's price of $30 is still overblown. 




#5 of 17 OFFLINE   montrealfilmguy

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Posted September 10 2011 - 03:02 PM

Ahhhhhh yes. An hour. But it has the magical power of turning into a hundred hours when you want to kids to stop bothering you while making supper. So 30 bucks is relatively cheap.For a hundred hours.:D

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Posted September 10 2011 - 03:05 PM

^ I get your point but running time has nothing to do with price. You don't pay more for Lawrence Of Arabia or Lord Of The Rings because they're 3 hours. There's an average price for a new release and this movie, while not long, does fall into that normal range.

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Posted September 10 2011 - 04:11 PM

Honestly,this has gotten really good reviews and i'd really like to see it. Travis,youre right of course,plus im always feel that people who speak about savings on dvd or Blu don't seem to realize it sort of balances it all out in the end. You pay a bit much here and you save over there,but the idea of thinking youre ALWAYS making a good deal everywhere and every time is i'm afraid unclear and a misconception for most people.

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Posted September 10 2011 - 04:44 PM

Understood and agreed, Travis.  My sense of what to spend my money on, though, tells me to get value for my money.  I won't be getting the first  version of Transformers 3 since a second one is coming because I generally don't double dip.

Getting value for your money isn't a misconception.  For me-partnered and childless-anything more than $15 for a 60 minute movie isn't value.  It's bowing to Disney (or whatever studio) because they set an arbitrary price without looking at the value proposition for some of their customers.  I didn't pick up X-Men First Class yesterday for the same reason: it will be far cheaper in three or four months and I can wait.



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Posted September 10 2011 - 05:39 PM

But you understand that if we follow that reasoning,we'd all wait 4 years so we can get everything at 5 bucks. That would be savings,but you'd have to wait 4 years for it. Sure it will be cheaper in 3 or 4 months because you'll pay 15 maybe because it was originally 30. Planet earth started at what ..100 bucks,maybe more ...now its 35..but its been out for quite some time now. Do you buy it at 75,at 65,..when do you actually save... And i know that you have to be aware of many places and many prices to get a substantial saving. For instance,one video store in downtown Mtl sold the Alien box set for 129 and you could get it across the street at HMV for 99. And sometimes,you happen to be at the right time right next to the bargain bin to get all 3 Pirates,all 2-discs for 10 dollars each like i did. No way you save all the time,it doesnt work that way.Too many variables that affect the outcome The other day, i decided to go see one video store i hadn't been to for a long time,i got Toy story 3,the 4 disc for 20 bucks.Total luck.A random set of decisions made that happen. But yes of course,dont buy everything on the first day it comes out,unless youre a big fan of certain stuff.not because you wanna add your 3000th dvd or Bluray.Those people cant actually say they're saving and keep a straight face am i right ?

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Posted September 11 2011 - 09:37 AM

All I'm saying is I have plenty of entertainment options, from discs I have yet to watch to video games to my Kindle to my iPod.  Waiting for any movie to come down in price makes me actually think about the purchase and, usually, save some money because I won't be paying first week prices.


This is also why I do Christmas/birthday shopping throughout the year when I find things I want to give someone.  I end up saving money by spreading the cost out over the year and/or waiting for sales.  I successfully waited to get Star Trek TOS on Blu-ray (for the second time...I got robbed last year) for a StarTrek.com sale this past week.  I wanted it, I'm a huge fan...but $70ish per season wasn't working for me.  I got all three for $172, or $57 each.


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Posted September 11 2011 - 11:04 AM

old age...:D im 45.I used to work outside of Montreal in a fancy resort in a little village,and the one tiny video store used to order Star trek tapes for me each week.I would get 3-4 VHS tapes (now THAT'S old ! ) till i got all 79 episodes.They cost more back then.(think around 15 dollars each episode. ). Ahhh,good times. Im happy to see that the Bluray offers the choice of seeing either the original effects or not.

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Posted September 12 2011 - 06:19 AM

This was my four-year old's first movie at the theater and we both enjoyed it. Closer to the original movie than the many sequels that followed. Already pre-ordered.

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Posted September 12 2011 - 06:24 AM

I enjoyed the film as well as the short cartoon before it (The Ballad of Nessie) a great deal and have it on preorder already. Hopefully The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, which sort-of turns 35 next year, won't be far behind.


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Posted September 13 2011 - 02:15 PM

I enjoyed the film as well as the short cartoon before it (The Ballad of Nessie) a great deal and have it on preorder already. Hopefully The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, which sort-of turns 35 next year, won't be far behind.

And hopefully, if they include Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore as a bonus on the TMAWTP Blu-Ray, they'll restore the original 1983 dub. I have no idea what made them think it was a good idea to go back and redub some of the voices. http://en.wikipedia....yore#Voice_cast
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Posted September 13 2011 - 10:41 PM

At least America gets a Blu-ray release. Due to disappointing box office (due to lack of promotion and lack of screens) it won't even be released on Blu-ray in most, if not all, European countries, and that's something I never thought I'd see happen with a new Disney release.
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Posted September 16 2011 - 03:38 AM

I enjoyed the film as well as the short cartoon before it (The Ballad of Nessie) a great deal and have it on preorder already. Hopefully The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, which sort-of turns 35 next year, won't be far behind.

And hopefully, if they include Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore as a bonus on the TMAWTP Blu-Ray, they'll restore the original 1983 dub. I have no idea what made them think it was a good idea to go back and redub some of the voices. http://en.wikipedia....yore#Voice_cast

They actually did that? I have the 25th anniversary DVD from 2002, and it has the original voices. I had no idea they Would ever try to pull something like that.

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 am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then.


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Posted September 16 2011 - 07:39 AM

The only way something like this could have happened is if the original audio tapes for some of the voice actors were either missing, or damaged beyond repair. Possible, but unlikely. Strangely enough, the person on IMDB who noticed the different voice cast list, said that he didn't notice any differences in the voices at all in comparison to the 1983 version. Could it be that the new voice actors for some of the characters did such a good job in sounding exactly like those that they were imitating? Or could it be that THEY ARE the original voice actors, but Disney changed the names of some of them due to legal reasons? Having Christopher Robin's voice redubbed in TMAOWTP is one thing (for the record, it was ALWAYS like that, even in the original 1977 release), but this is beyond just plain strange, especially for a 1983 short.
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