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LukeB

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In today's report on Quarter 2 Financial Results, Disney announced plans to change their moratorium and Platinum timelines.

The big news is 2 Platinum Editions a year now, one in March and one in October! Instead of three-month sales windows, the DVDs will be available for 2 years. Instead of ten year moratoriums, they will be 5 years.

All the Platinum Editions should be out by 2007, and they've added 4 titles to the Collection - Pinocchio, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, and Peter Pan.
 

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What on earth can there be to add to a Platinum edition of "Fantasia" after 3-disc "Fantasia Anthology"?

Sounds like desperation setting in to boost the bottom line at the Mouse House.
 

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Fantasia: Platinum Edition will be a definite re-buy if they have it uncensored the 2nd time around.

Disney is doing it right. Two Platinums a year is much more do-able.
 

Richard Kim

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Fantasia: Platinum Edition will be a definite re-buy if they have it uncensored the 2nd time around.
That's the only reason I can think of to rerelase Fantasia.

If they do release it uncut, I'm guessing they're gonna put a disclaimer in the DVD to cover their butts.
 

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I always thought Pinocchio would be one of them. Weren't they just about to, or already released Sleeping Beauty as a special edition? Is there a list of the releases and order somewhere on the web?
 

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This is great news. I really want that Bambi as soon as possible.

Is thier a new list as to when each one will be released?

I am just glad I held off on the peter pan S.E. because I already have the L.E.
 

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Looks like I can scratch the S.E. of Sleeping Beauty off my list. Hey Luke, do we have dates for these?
 

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The only thing I can see missing from the upcoming SE of Sleeping Beauty is a commentary track. Really, all they have to do is change the cover art to say "Platinum Edition" instead of "Special Edition" and it's a PE.
 

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Very exciting news. With HD-DVD on the horizon it seemed silly to wait until 2010 to release all 10. I hope the announcement of two rounds of Treasure Tins a year isn't too far away.
 

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Yay, that means I will be getting Aladdin in eariler March next year and soon see the rest of the movies soon afterwards. :D Great news indeed.
 

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Luke, can you provide a link where we can read more about this? The only news items I can find regarding Disney's second quarter didn't mention anything about the Platinum Editions. Thanks.
 

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Great news! Especially that Pinocchio and Fantasia are now Platinum. I wonder if we'll still need the Fantasia Anthology box to have all supplements, cause I haven't bought it due to censorship - and won't buy the Platinum, unless it's changed.
 

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If true (not that I don't trust you Luke, I jsut like confirmation before I go off a secondary and non-official source), this is great news. One a year was was too slow. but two is much more reasonable. I also like the shortening of hte vault period, and the longer print times. I have to wonder though if when they say five years, does that mean five years total cycle (two in print, three in vault), or a seven year cycle (two in print, five in vault)?
 

John Kilduff

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This means I can get my "Little Mermaid" Platinum Edition earlier than later.

What can I tell you? I'm a major Ariel-holic, and I think both Sherri Stoner (the body model) and Jodi Benson (the voice) are lovely ladies. It's probably the Disney release I can relate to the most, and now I'll be able to get it sooner.

Sincerely,

John Kilduff...

I'm still keeping the VHS, though. UNCENSORED!
 

LukeB

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Yes, you can go ahead and give a listen to the webcast if you're skeptical, but you won't come away with anything beyond the short write-up I've put on the site. :)

No idea as to an exact schedule yet. They did say they wanted to have all the Platinums released by 2007, so even at a rate of 2-per-year, with The Lion King being the 3rd release, that leaves 11 unaccounted for. What that means, I think, is that Sleeping Beauty and Fantasia, for instance, won't be treated as Platinums until the 'next cycle', which the plan is to start again once HD-DVD is launched. The way I take it is the changes go into effect next year, so I guess Sleeping Beauty will be released as planned in September without the "Platinum" nomenclature.

It seems that HD-DVD is one of the driving forces behind the revision to these plans, according to Eisner.
 

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