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Discussion in 'DVD' started by PaulP, Oct 10, 2003.
I quoteth UltimateDisney.com thus:
Sold! And am I the only one beginning to ignore the different Disney "banners" (Platinum, Collector's, etc.)? I think the Sleeping Beauty DVD blows away the Lion King DVD in just about every area. As far as Alice in Wonderland goes, that one wasn't as popular during my childhood as say Snow White or Cinderella or The Jungle Book...or heck even The Aristocats... but Disney consistently delivers something special with the DVDs of their original classics. So this one's a semi-blind buy for me. (I'm wondering if my sister and I grew up on other Disney classics and not this one due to those staggered re-release patterns that Disney employed throughout the 70s and 80s. Perhaps the fine folks at UltimateDisney have info on those re-release dates.)
Alice didn't really have a staggered release pattern as it was always shown on Disneys tv show. Someone here mentions a laser commentary track. I have all of the Alice in Wonderland laserdiscs and I do not find a commentary track anywhere.
when is this supposed to come out??
For those with the LD box set, hold on to it! Once again, Disney has left off some of the content; tons of song demos in this case. That LD box was spectacular! I'll get the DVD for the (hopefully) better picture, but I'm glad I have the LD.
I might be getting this just because the inclusion of that Alice comedy.
I have the laserdisc of Alice also, and all of the audio supplements on the anolog left were 35 song demos (which some, if not all?, has been listed on the DVD's upcoming specs). The anolog right though consisted of 2 radio broadcasts: An hour long BBC broadcast of "Alice in Wonderland" w/ Disney and Beaumont, and a BBC Xmas radio broadcast also with Disney and Beaumont. Hopefully these will be ported over also to the DVD. So far, Disney has been very good at transferring most/all of Special Editions/Exclusive Archive Collections Laserdisc supplements over to DVD. The ONLY omission I can think of off the top of my head would be the deletion of "Operation Undersea" from the DVD of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" which was on the laser.
An Alice comedy? Cool. I have the one-disc, but I will double dip on this title. The books were my favourite books as a kid, ad I really enjoy the film, even if it is one of the weaker classic Disneys.
this just jumped from a maybe purchase to a definite. now I'll just have to decide if Mary Poppins will be my second double dip ever (I don't consider fotr and ttt double dips )! delighted to see an alice comedy, I wonder if disney is getting the rights to them and perhaps we['ll eventually see a treasures release. Adam
But the company Disney made them with went bankrupt. AFAIK these are public domain (probably wouldn't be if Disney did keep the rights - see Mickey Mouse and copyright law) but they are now Public Domain and Disney lost the rights before the Disney Company was founded. However Disney does hold some of these film's negatives in their vaults (I think they subsequently bought them) and some of these shorts are lost forever.
If they're public domain, how could there be rights problems?
From the filmography in "Walt In Wonderland" (by R. Merritt and J.B. Kaufman) I gather the following: Of the 90 or so pre-Mickey Disney films it seems that 50-60 are known to exist today, so I guess there could be enough material for a "Treasures" set.
Funny this came up... I was just thinking to myself the other day, "a Treasures set with the Alice comedies would be interesting." I've never seen one, sans the small clips you see in other documentaries.
Lars, if your information is correct, I would absolutely kill for a Treasures set of Alice Comedies, and any other pre-Mickey shorts produced by Disney. I'm not sure it would be a big seller at WalMart, but die-hard Disney fans and animation aficianados in general should snap it up without question.