- Jul 27, 2000
Does Disney has any plan in future to make ‘The Jungle Book’ limited edition (1967) animated and the ‘The Lion King’ on DVD ?. These movies are OOP( Out of Print).
This means that after Beauty and the Beast arrives this Fall, only these Disney animated classics will remain without any kind of DVD release:
Sleeping Beauty : (Expected this Fall or next Spring as a CE)
The Lion King Expected Release: Fall, 2003
Aladdin Fall, 2004
Wow, I have all those as LaserDiscs (including both B&Bs, movie and rot free WIP on CAV). Acually all my LDs are the CAV SEs or box sets except Alladin (P&S ugh!). Sometimes it's cool to be ol' Skool.
Good grief! Six and a half more YEARS until the Platinum Edition of Little Mermaid comes out.
Well ... At least, unlike, say, LucasFilm, Disney did break moratorium on this title long enough to give us a bare-bones DVD.
The first Little Mermaid DVD was a letterboxed, non-anamorphic, 1.66:1 presentation, with a very nice DD 5.1 audio mix. There were NO EXTRAS on the disc. Just the FOUR-STAR MOVIE.
Since I came over to DVD straight from VHS, I really appreciated this disc (as well as all the other bare-bones inital Disney Animated Classics DVDs. I still wish that they had at least anamorphically-enhanced the 2.35:1 Lady and the Tramp, though.)
I now own a FPTV system, and this presentation of The Little Mermaid looks very nice on it. The same could defintely not have been said for its VHS counterpart.
As far as having to wait on the Platinum Collection iteration of the disc: Well, that's just Disney's marketing strategy for their titles. For years they were on a 7 year moratorium cycle with almost all of their animated features; they've now gone to a relaxed release policy for most animated features, with only the 10 desginated Platinum titles going through moratorium cycles. Disney reserves the right, of course, to rotate titles in and out of "Platinum status" as needed, based on current market demands.
THE BOTTOM LINE is that after Fall of this year, about 85% of all Disney animated classics will have been made available to the DVD format in some form or fashion. Believe me when I tell you that that's astonishing for a format only five years old when dealing with a studio that traditionally releases features on a 7 year cycle!