Over the past few weeks, Priscilla on facebook had actually left some hints on a few posts that two exclusives would be coming, but given that the DMC facebook people don't often distinguish between "true" exclusives and rehashes/repackaged products, I was trying to keep my expectations in check. It's nice to see that the line isn't dead and that even some Fox product is in play (even though the Fox titles I would want probably aren't - I can't see DMC exclusives of Jeanne Crain titles). While it's not a title I was clamoring for, The Black Cauldron has been a highly requested movie since the beginning of the line so some folks should be happy with this announcement. I hope to see more announcements over the coming months, and hopefully Disney won't be so stingy with the Walt era titles (The Happiest Millionaire, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Summer Magic, The Shaggy Dog, Make Mine Music, Melody Time, the classic era shorts, etc.).Honestly, I've been one of the most optimistic people thinking the Exclusive line would resume at some point, but when the entire 2020 passed with nothing I'd pretty much thrown in the towel and joined the "it's Toast" regiment.
Last BD exclusive was Romney Marsh in Oct 2019 and while we've seen 8-10 month gaps, once it hit 15 I relented to the obvious and certainly was shocked to see this show up.
So ANYTHING released that looks like the old true exclusives is incredibly important to see. Honestly I screamed a bit into my computer last night when I signed into DMC to see what the new FT was going to be only to smacked in the face with a 1st Time on Bluray and TBC Cover on the front page. It was just so unexpected, I literally got a bit emotional (how sad to be honest it's come to that) and I'm not even a huge TBC fan, but it gives a big lift to my spirit to see it showing up.
Incidentally, in previous years, early spring is about the time the first new DMC announcements of the year were made. In a way, Disney is sort of on time.