New Disney DVD Cover Art and Info

     October 1, 2006

Unlike a lot of home video departments, Disney is a bit peculiar when it comes to releasing information on upcoming DVDs. Often times they will give out the cover art, but then not list any of the extras or info. I have put up a lot of new covers and listed when they are coming out, the problem is a lot of them have no other information. If the information was available, it is listed below.

Also Disney has finally released info on the upcoming DVD release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Since I am posting the cover art on Dead Man’s Chest, this gives me a reason to write a bit on the film. Over the summer I got into a lot of debates on the sequel. Some people didn’t like it, and some thought it was better than the first. I ended up seeing it twice and had something interesting happen. The first time I saw it I did not care for the film. I thought it was too long, and I just didn’t connect with the film the way I had with the first, which I loved. Then a friend told me my problem. He suggested I watch the first film and within 24 hours go and watch the sequel one more time. He went on to say how the sequel was loaded with references to the first film and if it wasn’t fresh in your mind, you would not enjoy the film. Taking his advice, I watched the first film and the next day went back to the theater and saw the sequel.

He was absolutely right.

The sequel is so loaded with references to the first film that you really need to have seen it recently before watching the second. Everything from Jack’s compass to the East India Trading Company, it is all there. I think a lot of people were like me when they watched the sequel, they had seen it back in the theater and loved it, but then forgot the little details. In the future I really believe that Dead Man’s Chest will go down as a much better film than most give it credit for. Then again, I don’t think Disney cares what the critics and naysayer’s think as the film has already made over one Billion at the worldwide box office, and that is before any home video release. The gamble to make two sequels has definitely paid off as the third film is going to be all profit.

If you ended up having problems with the sequel, I would suggest giving it another chance when it hits DVD. But remember to watch the first film before viewing it.

Also below, if you enjoyed the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs than you will probably like the new True Life series that is arriving in December as it also has a lot of archive Disney footage. The information about each volume is below. Look for another DVD update by tomorrow, the next one will cover Warner Bros.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Street Date – December 5th, 2006

Single disc: U.S. $29.99 (SRP) – 2-disc Special Edition: U.S. $34.99 (SRP)

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest will be released as both a deluxe 2-disc Special Edition DVD set and as a single-disc DVD. The single-disc DVD features screenwriter audio commentary and the hilarious, never-before-seen “Bloopers of the Caribbean.” The Special Edition features limited availability holographic packaging and includes all single disc features, plus a treasure-chest of bonus booty: a behind-the-scenes documentary a Captain Jack featurette a sword fighting featurette “Creating The Kraken” on the film’s stunning sea beast “Fly On The Set” – an on location view of filming a featurette on the legend of Davy Jones bonus program on the newly “re-Imagineered” Pirates of the Caribbean resort attraction star-studded, red-carpet Hollywood premiere footage producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s personal on-set photo diary, and more. Much of the bonus material is exclusive to this DVD release.

BONUS FEATURES

Single Disc Version:

  • Feature Film Presentation
  • Audio Commentary with Writers Ted Elliott &amp Terry Rossio
  • Bloopers Of The Caribbean

Collector’s Edition:

Disc 1

  • Feature Film Presentation
  • Audio Commentary with Writers Ted Elliott &amp Terry Rossio
  • Bloopers Of The Caribbean

Disc 2

  • Charting The Return (Pre-production documentary)
  • According To Plan: The Harrowing and True Story of Dead Man’s Chest
  • Captain Jack: From Head To Toe
  • Mastering The Blade: Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport
  • Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy Of A Legend
  • Creating The Kraken
  • Dead Men Tell New Tales: Re-Imagineering The Attraction
  • Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer’s Photo Diary
  • Fly On The Set: The Bone Cage
  • Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Man’s Chest Premiere

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE VI

Street Date – December 19, 2006

Suggested retail price: U.S. $32.99 (for each 2-disc DVD volume)

Aspect ratio: Each: 1.33:1 formatted 4×3

Languages: English Audio.

Close captioned for the hearing impaired.

Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents more gems from the famed Disney vault. The popular WALT DISNEY TREASURES series is back with WAVE VI, four new, 2-disc DVD sets that feature rare and never-before-seen materials on DVD December 19, 2006. An amazing collection of animated and live action programs, each keepsake volume is hosted by noted film historian Leonard Maltin and presented with superb

picture and sound. These four must-own collections once more demonstrate the rich heritage of Walt’s legendary Studio. More Silly Symphonies presents a new collection of the young Disney Studio’s pioneering, outstanding early animated shorts, including two directed by Walt himself. The Complete Pluto Volume 2 delivers more hilarious hi-jinks from Mickey’s (and the world’s) beloved canine companion, Pluto. Your Host, Walt Disney brings legendary live-action TV shows, hosted by Walt, to a new generation and The Mickey Mouse Club Featuring The Hardy Boys is a family adventure from the Golden Age of Television, featuring Disney’s first “Hardy Boys” serialized film in its entirety. All four 2-disc DVD sets feature rare or never-before-seen bonus materials that delve even deeper into these rich collections of Disney

lore.

Each 2-Disc DVD Set Introduced by Leonard Maltin Includes Authenticity Certificate and Collectible Lithograph Available in Limited Supply December 19 in time for Holiday Gift Giving.

MORE SILLY SYMPHONIES

More Silly Symphonies: Approximately 316 minutes

This second volume completes the Silly Symphonies collection with more award-winning shorts which showcase Walt’s technical and narrative innovations. Over the years, Silly Symphonies has been used as a model of how best to combine sight and sound and included in this volume are over a dozen never-before-released shorts from 1929-1938.

Included in this collection are the Academy Award winner “Three Orphan Kittens” (Winner Best Short Subject 1935) “Mother Goose Goes to Hollywood”, and two seminal shorts directed by Walt himself: “Springtime” and “Night.” This collection includes over a dozen shorts that have never before been released on DVD.

Bonus materials include audio commentaries “Silly Symphonies Rediscovered” featurette on this trail-blazing series of short films “Animators At Play” featurette, and extensive production art galleries.

THE COMPLETE PLUTO Vol. 2

The Complete Pluto Vol. 2: Approximately 226 minutes

Mickey’s best pal Pluto stars as top dog in a new set of adventure-filled animated shorts. One of Walt’s classic characters, Pluto has kept generations of audiences in stitches with his hilarious antics. This collection offers all the zany, madcap

comedy that Pluto is famous for, in a full-color collection that spans 1947 to 1951. Included are “Pluto’s Blue Note” (Academy Award nominee, Best Short Subject, 1947), “Bone Bandit,” “Pluto’s Sweater,” “Figaro and Cleo” and “Cat

Nap Pluto.”

Bonus materials include: a “master class” with modern-day Disney animation masters Randy Cartwright and Andreas Deja. Randy discusses “Bone Trouble” and Andreas discusses “Hawaiian Holiday” – it’s a class all Disney fans will want

to attend. Plus, there is “Pluto’s Process” – a deconstruction of the shorts “Pluto’s Judgment Day,” along with a fascinating, very rare pencil test from this short. Also featured are extensive production art galleries.

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YOUR HOST, WALT DISNEY

Your Host, Walt Disney: Approximately 388 minutes

Here is a wonderful chapter in the fabled “Disneyland” TV show, hosted by Walt himself. This famous television series has something for every Disney fan. Included here is the complete Fourth Anniversary episode of Walt’s show, a wonderful surprise party by the Mouseketeers, and a 10th anniversary special program on the Disneyland Imagineers, creating some of Disneyland’s most famous attractions such as Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Bonus features include a rare interview with Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller and production art galleries.

THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB FEATURING THE HARDY BOYS

The Mickey Mouse Club Featuring The Hardy Boys: Approximately 269 minutes

Adventures from the famous Hardy Boys books were serialized on the Mickey Mouse Club, and this Walt Disney Treasures volume includes the complete Hardy Boys debut serial from 1956-1957, “The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure.” This superb story features Tim Considine (Disney’s “The Swamp Fox,” “The Shaggy Dog” and more) as Frank Hardy, and Tommy Kirk (“Old Yeller,” “Swiss Family Robinson” and many more) as Joe Hardy. The boys, both amateur detectives, are the sons of a famous sleuth who tells them that detective work is too dangerous for boys. But that

doesn’t stop them from going on a rousing quest to find a legendary treasure. Based on the best-selling book series by the mysterious writer, F.W. Dixon, “The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure” is fun live-action adventure for the whole family.

Bonus features include: “From Dixon to Disney” on the Hardy Boys’ journey from print to TV “The Hardy Boys Unmasked” featurette and production galleries.

Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition

Street Date – November 28, 2006

Walt Disney Legacy Collection: True-Life Adventures

Street Date: December 5th, 2006

Suggested Price $32.99 (for each one)

True-Life Adventures: Volume 1 - Wonders of the World 2-Disc Set Contains the movies: White Wilderness(1958), Seal Island(1948), Beaver Valley(1950), Nature’s Half Acre(1951), Water Birds(1952), Nature’s Strangest Creatures(1959) includes an introduction by Roy Disney.

Volume 2 – Lands of Exploration 2-disc set includes the movies, The Living Desert(1953), The Vanishing Prairie(1954), Prowlers of the Everglades(1953), Islands of the Sea(1960) introduction by Roy Disney.

Volume 3Creatures of the Wild 2 discs includes the movies: The African Lion(1955), Jungle Cat(1960), Olympic Elk(1952), Bear Country(1953), Emperor Penguins(1955) with an introduction by Roy Disney.

The Fox and the Hound 2

Street Date – December 12th, 2006

Suggested retail price: $29.99 (DVD)

THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2 DVD BONUS FEATURES

BEHIND THE SCENES – THE MAKING OF THE MUSIC – For nearly 80 years, Disney has ensured that music and animation go hand- in-hand. See how the film’s songs were created by Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and some of the hottest performers in Nashville. Discover how Disney melds animation and music to develop and enhance the film’s story.

MUSIC VIDEO – “YOU KNOW I WILL” PERFORMED BY LUCAS GRABEEL – Lucas Grabeel, best known for his outstanding performance as singing/dancing sensation Ryan in the Disney Channel phenomenon High School Musical, graduates to big-time animation in singing this end credit song.

GAMES &amp ACTIVITIES

MUTT MIX MASTER – Mr. Bickerstaff, the talent scout from the THE FOX AND THE HOUND 2 who discovered The Singin’ Stays, needs your help. The canine singing group just recorded a song but the mixer ran out – we guess he was fed up with working with animals. Using your on-screen Mix Master, help Bickerstaff complete the recording as you control the studio mix session of The Singin’ Strays. All the guitars and growls, all the barks and bass — it’s under your command as you create a tail-thumping musical performance. Use your remote to roll over different areas of the Mutt Mix Master and play different kinds of barks at different levels to play a song. There is a simple set-top version and the deluxe DVD ROM version which allows you to record up to four versions of your custom song mix.

Rated: “G”

Feature running time: Approximately 69 minutes

DVD aspect ratio: 1.78:1, enhanced for 16×9 TV screens

DVD sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound

DVD Languages: English, French audio

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Street Date: 12/12/06

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