Disney has announced the Blu-ray release of the following films on March 12, 2013:
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit – The 25th Anniversary edition of director Robert Zemeckis‘ classic crime comedy that blended live action and hand-drawn animation.
- Mulan – The 15th anniversary of the 1998 film from directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook that featured the voice talents of Ming Na, Eddie Murphy and BD Wong. Combo also includes Mulan 2.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame – The 1996 animated adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo tale that starred the voices of Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Kevin Kline and Tom Hulce. Combo also includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.
- Brother Bear – Featuring the voices of Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez and Rick Moranis, the Oscar-nominated Brother Bear turned a main character into a bear long before that other movie did. Combo also includes Brother Bear 2.
Hit the jump for Blu-ray cover art, synopses and special features for each film.
Director Jan de Bont (Speed) has been tapped to helm Mulan starring Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the title character. The story is based on 6th century poem and centers on legendary female Chinese warrior Hua Mulan who joined the all-male army. The tale of Mulan was most-famously adapted in 1998 with the animated Disney film of the same name. While THR lists a variety of supporting roles that are currently being cast, there’s no mention of a wise-cracking dragon sidekick.
The English-language production is set to begin filming in Shanghai this fall. It is de Bont’s first film since 2003’s abysmal Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Ziyi’s last English-language film was 2009’s Horsemen.
After months of hype and controversy, Disney Animation introduced America to its newest princess on Friday with The Princess and the Frog. Personally, I never thought that casting the first amphibian in an animated Disney feature was particularly noteworthy – but perhaps I’m missing the broader strokes of the story. In her first day on 3,434 screens, the lovely green-hued Princess Tiana brought in an estimated $7 million to knock The Blind Side out of first place. That figure was only a bit under the debut of Mulan, Disney’s last fairy-tale princess, which went on to make $22.7 million in its debut weekend back in 1998. Weekend matinees should help The Princess and the Frog to top that figure. If not, get ready to read a lot of angry pro-frog blog posts on Monday morning. In less contentious news, Clint Eastwood’s Invictus got off to a decent start with $2.9 million from 2,125 theatres. Nothing controversial about a movie set in apartheid-era South Africa, after all.
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||The Blind Side
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