Disney has a habit of putting some of their big movies in the "vault," making them unavailable for purchase after a limited time. Eventually, though, the titles become available again in new "limited" or "anniversary" editions. Many Disney classics are also becoming available on Blu-ray as well. These classic movies are fun to share with kids, who may not have heard of some of the Disney films that were popular back in the day, and they also make great gifts. Here are some of the biggest re-releases for 2009 (all are rated G):
Originally release in 1977, Pete's Dragon combines both animation and live action to tell a heartwarming story about an orphan boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, an invisible dragon. The new "High-Flying Edition" contains several bonus features with original material from the making of the movie including:
- Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Behind Disney's Movie Magic
- Deleted Storyboard Sequences: "Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliott"
- Original Song Concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)"
- Original Demo Recordings: "Brazzle Dazzle Day," "Every Little Piece," "and "The Greatest Star of All," a deleted song for a deleted character
- Promotional Record of 4 "pop" versions of the songs, inlcluding the beloved "Candle on the Water"
The Tigger Movie: 10th Anniversary Edition contains the original movie plus two new-to-DVD Tigger adventures from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The bonus features include games, a music video, and the Storybook version of The Tigger Movie (kids can read a storybook version of the movie themselves or have it read to them). One educational feature, "How to Make Your Own Family Tree," teaches kids how to create a family tree and is a fun way to introduce little ones to genealogy.
Every time Julie Andrews comes on the radio (we listen a kids' station), my 4-year-old daughter yells out, "It's Mary Poppins!" She recognizes the characteristic voice of Mary Poppins even though she has only seen the movie once. One of the true classics in the children's movie genre, Mary Poppins is memorable in so many ways, but the music is as timeless as it gets. This latest special edition DVD contains several new behind-the-scenes features about the making of the movie and how the movie was transformed from a story in a book (did you know that Mary Poppins is based on popular children's stories by P.L. Traversto?), to a classic movie, to a Broadway musical. The bonus features celebrate the masterpiece that is Mary Poppins.
Most of us have heard the classic tale of a wooden puppet named Pinocchio and his quest to become a real boy. The beautifully animated picture debuted in 1940, and is still revered today for the captivating story, memorable characters, and beloved music. Pinocchio was a revolutionary film in its day, but the real testament to its greatness is that children some 70 years later still recognize the characters, like the spirited Jiminy Cricket, and can sing the songs from the timeless movie. The 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition is available on DVD or Blu-ray, and the Blu-ray package includes the DVD as well. Disney fans will be delighted by a wealth of information about the history and making-of Pinocchio.
Inspired by the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, Oliver & Company follows the adventures of Oliver, an adorable stray kitten who finally finds a little girl to love him, only to have her taken away by a greedy scoundrel. Oliver may be small, but he has a lot of heart, and he will stop at nothing to rescue his beloved Jenny. The 20th Anniversary Edition of this classic movie contains several bonus features including games, Backstage Disney features, and a bonus short.
The 1971 Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks is set during World War II. The story follows Eglantine Price, whose important training to become a witch is interrupted when she is asked to care for three orphans. Her education is further curtailed when her teacher mysteriously discontinues the lessons. Eglantine and the children set out on a magical adventure to find a missing page from the old book her teacher had used to create his so-called lessons. The Enchanted Musical Edition DVD will be released on September 8, 2009.
The first full-length animated film ever made, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is coming to Blu-ray October 6, 2009. The landmark release will also launch an all-new product line – Disney’s Diamond Collection. Disney has described Snow White and the new collection saying, "Poised to transform home entertainment, just as the movie itself transformed the entire motion-picture industry upon its debut in 1937, the revolutionary new Diamond Collection brings audiences the most immersive and highest-level viewing experience, that includes unparalleled features, exclusive high definition content and updatable experiences, superior picture and sound, and much, much more." (Standard definition will be released seven weeks later, on November 24.)