In addition to confirming our report last month on the October 4, 2011 release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Disney 3D Blu-ray/DVD, it was also announced through multiple channels that the direct-to-home video films in the series will also be released from the vault: Beauty and the Beast:The Enchanted Christmas, which makes its debut on Disney Blu-ray, and Belle’s Magical World on DVD. Both Special Edition releases will be available to own on November 22, 2011.
In addition to our earlier news that the recent Disney India films will soon be getting a domestic release on Disney DVD on July 26, we have learned that two of Disney China’s films will also be released in North America, this time on September 6, as part of the ‘Disney World Cinema’ collection.
More astonishing and spectacular than ever before, Academy Award® nominated writer/producer Tim Burton’s overwhelmingly favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas becomes available for the first time ever to own on Disney Blu-ray 3D™ and/or 3D Movie Download, on August 30, 2011. Leaping off the screen and into living rooms this holiday season, the all-new 3D presentation of The Nightmare Before Christmas will be available as a 3-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD/Digital Copy hybrid) and/or a 3D Movie Download,* providing fans and families alike with several great ways to enjoy the film.
Walt Disney Studios has formally announced that The Lion King, which has received a full 3D treatment following the critically-acclaimed 3D treatment of Beauty and the Beast, will receive a two-week limited theatrical run beginning September 16, 2011, leading up to the release of the film on 3D Blu-ray on October 4 (for full details on the 3D Blu-ray release, see our exclusive report).
Walt Disney Studios invites audiences to once again fall in love with the adorable, beloved forest friends – Bambi, Thumper, Owl, Flower and Faline — in this magnificent Bambi II Special Edition, the heartwarming story of a son’s courage and a father’s love. Available for the first time in Blu-ray™ high-definition, this touching sequel to Walt Disney’s original animated classic Bambi is finally releasing from the Disney vault on August 23, 2011 (now available for pre-order) and will be available for a limited time.
This coming holiday, Disney invites audiences of all ages to make Prep & Landing (the all-new modern classic Christmas tale) part of their family’s ‘must own’ holiday-viewing collection! Arriving to DVD on November 22, 2011 (now available for pre-order), ‘Prep & Landing’ is the perfect blend of Christmas spirit, humor and entertaining characters that will keep the entire family grinning from ear-to-ear. Complete with two new bonus shorts — ‘Tiny’s Big Adventure’ and ‘Operation Secret Santa’ (which features Betty White as the voice of Mrs. Clause) -– ‘Prep & Landing’ will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 in the U.S. and $24.99 in Canada. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for all ages!
Ahead of any formal announcements, Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for several Disney films on Blu-ray in 2011. For the most part, no additional information is yet available but we will update and highlight the releases as we learn of them:
‘Prep & Landing‘, the holiday television special from Walt Disney Animation Studios is expected to be released on November 22, 2011 as per the DVD edition. We can probably expect to see the short introduced last year, ‘Operation: Secret Santa,’ as well as some of the online content and perhaps even the new special being released later this year, ‘Prep & Landing: Naught vs. Nice.’
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned that the 5-disc edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition (now available for pre-order) will be released in 3D Blu-ray format on October 4, 2011, alongside The Lion King.
At first glance, it does not not appear that the 3D Blu-ray edition of Beauty and the Beast will contain any content not already released in the 2D Diamond Edition released last year. Barring any additional information, the only difference appears to be the inclusion of the 3D version which, of course, will require the use of a Sony PlayStation 3 or 3D blu-ray player, a converter and a 3D capable television.
As we were the first to announce an October 4, 2011 release date for the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic The Lion King on Disney 3D Blu-ray and 8-disc trilogy, we now have additional details on what you’ll be able to find on the collection in the way of bonus features.
We have confirmation that The Lion King will support Disney’s Second Screen technology which allows viewers to use their home computer/laptop or Apple iPad and a free app to view bonus content in sync along with the film. The technology has previously been offered with the blu-ray releases of Bambi and TRON: Legacy. At this time, we do not know if there will be any exclusives on the 3D Blu-ray disc but we will update this article as more information becomes available.
This summer, families will not want to miss the chance to own Mars Needs Moms, the story of a young boy‘s intergalactic adventure to find his Martian-nabbed mother as it arrives into living rooms across the country in a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with 3D, DVD, Movie Download and On-Demand August 9, 2011. From Disney and Academy Award®-winner Robert Zemeckis (Best Director, Forrest Gump, 1994), comes the craziest adventure in the galaxy— complete with out-of this world special effects and jam packed with bonus features, it‘s a thrilling journey that‘s pure fun.