Although there have been widely speculated rumors that Disney/Pixar’s Brave would be coming to 3D Blu-ray/DVD on November 6 — with no official announcement to date — the first date we have managed to find from an official source is actually one week later, November 13, 2012.
The news comes to us from DisneyStore.com which has begun listing the 2-disc ‘Collector’s Edition‘ version of the release for pre-order. While that particular release is limited to just a 2D version of the film on Blu-ray as well as DVD, Amazon.com is listing multiple versions, including the 5-disc ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition‘ which features the 3D Blu-ray version of the film along with the 2D version, DVD and digital copy.
Unfortunately there has been no details regarding bonus features released as of yet, but we will update as soon as that information becomes available to us.
Yesterday, I had the distinct honor of speaking with Disney (and all-around) legend Richard Sherman, half of the Sherman Brothers, one of the most beloved and prolific songwriting teams whose music has been known and loved by generations of fans from all walks of life.
The occasion for our petit chat is the upcoming re-release of The Aristocats from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on August 21, 2012. Available for the first time ever in Blu-ray high-definition format. The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.
One of the brand new bonus features including in the Blu-ray is titled ‘The Lost Open.’ Through the use of animatics, an alternate, never-before-scene opening for the film unfolds before the viewers, including a demo of the deleted songs ‘How Much You Mean to Me / Court Me Slowly,’ recorded by Richard and Robert Sherman themselves.
Stitch Kingdom: Can you tell us a little about the alternate opening bonus feature?
Richard Sherman: In all pictures that are created, there are all these times that you attempt to do something and somebody else decides we don’t need it, you know, that type of thing. But there was a very elaborate opening — which I always loved — but I had forgotten about it, it was so long ago — but it had been storyboarded. In other words, the action had been laid out onto a drawing and everything and a song was written and dialog was written for it and it was never filmed. It was the opening of The Aristocats which told a little more about the background why they were these pampered kittens. And this lady, their Madame Bonfamille, and how much she loved them, it’s all in this. Also it gave the opportunity to explain why Edgar the Butler was so eager to kidnap those pussycats, because he wanted all the money for himself and he makes a big play for the housemaid because she was gonna receive half the money in the will and he decided he’d marry her and get all the money for himself (laughs) — a real crazy guy. And so you got a little more insight into those characters and it’s all done in fun. It’s done with a wonderful sequence, which I got a chance to tell the story of. So through the storyboarding, I talk about it and then you hear a demo that Bob and I did 40-something years ago of this duet that was talking place between Elvira the maid and Edgar the butler. So this all material that nobody in the world has seen for 40 years. People that buy the DVD are going to see something very, very special.
SK: Does this mean you got a chance to revisit the Disney archives?
RS: Oh sure, they have wonderful drawings. It’s wonderful they do have these things and now with the magic of Blu-ray and the re-issues of these wonderful films, it’s wonderful that they can show a lot more about what goes into making a film because for every song [you] hear, there are sometimes three, four, maybe five songs had been written for that sequence and not used and many times they’re brilliant songs.
SK: Speaking of unused songs, I understand you wrote another song titled ‘Le Jazz Hot.’ Can you tell us more about it?
RS: I love ‘Le Jazz Hot’ for a lot of reasons. One because it was a song written for the sequence ‘Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat,’ that was a decision made by the people. (laughs) It’s my own personal opinion that ‘Le Jazz Hot’ would have become a standard, unfortunately they didn’t use it. I’d be lying if I said well, let the best man win, they decided to use ‘Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat.’ I think there was a song written by [unintelligible], a very brilliant writer, another song that was not used in the picture. So they had two or three songs for that sequence and they decided to use that song — and it’s a good song, I’m not going to knock it, it works beautifully. But I like ‘Le Jazz Hot’ for a lot of reasons, one because it has French words in it — it’s more in keeping with the whole spirit of The Aristocats. Just like the opening song with Chevalier, it’s as French as it could possibly be and we felt ‘Le Jazz Hot’ is a French word — it means hot jazz — we were right on the button. And now after 40 years, we’re going to get our chance in the sun. I’m very happy.
SK: Because Walt Disney Records is preparing to release it on ‘The Lost Chords: The Aristocats‘ on the same day as the Blu-ray…
RS: Oh yes, very good song too. My God. I was there when they re-recorded it. I’m very excited about it. That’s wonderful. So you’ll hear material — and I’m sure there are other songs other writers wrote that are excellent songs that didn’t work for what they wanted. There’s a lot of reasons why these things are cut, I mean it’s not a question of quality because people that write songs for films are all pretty damn good people, right? So what matters is what they can use and what they don’t use.
SK: Are you encouraged by the release of these lost songs?
RS: It’s wonderful for the writers because [Disney's] breathing new life into material that [the songwriters] poured themselves into that nobody has ever heard except they and their piano bench (laughs) but now they hear it all done — and I know it’s kind of wonderful to hear them hugely produced and [Disney's] done a good job of it.
SK: If there is one standout from your experience working on The Aristocats, what would it be?
RS: The Aristocats marked something very, very special for me because the great Maurice Chevalier came out of retirement to sing that title song and that was a very big thrill for us, it really was. And the fact that he did that was very special and the whole world got the last performance of this great, great entertainer.
SK: With the 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins approaching and it possibly being the pinnacle of your career — if you can even define a pinnacle –
RS: My brother Bob and I had been writing songs together and apart — but mostly together — for fourteen years before Mary Poppins had come out. And all of a sudden, people referred to us as the ‘overnight sensation’ (laughs). We had been writing and writing. We wrote pop songs, we wrote rock and roll songs, we wrong songs for Parent Trap, we wrote songs for Sword in the Stone, we wrote songs for Summer Magic, we wrote so many songs for so many projects and pictures, ‘It’s a Small World After All.’ So when Mary Poppins came out, all of a sudden we were ‘overnight sensations,’ so basically, yes, it was a pinnacle. It was a turning point, it put us on the map.
SK: What I was getting at was I was wondering if you were aware of anything being done for it, if you could maybe give us a tease…
RS: I’ll tease you with one thing. There is a very, very, very major movie that’s going to be going in front of the camera in the coming month.
And with that allusion to the Saving Mr. Banks movie, our interview sadly drew to an end, hopefully to be continued as we draw closer to the next item on Mr. Sherman’s very full list of upcoming projects.
Prior to any official announcement, Walt Disney Studios has announced intentions to bring the Muppet holiday classic, The Muppets Christmas Carol (20th Anniversary Edition), to Disney Blu-ray on November 6, 2012 as a 20th anniversary edition featuring all new bonus features.
Bonus features are set to include:
- Disney Intermission: Press “Pause” and see what happens when the Muppets Show up at your door to sing your Christmas Carols – Muppet Style!
- Muppet Audio Commentary: All New Audio Commentary from your favorite Muppets – Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo, and More!
- Muppet Holiday Sing-Along
- Blooper Reel
- Frogs, Pigs, and Humbug: A Behind the Scenes Look
- Christmas Around the World with Gonzo and Rizzo
- Audio Commentary from Brian Henson
- Pepe’s Profiles Presents: Gonzo, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Weirdo
For more information or to pre-order, visit Amazon.com
Also set to be released are the popular neo-classics, ‘Prep & Landing’ and ‘Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Both animated specials are presented in the format as part of the ‘Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection‘ which also includes bonus shorts ‘Operation Secret Santa’ and ‘Tiny’s Big Adventurem; along with North Pole Commercials, Kringle Academy, North Pole News, Behind the Scenes with Grace Potter and much more.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is promoting both titles as being released on November 6, 2012, although we are aware that online retailers have been listing ‘Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection‘ as being released a week later.
From the creators of the #1 live-action, direct-to-video Disney Buddies franchise, comes Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, an all-new heartwarming and hilarious adventure starring a brand new litter of the most adorable talking Great Pyrenees pups! Premiering on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital on November 20, 2012, Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups is the perfect film for the entire family to enjoy this coming Holiday Season!
In the film, the North Pole has a new litter of playful pups! However, when the frisky foursome — Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble — practically destroy Santa’s Workshop with their mischievous gamboling, they realize the best way to prove that they’re responsible enough to become Santa’s Helpers is to show how well they can spread the Christmas spirit all by themselves. With help from a magic crystal, they start granting everyone’s wishes. But their good intentions backfire when one unhappy boy asks that Christmas go away forever! With his wish impetuously fulfilled, and the joyous spirit quickly disappearing from the planet, Mrs. Claus and the pups have to find a way to reverse the spell — or risk losing Christmas forever!
This cute litter consists of three female pups and one male pup: Hope is the daring tomboy who wears a backwards red cap and rarely looks before she leaps; Jingle is the diva with a bell on her collar who loves to sing, but can’t carry a tune; Charity is the girliest and most self-centered of the pups, with a mistletoe barrette, who has yet to learn the meaning of her name; and Noble is the mischievous only brother and self-appointed leader who is distinguished by a cheeky black spot around his eye.
Santa Pups stars Cheryl Ladd (‘Charlie’s Angels’), Danny Woodburn (Mirror, Mirror; The Search for Santa Paws), Pat Finn (Spooky Buddies), Kaitlyn Maher (Treasure Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws), Josh Feldman (‘The Closer’), George Newbern (The Father of the Bride) and Obba Babatunde (Broadway version of ‘Dream Girls’) as human characters. The pups are voiced by Marlowe Peyton (Applebaum) as Jingle, Tatiana Gudegast (Spooky Buddies) as Hope, Aidan Gemme (Treasure Buddies) as Noble, and G. Hannelius (Treasure Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws) as Charity. And additional canines are voiced by Tom Everett Scott (Air Bud) as the voice of Santa Paws, Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth) as Mrs. Paws, Richard Kind (Santa Buddies) as Eddy, the head elf dog, Trevor Wright (Air Buddies) as Baxter the scruffy mutt and Josh Flitter (Santa Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws) as Brutis, an unlikely friend for the Pups.
The film is directed by Robert Vince, written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts, original music is by Brahm Wenger (The Search for Santa Paws, Treasure Buddies), Animal Coordinator is Mark Forbes (We Bought a Zoo, Treasure Buddies) and the choreographer is Mark Swanhart (Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion in Las Vegas).
Coming this fall, the third highest-grossing movie of all time and the #1 movie in the world, Marvel’s The Avengers assembles as you’ve never seen it before on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand platforms on September 25, 2012. In anticipation of this release, Marvel is also launching an all-new App in July — ‘The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App’ (available for the first time on iPhone) — that gives fans unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release.
Providing viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy Marvel’s The Avengers (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of ‘Avengers Assembled’ Music from and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension on Blu-ray hi-def with stunning visual effects, superior sound and unparalleled bonus content.
Extras include a gag reel (a first for a Marvel Studios film), the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on their experiences in bringing these larger than life characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier, Soundgarden’s ‘Live to Rise’ Music Video, deleted scenes and more!
Also for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new ‘The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.’ By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi-weekly in July & August and weekly in September leading up to a full immersive experience accompanying the film on Blu-ray.
Content includes special access to the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, invitations to ‘special missions’ either remotely or in the field, links to character profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital reader comic books and more. App owners will receive push notifications whenever new content is uploaded and available for their viewing.
The full range of Marvel’s The Avengers home entertainment offerings and bonus features are as follows:
BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
- Audio commentary by director Joss Whedon
- Marvel One Shot: Item 47
- Second Screen
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Opening – Maria Hill Interrogation
- Extended Scene – Loki & Barton Strategize
- Steve Rogers – Man Out of Time
- Nick Fury & World Security Council
- Extended Viaduct Fight – Raw Footage
- Fury & Hill Discuss the World Security Council
- Extended Scene – Banner and Security Guard
- Alternate Ending – Maria Hill Interrogation
- A Visual Journey
- Assembling the Ultimate Team
- Soundgarden Music Video – Live to Rise
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will bring Oscar home to the Disney blu-ray family on August 21, 2012 when it releases Disneynature’s Chimpanzee (now available for pre-order).
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans and African Cats, comes Chimpanzee — a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. Full of curiosity, a zest for discovery, joy and a love for mimicking others, they are some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.
To celebrate the in-home debut of Chimpanzee, Disneynature is proud to continue the “See Chimpanzee, Save Chimpanzees” conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of the movie through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to conserve chimpanzee habitat, educate the next generation, and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees.
The conservation program tied to the theatrical release will help protect 129,236 acres (202 square miles) of wild chimpanzee habitat through infrastructure investments in the expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo (Congo); educate 60,000 schoolchildren about chimpanzee conservation; and provide food and medicine for nearly all of the orphaned
Bonus features are set to include
- “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” — This feature details the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program and how for every copy of the film purchased until August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation to JGI to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. The feature also includes an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
- Disney’s Friends for Change — This feature highlights Disney’s Friends for Change, a program that showcases steps that kids and families can take to make a positive impact on the world and the people and animals that live there.
- Disney’s Conservation Legacy — This feature provides a look at the conservation efforts that Disney sponsors around the world.
Everything on the DVD, plus …
- ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF CHIMPANZEE is a series of exciting short features that delve further into the incredible lengths the filmmakers went to tell the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family.
- 30 Years in the Making—The story of the team of researchers who have been observing chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast for 30 years.
- The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”—A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the film was made.
- Piece of the Puzzle—A cameraman’s two-hour daily trek through the forest to get to the chimpanzees.
- Don’t Blame the Tool—An observation of the chimpanzees’ daily lives and how they use rocks as tools to prepare their food.
- Scar’s Army—An inside look at the struggles between the film’s two rival chimpanzee groups who share the same forest home.
- Camp Invaders—A featurette on all the creepy, crawly creatures found at the filmmakers’ forest camp.
- Forest of Bees—A feature detailing how the crew spent two days wading through a sea of bees that inhabited their filming location in order to capture 20 seconds of footage.
- “Rise” Music Video—A music video featuring Hollywood Records recording artists McClain Sisters who wrote and performed the inspirational song that plays during the film’s end credits.
- Behind the Scenes of “Rise”—An inside look at McClain Sisters music video shoot.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary and ahead of any official announcements, the official Disney DVD site is reporting that the beloved classic Pete’s Dragon will be making its debut on blu-ray on October 2, 2012.
While Disney announced earlier this year that the film would be released on blu-ray this year, information surrounding the release outside of the site seems to be as elusive as Elliott himself. To complicate matters further, the DVD site has proven to be very unreliable in terms of release dates in recent months.
The announcement was actually made on the site some weeks ago but no information regarding the blu-ray edition was available until today, though there’s apparently nothing to report. While the site promises the movie has received an ‘all-new digital restoration,’ the reported extras so far appear to match that of the ‘High Flying’ DVD edition that was released just a few short years ago.
TheHDRoom has exclusively posted cover art for the upcoming Diamond Edition release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on the site is the DVD edition of the artwork.
No official announcements regarding the highly anticipated release have been announced so far other than the Disney Store has confirmed it will be releasing a special edition Belle doll in the fall as it has done for The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana and Snow White, however we are currently anticipating a release date of October 5 for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Ever since we were the first to bring the good news that Toy Story and Toy Story 2 would individually be heading to blu-ray on March 23 (with Toy Story 3 coming to 3D blu-ray later this year), we’ve seen a countless number of folks questioning what the cover art for Toy Story would look like since it was obvious that the artwork released was simply a place-holder.
We are now pleased to present to you the artwork that Amazon.com has just replaced the original with. As of this update, the artwork for Toy Story 2 remains as the original, temporary cover art.
It will require a 3D capable television and a 3D capable blu-ray player, but The Hollywood Reporter has relayed Disney’s announcement that the newly established Blu-ray 3D standard will be embraced and rushed to market beginning with at least three releases this year (all presumably around the holiday season): A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3. Perhaps it’s too soon, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Disney/Pixar’s UPthrown into the mix shortly thereafter either.
At D23 Expo, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment demo’d a prototype of a 3D home system from Panasonic. The home system, which uses special shutter-oriented glasses to alternate between eyes, almost faithfully recreates the current 3D movie-going experience at home.
The article also refers to a demo disc Disney is supplying to Blu-ray 3D manufacturers for distribution with their systems which includes the 1953 3D short Working for Peanuts starring Chip and Dale, last seen in theaters attached to Meet the Robinsons.