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Walt Disney Treasures DVD – Wave VIII – Destino, Donald, and Dr Syn

Disney has announced three new Walt Disney Treasures DVD volumes from the Disney Vault featuring never-before-seen material. "Destino", "Chronological Donald, Volume 4", "Dr Syn, Alias the Scarecrow" will make up the eighth installment of the popular series. Noted film historian, author and critic Leonard Maltin  hosts each DVD.

This is the series that was on life-support a few years ago. So it’s nice to have the series continue.

The full release, as well as links to all the current Walt Disney Treasures DVDs are below the cut:

Three New Volumes from the Disney Vault Featuring Never-Before-Seen Material Debut on DVD
Walt Disney Treasures – WAVE VIII

BURBANK, Calif., February 20, 2008 – Walt Disney Home Entertainment is proud to release some of the most extraordinary treasures from the Disney vault on DVD November 11, 2008 in a limited supply.  All three new two-disc sets of “Destino,” “Dr Syn, Alias the Scarecrow” and “Chronological Donald, Volume 4” will make up the eighth installment of the popular series Walt Disney Treasures, which features rarely seen footage presented with updated color and sound.

“Destino,” began in 1946 as a collaboration between Walt Disney and the famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali. A first-hand example of Disney’s interest in avant garde and experimental work in animation, “Destino” was to be awash with Dali’s iconic melting clocks, marching ants and floating eyeballs. However, “Destino” was not completed at that time.  In 2003 it was rediscovered by Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, who took on the challenge of bringing the creation of these two great artists to fruition.  In addition to the completed “Destino”, this exciting addition to the Walt Disney Treasures line also includes an all-new feature-length documentary that examines the surprising partnership between Dali and Disney plus two new featurettes; “The Disney That Almost Was,” an examination of the studio’s unfinished projects; and “Encounters with Walt,” which addresses the surprisingly diverse group of celebrities and artists who were attracted to Walt Disney’s early work.

“Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow,” which first aired as three separate episodes on Disney’s weekly TV show under the title “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh,” was edited for theatrical releases in England and the U.S. This DVD set includes all three of the original TV episodes plus the theatrical version of the film that was released in England. 

Disney fans will delight in “Chronological Donald, Volume 4,” which includes 31 classic shorts starring Donald Duck. Each of these meticulously animated adventures was created between 1951 and 1961 and has rarely been seen.  All of Donald’s CinemaScope shorts will be presented in their original widescreen aspect ratio for the first time on video.

All three sets are hosted by noted film historian, author and critic Leonard Maltin. Each limited edition, individually numbered volume includes an authenticity certificate, exclusive lithograph and comes in a unique, collectible tin. Available in Limited Supply on November 11