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Last Chance! Three Movies head to the Disney Vault

Disney animation fans looking to complete your collection now is your last chance to own three of the company’s most classic and beloved animated features. At the end of April Disney will closing the doors on the infamous Disney Vault removing the following DVDs from… Read More »Last Chance! Three Movies head to the Disney Vault

Bambi Blu-ray DVD and Basket Giveaway

Back in February we posted a review of the Diamond Edition Bambi 2-Disc Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD). With Easter right around the corner, Disney is making another push to spread the news about the Bambi release. So what better way to celebrate than with an Easter Basket themed to the original Disney animated classic Bambi! That’s what we call synergy, right?

I’m happy to announce that Disney has provided me with one of this terrific prize packages to giveaway. This cool Easter-themed basket contains

  • BAMBI Diamond Edition 2-Disk Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray & DVD)
  • one large size and one mini- sized Bambi plush character plush
  • playful pal Thumper plush
  • Bambi collectible Lunch Box
  • Bambi-themed flower seeds (to sprout a spring garden)

A $75 value.

To enter: First, make sure you’re a fan of The Disney Blog on Facebook by ‘liking’ the fan page. Then, leave a comment sharing the name of your favorite Disney forest friend on this Facebook post on The Disney Blog fan page linking to this post on the blog. Only one entry per person via this method. Finally, you must have a US postal address to ship the prize package to. That’s it. I’ll pick one winner from among all the valid entries.

For a second chance to win, follow @TheDisneyBlog on twitter then tweet the message below up to once per day between now and the end of the contest. Please do not leave an additional comment with a link to your tweet. I’m tracking it another way. One additional winner will be randomly drawn from all qualifying tweets made by those who satisfied the conditions above.

The message to be tweeted is:

Enter to win a Disney Bambi DVD/Blu-Ray Easter Basket on @TheDisneyBlog http://bit.ly/bambidvd then learn to draw Bambi & Thumper

The contest begins now and all entries must be received by 11:59PM EST on Saturday April 16st. Not valid where prohibited by law.

Good luck!

Check below the jump for more details on the Bambi Diamond Edition DVD and links to lessons on how to draw Bambi and Thumper from Disney animator Andreas Deja:

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Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along Coming to a Theater Near You

After a long hiatus in the 80s, Beauty and the Beast was the movie that really brought me back into the love of Disney Animation. It’s hard to believe it was 19 years ago when it first hit theaters. Now, not only is it being released from the Disney Vault on to DVD, but it’s being prepped for a 3D version. To celebrate, Fathom Events and Disney have organized a Sing-Along Movie cinema event showcasing the restored movie and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration process.

This event is for two days only – Wednesday September 29 at 6:30pm and Saturday October 2 at 12pm local time.

Visit the Fathom Events website for a link to participating movie theaters. Tickets are on sale now for Fathom Insiders and will go on sale on the 27th to the general public.

More details below the jump:

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Beauty and the Beast DVD coming out of the vault

You may have heard that the Walt Disney Company is working on a 3D version of their popular Beauty & The Beast animated feature, but you may not have realized that it’s been 7 years since the DVD version of that movie was put in the vault. Now, Disney is preparing to release a ‘Diamond Edition’ on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Christmas shopping this year.

I’m not sure this is the best move if they want to build excitement for the 3D version when it hits theaters. But I am looking forward another generation getting a chance to see one of my favorites of the modern tales for the first time.

Correction: This DVD is still scheduled for release on Oct 5th. Nov 10th is the UK release date.

The full press release is below the jump:

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Sleeping Beauty: Remastered, Reissued, Really Good

Walt Disney’s Animated Masterpiece Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition has been remasterd and re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Each frame of the original fairy-tale classic has been painstakingly recreated to Walt’s original specs. That means you’ll get to see the movie in a way hidden from audiences since the original theatrical release.

On the plus side this means that you get to see characters and detail that were previously cut from the widescreen version of the film. On the bad side, that means that the letterboxing is extreme. So unless you have a fairly good sized TV, you’ll be squinting a bit to take it all in.

Also updated were the rich color palette of the original film. We’ve all grown used to a somewhat dulled version with deep blues and greens. But the remastered version reveals purples, reds, bright greens, and other amazing colors that add a whole new depth to the film. I do have to big complaints in this area however. The greens tend to be a little on the puke green side and the pinks now tend to be more red. This is particularly bad in the famous pink or blue dress fight.

That said, the small errors are mostly overwhelmed by how rich and detailed this restoration is. To see the master animators at work, the detail of the backgrounds, and the hear the masterful soundtrack in a whole new level of high definition makes all the difference.

Even if you already own Sleeping Beauty, which we did, there are plenty of new extras that make this worth adding to your collection. My number one favorite is the featurette on the Original Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Walk-Through Attraction With Walt Disney Imagineering. It’s a fully-immersive 3-D experience recreating the original Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through that Walt supervised over 50 years ago.

Do yourself a favor and buy the Blu-Ray edition even if you don’t own a Blu-Ray player yet. It comes with the normal DVD and you never know when you might own a Blu-Ray player.

The full DVD details are below the cut:

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