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Disney stepping up: Robin Hood, Pooh, Sword in the Stone, Mary Poppins, Oliver, Muppets

post #1 of 21
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These have been up for preorder for about a week or two, but I thought I'd spread the word to those of you who are interested. Lost of family favorites here:

Robin Hood (1973) - August 6 - This is my favorite of all Disney animated films. Great music, great voice acting, great artwork and characters.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) - August 27 - Classic.

The Sword in the Stone (1963) - August 6 - Not sure this was ever a huge hit, but it's got some memorable parts.

Mary Poppins (1964) - TBD - Practically perfect in every way... except Dick Van Dyke's cockney accent. LOL

Oliver and Company (1988) - August 6 - I think I saw this on VHS once, don't know much about it...

The Muppet Movie (1979) - August 13 - The one I've been waiting for! Now we just need The Great Muppet Caper...
post #2 of 21
I wonder why they are still sitting on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea after spending the time and money to do a restoration a few years ago?
post #3 of 21
Yup, I've been wondering, as well. My pet theory is that Disney's saving it for the 60th anniversary next year.
post #4 of 21
I am not a fan of Disney dumping all of these Blu-rays on the market at once. Retail stores will likely carry few, if any, of these movies upon release. I understand why Disney does it this way, it's driven by accounting to hit their quarterly earnings estimates and when they book revenue, instead of a coherent marketing strategy.
post #5 of 21
The Mary Poppins case cover says "40th anniversary", next year release?
post #6 of 21
The 40th anniversary was 2004--somebody just took old art and slapped it onto a BD template. Disney would be nuts to not have this out by the end of the year and miss out on Christmas sales and Saving Mr. Banks. They'll probably still call it a "50th Anniversary Edition," though.

As for 20,000 Leagues, I suspect they want to release it closer to the David Fincher remake, which just got pushed back again (to 2015 at the earliest).
post #7 of 21
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The Mary Poppins case cover says "40th anniversary", next year release?

Math is hard, don't hurt yourself. wink.gif
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The 40th anniversary was 2004--somebody just took old art and slapped it onto a BD template. Disney would be nuts to not have this out by the end of the year and miss out on Christmas sales and Saving Mr. Banks. They'll probably still call it a "50th Anniversary Edition," though.

Or just give it a pointless moniker like "Practically Perfect Edition" or "Spit Spot Edition" or something.
post #8 of 21
Arrgh! If only "The Apple Dumpling Gang" was part of this Disney push!
post #9 of 21
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Or just give it a pointless moniker like "Practically Perfect Edition" or "Spit Spot Edition" or something.
More than likely, it will be the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Edition". They might have to curve the text a lot to fit it all on the box, though...

Second runner up might be the "Spoonfull of Sugar" edition...
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Arrgh! If only "The Apple Dumpling Gang" was part of this Disney push!
...and "Rides Again".

I'd also like to see:

Escape to / Return to Witch Mountain
Candleshoe
Napolean and Samatha
No Deposit, No Return
The Prince and the Pauper


...and the Holy Grail:

Song of the South
post #11 of 21
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As long as we're doing the wishlist thing, how about some more classics:

Herbie films
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Swiss Family Robinson
The AbsentMinded Professor
The Shaggy D.A.
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Freaky Friday
The Devil and Max Devlin
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
post #12 of 21
The wishlist thing was done in last year's disney line-up thread and of course ended in arguing...
post #13 of 21
I saw Song of the South once when i was a kid, at a drive in i think, i'm 43 now. i'd love to see it again...the Laserdisc of it is worth a small mint I think.
post #14 of 21
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The wishlist thing was done in last year's disney line-up thread and of course ended in arguing...

That's what the Internet is for, didn't you get the memo? wink.gif
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That's what the Internet is for, didn't you get the memo? wink.gif
Hey, buddy...them are fightin' words.... wink.gifbiggrin.gif
post #16 of 21
I do not see this posted elsewhere, first peek at Mary Bobbins:
http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/reviews/mary-poppins-50th-anniversary-edition-blu-ray-review.html

Only 10 images to go by and we probably need more, anyway the few images of the live action footage looks great with plenty of detail and film grain but the optical shots look more processed in comparsion.
post #17 of 21
Looks pretty good. You had me worried when you called it Mary Bobbins. I thought you were going to say that it was 1080i bobbed to 1080p or something. biggrin.gif
post #18 of 21
Also looks great over at caps-a-holic:

http://www.caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/multi_comparison.php?disc1=3354&disc2=3355&hd_multiID=1395#auswahl

Looks like they did this right! Film grain: intact. Correct aspect ratio: preserved. Original theatrical mix: included. What's not to love?
post #19 of 21
After plowing though the 40 images on the blu-ray site I noticed except for the bankers scene (where the brats are taught a very good lesson) there is a blue shift in the images where as the dvd had an orange shift in the caps-a-holic images.

The cartoon sequences again look scrubbed more then a little bit so I do not think Disney has changed it ways, Tron after all had film grain as did Toyland and Pete's Dragon although the later got more scrubbed as the film progressed.
post #20 of 21
I bought Mary Poppins... I was not impressed with the transfer. So so colors, detail was inconsistent. The animated scenes were pretty bad. I understand mixing live action over animation reduces the image quality, but it was worse than expected.

Sword in the Stone was horrible. They scrubbed the image clean. It does not look anywhere like film.
post #21 of 21
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I bought Mary Poppins... I was not impressed with the transfer. So so colors, detail was inconsistent. The animated scenes were pretty bad. I understand mixing live action over animation reduces the image quality, but it was worse than expected.

That's surprising to hear and also contrary to reviews. Was it that your expectations were set too high? I supposed I'll find out soon as I expect to receive it as a Christmas gift. confused.gif
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