In what is shaping up to be an exciting (and expensive!) summer for high-def Disney fans, the Studio has just announced new additions to its already busy Blu-ray catalog releases. Joining the June 11 release of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor’s New Groove and Lilo & Stitch, and the August 27 release of The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, Disney has now added some anniversary editions of a further handful of classics: The Sword In The Stone: 50th Anniversary, Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary and Oliver & Company: 25th Anniversary, all due August 6, plus a special edition for the Peter Pan sequel Return To Never-Land on August 20. Further details and cover art can be seen here:
Rediscover The Humor And Magic of THE SWORD IN THE STONE, Which Is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary
Available for The Very First Time on Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital Copy on August 6, 2013
Synopsis: Disney proudly presents the 50th anniversary edition of a spellbinding and beloved animated classic. Conjure up magical family fun with the humor, adventure and Academy Award®-nominated music (Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment, 1963) of The Sword In The Stone – now on Blu-ray Combo Pack for the first time ever!
Take an amazing journey with a young orphan named “Wart” and the extraordinary wizard Merlin. According to legend, only someone with the purest character and inner strength can pull the enchanted sword from the stone and claim the throne of England. Armed with newfound confidence and the power of friendship, Wart discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind you find inside yourself!
Voice Cast: Sebastian Cabot (The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) as Sir Ector, Karl Swenson (The Birds, Judgment at Nuremberg) as Merlin, Rickie Sorensen (Tarzan and the Trappers, Tarzan’s Fight for Life) as Wart, Junius Matthews (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) as Archimedes, Martha Wentworth (101 Dalmatians, The Stranger) as Madam Mim, Norman Alden (The Transformers: The Movie, Back to the Future) as Sir Kay, and Alan Napier (Marnie, Batman) as Sir Pellinor
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians)
Writer: Bill Peet (Cinderella, Dumbo)
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Product Packaging: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), 1-Disc DVD + Digital Copy & 1-Disc DVD
Bonus Features: New Alternative Opening: Where Wart Meets Merlin plus all the original Classic DVD Release Bonus Features including Music and Magic: The Sherman Brothers, Sing-along with The Movie, All About Magic (excerpt), A Knight for a Day & Brave Little Tailor
Feature Run Time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 DTS-HDHR, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Disney Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of ROBIN HOOD!
Will Be Made Available for the First Time on Blu-ray & HD Digital August 6, 2013
Synopsis: To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Disney proudly presents the unforgettable animated classic Robin Hood on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Experience all the fun, thrills and celebrated music (Academy Award Nominated Music for Best Original Song “Love” in 1973) of this legendary adventure with perfect picture and sound!
Join Robin Hood, his trusted companion Little John and his hilarious band of Merry Men as they outfox greedy Prince John to save the good people of Nottingham. Dashing from one daring deed to the next, Robin won’t rest until he wins the hand of Maid Marian and restores King Richard to the throne. One of Disney’s most beloved movies is even better on Blu-ray Combo Pack!
Voice Cast: Brian Bedford (Nixon, Grand Prix) as Robin Hood; Phil Harris (Aristocats, The Jungle Book) as Little John; Andy Devine (Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) as Friar Tuck; Monica Evans (The Odd Couple, Aristocats) as Maid Marian; Terry Thomas (It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Abominable Dr. Phibes) as Sir Hiss and Roger Miller (Into the Wild, Broke Back Mountain) as Allan-a-Dale
Director/Exec. Producer: Wolfgang Reitherman (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians)
Writer: Larry Clemmons (The Jungle Book, Fox and the Hound)
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Product Packaging: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), 1-Disc DVD + Digital Copy, 1-Disc DVD, High Definition Digital & Standard Definition Digital
Bonus Features: Deleted Storyline “Love Letters” (NEW), Alternate Ending, Oo-de-lally” Disney Sing-Along Song, Disney Song Selection, Robin Hood Storybook, Robin Hood Art Gallery, “Ye Olden Days” Bonus Short & Sing Along with the Movie
Feature Run Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French 5.1 DTS-HDHR; Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary Tale of OLIVER & COMPANY
Available for the First Time on Blu-ray Hi-Def, August 6, 2013
And Features Amazing Music of Billy Joel and Bette Midler
Synopsis: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of a Disney classic with the stunning Blu-ray debut of Oliver And Company, featuring perfect picture and sound. Relive this charming animated adventure, packed with excitement, fun and unforgettable songs by Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis.
In the heart of New York City, Oliver, a mischievous orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, a carefree pooch and his ragtag family of misfit mutts. Life gets even better for Oliver when he is adopted by a lonely little girl named Jenny. But when tough guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart, the spirited kitten and his newfound friends discover the meaning of courage and find a home where they truly belong.
Voice Cast: Joey Lawrence (Summer Rental, Urban Legends: Final Cut) as Oliver, Billy Joel (Hangover Part II, 13 Going on 30) as Dodger, Cheech Marin (The Lion King, Grindhouse) as Tito, Richard Mulligan (Little Big Man, Trail of the Pink Panther) as Einstein, Roscoe Lee Browne (Treasure Planet, Babe) as Francis, Dom DeLuise (All Dogs Go to Heaven, History of the World: Part I) as Fagin, Natalie Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, Wait Until Spring) as Jenny, Bette Midler (Fantasia/2000, Beaches) as Georgette
Directors: George Scribner (Heavy Metal, The Black Cauldron) & Dan Hansen (Aladdin, The Emperor’s New Groove)
Writer: Jim Cox (Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, The Rescuers Down Under)
Release Date: August 6, 2013 (Direct Pre-book: 6/11; Distributor Pre-book: 6/25)
Packaging: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + DVD)
Feature Run Time: 74 minutes
Blu-ray Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
RETURN TO NEVER-LAND Releasing from the Disney Vault for the First Time on Blu-ray!
Available For Purchase Nationwide Beginning August 20, 2013
Synopsis: Let your imagination soar as your favorite characters from Peter Pan, Disney’s classic adventure, return to Never Land! Now, for the first time through the magic of Blu-ray, experience all the thrilling action with digitally restored picture and spine-tingling high-definition sound!
Wendy’s very practical and no-nonsense daughter, Jane, begins the adventure of a lifetime when the infamous Captain Hook whisks her away to the enchanted island of Never Land. It’s up to Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys to help Jane believe in faith, trust and pixie dust. With the first-ever Lost Girl at his side, will Peter Pan finally defeat Hook and his swashbuckling band of pirates? Share the power of believing with your family in Return To Never Land—now more spectacular than ever on Disney Blu-ray!
Cast: Blayne Weaver (Manic, 6 Month Rule), Harriet Owen (TV’s “Relative Strangers,” “Castles”), Kath Soucie (Beauty and the Beast, Wreck it Ralph), Corey Burton (Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) & Jeff Bennett (Enchanted, Bolt)
Director: Robin Budd (Skull in the Family, Name that Toon) & Donovan Cook (Las Pelotas!, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers)
Writer: Temple Matthews (The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas)
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Product Packaging: US: DVD + Digital Copy; Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy); Canada: DVD; Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
Feature Run Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages/ Subtitles: English, Spanish and French