Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been dropping catalog titles on Blu-ray for a while now. Once every few months we’ll get a higher end title like “The Little Mermaid” or the upcoming “Sleeping Beauty” that gets their own time in the limelight. In between those, they’ve been delivering smaller films and collections in groups of four or five at a time. This time around they’ve mixed it up a little by giving us two newer top-shelf releases with three timeless tales.
“Hercules” Special Edition brings the story of the Greek hero to Blu-ray for the first time. The Academy Award-nominated movie is filled with great songs and plenty of laughs thanks to Danny DeVito and company. Bonus material includes “From Zero to Hero” Sing-Along, “No Importa La Distancia” Music Video with Ricky Martin, and “The Making of ‘Hercules’” featurette.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ swinging ape man comes to Blu-ray for the first time with Disney’s “Tarzan” Special Edition. The adventure comes packed full of thrills, comedy, and an Academy Award-winning musical score. Viewers will be further entertained with extra features including deleted scenes, Disneypedia: Living in the Jungle, two featurettes entitled “Research Trip to Africa” and “The Making of the Music,” and “You’ll be In My Heart” music video performed by Phil Collins.
Another Academy Award-Winning classic gets a high-definition upgrade with “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” Special Edition. The magical 1971 mix of live-action and animation could be looked at as a companion piece to “Mary Poppins,” which was directed, produced, and written by the same folks. It contains a Behind-the-Scenes featurette entitled “Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers,” five deleted and extended songs, eight deleted and extended scenes, and a lot more.
The Blu-ray release of “The Three Musketeers” 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates the landmark in style. A great upgrade in picture and sound is coupled with extras which include the Dance-Along song “All for One,” deleted scenes with commentary, Sing-Along Songs, and more. It’s a fun-filled adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ literary tale starring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck.
“The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” / “Fun and Fancy Free” 2-Movie Collection brings three unforgettable stories to life on Blu-ray. They include “The Adventures of Sleepy Hollow,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “Bongo,” and “Mickey and the Beanstalk.” It also contains “The Reluctant Dragon” as an added bonus.
All of the releases are presented in 1080p High-Definition with 5.1 surround sound mixes. Home video audiences would expect no less from the Mouse House. The pictures all look pristine and the wonderful musical numbers and bombastic sound effects pounce on the viewers from all directions.
These five quality Blu-ray releases from Walt Disney Home Entertainment are the perfect additions to anyone’s collection of classic family favorites. There have been many people waiting patiently for these to get restored and given proper high-definition releases. Each one is more than deserving of the treatment based on their own merits.
“Hercules” Special Edition is available now on Blu-ray.
“Tarzan” Special Edition is available now on Blu-ray.
“Bedknobs and Broomsticks” Special Edition is available now on Blu-ray.
“The Three Musketeers” 10th Anniversary Edition is available now on Blu-ray.
“The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” / “Fun and Fancy Free” 2-Movie Collection is available now on Blu-ray.
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