Blu-Ray fans have I got some news for you. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release more than 30 catalog titles for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in 2012 the studio announced March 16, with some titles celebrating 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries. That’s pretty awesome news for those who have been patiently waiting for much needed updated to older and lesser quality DVD versions.
Lori MacPherson, EVP of product management for The Walt Disney Studios has heard fan’s cries. “We receive many requests and comments from consumers seeking specific titles they’d like to own on Blu-ray and, as such, we carefully selected a number of popular films that will satisfy demand from fans worldwide. ” Well squeaky wheels have spoken and at long last we’re getting our grease, er, Blu-Ray titles.
- This summer the studio will release Father of the Bride and Bringing Down the House releasing (May 15), The Color of Money,Cocktail and Ransom (June 5), Sister Act and Evita (June 19), and The Horse Whisperer, Under the Tuscan Sun, Phenomenon, Step Up, Home On The Range and Treasure Planet (July 3).
- This fall will see Adventures in Babysitting, Grosse Pointe Blank, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Rescuers, High Fidelity, Ed Wood, Judge Dredd, Ghost of the Abyss 3D, Lady And The Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure, Pocahontas, The Tigger Movie, The Aristocats and Pete’s Dragon.
- Beginning in October Disney will release Hocus Pocus, Arachnophobia, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Son of Flubber, Cold Creek Manor, The Santa Clause Trilogy, The Absent-Minded Professor, Flubber, While You Were Sleeping, Sweet Home Alabama, Beaches, Babes in Toyland, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brother Bear and Dick Tracy.
That sounds like great news to me. I’m insanely eager to get my hands on Atlantis and Dick Tracy. I only hope these “anniversary editions” are really worth the name. Recently we got a 20th Anniversary edition of The Rocketter and after 20 years you’d expect more than just a trailer. WTF Disney…as in Where’s the Features Disney?
Still, aside from Universal and Paramount Disney does the best Blu-Ray conversions on the market so I guess the visual delight might ake up for any lacking features. But I’ll ask you. Which titles are you excited to get the Blu-Ray treatment??