Disney’s ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Beast’ Going ‘Diamond’ in 201010 Sep, 2009 By: John Latchem
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment at the D23 Expo Sept. 10 celebrated the launch of its new Blu-ray “Diamond Collection” brand.
The first title in the line, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, debuts Oct. 6. Other titles designated as “Diamond” include Beauty and the Beast (1991), Fantasia (1940), Fantasia 2000, The Lion King (1994), Bambi (1942), Cinderella (1950), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Little Mermaid (1989), Peter Pan (1953), The Jungle Book (1967), 101 Dalmatians (1961), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and Pinocchio (1940).
The studio announced that as part of the Diamond Collection criteria, each film will be restored to the highest level of picture and sound, and the Blu-ray will include state-of-the-art extras with “unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization only made possible by Blu-ray technology.”
Two Diamond Edition titles will be selected each year and will be released for a limited time, with Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia due in 2010, according to the studio.
Two titles on the Diamond list have already been released on Blu-ray under the studio’s premium “Platinum Edition” label: Sleeping Beauty in late 2008 and Pinocchio in early 2009. (a studio spokesperson said the Platinum line has been fully replaced by Diamond). Disney also has a Blu-ray release of 1941’s Dumbo planned for 2010, but not as part of the Diamond Collection.