Lilo & Stitch makes it to R1 DVD before Xmas

In a surprise move Walt Disney Home Entertainment have announced their recent Theatrical effort Lilo & Stitch (not due in UK Cinemas until October 3rd) will debut on Region 1 DVD on December 3rd 2002. This is the first time Disney have released one of their own major Summer movies on DVD in the same year, the reasons for why (needless to say its mostly about cashing in on the season) can be found in this Video Business Online article.

With an SRP of $29.99 Lilo & Stitch will feature a DD5.1 Soundtrack and the following extra features...

Deleted Scenes: Found only on the DVD, included are scenes planned for the original film which didn't make the final cut, presented in various stages of animation: "Stitch's Trial," "Bedtime Story" and "Gantu Challenges."

InterSTITCHals -- The Teaser Trailers: These are the four outrageous teaser trailers seen by audiences when "Lilo & Stitch" ran in theaters. They feature Stitch as he comically elbows his way into parts of Disney's "Beauty & The Beast," "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Lion King."

New InterSTITCHals! A Stitch In Time: Follow Stitch Through The Disney Years: Featuring all-new "InterSTITCHals," created exclusively for home entertainment! Believe it or not, Stitch has been trying to break into films for years. In this piece you will see all of the previous movies Stitch tries hilariously to be a part of, as he interrupts such classics as: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Lady & The Tramp," "101 Dalmatians" and more...

"Burning Love" -- Behind The Scenes With Wynonna: Meet country star Wynonna, hear her sing and hear what she has to say about Elvis, his songs, and Lilo.

"I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" Music Video Performed By A*Teens

Create Your Own Alien Experiment Game: Jumba has three new aliens he wants to create, but it seems the Galactic Alliance has destroyed his documents. Can you help? Answer trivia questions and mix the potions in the correct order and you can create your own aliens.

DisneyPedia: Hawaii -- The Islands Of Aloha: Explore the fascinating world of the Hawaiian Islands with your hosts Lilo & Nani. Packed with interesting facts, this fun-filled program offers up all six of the Hawaiian Islands. Two viewing options allow you to explore individual topics at your own pace or watch all ten in one continuous program.

Hula Lesson: Learn the ancient art of hula for yourself with this featurette. Hosted by Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, a real life Hula Master.

Young Voices Of Hawaii: A look at the Kamehameha School Children's Chorus recording the Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride & He Mele No Lilo in the film.

The Look of "Lilo and Stitch" (the unique rounded look): Chris Sanders, one of the film's directors, had a specific style in mind when he pitched the movie. He likes a rounded look with no hard edges. Throughout the film you'll see everything is rounded.

Animating The Hula: A featurette on how the filmmakers researched the hula, including a look at a real Hawaiian hula school & master. A great mix of live action footage, pencil animation & final animation.

On Location With The Directors: A 20 minute documentary utilizing footage shot by the producers of the film. This is a fly-on-the-wall look at the filmmakers' experiences.

There is no mention of screen format although Anamorphic Widescreen seems to be a given.

On a personal note I would like to add that white this early DVD release looks promising, it is a long way from matching previous Disney Collectors Edition releases of their recent titles such as Tarzan, The Emperors New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. With the latter two titles Disney issued both Standard and Collectors Edition DVD releases on the same day, but with Tarzan we saw a single disc release a few months before the two disc collectors edition, and I certainly believe we could see a similar situation with Lilo & Stitch. This is however pure speculation on my part, but something that I believe is worth considering.

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