Belle, the Hunchback of Atlantis
Lots of new announcements from Buena Vista today. First is the Disney animation Atlantis: The Lost Empire. This will be released in two versions. The standard edition, priced at $29.95, includes THX-certified 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and 4:3 versions, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack, and the following extras:
- Audio commentary with directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
- The deleted "Viking Prologue" scene
- A "How to speak Atlantean" Disneypedia (huh?)
- Virtual tours of two CG models
The two-disc edition, which will cost $39.95, contains all this plus a DTS track, and these added extras:
- A "Visual Commentary"
- A "Whitmore Industries" industrial film
- Five making-of/behind the scenes sections including "History", "Story and editorial", "Art direction", and "Character designs"
- Publicity materials section including a stills gallery, trailers and TV spots
Both versions are due on 29 January.
Moving on, we have the 1956 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a restored 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2.0 surround sound, and only a trailer in the way of extras. $29.95, 22 January.
Finally, the same day will see the arrival of French classic Belle de Jour. Framed in 1.66:1 widescreen and featuring a French 2.0 soundtrack with optional English subtitles, the disc will contain an audio commentary with Buñuel scholar Julie Jones, and two trailers - the original trailer, and that of the 1995 reissue of the film. The price for this disc will also be $29.95.