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Dumbo (US) in September

Disney have announced the US DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition on 20th September 2011. Released theatrically in 1941, Walt Disney‘s fourth animated film is presented on DVD and Blu-ray newly restored for this release. Some details on the restoration from the press release:

Faced with the daunting task of restoring the film to its original pristine condition, the Walt Disney Studios Restoration Team turned to the US Library of Congress who store the original 70 year old nitrate camera negative in their film vaults, and for reference, to an original 1941 ‗release‘print, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Using this rare nitrate ―dye-transfer‖ Technicolor print for color reference, the team was able to restore Dumbo to the color settings most likely approved by Walt Disney himself, which will be seen in their full splendor for the first time in 70 years, on the Blu-ray debut.

In addition, the rare film print (housed as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archives collection) proved to be the earliest surviving generation of the original audio for Dumbo which provided a unique source from which to build the new Disney Enhanced Home Theatre (DEHT) mix for the Blu-ray release.

Note: Many readers will be aware that Dumbo has been available on Blu-ray in the UK and several other countries for quite some time now and as far as we can tell the US release offers nothing new over those other releases.

Bonus Features

  • Deleted Scene – “The Mouse’s Tale”
  • Deleted Song – “Are You a Man or a Mouse?”
  • Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo – A journey back to the origins of the film as everybody‘s favourite baby elephant takes wing.
  • The Magic Of Dumbo: A Ride of Passage – Witness the excitement and magic of Disneyland‘s most popular ride through the eyes of a child.
  • Audio Commentary with Pete Docter, Paula Sigman and Andreas Deja
  • Sound Design Excerpt from The Reluctant Dragon
  • Original Walt Disney Television Introduction

Everything on the DVD plus:
  • Cine-Explore
  • Disney View
  • “What Do You See?” Game
  • “What Do You Know?” Game
  • “Celebrating Dumbo” Featurette
  • Animated Short: “The Flying Mouse”
  • Animated Short: “Elmer Elephant”

Blu-ray: 1080P 1.33:1 | 7.1 DTS-HD MA | English/French/Spanish subtitles
DVD: 1.33:1 | English, French & Spanish audio (DD5.1) & subtitles


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