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Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 (R1/US BD) in November

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have announced the US DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition on 30th November 2010. Available on 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack ($45.99 SRP) and 2-Disc DVD ($39.99 SRP) for a limited time only, features are outlined below…

Fantasia DVD Bonus Features:

  • New Audio Commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley
  • Disney Family Museum (running time: approx. 5 minutes) – Walt’s daughter Diane Disney-Miller takes viewers on a tour of the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and most importantly, the Schultheis notebook with long lost Fantasia production notes found in more recent years in the walls of a convent.

Fantasia Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Everything on the DVD plus:
  • Disney View – This viewing mode maximizes the Blu-ray viewing experience with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio. Original artwork created by a Disney artist, in a style that complements the beauty of the film.
  • The Shultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure (running time: approx. 14 minutes) –An in depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook. The detailed log was created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on Fantasia, and intricately breaks down the film from a technical view. Many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered.
  • Interactive Art Gallery and Screensavers – Viewers can explore the artwork of Fantasia as never before, in HD resolution with unique Blu-ray interactivity and programming.
  • Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection
    • With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, animation historian John Canemaker, and Scott McQueen, manager of film restoration.
    • Audio commentary with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker.

Fantasia 2000 DVD Bonus Features:
  • Musicana – Walt’s Inspiration for a Sequel (running time: approx. 10 minutes) – This documentary reveals rarely-seen art created for Musicana, a late 1970’s project intended as a Fantasia sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions. Viewers are offered a look at the origins of pieces that were started by Walt, such as “The Emperor and the Nightingale” which was then taken over by a very young John Lasseter. Ultimately, Musicana was stopped to begin production on “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” but the memories of this piece still live on with the animators who conceived it.

Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Everything on the DVD plus:
  • Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino (running time: 82 minutes) – This feature length documentary explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the Destino short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946.
  • Destino (running time: approx. 7 minutes) – The legacy of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali lives on in this highly anticipated short film.
  • Disney’s Virtual Vault -- BD-Live Feature
    • Original DVD Bonus Features from Legacy Collection
  • Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection (total running time: 84 minutes)
    • With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, and producer Don Ernst.
    • Audio commentary with the directors and art directors for each segment.

Tech Specs:
  • Fantasia - 1.33:1, Fantasia 2000 - 1.78:1
  • BD: English 7.1 DTS-HD MA; French and Spanish 5.1 DEHT*
  • DVD: English, French and Spanish 5.1 DEHT
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

*DEHT – Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix

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