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The Black Cauldron (Bilingual Widescreen Edition) (Gold Collection)
The Black Cauldron (Bilingual Widescreen Edition) (Gold Collection)
DVD ~ Grant Bardsley
Offered by True Blue Vintage
Price: CDN$ 41.38
19 used & new from CDN$ 6.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 25th Animated Masterpiece!, April 12 2004
Disney's The Black Cauldron is often remembered, or better yet, not remembered as one of their greatest achievements. The film is darker and somewhat gloomier then the previous Disney films and the ones that proceeded it. Disney thought that this film would be a Disney renaissance, being 12 years in the making and being extremely expensive to make, it turned out to be a box office failure, not recovering the money that was spent in its production.
The Black Cauldron is based on the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, I have only read one out of the 5 books in the series, and that was The Black Cauldron, which indeed is better than the film, there's more characters more action, more magic even and Disney's film wasn't only based on "The Black Cauldron", I have learned that it combined events from this book and the first of the series, "The Book of Three" which I haven't yet read, but will soon. Perhaps it would have been better to stick to just one of the books, I'm sure it could have worked better that way.
The movie is the story of the young pig-keeper, Taran, with a great mission over his shoulders. His master Dallben has asked him to keep Hen Wen, a pig with magical powers, hidden from the hands of the evil Horned King, who needs Hen Wen to find the Black Cauldron, and with it, rule the world. But Taran isn't alone in this life threatening task, in his journey he'll meet the beautiful Princess Eilonwy, held captive by the Horned King, a talented musician named Fflewddur Fflam and the adorable wild dog, Gurgi, who becomes a true friend and hero when giving up his own life to save his "master", Taran. From the Dark Forest to Morva, and from there to the Horned King's castle, Taran and his friends will live an unforgettable journey in which they'll lear the value of friendship and loyalty.
The Black Cauldron was released as part of the Gold Classic Collection, and this DVD, just like all the other "Golds" has very little to offer. A little trailer, a small game a little cartoon and a bit of behind the scenes galery is much less than what this film has to offer. Let's hope Disney wakes up and puts the film in the treatment it deserves. The video quality is okay, but could be improved. I guess technically, the DVD is fine.

The Fox and the Hound (Full Screen) (Bilingual)
The Fox and the Hound (Full Screen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Mickey Rooney
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 76.35
19 used & new from CDN$ 10.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 24th Animated Masterpiece!, April 9 2004
Disney's previous animated hit, The Rescuers, set the stage for what became a new era in Disney animation. The Fox and the Hound was created, mostly, by a new staff of Disney animators, also The Fox and the Hound marked the end of what some call the sketchy period.
The Fox and the Hound is the timeless story of a fox, Todd, and a hunting dog named Copper that become great friends, despite breaking one of Nature's toughest rules. Throughout their childhood, Todd and Copper play and have fun together, everytime feeling that they'll be friends forever, until one day, Copper grows up and feels in a different way about Todd, it is time to hunt him, just as his master, Amos Slade has taught him, with the help of an older hunting dog named Chief. Somehow I feel I liked Chief, although he was somewhat Amos' sidekick, I felt a bit of innocence in Chief's actions, he had been trained to kill, so chasing Todd wasn't an act of hatred, but responsability. The film features different songs, none of them can compite with Disney's musical league, but they are cute and pleasent. One of my favorites is "Best of Friends" which describes the two youngsters' friendship at the beginning. Also, there's a very loving character in the film, named Widow Tweed, who addopts Todd at the beginning of the film. W. Tweeds most memorable scene is the "Goodbye May Seem Forever" sequence, in which the old woman decides to leave Todd on his own, this is a sad sequence, probably what makes the film so sad. What was curious about The Fox and the Hound" was the lack of a happy ending, for some reason it seems that the conflicts weren't solved.
This DVD edition of The Fox and the Hound, does leave a lot to be desired, just like all the other Gold Classic Collection DVDs. This film has a great chance of becoming part of the new Masterpiece collection, so if you aren't such a big fun of the film, but do want to get it, I'd wait a little.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (25th Anniversary Edition)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (25th Anniversary Edition)
DVD ~ Hal Smith
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 68.82
22 used & new from CDN$ 1.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 22nd Animated Masterpiece!, March 7 2004
Disney combined 3 previosly made Winnie the Pooh cartoons in this highly acclaimed film that got considered as one of the Disney animated classics. The film tells the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a silly old bear who gets into a lot of mischief because he can't control his little tummy. There are many characters in this film that are really memorable, like Piglett, Rabbit, Eeyore and of course, Tigger. The film is beautifully animated in a 70's style which, in a way makes it more of a story book value. The film is mostly for young children since it's the adventures of a silly old bear, but they can be enjoyed but viewers of any age.
The DVd is pretty decent on bonus features, I has some documentaries on the film, and a few games, an art gallery and many other goodies. The picture quality is great and so is the sound, a DVD you must add to your Disney collection.

Robin Hood (Full Screen)
Robin Hood (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Brian Bedford
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 89.18
16 used & new from CDN$ 1.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 21st Animated Masterpiece!, March 6 2004
This review is from: Robin Hood (Full Screen) (DVD)
Robin Hood was made after the Aristocats and also without Walt's intervenience. Robin Hood tells the classic tale in an animated, animal version which wasn't well liked by audiences, saying that this was one of Disney's worst movies ever, along with The Black Cauldron. The film itself isn't that bad, although it is pretty plot less, it just tells the animal version of the leyend. This film is kind of made to be funny, as a comedy, it could have been so much better with humans and less humor.
The DVd is short in bonuses and really leaves something to be desired, so let's hope they re-released this 'could have been better' film.

The Aristocats (Full Screen)
The Aristocats (Full Screen)
DVD ~ Phil Harris
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 47.39
18 used & new from CDN$ 4.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 20th Animated Masterpiece!, March 6 2004
This review is from: The Aristocats (Full Screen) (DVD)
This was the first Disney animated feature that wan't directed by Walt Disney, since he had died during the previously released film, The Jungle Book. The Aristocats tells the story of Dutchess and her three little kittens in a quest to return to their beloved mansion with their dear Madame Bonfamille. The trouble is that Edgar, the mansion's butler has heard Madame mention his name in her will, but the kittens have been placed before him and he won't stop until he gets rid of the cats and run off with Madame Bonfamille's fortune after her death.
The DVD features very little bonus features, just a little trailer and some kid games, nothing much that can teach you inside and behind the scenes of the film. Let's hope this timeless classic gets re-released in a better edition.

The Jungle Book (Limited Issue) (Bilingual)
The Jungle Book (Limited Issue) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Phil Harris
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 72.46
19 used & new from CDN$ 11.87

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4.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 19th Animated Masterpiece!, March 6 2004
The Jungle Book was the last film in which Walt Disney participated in, he died during its production. It wasn't certain if the Disney staff would be able to finish the proyect without the presence of their director, but the film was finished becoming a great hit in the theaters. The movie tells the story of Mowgli a young boy who grows up in the jungle and must be taken back to the human village by Bagheera. The only problem is that Mowgli wants to stay in the jungle, specially after he meets Baloo, a wild and friendly bear. But Mowgly will find something special in the man village that will change his mind making him want to go there.
The only DVD released so far for this title is a Limited Issue, and I believe it either has very, very little extras or nothing at all. So I recommend keeping your VHS tape and wait for the Platinum Edition release which will bring many more extras than the first release.

The Sword in the Stone (Gold Collection)
The Sword in the Stone (Gold Collection)
DVD ~ Rickie Sorensen
Offered by Mikani Collectables
Price: CDN$ 39.99
15 used & new from CDN$ 4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 18th Animated Masterpiece!, March 5 2004
This 60's Disney film was the last one that Walt Disney cooperated in all the way throughout it's making and theatrical release, he died in the middle of the making of The Jungle Book. The film is really great, and highly entertaining, although not a film I would personally watch over and over. This is the story of Merlin, a kind but a bit grumpy enchanter, on a quest to teach young Arthur that intelligence and strategy are more powerful than brutal strenght, and to teach him about science and math and how to read and write so that someday he'll become the greatest king in England.
The DVD is pretty decent, although the bonus features don't really relate to the film, I have to say that they are just enough to make this DVD acceptable.

101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians
DVD ~ Rod Taylor
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 97.67
12 used & new from CDN$ 18.61

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 17th Animated Masterpiece!, March 5 2004
This review is from: 101 Dalmatians (DVD)
To refresh the Disney Company from the finacial failure of Sleeping Beauty, they decided to use a more modern form of literature and make that into a film, from there came 101 Dalmatians.
This film is the story of Pongo, a sort of lonely dalmatian dog who lives with his human "pet" Roger in an old apartment in the city of London. Well, Pongo thinks it's time to find a mate, a mate for him, and a mate for his "pet". After searching for a while he meets Perdita, immediatly he knows he's found the perfect match, same with Anita, Perdita's "pet", the perfect match for the bachelor Dodger. After they get married, Pongo and Perdita have 15 puppies, and believe happiness has come for them. But Anita's old school mate, Cruella DeVil, has placed her eyes on the puppies, and won't stop until she gets her hands on them, or better, her two henchmen Jasper and Horace get hands on them and skin them, so that she can make furr coats out of them.
Personally, I did not enjoy this movie much. In my opinion it's pretty overrated, I mean the plot and story are simply boring and unimaginative, the animation style is horrible, and the backgrounds look plain cheap, they seem like a bunch of water-color/pencil drawings. The songs and soundtrack are pretty dull. It is funny how people consider the 70's and 80's as Disney's time of forgetable and cheap films, well really, the 60's is the worst decade in Disney history, to begin, this and "The Sword in the Stone" were released, I really don't know which of the two is cheaper, then "The Jungle Book" doesn't have the greatest animation, but it is more fun and entertaining than the previous two. To finish it up, in this decade Walt Disney died.
Still, 101 Dalmatians was released for the first time ever on Disney DVD as part of the Limited Issue collection. Like all other titles under this label, the lack of bonus features does not go unoticed, I don't own this DVD so I don't remember what is in it, but I know it is over prized for what it contains. 101 Dalmatians got an undeserved spot in the platinum edition collection, which will take this film to the ultimate treatment. So, neither the film or the DVD is really worth it, so I'd wait until a better release.

Sleeping Beauty (2-Disc Special Edition) (Widescreen & Full Screen)
Sleeping Beauty (2-Disc Special Edition) (Widescreen & Full Screen)
DVD ~ Mary Costa
Offered by Francedisc
Price: CDN$ 18.45
38 used & new from CDN$ 1.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 16th Animated Masterpiece!, March 5 2004
Sleeping Beauty was the last fairy tale done by Walt Disney, but it was a true masterpiece, the animation and storyline are nothing but amazing. Although not highly acclaimed in the time of it's original theatrical release, since it was accused of being too identical to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but I think it was great. It's the story of a beautiful princess named Aurora, who is cursed by an evil fairy, not long after she's born. The Three Good Fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, take the young princess to an old cottage to protect her from the deeds of the evil Maleficent. But when they think she's safe, something terrible happens.
The DVD edition of Sleeping Beauty was great. The bonus features full-filled the two disks it brought and it was really something to add to your collection. Also Sleeping Beauty has been announced as part of the new Platinum Edition line, but I can't really spect a much better DVD than this release.

Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 75.05
14 used & new from CDN$ 16.45

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 15th Animated Masterpiece!, March 5 2004
This review is from: Lady and the Tramp (DVD)
Forget about princesses marrying princes or princes marrying peasent maidens, this is Disney's most romantic film ever. Lady and Tramp is the loving story of a beautiful girl dog named Lady who falls in love with another dog from the other side of the tracks named Tramp, after different adventures in the streets of the city, they both settle down for a nice, romantic dinner at a town's restaurant, this scene is probably remembered as one of Disney's most romantic moments ever, we all love this film. Something is troubling lady though, a new baby was born at the house where she lives, and she hasn't been receiving the attention her owners usually gave her, now in the care of Aunt Sarah, Lady is afraid to return home, but many different events will give this story one of the most beautiful happy endings ever.
This Limited Edition DVD, brings nothing in Bonus Features, this title really needs a much better release and it will get it since it has been officially announced as part of the Platinum Edition line, which will give the title a much better release.

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