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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Disney DVD

Walt Disney Home Entertainment's acclaimed WALT DISNEY TREASURES series continues with WAVE 5, four new, separate limited-series DVD sets that include more of Walt's greatest wonders. Available in time for the holidays on December 6, these rare marvels from the vault of The Walt Disney Studios are each hosted by noted film historian Leonard Maltin. Each of the amazing 4 volumes are 2 disc sets, packaged in a collectible tin, and full of supplemental features such as rare archival material, still-frame production art galleries, and more. An exclusive lithograph is included in each collectible tin. The four new (2 disc) volumes are:
THE CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD, VOLUME 2, 1942-1946 a compilation of Donald Duck's shorts from 1942 to 1946.
THE ADVENTURES OF SPIN AND MARTY, THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB showcases the entire first season of the beloved series that ran on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show during the 1955-56 season. Tim Considine and David Stollery star as Spin and Marty, two summer campers who share adventures together at a boys ranch.
DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s–1960s features a dazzling array of Walt's rarest gems, including his historic 'Alice' comedies; the Academy Award®-winning short "Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom" (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1953) - the first cartoon produced in Cinemascope, and one that established a completely new animation style for the Studio; and more.
ELFEGO BACA and THE SWAMP FOX, LEGENDARY HEROES collects two of Walt's adventure television series, "Elfego Baca" and "The Swamp Fox."
The Chronological Donald, Volume Two, 1942-1946
Celebrating the career of the one of the most prolific of Walt's "Fabulous Five" classic characters, this volume features Donald's shorts from 1942 to 1946. These short subjects, brilliantly animated, cover the WWII years and includes the Academy Award®-winning short "Der Fuehrer's Face" (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1943).
Plus, there are bonus materials on Donald Duck including a chat with the current voice of Donald; the vintage Disneyland TV show "A Day In The Life of Donald Duck;" "The Art and Animation of Carl Barks," a new featurette about Disney's legendary Donald Duck artist; "The Volunteer Worker," starring Donald; a timeline of the Walt Disney Studios during the World War II years 1941-1945, and Donald-themed still frame art galleries. Introductions by Leonard Maltin. (NOTE: ALL the volumes contain intros by Leonard Maltin.)
The Chronological Donald Volume One was released on May 18, 2004.
The Adventures Of Spin And Marty, The Mickey Mouse Club
"The Adventures of Spin and Marty" ran on Walt's original The Mickey Mouse Club television program. This beloved series follows two boys (David Stollery and Tim Considine) who meet at a summer boys ranch and share adventures together. Marty (Stollery) is a wealthy city kid who meets Spin (Considine), the most popular camper from the previous summer. The two don't get along at first, but over twenty-five exciting episodes and many escapades, the boys become friends. The series also starred Harry Carey, Jr., Roy Barcroft and J. Pat O'Malley.
Bonus features include the complete episode of the Mickey Mouse Club that first introduced the series; Tim Considine's never-before-seen, original screen test; "Return To The Triple R" where Tim Considine and David Stollery give an exclusive interview and tour the location that was the original "Triple R Ranch" filming site; "Back In The Saddle With Harry Carey Jr." where the actor reminisces with Leonard Maltin; and a gallery of still frame images from the "Spin and Marty" series.
Disney Rarities, Celebrated Shorts 1920s-1960s
This fascinating volume features some of Walt's most unique animated triumphs. Included are several of Walt's "The Alice Comedies," a pioneering series of early short films that combined live-action and animation. These wonderful, lesser-known unique films pre-date much of the work that would make him world-famous. "Alice's Wonderland" is one of Walt's very first films.
Fans will enjoy the unique animation of "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom," which won an Academy Award® (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1953) and was the first cartoon produced in Cinemascope. This short film established a completely new animation style for the Studio. DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s-1960s showcases a large collection of Walt's outstanding animated shorts that fans may not be aware of. Bonus features include: "Alice's Cartoon World" in which Leonard Maltin discusses Disney's historic "Alice" shorts with Virginia Davis who played the original Alice when she was 4-years old; "From Kansas City to Hollywood" – a timeline of Walt's silent era; "A Feather In His Collar" - a commercial made for the Community Chests of America; audio commentary for "A Symposium On Popular Songs" by composer Richard Sherman, and still frame galleries.
Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox, Legendary Heroes
Inspired by true life heroes, these are two of Walt's most exciting television shows, ELFEGO BACA and THE SWAMP FOX. Elfego Baca is a gunfighter (Robert Loggia) in the old west who changes his ways to become sheriff and then a lawyer. Elfego deals with rampaging cowboys, outlaws and more in this exciting series about law and order on the frontier. The Swamp Fox stars Leslie Nielsen (who starred in the classic film "Forbidden Planet," and would later become famous for the "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" movies) as Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. This patriot fought the British using unusual methods, and became known as "The Swamp Fox." In this superb series, Marion matches wits with the Tories in a story of adventure and action

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