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Disney and the Ten-year stretch

If there’s one thing that Disney video releases are famous for, it’s their catch-me-while-you-can policy of releasing a film then taking it off the shelves months later. Now, they’ve announced details of their plans for DVD releases, and it seems things are about to change. A little bit, anyway.

Snow White and the, er, 1 Dwarf  DisneyStarting from October 2001, The Platinum Collection will appear, headlined by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s first animated feature-length film. This will be followed by a further nine titles, each of which will be released at the same time on consecutive years. The order is as follows: Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Bambi, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmatians. Each of these will be available for only 60 days after the release date.

UK DVD sales continue to rise

Despite the fact that only 80,000 players are owned in the UK, weekly sales figures rose recently to 148,000 units, a staggering amount achieved during the high-profile releases of The Exorcist and The Mask of Zorro. This figure, which is roughly 50% higher than in previous weeks, is certainly an encouraging one. The format seems well on its way to establishing itself as a valid movie-watching medium.

Farscape on DVD

Farscape: extras aplentyJim Henson’s big-budget Muppets in Space series Farscape is to be released on DVD on February 28th. The series, which has proven to be a surprise hit, will be releasing four episodes a time at seven-week intervals starting with the first four episodes Premier, Throne for a Loss, Back and Back and Back to the Future and I, ET. The discs will also include specially produced behind-the-scenes documentaries bringing the running time of each disc to a lovely three hours and 22 minutes.

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