101 Dalmatians: Walt Disney Signature Collection

101 Dalmatians becomes the 12th Walt Disney Animation Studios classic to officially join the Walt Disney Signature Collection. In 1961, 101 Dalmatians became the 17th animated feature and a box office hit for the studio.  The film would also become one of the few iconic Disney films to receive a live-action adaptation well before they became the norm for Disney. My full review of the animated classic is forthcoming but in the meantime, here are…

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Sleeping Beauty: Walt Disney Signature Collection

Sleeping Beauty becomes the 11th Walt Disney Animation Studios title to officially join to the Walt Disney Signature Collection. This film is the last fairy tale that Walt Disney would produce during his lifetime.  I’ll have a full review forthcoming but for the meantime, here is what you can expect on the Blu-ray or Digital release.  The Signature Collection edition comes ahead of the Disney+ launch in November in addition to the live-action Maleficent sequel. …

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Aladdin comes home on 4K, Blu-ray

The live-action version of Disney’s Aladdin, already available through Movies Anywhere, is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. When the film first came out in May, I was probably a bit more harsh towards Will Smith’s take on the Genie.  Yes, he makes it his own character but when you grow up watching Robin Williams, it’s very hard seeing someone else in the role! It’s probably too late now but…

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Aladdin joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection

Disney’s Aladdin arrives today on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray as the newest animated film to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection. With its home release today, the film becomes the tenth installment of the Walt Disney Signature Collection, joining both The Little Mermaid and Cinderella this year.  The collection, which started in February 2016, replaces the previous Diamond and Platinum Editions.  The films were either created or inspired by the legacy of Walt Disney. …

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Descendants 3 Offers A Satisfying Conclusion

Descendants 3 offers a satisfying conclusion as we reach the end of the line of the musical Descendants trilogy on the Disney Channel. The first film would become a re-imagining of a different nature.  It was very different from ABC’s hit fairy tale series, Once Upon A Time (2011-2018).  At the same time, one can see exactly why Disney continues to draw upon their hits in their film canon.  It’s because audiences will continue to…

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The Lion King Is My Favorite Film This Year

The Lion King brings one of Disney’s most beloved animated films to life in visually stunning photo-realistic CGI adaptation. I’ve kept a close eye since Disney decided to update their library in a contemporary manner.  I remember how impressed I was with The Jungle Book‘s Oscar-winning visual effects in 2016.  Where these two Jon Favreau-directed films differ are that there is no motion-capture performances in The Lion King.  It would have surely made a difference…

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Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey has been cast to portray Ariel in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures live-action adaptation of beloved animated classic, The Little Mermaid. The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature beloved songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics). “After an extensive search, it was abundantly…

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National Treasure: A Fun Adventure 15 Years Later

National Treasure is still a fun adventure to be had some fifteen years after the adventure film was released in theaters in 2004. The film asks us to imagine a map being on the back of the Declaration of Independence.  It is a fun idea no matter how preposterous that the idea sounds.  But before we get to this point, a young Benjamin Franklin Gates must learn the Gates family history.  It turns out that…

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Cinderella joins Walt Disney Signature Collection

Cinderella is joining the Walt Disney Signature Collection with a new Blu-ray release in honor of the animated classic’s upcoming 70th anniversary in 2020. For the studio’s 12th animated feature film, Walt Disney and company turned to a fairy tale written by Charles Perrault.  This story would prove to be a solid choice in adapting.  I can point out the obvious with Cinderella fulfilling the Disney trope of a parent dying in the film.  The…

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Tomorrowland: An Underappreciated Disney Film

The futuristic Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, is certainly an underappreciated Disney release. Frank Walker (George Clooney) takes us back to his childhood during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.  Young Frank unsuccessful in selling his prototype jetpack to David Nix (Hugh Laurie).  Athena (Raffey Cassidy) hands Frank a Tomorrowland pin and gives him instructions to follow her to Walt Disney’s It’s A Small World attraction.  Next thing we know, he’s transported…

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