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The glass slipper finally fits … on October 4, Buena Vista HomeEntertainment (BVHE) proudly debuts the long-awaited two-disc Platinum Edition of Walt Disney's original beloved classic, Cinderella. On DVD for the first time ever, the highly anticipated release has been digitally restored and loaded with bonus materials that allow viewers to extend their movie experience and transport themselves into the magical world of Cinderella, and to gain fascinating insight into the animated classic with never-before-scene bonus features and footage.
The clock strikes midnight as one of Disney's most popular fairytales makes her long-awaited DVD debut after having been unavailable in any form for almost 10 years -- as the sixth release in Disney's celebrated "Platinum Edition" line. The Cinderella DVD plays off the theme of transformation found in the movie -- having undergone a painstaking restoration with the use of state of the art digital technology. DVD bonus features also play off this unique theme, demonstrating the fairytale's integral part in the lexicon of pop culture with exciting bonus items such as the all new featurette ESPN Classics' "Cinderella Stories" which showcases many of the most unbelievable "Cinderella" moments in sports history. An all-new DVD-ROM feature, "The Royal Life," allows participants to scan their picture and become part of a fairytale world that they can create (read on for more complete bonus material details). Also returning on VHS, both the DVD and VHS editions will carry a suggested retail price of $29.99 (SRP). As well, a special DVD Collector's Gift Set will accompany the release, priced at $49.99 (SRP).
A major initiative across The Walt Disney Company, Cinderella activity will span beyond home entertainment to bring the magic of Cinderella to life. This includes an unparalleled Disney Consumer Products (DCP) partnership which will see the release of dozens of new products in all major retail categories, including toys, apparel, electronics, fast moving consumer goods, stationery, home furnishings and much more (from third quarter 2005, into the holidays and well into 2006).
Nearly 10 years in the Disney vault, and not released theatrically since 1987, the twelfth feature film to come from The Walt Disney Company, Cinderella was produced by Walt Disney himself, and is one of only three films to have utilized the skills of every member of the formidable group of key animators that have been affectionately dubbed his "nine old men" (others are Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan). Originally released in 1950, the film features the voice talents of Ilene Woods (Cinderella) and Eleanor Audley (the wicked Stepmother), while future talk show host Mike Douglas supplies the singing voice of Prince Charming.
Nominated for three Academy Awards®, the film enjoyed theatrical releases in 1950, 1957, 1965, 1973, 1981 and 1987, drawing more than 75 million moviegoers and grossing more than $350 million (combined box office, adjusted to current dollars). Since going back into the Disney vault after its VHS release in 1995, Cinderella has become the most requested Disney title for release, even above such classics as The Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast.
Walt Disney's Original Beloved Classic Cinderella feature film – beautifully restored!
- All-new beautiful digitally restored picture, presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio 1:33.1
- Vibrant 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix audio and the original theatrical soundtrack,
All-New "Cinderella Stories" Presented by ESPN Classics:
The phrase "Cinderella Story" is now synonymous with sports, and ESPN proudly presents the greatest Cinderella sports stories of all time as an exciting bonus feature. NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath hosts video and audio profiles of some of history's most inspirational truelife tales including his own great story, and also including: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team; North Carolina State‘s 1983 NCAA victory; Venus And Serena Williams stories; Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series Home Run; Villanova‘s 1985 NCAA victory; Lance Armstrong's story and more.
Exciting Music Videos:
- "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" – an exciting pop rendition of the signature Cinderella tune
- "Every Girl Can Be A Princess" – an exciting animated montage voiced by Cinderella, from the Walt Disney Records release Disney's Princess Tea Party CD
- "The Cinderella Work Song"
- "Dancing On a Cloud"
From Walt's Table: A Tribute To Disney's Nine Old Men
During Walt's golden age, he would frequently lunch with his top animators and story men at Los Angeles' famed Tam O'Shanter restaurant, where the team would discuss current projects. One of these was Cinderella – one of only three films all nine old men worked on (others with the collaboration: Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan). For this one-of-a-kind bonus feature, the Cinderella DVD takes viewers back to the Tam O'Shanter for an informal discussion about Walt and his Nine Old Men -- with many of today's top animators, each of whom have known and worked with one or more of them (including Brad Bird, Glen Keane, Don Hahn, Mark Henn, John Musker, Ron Clements and Andreas Deja). Film critic Joel Siegel serves as host.
All-New "From Rags To Riches: The Making of Cinderella"
A fascinating all-new featurette giving insight into the creation of Cinderella and the history behind it, this definitive making-of show is divided into four sections:
- "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"
- "Of Mice And Nine Old Men"
- "A Perfect Fit: The Voices of Cinderella"
- "Musically Ever After"
All-New Featurette: "The Cinderella That Almost Was:"
In doing research for the Cinderella DVD, a rare treasure was unearthed in the Disney Archives – an envelope that had not been opened since 1949 in which there were photographs of a full set of storyboards for a version of Cinderella that is different from the final film as we know it. In the course of developing one of the world's most well-known fairy tales into an animated film, Walt and his creative team explored many ideas that ultimately did not work. Join Don Hahn, the Producer of Disney's Beauty And The Beast, on the journey to discover the Cinderella that almost was.
The Art of Mary Blair:
- A look back at the remarkable career of one of Disney's most talented and beloved art director/color stylists, responsible for the look of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Three Caballeros, Saludos Amigos, So Dear To My Heart, Disneyland's It's A Small World and many more.
- Storyboard To Film Comparison – Opening Sequence
To assist in the animation of Cinderella, Walt Disney had most of the scenes involving human characters filmed using real actors, in costume. The storyboards for Cinderella provide a unique blend of Photostat copies of still frames from this film intermingled with traditional hand drawn artists' renditions. This segment presents a split-screen for the opening sequence of the movie, comparing a sampling of these fascinating and unusual storyboards with the final film.
A fascinating look back at the early days of Walt Disney's career, highlighting Walt's unusual black and white, silent animation -- the earliest existing animation done by Disney.
- Excerpt From "The Mickey Mouse Club" With Helene Stanley (Original Air Date: January 24, 1956) Cinderella Art Galleries (with Slide Show Option)
- Exciting visual archives galleries include: Visual Development; Mary Blair Art; Character
- Design of Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, Stepsisters, Jaq and Gus, Lucifer, The Prince and Miscellaneous; Costume Design; Storyboard Art; Layout and Backgrounds; Live Action Reference; Production Photos and Publicity/Merchandise
- A fascinating look into how the film was presented to audiences through the years including: 1950 Original Release Trailer and Reissue Trailers from 1965, 1973, 1981 and two from 1987
GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
"The House Of Royalty"
(Featuring Isaac Mizrahi, cast from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and more. Inviting viewers into a fantasy world of Princes and Princesses, this exciting feature stars Allison Stoner, "Sally" from The Disney Channel's popular Mike's Super Short Show – taking viewers to New York City and inside the trendy studio of celebrity fashion expert, Isaac Mizrahi, for an indepth look at princess style. Then, it's onto Hollywood to see how the cast of "Extreme Home Makeover' create the ultimate Princess room, and an exciting meeting with modern royalty, who demonstrate some of the finer points of royal tradition.
The Royal Life DVD-ROM Design Studio
All-New Princess Gown Designer: This great feature allows viewers the chance to choose from a palate of luxurious styles and accessories and assemble their own dream gown. Using the DVDROM's capabilities, viewers can scan in a photo and see themselves as a fairytale princess. Then as a keepsake, they can print a copy of themselves at the ball and a pattern of their own unique design. Palace Designer: No princess should live without her castlehis feature allows viewers to design their own royal palace by choosing from a variety of historical designs including towers, flags, colors, and more.
Dream Room Makeover: For anyone who's ever imagined turning their bedroom into the perfect Princess bedroom, this DVD-ROM feature makes that dream come true! Viewers choose different room sizes -- to create a fairytale bedroom of their very own.
Princess Pajama Jam
This "follow the leader" style game features everyone's favorite princesses, with music inspired from "Where Dreams Begin." The DVD offers fun steps and moves from one princess world, transitioning with a change in music, to another world of rocking group fun.
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MUSIC AND MORE
"Cinderella" Title Song (Demo Recording)
Unused Songs (Original Demo Recordings)
"Sing A Little, Dream A Little"
"I'm In The Middle Of A Muddle"
"The Mouse Song"
"The Dress My Mother Wore"
"Dancing On A Cloud"
"I Lost My Heart At The Ball"
"The Face That I See In The Night"
- "Village Store" Excerpt – Original Air Date March 25, 1948
- "Gulf Oil Presents" Excerpt – ca. 1950
- "Scouting The Stars" – Original Air Date February 23, 1950
With a wave of her wand and some "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Cinderella's Fairy Godmother transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella's rags into a gorgeous gown, and then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella's enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal friends Jaq and Gus and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.
STREET DATE: October 4, 2005
Suggested retail price: $29.99 (2-disc DVD) $29.99 (VHS)
Feature running time: Approximately 76 minutes
Rated: G -- Bonus DVD materials are not rated.
DVD aspect ratio: Fullscreen (1.33:1)– the aspect ratio in which the film was originally created.
Sound: All-New 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
Restored Original Theatrical Soundtrack
Languages: French and Spanish Language tracks