On May 20th Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release two of their older films on DVD, and both come packed with special features. First off is my favorite Herbie film, The Love Bug. Herbie is getting the special edition treatment, as the film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound audio track. The extras include an audio commentary track with Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones and Michele Lee, the animated short Susie - The Little Blue Coupe, the featurettes That Lovable Bug, The Many Lives Of Herbie, Herbie Mania, Love Bug Day At Disneyland, The Man Who Gave Herbie His Voice and Lost Treasures: Searching For Herbie, a 1969 studio album, production gallery, behind the scenes promo reel, the deleted scenes Used Car Lot and Playground, theatrical trailer, sound design, production stills, comic book biographies, advertising materials, film documents, a screenplay excerpt and radio scripts. I never thought I would be privileged to this much Herbie.

Also debuting on May 20th is the special edition release of The Rescuers. This disc comes presented in anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Not as many extras as Herbie, but still plenty: The Ultimate Case Set-Top Detective Game, the short film Water Birds, The Rescuers Scrapbook, the featurette Under The Hat Villains, the Silly Symphony Three Blind Mouseketeers and a sing along for the song "Someone's Waiting For You". Retail price on both of these discs is $29.99.

Also, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment comes an announcement that the company has decided to speed up the releases of their Disney Platinum Collection to two per year, therefore speeding up the releases of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book. They were originally all due out through the end of this decade, but with the release of two per year, they will all be in stores by 2007. Disney also announce a few new titles to this set, they include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Fantasia and Peter Pan. No official release date for the individual titles has been set, nor have specs been announced.

Stay tuned...

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Brian B.