'Dumbo' Remastered for its 70th Anniversary

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Ten years ago Dumbo got a 60th Anniversary DVD release, and now, wouldn't you know, it's time for its 70th Anniversary. What's different 10 years later? Blu-ray. As you might expect, Disney is putting out a special 70th Anniversary Edition, remastered in high-def, for special Blu-ray, DVD, and combo pack editions. Personally, Dumbo and Robin Hood are those two unsung champions in the Disney vault that no one seems to give proper tribute to. It's nice to see Dumbo finally making his HD debut on September 20th. To fill you in on the details, we've got a special release trailer, the special features details, and the packaging art - just hit the jump to check them out.

If by some chance you're not familiar with the tale of Dumbo, here's the official synopsis:

The inspirational tale of Dumbo, the courageous baby elephant who uses his sensational ears to soar to fame with the help of his clever best friend Timothy Q. Mouse, will thrill and delight audiences of all ages.  And now, the award-winning music and empowering messages about friendship and belief In yourself reach new heights in this must-have Blu-ray high-definition presentation of Walt Disney’s classic Dumbo!

For those Disney collectors wondering what makes this HD release different, here's the rundown on the steps taken to make this rerelease of Dumbo the best it could be:

Faced with the daunting task of restoring the film to its original pristine condition, the Walt Disney Studios Restoration Team turned to the US Library of Congress who store the original 70 year old nitrate camera negative in their film vaults, and for reference, to an original 1941 ‘release’ print, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).  Using this rare nitrate “dye-transfer” Technicolor print for color reference, the team was able to restore Dumbo to the color settings most likely approved by Walt Disney himself, which will be seen in their full splendor for the first time in 70years, on the Blu-ray debut.

In addition, the rare film print (housed as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archives collection) proved to be the earliest surviving generation of the original audio for Dumbo which provided a unique source from which to build the new Disney Enhanced Home Theatre (DEHT) mix for the Blu-ray release.

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Now for a rundown on the extra features:

DVD:

·       Deleted Scene – “The Mouse’s Tale”

·       Deleted Song – “Are You a Man or a Mouse?”

·       Taking Flight:  The Making of Dumbo – A journey back to the origins of the film as everybody’s favorite baby elephant takes wing.

·       The Magic Of Dumbo: A Ride of Passage – Witness the excitement and magic of Disneyland’s most popular ride through the eyes of a child.

·       Audio Commentary with Pete Docter, Paula Sigman and Andreas Deja

·       Sound Design Excerpt from The Reluctant Dragon

·       Original Walt Disney Television Introduction

Blu-ray:

Everything on the DVD plus:

·       Cine-Explore

·       Disney View

·       “What Do You See?” Game

·       “What Do You Know?” Game

·       “Celebrating Dumbo” Featurette

·       Animated Short:  “The Flying Mouse”

·       Animated Short: “Elmer Elephant”

The new release of Dumbo hits shelves on September 20th.

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Apr
29
2011
Lex Walker • Editor

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