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The Geek's library contains information and reviews of various Disney books, Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs that I have read/watched over the years.

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The Little Mermaid (Live Action)

Disney's Live Action The Little Mermaid film has arrived on home video digital formats and various disc formats. Rob Marshall and his team have reimagined the classic Disney animated film into a new format with live actors and animated characters. The story follows the animated film story including the well known songs. Alan Menken teams up with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the music in this version.

Release date: 2023-09-19

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Elemental

This home video release includes the feature film as well as the short “Carl’s Date” that appeared with it in theaters. The bonus features include a full length director’s commentary, deleted scenes and a trio of featurettes.

Release date: 2023-09-26

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Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a new home video release in 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray.  The stop-motion classic has been remastered for 4K. 

Release date: 2023-08-22

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The Story of Disney 100 Years of Wonder

The Story of Disney 100 Years of Wonder is a coffee table book that shares a broad look at the history of the Walt Disney Company.   It is a daunting task to identify and then condense 100 years of history into under 300 pages in a single book.  Choosing the milestones to highlight, people to feature and imagery to include is a substantial challenge.    John Baxter, Bruce Steele and the Walt Disney Archives team has put together a solid read giving you the highlights and at times a little depth about the company’s history.

Release date: 2023-03-07

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Cinderella

Walt Disney’s 1950 classic Cinderella has been re-released on various home video formats in the "Ultimate Collector's Edition" as part of the Disney 100 celebration.  The film has been restored and is available in 4K resolution for this offering and includes a half dozen classic bonus features.

Release date: 2023-08-01

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 is now available on various digital and disk formats.  This is the final film in the trilogy.  This film has Rocket Raccoon as the focus and you learn more of his history as the Guardians set off on this new adventure to protect one of their own. 

Bonus features include a couple featurettes, deleted scenes and a full length director’s commentary.  For the full technical specifications and overview here is the initial home video press release.

Release date: 2023-08-01

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Mickey & Friends 10 Classic Shorts: Vol. 2

To celebrate Disney100 Walt Disney Animation Studios is releasing a a series of Classic Disney shorts on home video. The first set, Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts Volume 1 was released earlier this year and the second set, Mickey & Friends 10 Classic Shorts Volume 2 is now available digitally and on various disc formats.    Volume 2 follows the same format as volume one with a brief introduction (30-60 seconds) and closing piece featuring the  character voices over clips and stills from the short talking about memories of that adventure then the short plays.     Just like the previous version the moviesanywhere version has no sections/chapters, its an 80+ minute single item.  The disc version has the option to play all or an individual short with its introduction.

Release date: 2023-06-27

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The Official Walt Disney Quote Book

The Official Walt Disney Quote Book has been compiled by the Walt Disney Archives team and released as part of the Disney 100 celebration. The book features hundreds of quotes from Walt on various subjects organized into 21 chapters spanning over 300 pages.

Release date: 2023-03-07

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Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity was released on March 7, 2023 and is part of the popular Art of Coloring series of adult coloring books. This 128 page paperback book contains over 100 pages of line art to enjoy.

Release date: 2023-03-07

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Strange World

Strange World is now available in various disc formats and digitally. Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 61st feature film takes you on an adventure with the Clade family. This three generation family must navigate through uncharted territory and deal with a variety of creatures along the way. This action/adventure film was released in theaters in November 2022.

Release date: 2023-02-14

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Mickey & Minnie 10 Classic Shorts Volume 1

This collection of classic Disney shorts is part of the ongoing Disney100 celebration this year. The offering includes ten shorts with a new introduction by Mickey and Minnie to each. These introductions are about 25-30 seconds in length during which the two mice reminisce about the adventure/event of the short that follows while a slide show with is played.

Release date: 2023-02-07

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The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The 2022 Marvel blockbuster takes us back to Wakanda where they are mourning the loss of King T’Challa. The Wakandans face challenges from known and unknown peoples.

I was sent the Blu-ray/Digital version of this release to review. It included the single disc with the film and a half dozen bonus features and a digital code for a streaming version that included the same features plus two minute Coming of Age featurette.

Release date: 2023-02-07

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The Cost of the Kingdom: A Memoir by the Chief Estimator (Show and Ride) for EPCOT and Disneyland Paris

The Cost of the Kingdom by Carl L. Jablonski is a memoir by the chief estimator (show and ride) for EPCOT and Disneyland Paris. In this book Carl shares his recollections of his time at Disney as well as describes what an estimator does. He also shares stories of the path he took and some of the choices he made in his professional and personal life. Over his 40 years in the business Carl’s volume of work exceeded $5 billion for a number of companies and on a wide range of projects, including Walt Disney Imagineering, LucasArts and NBC.

Release date: 2021-03-21

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The Imagineering Story

The Imagineering Story – The Official Biography of Walt Disney Imagineering by Leslie Iwerks is a deep dive into the history of this storied organization. The book mirrors the six part Disney+ docu-series that shares the same name. In this 700+ page hard cover book you will find the same information as the series plus additional stories and details that were not able to make it into the final program.

Release date: 2022-11-08

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The Disney Animation Renaissance: Behind the Glass at the Florida Studio

The Disney Animation Renaissance: Behind the Glass at the Florida Studio by Mary E. Lescher is a detailed look at the history of the Feature Animation Studio at Walt Disney World, chronicling and examining the projects that were worked on by the Orlando team and the theme park attraction that coexisted with their facility.  The book also discusses the transformation of the animation process from traditional cell animation to computer-assisted to full computer  3D.   Mary takes a well researched look at the evolution of the attraction and animation studio over the years, examining the intersection and friction of the objectives of each and how they adapted to each other.  She details the changes to the tour content, layout and purpose as the Animation Studio grew and changed over the years.

Release date: 2022-11-22

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Walt's Apprentice: Keeping the Disney Dream Alive

Walt’s Apprentice Keeping the Disney Dream Alive by Dick Nunis is the personal memoir of a Disney Legend.  Dick Nunis had a 44 year career with Disney that started on May 26, 1955 being hired by Van France at Disneyland to help with the training program of cast members as the opening of Disneyland approached.  He choose to retire on May 26, 1999, at which time he was Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions.  During those four decades he rose from an hourly cast member through the ranks working the operations side of the parks.  He had the good fortune to walk the park with Walt and absorb his philosophies and respond to his requests for a number of years.  He was an early member of the Orlando team as Walt Disney World was constructed.  He was part of the EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris teams.  He was involved in Disney projects beyond the parks too including the Winter Olympics, New York World’s Fair and movie premieres such as Mary Poppins.  Before Disney Dick was a college football player for my alma mater, the University of Southern California.

Release date: 2022-10-11

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Poster Art of the Disney Parks, Second Edition

Poster Art of the Disney Parks second edition is an excellent follow-up to the original that was released a decade ago.   This book adds 85 posters on nearly 100 additional pages encompassing the attractions, lands and parks that opened since 2012 including Shanghai Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the new series of EPCOT posters that were initially unveiled at the 2019 D23 Expo.

Release date: 2022-10-11

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder is now available digitally and various disc formats.   In this film Thor sets off on a cosmic adventure to stop Gorr the God Butcher who is seeking the extinction of the gods.   He is joined by King Valkyrie, Korg and Mighty Thor on his quest.   The film is directed by Taika Waititi who also directed Thor: Ragnarok. 

This initial home video offering includes an assortment of disc formats and digital release choices.  Bonus features can vary based on the offering, but the core set is about a half dozen features in familiar categories – featurettes, commentary, deleted scenes and a gag reel. 

Release date: 2022-09-27

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Lightyear

The Disney Pixar film “Lightyear” is now available digitally and on various disc formats.   This film is the origins story of Buzz Lightyear.   If you have wondered where the action figure came from this is the film that inspired the toy Andy received.

“Lightyear” arrived on Disney+ and other digital platforms on August 3rd.   The Disney+ release was just the film with an enhanced IMAX viewing mode, there were no bonus features beyond a trailer released with it.   Other Digital platforms did include the bonus features to match the disc release. 

Release date: 2022-09-13

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on various digital platforms and will arrive on Disc on July 26th. The film takes you on a quest through many alternate realities as Doctor Strange battles a surprising villain.

The film premiered in theaters on May 6th nationwide and on Disney+ on June 22nd. Other digital channels also became available on June 22nd and physical discs on July 26th. This home video release features a half dozen bonus features.

Release date: 2021-07-26

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Turning Red

Disney/Pixar’s Turning Red is now on home video, available digitally now and disc Tuesday, May 3rd. Turning Red is the story of 13-year old Mei balancing adolescence with family life. Complicating Mei’s journey is a family issue that when she loses control she turns into a giant red panda.

Release date: 2022-05-03

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Women of Walt Disney Imagineering: 12 Women Reflect on their Trailblazing Theme Park Careers

The twelve women in this book represent a number of different disciplines and teams within Imagineering and each carved out a unique career path with the company.  The format is each woman has their own chapter (or sometimes two) to share their background & stories, there is a photo section in the middle and some introductions and thank yous as well.

Release date: 2022-03-15

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Not Just a Walk in the Park: My Worldwide Disney Resorts Career

Not Just a Walk in the Park: My Worldwide Disney Resorts Career is the memoir of Disney Legend Jim Cora. In this book Jim shares stories, insights, and personal reflections on his more than forty year career with the Walt Disney Company spanning early Disneyland through the opening of Tokyo DisneySea. He also imparts stories and thoughts on his management style and the Disney Culture/Way.

Release date: 2021-12-28

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Eternals

Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” arrives on various disc formats Tuesday Feb 15th. The film follows a group of ancient heroes that have protected Earth for ages. The group reunites in order to fend off the Deviants and save humanity.

Release date: 2022-02-15

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Encanto

Encanto, Walt Disney Animation Studios 60th film, arrives on home video disc formats February 8th.  The film was originally released on Disney+ December 24, 2021 & various digital formats the same day.   Encanto is the story of the Madrigal family.  Each member of this multi-generational Colombian family receives a magical gift, except for Mirabel.   Mirabel discovers her family is in danger of losing their magic and the film follows her adventure as she tries to help her family.

This initial home video release features over 100 minutes of bonus material exploring the music, Colombian heritage and other aspects of the film.    The short, “Far From The Tree”, is part of the release along with an introduction to it.   A sing along version and ability to jump to each song is available too. 

Release date: 2022-02-08

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