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Ralph Breaks the Internet Home Video Release

Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives on Home Video in many formats including Digital HD, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD There are a half dozen traditional bonus features including a behind the scenes set of featurettes, Easter Eggs, a handful of deleted scenes and a couple of music videos.

It has been 7 years since we first met Ralph and Vanellope in Wreck-It Ralph. This time around the duo leaves the arcade for the digital beyond on the Internet to find a part for Vanellope’s game.

Release date: 2019-02-26

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The Little Mermaid

Disney’s the Little Mermaid returns to home video to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary with a Walt Disney Signature Collection Release on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K & Digital. It has been about six years since the last home video release and this marks nearly a dozen different releases over the years in the US market. The classic film looks and sounds as good as ever with this release. There are a handful of new bonus features plus a treasure trove of classic features available.

Release date: 2019-02-26

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From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card

From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card by Jeff Kurtti is a book detailing the history of the Disney company Christmas card from 1931 until the 2000s. A card was created each year to celebrate the holiday season and in many cases promote a film, short or park. The cards featured designs and illustrations by legendary Disney Studio artists over the years. The annual tradition started in the 1930s and continued until the year 2000 then in the new millennium instead of a single card for the company cards were created by different divisions/groups.

Release date: 2018-10-02

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Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives on Home Video tomorrow, Tuesday January 29th, in various formats. The film was in theaters during this past holiday season. This re-imagined tale of the Nutcracker follows Clara on an adventure into the Four Realms. She visits the The Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and the mysterious 4th realm as she seeks a key to open a music box from her deceased mother.

Release date: 2019-01-29

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Practically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders

Practically Poppins in Every Way takes a deep dive into many aspects of Mary Poppins spanning the original books through the new Mary Poppins Returns film and along the way touching on topics including the music, merchandise, the stage play and more. The book provides brief bios and information about the cast and many of the creative team leaders of both the original Mary Poppins film as well as Mary Poppins Returns.

Release date: 2018-11-16

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Walt Disney's Disneyland

Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Chris Nichols was published in September 2018 and has been on my list of books since I first heard about it. The large format book (9.4x12.9 inches) by Taschen is over 300 pages of Disneyland history. The first section, Walt’s Dream (1901-1954), shares a concise biography of Walt Disney and the parks original concepts and creation. The Park Comes to Life (1955-1963) is the centerpiece of the book, spanning half the page count, and takes a detailed look at each of the original lands and attractions that were built during Walt’s time. The Vision Continues (1964-2018), the final section, includes the World’s Fair, Disneyland Expansion and a little on Walt Disney World and other Disney Parks.

Release date: 2018-09-12

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now available on several home video formats and digitally. This stand-alone Star Wars film explores the back story of Han Solo including his first meeting with Chewbacca as well as how he acquired the Millennium Falcon. For more on the film check out Lee’s Review from the theatrical release as well as our coverage of the press conference back in May.

Release date: 2018-09-25

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Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas turns twenty-five this October and to celebrate the occasion Disney has released a new home video version on Blu-ray/Digital HD/DVD. This stop-motion classic shares the adventure of Jack Skellington’s attempt to bring Christmas to Halloween Town. New with this release is the option to turn on a sing-along mode for all the songs.

Release date: 2018-09-05

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Incredibles 2

Disney/Pixar’s the Incredibles 2 is available on home video in various formats. If you missed the film in theaters earlier this summer, it picks up where the original 2004 film leaves off. In this installment Helen takes the lead in a campaign to bring Supers back and battle a new villain, Screenslaver, which leaves Bob handle the family which includes learning about Jack Jack’s emerging powers.

This initial home video release features a wide variety of bonus features to choose from ranging from traditional featurettes and deleted scenes to the theatrical short Bao and a new mini-movie called Auntie Edna.

Release date: 2018-11-06

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The Art of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse

The Art of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse was released in September 2018 to celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday in November. The book is divided into three parts. The first is a listing of Mickey's Animated Filmography. Part two shares many of Mickey's Milestones and then part three is called Mickey's Gallery and features original artwork from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media artists. In addition there is a four panel fold out with 90 cells featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse moments.

Release date: 2018-09-25

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Season's Speedings from Cars Land: Holiday Songs from Mater & Luigi



Release date: 2017-12-15

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Happy Haul-O-Ween from Cars Land: Spooky Songs from Mater and Luigi



Release date: 2018-10-12

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LIFE Mickey Mouse at 90 - LIFE Celebrates an American Icon

To celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday this year LIFE Books has a special publication that was released in August. I am not sure if you would call it a book or a magazine.. it seems to fall somewhere in between. The issue is a highlight version of Mickey's career, global reach and influence on everyone from entertainers to sports figures to politicians to the Pope.

Release date: 2018-08-17

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Avengers: Infinity War

I thought the bonus material on the whole was average. The featurettes did not really seem to delve into the topics they covered to any real depth and some of the material was repeated between them. They fall short of the high bar Lucasfilm set with the recent Star Wars releases featuring full length making of documentaries.

Release date: 2018-08-14

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Peter Pan (Walt Disney Signature Collection)

Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Feature Peter Pan returns to home video as a Walt Disney Signature Collection Release to mark the 65th Anniversary of the release of the film. There are four new bonus features as well as a large assortment of classic bonus features included.

Release date: 2018-06-05

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Black Panther

The Black Panther was released in theaters in February and has been in the top 10 every week since, even this past weekend after nearly 90 days on the big screen. Now you can bring the Black Panther home with the digital HD and Blu-ray release.

This installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes you to Wakanda and shares the story of Prince T’Challa’s (The Black Panther’s) ascension to the throne and struggles he faced after the tragic death of his father forced him into the leadership role.

Release date: 2018-05-15

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Travels With Walt Disney – A Photographic Voyage Around the World

Travels with Walt Disney – A Photographic Voyage Around the World was an interesting journey back in time. The book chronicles the trips Walt Disney took throughout his life spanning from his early days on the railroad to filming location visits and scouting locations for Walt Disney World. In between were several leisure and work related trips. Walt utilized many modes of transportation including railroads, cruise ships, airplanes and automobiles. A point of consideration when thinking about Walt Disney and travel is the time period Walt lived in. Walt was born in 1901 in the Midwest. Travel in the early to mid 1900s was much less affordable, efficient and common than that of today. Many people from that time period did not travel far from their place of birth or travel that frequently compared to modern times. To put this in perspective, as was noted in the book, there were only a few cars in town as Walt was growing up and he was born before the first airplane flew. Travel evolved a lot over his lifetime. Walt passed away in 1966, when jet air travel was just becoming mainstream.

Release date: 2018-04-03

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The home video release includes several hours of bonus material. This material varies by the format you choose, so check with the disc specs if you are interested in a particular feature:

  • The Director and the Jedi – This is the highlight of the bonus features. It clocks in at just over an hour and a half and features an extended look at the creation of the film. This documentary explores some of the challenges the film makers encountered with the large production ranging from budget to scheduling to set creation to the actors themselves. It spends a good amount of time on Mark Hamill and his reservations for his character in the film. For a couple of clips of the documentary here is the announcement – The Director and the Jedi
  • Balance of the Force – This 10 minute feature looks at some of the mythology of the force. I did not find it that engaging of a piece.
  • Scene Breakdowns – The scenes are explored in detail in this 30 minute piece. They are Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle, Snoke and Mirrors, Showdown on Crait. Each one looks at a different challenge the team encountered. For the first it was how to capture the space battle, the second motion capture and the Snoke character and the third what Crait would be and how to create the climactic battle.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Two sequences from the film showing Andy Serkis on set performances of Snoke that were captured. It is interesting looking at how the motion capture/CG creation utilizes these performances in the final product.
  • Deleted Scenes – There are 14 deleted scenes included in the bonus material. You have two options for each, one to just watch the scene and a second to feature the director’s commentary and some explanation of the scene and why it did not make it into the final film.
  • Audio Commentary & Score Only – There are two alternative audio tracks. One is a full length commentary by Rain Johnson and the second is a score only version available exclusively on Movies Anywhere


Release date: 2018-03-27

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Riding the Black Ship Japan and Tokyo Disneyland

This book takes an academic look at Tokyo Disneyland and its relationship with Japan society. The book explores how the park came to be and thrive. There are four main sections. The introduction, Onstage, Backstage and Offstage. The introduction includes the history and how the park came to be. The Onstage section includes a case study of three attractions, the Jungle Cruise, Castle Mystery Tour and Meet the World. The focus of the backstage portion is the cast member experience both for Part-time employees and regular employees. It looks at the hiring process, training and organization. The final section Offstage looks at theme parks as a whole in Japan and the various demographics that visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Release date: 1999-05-01

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Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is now on home video in various formats (DVD/Blu-Ray/4K/Digital HD/Movies Anywhere). In this third Thor film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor is in a race to return to Asgard to save his home world from destruction at the hands of Hela (his sister and the Goddess of Death).

Release date: 2018-03-06

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Coco

Disney-Pixar’s Coco is now available on several home video formats. The film takes you on a journey with Miguel to the land of the dead where he learns the history of his family’s stories and traditions. The musical adventure celebrates family and remembering your ancestors.

There is a wealth of bonus material available on this first home video release. The sum is over 2 hours and the features have a heavy focus on how the film is inspired by and reflects the Mexican/Latino Culture and Traditions. Several pieces highlight the creative team’s trip to Mexico where they were immersed in the culture and families. The bonus features explore several components of the film including the characters, music, fashion/clothing, Dante, and the Guitar. There are seven deleted scenes with introductions/descriptions in this release. Plus several trailers, a couple how to featurettes, full length commentary, a music video and more. For a complete listing with descriptions of what is included on this home video release of Coco visit the initial press release.

Release date: 2018-02-27

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Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp returns to home video with a Walt Disney Signature Collection Release. This time available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital (moviesanywhere).

Release date: 2018-02-27

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow Disney’s Magical Mid-Century

Yesterday’s Tomorrow Disney’s Magical Mid-Century is a look at a unique time in American and Disney History as both hit high points and turned to looking at the future. The war was over, the baby boom on and the American way of life was evolving quickly into the 50s and 60s. For Walt Disney this was when he was broadened his creative ventures from animation into many other forms of entertainment including live action film, music, theme parks, special events, and television.

Release date: 2017-11-14

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The Lion King (Celebrating The Lion King's 20th Anniversary on Broadway): Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World

The Lion King – Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World is a comprehensive look at one of the most successful entertainment creations ever. To give a sense of the impact of this show over 90 million people have seen the Lion King on stage to date. The show has earned over $7 billion and it is still running and touring throughout the world so this total grows daily. To give that number some perspective.. that is more than all the Star Wars films grossed combined when the book was published.

Release date: 2017-11-07

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My Pride Mastering Life's Daily Performance

My Pride Mastering Life’s Daily Performance by Alton Fitzgerald White is an autobiography of this accomplished Broadway performer. The book explores how hard work, dedication, and motivation took him from his childhood in the projects of Cincinnati to major roles in Broadway productions. One of his major accomplishments was playing Mufasa in the Lion King for over 4,000 performances. Alton shares his recollections and life choices as he found his way through life. He discusses some of the choices he made and how those impacted his life. He shares stories of his education both formal and informal and how he took advantage of opportunities he earned.

Release date: 2017-11-07

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