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Soul

Disney – Pixar Soul arrives on home video in both disc and digital formats ranging from DVD to Digital 4K March 23. For a complete listing of the technical specifications, options and what is included on the home video offering here is the original press release. The film was original released on Disney+ Christmas 2020 bypassing theaters and Premier Access.

Release date: 2021-03-23

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Frozen II

Frozen II is available on home video in several formats ranging from DVD to 4K disc and digital versions. This adventure picks up shortly after the original film’s conclusion. Elsa, Anna, Kirstoff, Olaf and Sven embark on a new quest to discover what/whom is calling Elsa and why. They learn about the origins of Elsa’s power and more of their family’s history. The initial home video release includes a variety of bonus materials including several featurettes, deleted scenes, deleted songs, music videos and a sing along version.

Release date: 2020-02-25

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the ninth and final film in the Skywalker Saga. The home video release features a variety of formats spanning DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and various digital formats. Bonus material can vary by format and retailer. I had the opportunity to review the Blu-ray and DisneyMoviesAnywhere Digital version of the film.

Release date: 2020-03-31

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The Lion King (2019)

This initial home video release includes a documentary on the creation of the film, a closer look at several scenes, music videos as well as options to play the film with commentary, sing-a-long mode or to jump straight to the songs.  Plus a couple of music videos. 

Release date: 2019-10-22

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Toy Story 4

This initial home video offering features over an hour of bonus features plus a full length commentary on the film. The bonus features are a traditional assortment of short featurettes, deleted scenes and promotional material.

Release date: 2019-10-08

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Aladdin (Walt Disney Signature Collection)

The 1992 Disney Animated Aladdin returns to home video as a Walt Disney Signature Collection Release. The film is available digitally now and on disc September 10th. The last home video release was about four years ago as a multi format Diamond edition. This time around in addition to the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is a 4K option. There are a handful of new bonus features and like previous Walt Disney Signature Collection releases there is a large assortment of classic bonus material included in the offering.

Release date: 2019-09-10

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Aladdin (2019 Live Action)

Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin is now available digitally and will be on disc September 10th. This film is a retelling of the animated classic from the 1990s. This re-imagined film features Will Smith as everyone’s favorite blue Genie with Mena Massoud playing Aladdin and Naomi Scott is Jasmine. The film stays true to the animated version and features your favorite songs and iconic scenes, but with a new twist many of them. Jasmine has an expanded role in this version including her own song, “Speechless”.

Release date: 2019-09-10

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Dumbo (Live Action)

Dumbo is now available on various formats of home video.   This Tim Burton remimagined film explores the notion of family.  Starting with Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo.  Then extended to the Farrier family dealing with the loss of their mother and return of their father from the war.   As well as the  Medici Brothers' Circus family as they lean on each other to survive.   This version of the film pays homage to the original in several ways through visuals, scenes, and music but carves out its own identity through story and tone. 

Release date: 2019-06-25

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Cinderella

Walt Disney’s Classic Cinderella turns 70 in February and has recently been added to the National Film Registry. To celebrate these two milestones a Walt Disney Signature Collection edition is now available digitally and on disc Tuesday. Being added to the National Film Registry is an honor only about 750 other films can claim. There are several other Disney films on this prestigious list including - Steamboat Willie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Fantasia.

Release date: 2019-06-25

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cars 3

Cars 3 rolls onto Home Video on November 7th in various formats/sets and is currently available on Digital HD/Movies Anywhere. If you missed the film in theaters this time around Lightning McQueen is faced with the reality of getting older and his racing days are numbered as a new generation of racers are taking over. He deals with the internal struggle over what his identity is and the next phase of his life. This film includes most of the cast from the original film and introduces several new characters. Cruz Ramirez is one of the new cars featured. She is a trainer who has been held back from being a racer and goes on the training adventure with Lightning.

Release date: 2017-11-07

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales is now on Digital HD/4K and will be on Blu-ray/DVD October 3, 2017. This is the fifth big screen adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow and crew. For those who have not seen it yet this film features a mix of new and returning characters as well as story lines. The main quest in this film is for the Trident of Poseidon. As always along the way there are double crosses, plot twists and daring escapes by Captain Jack Sparrow. We learn a little more about the backstories of the main characters such as where/how Jack Sparrow received his name. This film also comes full circle and concludes several story lines that have spanned the previous movies. If you enjoy the original films you will feel right at home with this one. The movie follows the same format and feel of the others.

Release date: 2017-10-03

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Lion King: Walt Disney Signature Collection

The Lion King is now available as a Walt Disney Signature Release Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD. This release features the classic 1994 film that we all know and enjoy, a handful of new bonus features and many bonus features from the previous two DVD releases. I am sure you all know the story of the Lion King and have seen it numerous times so no plot summary is needed. It is always fun to revisit an “old friend” and watch the film again.

There are a handful of new bonus features on this release. I would have liked to have seen more as I felt these were on the short side and add only slightly to the release.

Release date: 2017-08-29

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