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Beauty & The Beast - Two Disc Collectors Edition | DVD | (02/11/2002)
from £29.99 | Saving you £-5.00 (-20.00%) | RRP
The film that officially signalled Disney's animation renaissance and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman, (winning the 1991 Oscar for Best Song and Menken's score won a trophy as well). The downright funniest song is "Gaston", a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line, "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication and pure joy. --David Kronke, Amazon.comOn the DVD: Beauty and the Beast's regular DVD release still offers some special features, but doesn't hold a candle to the Collector's Edition. The "making-of" featurette is informative charting the production from Walt Disney's original idea to the final musical version. "The Story Behind the Story" shows the origins of many of Disney's adapted fairy tales. The two games are fun, if a little slow to load. Celine Dion's original video is slightly on the dull side, but Jump 5's remixed version of "Tale as Old as Time" is just ridiculous. As always the sing-along track is great fun for all budding Belles or Beasts in the house. The transfer is as pristine as could be expected from a 1991 release. On the DVD: Beauty and the Beast's two-disc Collector's Edition really is the stuff of fairy tales. Disc 1 has three versions of the movie, the best being the "Work in Progress" edition which offers the unfinished film, sketch lines and all. The theatrical cut has a pristine transfer and the sound is immaculate. The director's commentary relies on a lot on name-dropping and you'll find more interesting insight in the "making-of" feature on the second disc. The sing-a-long track (as with all Disney releases) is fantastic, particularly for such a well-loved score. Disc 2 is packed full of information, fun and games. The best of the informative features is "Animation Magic", an intelligent look into the production of Disney cartoons. In the games section you'll need to head straight for the West Wing to continue an adventure with Chip (Tip: finish the game "Maurice's Workshop" first), but get your fingers warmed up as it needs a little remote control action. This disc only really falls down on the slowness of some of its games and the appalling remix video of "Tale as Old as Time". --Nikki Disney
Toy Story Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (08/03/2010)
from £18.99 | Saving you £3.63 (15.10%) | RRP
As 6-year-old Andy's favourite toy Woody (Tom Hanks) a take-charge pull-string cowboy is confident in his role as room leader. But after Andy's birthday party newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) a flashy space ranger with laser action and pop-out wings crash-lands into Woody's world. Buzz instantly wins the admiration of Andy's other toys igniting a rivalry that lands the duo inside the home of Sid - the toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid's evil plans Woody and Buzz must work together and realize they've got the perfect friend: in each other! If you enjoyed Disney Pixar's Toy Story then check out some other classics from the awesome animation studio! Toy Story 2: One of the best movies of all-time Pixar's sequel is a stunningly imaginative incredibly funny take on the secret life of toys. Cars: Paul Newman and Owen Wilson lend their talents to this charming adventure about a regretful race car. Wall-E: If cute robots alien encounters and incredible animation are what you're after then watch this charming and thought-provoking film. Monsters Inc.: The monster world receives a visit from a tiny toddler setting off a hilarious chain of events. Up: The Oscar-winning tale of an old man on the adventure that he and his wife never shared is packed full of imagination. Ratatouille: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite the obvious problem. Dumbo: Find out why Disney's big-eared baby elephant has been wowing audiences for 70 years - absolutely wonderful. Snow White: This fairy tale fantasy classic hasn't aged a day since it's cinematic release in 1937. Pinocchio: A mesmerising spectacle and quite possibly Walt Disney's crowning achievement. Sleeping Beauty: Only a dashing prince can awaken the sleeping beauty from her eternal sleep.
Tinker Bell Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) | Blu Ray | (02/11/2009)
from £23.75 | Saving you £0.24 (1.00%) | RRP
Enter the world of fairies... Though Tinker Bell might have played second fiddle to Peter Pan and Captain Hook in Disney's 1953 classic the beloved fairy gets top billing - and a speaking role - with this animated adventure.
The Wizard Of Oz | Blu Ray | (02/11/2009)
from £7.45 | Saving you £2.85 (12.40%) | RRP
We're Not In Kansas Anymore. We click our heels in anticipation. There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids grown-ups families friends. The dazzling land of Oz a dream-come--true world of enchanted forests dancing scarecrows and singing lions wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series The Wizard Of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy (Judy Garland) Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) Tin Woodman (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) await you on the Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow.