Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Ev'rebody Wants To Be a Cat" ! - Disney's The Aristocats FIRST TIME EVER IN SPECTACULAR BLU-RAY TM HIGH DEFINITION!

Available On Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital  -- August 21, 2012

Combo Packs Include an All-New Exclusive Bonus Feature

Burbank, Calif., June 2012 – Disney’s spectacular 20th full-length animated feature “The Aristocats” arrives for the first time ever in stunning Blu-ray high definition as a Special Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and Digital, on August 21, 2012.  Featuring a beautiful new digital restoration and great new bonus features, “TheAristocats” invites audiences to relive all the tune-filled feline fun, comedy and adventure of this Disney classic.

The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens.  When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day.  “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song.  The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”

 “The Aristocats” Special Edition is a purr-fect treat for the whole family.  It includes a brand new bonus featurette “The Lost Open” with Richard Sherman taking viewers through the storyboards of a never-before-seen alternate beginning which introduces a deleted character and a deleted song "How Much You Mean To Me” and “Court Me Slowly" written and performed by the Sherman brothers. This song demo was one of the few times Richard and Robert ever sang together

Additional classic bonus features on “The Aristocats” Special Edition include the delightful deleted song, “She Never Felt Alone” and “The Great Cat Family (Excerpt),” which explores the history of cats.  

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD)
Includes the movie and:
§  The Lost Open: legendary songwriter Richard Sherman introduces an early story board iteration of an opening scene complete a deleted character named “the Maid” and demos for the deleted songs “How Much You Mean to Me” and “Court Me Slowly.”

§  “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video

§  Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”: This deleted song, complete with animation, will tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover, as Duchess explains to Thomas O’ Malley why she must return to her beloved owner Madame Bonfamille. Richard Sherman discusses the song he 
co-wrote with his brother Robert, which captures the special relationship between a pet owner and their animal. It’s a moving sequence that will stir everyone’s fondest memories of their favorite pets.

§  The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs: A tribute to the legendary Disney songwriting team of Robert and Richard Sherman, with particular emphasis on “The Aristocats.”

§  The Great Cat Family (Excerpt)This animated excerpt tells the history of cats from ancient Egyptians to the present.

§  The Classic Disney short “Bath Day”: Figaro has been freshly bathed and perfumed by Minnie when he meets up with Lucifer and his gang who chase him. In the ensuing fight, the gang is fooled into beating up Lucifer and making Figaro the winner. But the victor is soon putback in the tub by Minnie.

§  Disney Song Selection:
o   “The Aristocats”
o   “Scales and Arpeggios”
o   “Thomas O’Malley Cat”
o   “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature produced and released by Walt Disney Productions in 1970 and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, and Roddy Maude-Roxby as Edgar the butler, the villain of the story.

2-Disc DVD Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD)
Includes the movie and:
§  The Lost Open
§  Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”
§  The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs
§  The Great Cat Family (Excerpt)
§  Bath Day
§  “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video
§  Disney Song Selection
1-Disc DVD
Includes the movie and:
§  Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”
§  The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs
§  The Great Cat Family (Excerpt)
§   Bath Day
§  Virtual Kitten Set Top
§  The Aristocats Fun With Language Game
§  The Aristocats Scrapbook
§  Disney Song Selection:
o   “The Aristocats”
o   “Scales and Arpeggios”
o   “Thomas O’Malley Cat”
o   “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”
Disc Specifications:
Street Date:                                            August 21, 2012
Direct Prebook:                                            June 26, 2012
Distributors Prebook:                                July 10, 2012
Suggested Retail Prices:                              2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
                                                                        2-Disc DVD Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
                                                                        High Definition & Standard Definition Digital     consumers should contact their preferred digital retailer for information and pricing

Run Time:                                                      Approximately 79 minutes
Rated:                                                             G in U.S./G in Canada
                                                                        (bonus material not rated)
Aspect Ratio:                                                Blu-ray: 1080p High Definition/1.78:1
DVD: Widescreen/1.78:1
Sound:                                                           Blu-ray: English, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French and Spanish,  5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages:                                                    English, Spanish, French

What we have to say!

You know, I know this movie, but I didn't know this movie. It is so old, literally out 13 years before I was born, so a movie I'm sure my mother would remember from her childhood. Not I from mine. I never sat down and watched it as a child, least that I remember, so not only was Giana experiencing it for the first time, but it was like I was as well. The BluRay disc is "metallic""holographic" slightly, and very iridescent, and extremely eye-catching. One thing I did notice of all these 5 BluRays sent is the auto-play feature no longer exists on the BluRays, which just being totally real with you, kinda sucks. :) 
Disney- if your reading this, you put it back, you hear me?
I did like this movie. More than I thought I would.  Eva Gabor's voice is really more of a purr anyway, so it's only natural she would voice the sweet & sultry- uppity "Aristocrat of an Aristocat" anyway!
I love the feisty little baby kitties, especially Marie. Of course she would be my favorite!
This movie is slamming it on the music/score to be so old, I gotta say! Even though this movie is as old as it is, it still seems like a fresh new one. You can't tell it is old at all.
If you compare the original on one screen and play this movie on an adjoining screen, I am quite certain you would be able to tell a HUGE difference.
But after the movie Giana and I tried to have a discussion about what an Aristocrat is, and that was somewhat frustrating for me because I have no patience, and she didn't seem to understand what I was saying. So we Googled it- well Google usually never fails me, but it let me down. I couldn't think of a way to explain it to her, besides a High Class, sometimes snooty, rich person. That seemed to be the best layman's terms, Google confused her further upon the Wikipedia page citing about Aristocracy  .. and she wanted to know what that meant too... LOL!
I guess all that is sort-of irrelevant to the movie review, but relevant to my life, and I just want to document that- so don't mind me. I'm talking to myself again. That's what happens when I get very lonely when he's deployed like he is...
*Sighs*at least I have these Disney BluRays to help keep me company and cheer me up!  

Oh and of note-- Giana loved the MARIE MUSIC VIDEO in the Special Features, and overall loved the Special Features in ins entirety and spent more time playing with them than she did watching the actual movie!

Of the 5 sent, I definitely LOVED the Pocahontas and Rescuers the most (original and sequel combo 3 disc packs!) those are some really awesome movies, read the reviews I wrote for them by clicking the links!

Thanks DISNEY!! And thank YOU for being a reader of Locomotion of Expressions! :)
Y'all have a good-night!  ~Xo!~

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