Toonatic
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2022-09-17T08:10:49Z
Recently, Criterion has announced its first collaboration with Disney, the title in question will be WALL-E:

https://www.criterion.com/films/33246-walle 

It's very big I know. Reading the detail from reliable sources, the deal will only consist of Pixar films for now. But in my opinion, I feel that could change IF we make this title a big seller (and it already has!) because the bigger the seller, the more Disney will see that physical media still has an audience and the more they'll probably consider sublicensing out to Criterion including their MAIN library.

We all know the Disney library is historical and groundbreaking and there are titles upon titles (including their classic shorts) that need grand treatment than they already got (especially if they're also 4K debuts) and the release WALL-E from Criterion opens the door to this possibility. Imagine owning Criterion editions of Snow White, Fantasia, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, maybe even a complete Mickey Mouse box set AND (we can dream, but play our cards right) Song of The South! The best part, it'll mark the return of our favorite Disney titles on physical media and might even surge a comeback! And with both Disney turning 100 and Mickey Mouse turning 95 next year, now's a good time to get ball rolling.

I have an event planned to convince both studios to do a Mickey Mouse set on Facebook, but right now, the first thing we need to do is to keep pre-ordering WALL-E (some of you can even add it to your holiday wish list like I'm doing) and make it sell to the point where Disney starts realizing just how much people still love physical media.

So let's make this happen people! Great way to celebrate Disney's 100th after all. 😉
S. C. MacPeter
2022-09-17T14:00:54Z
Criterion has been releasing Disney content for about 2 decades, this just marks the first time they did a Pixar Movie. This is no written license for Classic Disney content as of yet, and knowing Criterion has an active distaste in most animation, don't get your hopes up in it happening
nickramer
2022-09-17T14:36:27Z
Who sayed Criterion has an "active distaste" for animation? I was always expecting them to do a set of NFBC shorts (some of which are on their streaming service).

As for Disney, it would be nice if Criterion did a Fantasia set, but who knows if it will happen or not?
ToonStar95
2022-09-17T21:37:07Z
If there was to be a Criterion release of Fantasia (or something like it), it would have to be be HUGE, likely because there are several different versions of the film. Some Criterion titles like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Charlie Chaplin's films contains different versions made for various re-releases, and Fantasia should be no exception. Among the versions are:

  • 1940 roadshow version (Fantasound)
  • 1941 roadshow version (mono)
  • 1942 "general release" version (mono, w/ "Toccata & Fugue" removed)
  • 1946 "general release" version (mono, w/ "Toccata & Fugue" restored)
  • 1956 SuperScope version (4-track stereo)
  • 1969 edited version (4-track stereo, w/ Sunflower removed)
  • 1982 re-recorded version (Dolby Stereo)
  • 1990 restored version (1946 version with original soundtrack restored and heard in Dolby Stereo)
  • 2000 restored version (reconstruction of 1941 version in stereo w/ dubbed Deems Taylor segments)


On another note, Snow White would be a natural choice for a Criterion release, given its importance in the history of motion pictures and the material already included on the 2001 Platinum Edition DVD (radio programs, color tests, etc.)
nickramer
2022-09-21T20:31:53Z
Originally Posted by: ToonStar95 

If there was to be a Criterion release of Fantasia (or something like it), it would have to be be HUGE, likely because there are several different versions of the film. Some Criterion titles like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Charlie Chaplin's films contains different versions made for various re-releases, and Fantasia should be no exception. Among the versions are:


  • 1940 roadshow version (Fantasound)
  • 1941 roadshow version (mono)
  • 1942 "general release" version (mono, w/ "Toccata & Fugue" removed)
  • 1946 "general release" version (mono, w/ "Toccata & Fugue" restored)
  • 1956 SuperScope version (4-track stereo)
  • 1969 edited version (4-track stereo, w/ Sunflower removed)
  • 1982 re-recorded version (Dolby Stereo)
  • 1990 restored version (1946 version with original soundtrack restored and heard in Dolby Stereo)
  • 2000 restored version (reconstruction of 1941 version in stereo w/ dubbed Deems Taylor segments)



I did not realized there were that many versions of that film. Kind of kills the chance of including "Fantasia 2000" in the set if ALL the different variations of the 1940 film were included.
Toonatic
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2022-09-22T08:16:22Z
You can still include it, don't see why it couldn't.

But man, all those versions. That's amazing!