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Disney Announces 2014 Diamond Edition Titles
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Disney has announced the two latest titles to receive the illustrious "Diamond" treatment on Blu-ray next year.  The round The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty join previous Diamond Edition releases like The Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Pan.  This will mark the Blu-ray debut of The Jungle BookSleeping Beauty was previously released as a "Platinum Edition" making this a certified double dip.








Read on for the complete press release!










TWO ANIMATED CLASSICS AWAKEN TO SPECTACULAR NEW LIFE IN 2014…








THE JUNGLE BOOK & SLEEPING BEAUTY








AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AS PART OF DISNEY’S 




PRESTIGIOUS BLU-RAY™ DIAMOND EDITION COLLECTION












Burbank, Calif., August 2, 2013 – The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce the addition of animated classics THE JUNGLE BOOK and SLEEPING BEAUTY to its prestigious Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition Collection. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, THE JUNGLE BOOK opens to colorful new life on Blu-ray Diamond Edition in February 2014, while SLEEPING BEAUTY awakens on stunning Blu-ray Diamond Edition in October 2014.








Released from the Disney vault for the first time in almost seven years, THE JUNGLE BOOK swings

onto Blu-ray Diamond Edition in the U.S. on February 11, 2014. Based on

Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, this song-filled celebration of

friendship, fun, and adventure was Disney's 19th animated masterpiece

and the last animated feature to have Walt Disney's personal touch. Now,

viewers can experience its lush and colorful world and jazzy,

toe-tapping songs - including the "I Wan'na Be Like You” and Academy

Award®-nominated classic "The Bare Necessities" - with the ultimate in

high definition picture and sound clarity. Also featuring thrilling new

bonus features, THE JUNGLE BOOK is next winter’s must-own Diamond Edition Blu-ray!








The ultimate Disney fairy tale, SLEEPING BEAUTY,

once again awakens to exquisite new picture and sound on Blu-ray in the

U.S. in October 2014. Heralded by audiences and critics alike, SLEEPING BEAUTY was

one of the final fairy tales to be that Walt Disney himself worked on.

Fully restored with revolutionary Blu-ray technology, this animated

classic’s dazzling colors, spectacular action, and Academy

Award®-nominated orchestration (for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical

Picture) shines brighter than ever. With wondrous new bonus features

families will love, SLEEPING BEAUTY charms like never before on Blu-ray Diamond Edition!








To date, Disney has released seven Diamond Edition titles – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and Peter Pan - with The Little Mermaid scheduled for release on October 1, 2013. Each

Diamond Edition title boasts the highest level of picture and sound;

features groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content; and

in some cases second screen interactivity, made possible because of

Blu-ray technology.








About The Jungle Book:




Based on the Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel of the same name, The Jungle Book follows

young Mowgli on a fun-filled journey with unforgettable characters,

including Bagheera, the wise panther, the jazzy King Louie, the hypnotic

snake Kaa and the lovable, happy-go-lucky bear Baloo, who teaches

Mowgli “The Bare Necessities” of life and the true meaning of

friendship.










About Sleeping Beauty:




Sleeping Beauty tells

the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil witch, protected by

three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by a “true love’s kiss.”

Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa (as

Sleeping Beauty) and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley (as the evil fairy,

Maleficent), the film’s vibrant visuals were created by a team that

included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery, Frank Thomas and

Marc Davis (of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men), and an Academy Award®

nominated score adapted from the incandescent music of Peter

Tchaikovsky.








About The Walt Disney Studios:




For

nearly 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on

which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings

quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world.

Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney,

including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios;

Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Disney|Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures,

the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are

distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records

and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The

Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including

Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. For more

information, please visit 
www.disney.com.










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