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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
by Garon Cockrell
Disney Announces 2014 Diamond Edition Titles
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Aug. 2, 2013 5:10 p.m.

 
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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