Friday, July 13, 2007

Song of the South -- finally on DVD?

You can file this under "I'll believe it when I see it" -- according to Jim Hill, we may actually see a DVD release of Song of the South, either in late 2008 or early 2009. I think this can be taken with a fairly large grain of salt, as it certainly isn't the first time we've heard that this title will finally see a DVD release.

You see, what with DisneyToon Studios now becoming a non-sequel producing operation as well as Dick Cook's decision last year to significantly cut back on the number of movies Walt Disney Studios will release every year ... Well, that leaves Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Soon to be renamed Walt Disney Entertainment) with significantly fewer titles to put out on store shelves in the coming year. And given that BVHE will still be expected to make its numbers ... Well, that means that they're going to have to release something that the public really wants to get its hands on. And that, my friends, is "Song of the South."

As I mentioned back in May, Disney is still hoping to use "The Princess and the Frog" to help soften any racial concerns that movie-goers may have about this 1946 Academy Award winner. Which is why the studio is looking to get production of this new John Musker & Ron Clements underway later this year. So that they'd then have a full sequence from that still-in-story-development film to drop onto that DVD. Which will then hopefully help rebuff any "Song of the South" 's critics.

So if you can just hang in there for another year or two, Craig, you should finally be able to get your hands on a really-for-real copy of "Song of the South." Not an illegal dub of the Japanese laser disc. But -- rather -- a full-blown DVD straight from Buena Vista Home Entertainment ... er ... Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Source: Reel Fanatic

1 comment:

Duck Dodgers said...

That would be great!
Maybe in 2008 they could release the last wave of the Treasures with "Song of the South", the last donald Duck cartoons and maybe the "Assorted Treasures" or "Educational shorts".