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Genie In A Bottle
Kicking off this week’s are three big new announcements from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The next in Disney’s acclaimed Platinum Collection line of two-disc special editions is one of their biggest animated hits of all time, Aladdin. The genie will be let out of the bottle on October 5th, which will include a super-duper new anamorphic transfer (featuring a new version of the film upgraded with new animation) and a Dolby Digital 5.1 “Enhanced Home Theater” surround track. The considerable supplementary materials will boast two audio commentary tracks, a documentary, deleted sequences (including a new musical number “Proud of Your Boy” by composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken), a pop-up trivia subtitle track, extensive still galleries, storyboards, pencil tests, a virtual carpet ride, 3-D tour of Genie’s lamp, sing-along songs, set-top games, “A Whole New World” music video, theatrical trailers, and DVD-ROM material to be announced.
Also just announced from Buena Vista Home Entertainment is the sleeper hit Calendar Girls, which hits stores on May 4th. Featuring a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, extras include a featurette and deleted scenes.
On June 22nd comes the nasty comedy Bad Santa, which is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1, and includes a featurette, deleted scenes and outtakes, and a a tribute to John Ritter.
Office Politics
And then there is The West Wing: The Complete Second Season, which Warner Home Video will release on May 18th. This four-disc box set will feature 1.78 anamorphic widescreen transfers and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround tracks, plus the usual plethora of supplementary material: audio commentaries on four episodes by creator Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, the “Access Granted” and “Constructing Two Cathedrals” featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.