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    Cinderella: Platinum Edition DVD (press release)

    The Vault Opens on Walt Disney’s Original Classic
    For The First Time EVER on DVD -- October 4, 2005!

    Walt Disney’s


    DVD Debut Accompanied By A Magical Slate of Company-wide Activities

    World’s Greatest Fairytale is a Digitally Restored DVD Dream Come True Including
    All-New Bonus Features and Enhanced Picture and Sound

    BURBANK, California, May 2005 – The glass slipper finally fits … on October 4, Buena Vista Home
    Entertainment (BVHE) proudly debuts the long-awaited two-disc Platinum Edition of Walt Disney’s
    original beloved classic, CINDERELLA. On DVD for the first time ever, the highly anticipated release
    has been digitally restored and loaded with bonus materials that allow viewers to extend their movie
    experience and transport themselves into the magical world of Cinderella, and to gain fascinating insight
    into the animated classic with never-before-scene bonus features and footage.

    The clock strikes midnight as one of Disney’s most popular fairytales makes her long-awaited DVD
    debut after having been unavailable in any form for almost 10 years -- as the sixth release in Disney’s
    celebrated “Platinum Edition” line. The CINDERELLA DVD plays off the theme of transformation
    found in the movie -- having undergone a painstaking restoration with the use of state of the art digital
    technology. DVD bonus features also play off this unique theme, demonstrating the fairytale’s integral
    part in the lexicon of pop culture with exciting bonus items such as the all new featurette ESPN
    Classics’ “Cinderella Stories” which showcases many of the most unbelievable “Cinderella” moments
    in sports history. An all-new DVD-ROM feature, “The Royal Life,” allows participants to scan their
    picture and become part of a fairytale world that they can create (read on for more complete bonus
    material details). Also returning on VHS, both the DVD and VHS editions will carry a suggested retail
    price of $29.99 (SRP). As well, a special DVD Collector’s Gift Set will accompany the release, priced
    at $49.99 (SRP).

    A major initiative across The Walt Disney Company, CINDERELLA activity will span beyond home
    entertainment to bring the magic of Cinderella to life. This includes an unparalleled Disney Consumer
    Products (DCP) partnership which will see the release of dozens of new products in all major retail
    categories, including toys, apparel, electronics, fast moving consumer goods, stationery, home furnishings
    and much more (from third quarter 2005, into the holidays and well into 2006).

    Nearly 10 years in the Disney vault, and not released theatrically since 1987, the twelfth feature film to
    come from The Walt Disney Company, CINDERELLA was produced by Walt Disney himself, and is
    one of only three films to have utilized the skills of every member of the formidable group of key
    animators that have been affectionately dubbed his “nine old men” (others are Alice in Wonderland and
    Peter Pan). Originally released in 1950, the film features the voice talents of Ilene Woods (Cinderella)
    and Eleanor Audley (the wicked Stepmother), while future talk show host Mike Douglas supplies the
    singing voice of Prince Charming.

    Nominated for three Academy Awards®, the film enjoyed theatrical releases in 1950, 1957, 1965, 1973,
    1981 and 1987, drawing more than 75 million moviegoers and grossing more than $350 million
    (combined box office, adjusted to current dollars). Since going back into the Disney vault after its VHS
    release in 1995, CINDERELLA has become the most requested Disney title for release, even above
    such classics as “The Lion King,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

    CINDERELLA “Platinum Edition” DVD
    Disc Contents/Bonus Materials

    Disc One

    Walt Disney’s Original Beloved Classic CINDERELLA feature film – beautifully restored!
    • All-new beautiful digitally restored picture, presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio 1:33.1
    • Vibrant 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix audio and the original theatrical soundtrack,
    meticulously restored.

    Bonus Materials
    All-New “Cinderella Stories” Presented by ESPN Classics:
    The phrase “Cinderella Story” is now synonymous with sports, and ESPN proudly presents the
    greatest Cinderella sports stories of all time as an exciting bonus feature. NFL Hall of Fame
    quarterback Joe Namath hosts video and audio profiles of some of history’s most inspirational truelife
    tales including his own great story, and also including: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team;
    North Carolina State‘s 1983 NCAA victory; Venus And Serena Williams stories; Kirk Gibson’s
    1988 World Series Home Run; Villanova‘s 1985 NCAA victory; Lance Armstrong’s story and more.

    Exciting Music Videos:
    • “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” – an exciting pop rendition of the signature Cinderella tune
    • “Every Girl Can Be A Princess” – an exciting animated montage voiced by Cinderella, from the
    Walt Disney Records release Disney’s Princess Tea Party CD

    Disc Two

    • “The Cinderella Work Song”
    • “Dancing On a Cloud”


    From Walt’s Table: A Tribute To Disney’s Nine Old Men
    During Walt’s golden age, he would frequently lunch with his top animators and story men at Los Angeles’
    famed Tam O’Shanter restaurant, where the team would discuss current projects. One of these was
    Cinderella – one of only three films all nine old men worked on (others with the collaboration: Alice in
    Wonderland and Peter Pan). For this one-of-a-kind bonus feature, the Cinderella DVD takes viewers back
    to the Tam O’Shanter for an informal discussion about Walt and his Nine Old Men -- with many of today’s
    top animators, each of whom have known and worked with one or more of them (including Glen Keane, Don
    Hahn, Mark Henn, John Musker, Ron Clements and Andreas Deja). Film critic Joel Siegel serves as host.

    All-New “From Rags To Riches: The Making of Cinderella”
    A fascinating all-new featurette giving insight into the creation of Cinderella and the history behind
    it, this definitive making-of show is divided into four sections:
    • “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes”
    • “Of Mice And Nine Old Men”
    • “A Perfect Fit: The Voices of Cinderella”
    • “Musically Ever After”

    All-New Featurette: “The Cinderella That Almost Was:”
    In doing research for the Cinderella DVD, a rare treasure was unearthed in the Disney Archives -- an
    envelope that had not been opened since 1949 in which there were photographs of a full set of
    storyboards for a version of Cinderella that is different from the final film as we know it. In the
    course of developing one of the world's most well-known fairy tales into an animated film, Walt and
    his creative team explored many ideas that ultimately did not work. Join Don Hahn, the Producer of
    Disney's Beauty And The Beast, on the journey to discover the Cinderella that almost was.

    The Art of Mary Blair:
    A look back at the remarkable career of one of Disney’s most talented and beloved art director/color
    stylists, responsible for the look of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Three Caballeros, Saludos
    Amigos, So Dear To My Heart, Disneyland’s It’s A Small World and many more.

    Storyboard To Film Comparison – Opening Sequence
    To assist in the animation of Cinderella, Walt Disney had most of the scenes involving human
    characters filmed using real actors, in costume. The storyboards for Cinderella provide a unique
    blend of Photostat copies of still frames from this film intermingled with traditional hand drawn
    artists’ renditions. This segment presents a split-screen for the opening sequence of the movie,
    comparing a sampling of these fascinating and unusual storyboards with the final film.

    1922 Cinderella Laugh-O-grams: Cinderella
    A fascinating look back at the early days of Walt Disney’s career, highlighting Walt’s unusual black
    and white, silent animation -- the earliest existing animation done by Disney.

    Excerpt From “The Mickey Mouse Club” With Helene Stanley (Original Air Date: January 24, 1956)

    Cinderella Art Galleries (with Slide Show Option)
    Exciting visual archives galleries include: Visual Development; Mary Blair Art; Character
    Design of Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, Stepsisters, Jaq and Gus, Lucifer, The Prince
    and Miscellaneous; Costume Design; Storyboard Art; Layout and Backgrounds; Live Action
    Reference; Production Photos and Publicity/Merchandise

    Theatrical Trailers
    A fascinating look into how the film was presented to audiences through the years including: 1950
    Original Release Trailer and Reissue Trailers from 1965, 1973, 1981 and two from 1987


    “The House Of Royalty”
    (Featuring Isaac Mizrahi, cast from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and more.
    Inviting viewers into a fantasy world of Princes and Princesses, this exciting feature stars Allison
    Stoner, “Sally” from The Disney Channel’s popular Mike’s Super Short Show – taking viewers to
    New York City and inside the trendy studio of celebrity fashion expert, Isaac Mizrahi, for an indepth
    look at princess style. Then, it’s onto Hollywood to see how the cast of “Extreme Home
    Makeover’ create the ultimate Princess room, and an exciting meeting with modern royalty, who
    demonstrate some of the finer points of royal tradition.

    The Royal Life DVD-ROM Design Studio

    All-New Princess Gown Designer: This great feature allows viewers the chance to choose from a
    palate of luxurious styles and accessories and assemble their own dream gown. Using the DVD-ROM’s
    capabilities, viewers can scan in a photo and see themselves as a fairytale princess. Then as
    a keepsake, they can print a copy of themselves at the ball and a pattern of their own unique design.

    Palace Designer: No princess should live without her castlehis feature allows viewers to design their
    own royal palace by choosing from a variety of historical designs including towers, flags, colors, and

    Dream Room Makeover: For anyone who’s ever imagined turning their bedroom into the perfect
    Princess bedroom, this DVD-ROM feature makes that dream come true! Viewers choose different
    room sizes -- to create a fairytale bedroom of their very own.

    Princess Pajama Jam
    This “follow the leader” style game features everyone’s favorite princesses, with music inspired
    from “Where Dreams Begin.” The DVD offers fun steps and moves from one princess world,
    transitioning with a change in music, to another world of rocking group fun.


    “Cinderella” Title Song (Demo Recording)
    Unused Songs (Original Demo Recordings)
    �� “Sing A Little, Dream A Little”
    �� “I’m In The Middle Of A Muddle”
    �� “The Mouse Song”
    �� “The Dress My Mother Wore”
    �� “Dancing On A Cloud”
    �� “I Lost My Heart At The Ball”
    �� “The Face That I See In The Night”

    Radio Programs
    • “Village Store” Excerpt – Original Air Date March 25, 1948
    • “Gulf Oil Presents” Excerpt – ca. 1950
    • “Scouting The Stars” – Original Air Date February 23, 1950

    Film Synopsis:
    With a wave of her wand and some “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother transforms an
    ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, and then sends her
    off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It
    will take the help of her daring animal friends Jaq and Gus and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the
    ultimate fairy tale ending.

    STREET DATE: October 4, 2005
    Suggested retail price: $29.99 (2-disc DVD) $29.99 (VHS)
    Feature running time: Approximately 76 minutes
    Rated: “G” -- Bonus DVD materials are not rated.
    DVD aspect ratio: Fullscreen (1.33:1)– the aspect ratio in which the film was originally created.
    Sound: All-New 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
    Restored Original Theatrical Soundtrack
    Languages: French and Spanish Language tracks

    Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized
    industry leader. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company
    for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista
    videocassettes and DVDs.

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    Somewhere in the Outer Rim territories...

    Oh yea!

    I'm so happy that I could squeak like a singing mouse.

    I knew requesting it three times a week would eventually pay off.
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    THANK YOU for posting!!! I am so glad to hear of this release!!!

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    WOW! Cinderella and Gay Days all in the same week oh my! I can't wait

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    This going to be a great release, tHANKS for posting this E.M. This is a ton for one DVD release.
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    Thanks for sharing. I can't wait for October to get my hands on this DVD!

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    Yes, Oct. 4th! Aladdin came out Oct. 5th of last year. See a pattern? First week of October = DISNEY MOVIE.

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    Next spring we'll see the release of the 2 disc platinum edition of Lady And The Tramp.
    Then on October 3, 2006 comes the 2 disc platinum edition of The Little Mermaid.

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    Re: Cinderella: Platinum Edition DVD (press release)

    So, has anyone bought Cinderella on DVD yet? Any reviews of it?

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    Re: Cinderella: Platinum Edition DVD (press release)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini Cricket
    So, has anyone bought Cinderella on DVD yet? Any reviews of it?
    Here's the review from

    It's a great set outside of a few obviously odd bonus features. I just watched the movie tonight. The transfer is stunning, and there are some wonderfully interesting documentaries on the second disc.

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