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  1.  The newest Pocahontas- but is it better?

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    Disneys 33rd animated classic Pocahontas was first released on the big screen in 1995. It was in 1996 that it was first released on video in the UK under the banner Walt Disney Classics. A Letterbox Laserdisc and a Deluxe CAV LaserDisc Edition both under the banner A Walt Disney Masterpiece were also released in 1996. All 1996 VHS and Laserdisc releases were superseded by the first UK DVD release in 2001 which like the VHS was also released under the same albeit redesigned banner Walt Disney Classics. This was then superseded by the 2005 2-Disc Special Edition DVD which itself was superseded by the 2009 Musical Masterpiece Edition. And now we have the newest 2012 Blu-ray.

    The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD set the bar- so is the Blu-ray better?

    This single disc Blu-ray contains a beautiful Full HD 1080p image. This is the kind of film that HD is designed for as it looks stunning. The film included is only the original. The extended version sadly is not. It is in an Anamorphic 1.66.1 aspect ratio. As is expected and should be in todays world the picture is designed for a 16.9 widescreen television. The film would have actually been presented in cinemas in 1.85.1 for a more cinematic look. This tradition of animating Disney films at one scale and then presenting it at another for cinema has been around since 1955 with Disneys first cinemascope animated feature Lady And The Tramp. Equally as stunning as the picture, this time around we have uncompressed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. A 7.1 mix would have been nice, but hey you can't have everything.

    When it comes to special features you have The Making of Pocahontas, If I Never Knew You deleted song (the sequence that had been part of the extended version on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD- this time it is not integrated into the film), The Music of Pocahontas and Deleted Scenes.

    All in all, if you're looking for the best version of the original film, this Blu-ray is what you're looking for. However, there are a huge range of special features from the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD that have not been carried over. Most of us already know that Disney re-release their animated classics every 7 years or so, so chances are, if Blu-ray is a prevailing home media format which in my opinion it will be, we may see a better Blu-ray package in the future.

  2.  Extended Pocahontas

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    Disneys 33rd animated classic Pocahontas was first released on the big screen in 1995. It was in 1996 that it was first released on video in the UK under the banner Walt Disney Classics. A Letterbox Laserdisc and a Deluxe CAV LaserDisc Edition both under the banner A Walt Disney Masterpiece were also released in 1996. All 1996 VHS and Laserdisc releases were superseded by the first UK DVD release in 2001 which like the VHS was also released under the same albeit redesigned banner Walt Disney Classics. This has since been superseded by this 2005 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

    This DVD is essentially the UK version of the US 2-Disc Set that was also released in 2005 under the banner 10th Anniversary Special Edition. In fact the UK version was released before the US one. Both the UK and US versions feature a new transfer in an Anamorphic 1.66.1 aspect ratio. As is expected and should be in todays world the picture is designed for a 16.9 widescreen television. All in all, the picture is a vast improvement over the previous VHS Laserdiscs and first DVD. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) the aspect ratio of 1.66.1 is the full animated negative ratio. The film would have actually been presented in cinemas in 1.85.1 for a more cinematic look. This tradition of animating Disney films at one scale and then presenting it at another for cinema has been around since 1955 with Disney's first cinemascope animated feature Lady And The Tramp. An The sound of Dolby Digital 5.1 is comparable to the previous DVD. The main featured version of the film on this 2-Disc Special Edition DVD is a new extended version. What has been added is the song If I Never Knew You sung by Pocahontas to John Smith when he is captured in the tent towards the end of the film. This had been animated in pencil test form when the film was first made so the scene already existed. It was however fully animated for the release of this 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Also in this extended version of the film is some additional dialogue and a reprise of If I Never Knew You at the very end as John Smith prepares to leave. With special edition versions of films it can often be understood why material is cut out of the film, but in this case it's astounding to me that they cut it. It has so much beauty and heart to the story, and I do believe this extended version is the superior version of the film.

    When it comes to special features Disc 1 of the UK 2-Disc Special Edition DVD has an audio commentary, Disney Sing Along Songs of Just Around The River Bend and Colours of the Wind- both taken from Disney Sing Along Songs Colours of the Wind the original Colours of the Wind music video by Vanessa Williams a Follow Your Heart set-top game and Disneys Art Project featurette. Disc 2 of the UK 2-Disc Special Edition DVD has Abandoned Concept and Deleted Animation The Making of Pocahontas, Creating Pocahontas With Glen Keane, Early Presentation and James Pentecost Introduction Storyboard to finished film comparison The Music of Pocahontas Behind The Scenes Of If I Never Knew You and If I Never Knew You performed by Jon Secada and Shanice Wilson. The US 10th Anniversary 2 Disc Set has the same special features.

    This 2005 UK DVD was superseded by the inferior UK exclusive 2009 Musical Masterpiece Edition DVD and the less inferior 2012 UK Blu-ray.

  3.  The First DVD of Pocahontas

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    Disneys 33rd animated classic Pocahontas was first released on the big screen in 1995. It was in 1996 that it was first released on video in the UK under the banner Walt Disney Classics. It was superseded by this first UK DVD release in 2001 which was also released under the same albeit redesigned banner Walt Disney Classics.

    This DVD was essentially the UK version of the US DVD that had been released in 2000 under the banner Walt Disney Gold Collection. Both the UK and US versions featured the film in a Non-Anamorphic 1.66.1 aspect ratio. Non-Anamorphic meaning the picture was designed for a 4.3 almost square television. So when you watch it on a 16.9 widescreen television you will see black bars all the way around the image left right above and below. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) the aspect ratio of 1.66.1 is the full animated negative ratio. The film would have actually been presented in cinemas in 1.85.1 for a more cinematic look. This tradition of animating Disney films at one scale and then presenting it at another for cinema has been around since 1955 with Disney's first cinemascope animated feature Lady And The Tramp. When this Pocahontas DVD was first released with the non-anamorphic picture in 2001 not only was the fact that it was non-anamorphic disappointing but the picture transfer was considered poor itself as it had a very soft image very unlike the regular sharpness of DVD. The sound was Dolby Digital 5.1. When it comes to special features the UK and US versions are actually quite different. The US version has a Colors of the Wind music video by Vanessa Williams If I Never Knew You deleted song by Jon Secada and Shanice a trivia game DVD storybook theatrical trailer fun with nature booklet and bonus trailers for The Tigger Movie The Little Mermaid II Return to the Sea and Toy Story 2. This UK version on the other hand has a Making-Of featurette, Character Design featurette Storyboard to Film comparison In The Middle Of The River Abandoned Concept Colors Of The Wind as a multi-language reel a Follow Your Heart interactive game and the aforementioned If I Never Knew You deleted song by Jon Secada and Shanice.

    This 2001 UK DVD was superseded by the 2005 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

  4.  The NEW Very Merry Christmas Songs

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    In the 1980s Disney released Disney's Sing Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs on VHS. This program featured Christmas songs with scenes from Disney cartoons on screen along with the words, often highlighted by a Mickey Mouse head. It lasted 30 minutes and had the following songs- Deck The Halls, Up On The Housetop, Joy To The World, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Here Comes Santa Claus (At Disneyland), Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
    In 2002, Disney released Disney's Sing Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs on DVD. Unlike what the ... Editorial Review states, this version lasts 54 minutes, and not just 30 minutes. This new DVD edition features the same songs from the VHS version, along with some additions. These include- a new version of Jingle Bells, Toyland, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, The Best Christmas Of All, White Christmas, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Rock, As Long As There's A Christmas and Seasons Of Giving.

    This program on DVD is just great for the children just as it was on VHS so I do recommend it. The special features which include a Words Of The Season Vocabulary Game, a Very Merry Musical Game and Create-A-Card Activity are also great fun for the children and very appropriate for this kind of DVD.

    Buy Disney's Sing Along Songs: A Very Merry Christmas and have a very merry Christmas!!

  5.  Circle of Life - Extended

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    This Disney DVD Sing Along Songs is an extended version of the original VHS tape that cuts out the original Jiminy Cricket intros. For a newer generation of kids it gets straight to it. The new additions are Jungle Rhythm, Hakuna Matata, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Yummy Yummy Yummy, W-I-L-D. I think it also cuts out Following The Leader that featured on the VHS edition.

    Recommended for Lion King fans.