We’ve learned this week that the Walt Disney Studios will be releasing in 2014 the animated classics The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty as part of its Blu-ray Diamond Edition collection.
This is the first time on Blu-ray Disc for the 1967 classic The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 19th animated motion picture and the last animated film that Walt Disney himself personally worked on. The press release from Disney states that there will be new bonus features on the disc, but nothing specific was listed. We’ll let you know when we learn more. Look for The Jungle Book Blu-ray Diamond Edition in February 2014.
This is the second time for a Blu-ray release for Disney’s 16th animated motion picture Sleeping Beauty (a beautiful Blu-ray release of the film happened in 2008). The upcoming Blu-ray of the 1959 film will contain “wondrous new bonus features” (or so we’re told). We’ll keep you posted on this, too. The Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Diamond Edition will be available October 2014, most likely in conjunction with Disney’s upcoming live-action film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as the title character which is coming to theaters Summer 2014.
The Walt Disney Studios has released seven Blu-ray Diamond Edition titles so far – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and Peter Pan. On October 1, 2013, they will release a Blu-ray Diamond Edition of The Little Mermaid. According to Disney, each Blu-ray 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.”
Do you collect Disney animated features on Blu-ray? Are you looking forward to seeing these Disney classics again in HD? Are you disappointed that we still haven’t gotten an announcement for Aladdin on Blu-ray? Let us know in the comments below.