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May 7, 2002 – Four Disney Classics are Released in the Vault Disney Collection

On May 7, 2002, four classic Disney live-action films were released on DVD through the Vault Disney Collection: Swiss Family Robinson, Old Yeller, The Parent Trap, and Pollyanna. Although not the first home video release for these films, this was their first DVD release. Each release comes with a few special features, including a documentary about the film, as well as audio commentary from the surviving actors.

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April 16

April 16, 2013 – The Disneynature Film Wings of Life is Released on Blu-Ray

“A beautiful love story in danger.”

On April 16, 2013, the fourth Disneynature film Wings of Life was released on Blu-Ray, after a week-long engagement at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The film was originally released in France on March 16, 2011, under the title Pollen, and released in the United Kingdom as Hidden Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth. Produced by Blacklight Films, this French-American film takes a look at pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, and how they keep the ecosystem stable. The film was directed by Louie Schwartzberg, with the American version narrated by Meryl Streep.

March 6

March 6, 2007 – Peter Pan is Released as a Platinum Edition DVD

“The second start to the right shines with a light that’s rare, and if it’s Never Land you need it’s light will lead you there.”

On March 6, 2007, the animated feature film Peter Pan was released as part of the Platinum Edition DVD series, a special designation of the most popular Disney animated features. Along with a digitally restored version of the film, there were a multitude of features included on the set, such as a reading of a Walt Disney interview where he explains why he made Peter Pan. Sketches and abandoned concepts were also included on the DVD release. The film was returned to the vault on January 30, 2009.

February 28

February 28, 2006 – Lady and the Tramp is Released on 2-Disc Special Edition DVD

“Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, filled with memorable music and purebred fun, now shines like never before with an all-new digital restoration!”

On February 28, 2006, the animated feature film Lady and the Tramp was released on a 50th anniversary edition two-disc DVD; this marked the film’s first time being released on DVD. This was the sixth release in the Disney Platinum Edition line. The film was digitally restored, and several bonuses were included on the release, including a making-of documentary, the original 1943 storyboard version of the film, deleted sequences, and DVD games made for the release.

December 3

December 3, 1985 – Dumbo is Released on Home Video

“One of the true Disney masterpieces…”

On December 3, 1985, the Walt Disney animated feature film Dumbo was the third film to be released on home video as part of the new Walt Disney Classics line. The film was originally released in VHS form in 1981, but only for rental purposes; the 1985 release was when people could own their own copy to show a new generation from the comfort of their living room. The film would be continually released every so often, whether through a new Disney promotion line, or a new format.

October 9

October 9, 2001 – The Platinum Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Released

“The One That Started It All”

On October 9, 2001, the newest version of special edition Disney DVDs, known as the Platinum Editions, were released, beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This version of the film came with two discs filled with extras, including a documentary called “Still the Fairest of Them All: The Making of Snow White,” galleries featuring the evolution of character designs, and the newsreel footage of the film’s premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater. The film was restored to the technical height of the early 2000s, and featured audio commentary from historian John Canemaker, along with archival audio from Walt Disney. The release was discontinued on January 31, 2002.

April 19

April 19, 2005 – The First Disney Films are Released on PSP

On April 19, 2005, two films from the Disney catalog were made available on the new Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform. The two films were Walt Disney Pictures’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Miramax’s Kill Bill Vol 1. The PSP includes a special Universal Media Disc drive that can play movies and games. Three other titles were announced to be released on the platform: National Treasure, Reign of Fire, and Hero.