Friday, May 16, 2014

3 Diamonds, 1 Year


Disney's Diamond Edition collection, as we all know, is the successor to the Platinum Edition series. The Platinum Edition series functioned as the home for the "definitive" editions of select Disney animated classics on DVD, packing features that were not on previous home video releases of these titles.

However, a little something called Blu-ray hit stores in 2006. Disney began releasing not-so-hot titles on the format very early on, from some then-recent live action films to films like Dinosaur and Chicken Little. Between mid-2006 and mid-2008, Disney released the following Platinum Editions: The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. All of them were released on DVD, not Blu-ray.

But then Disney went against the grain for the fall 2008 Platinum Edition release: Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty was simultaneously released on 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD. This was the second-to-last Platinum Edition release. The last one was Pinocchio in spring 2009, and that was released on both formats as well.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs then kicked off the Diamond Edition collection, the Blu-ray editions of the films would pack the goodies. By this time, DVD was slowly but surely becoming the general consumer format while Blu-ray catered to the film buffs. Now if Blu-ray wasn't invented until about mid-2009, Disney could've released all the Platinum titles on DVD only. But since they really leaped into the format in 2008, those two Diamond titles already got the Blu treatment.

This was especially frustrating when it was announced that Sleeping Beauty would be this fall's Diamond Edition title, because a good number of us already own that film on Blu-ray and were hoping that the likes of Aladdin or One Hundred and One Dalmatians would get the Diamond treatment sooner. But because Sleeping Beauty is next, we have to wait a little while for one of those two films in Spring 2015.

But I bring this up again because it had dawned on me the other day that a certain other Diamond title that's already on Blu-ray may get the treatment next year... Pinocchio.

Pinocchio turns 75 in 2015. Disney will most likely want to take advantage of that, since the film is often called the greatest animated film of all time. Disney themselves have played that praise up too, over the years, even when the film first hit home video in 1985. I can definitely see Disney releasing that film on Blu-ray in either spring or fall 2015... But that means we'll have to wait till 2016 to get either Dalmatians or Aladdin.

The demand for Aladdin is super high, and contrary to what some at the company supposedly think, Aladdin is still a very popular film that people today still love it, even if some of the humor hasn't aged well. If the wooden-head hits Blu in spring 2015, then we wait for Aladdin to come out in the fall, and then Dalmatians rounding it all off in spring 2016... But do we want to wait that long for one of those films that's not on Blu-ray in North America yet?

Before anyone says, "Import them: They're both out in Europe": The Diamond Editions may come with brand new bonuses that won't be on the European editions. Also, I'm a consistency freak with packaging - but I understand that's a me problem.


Anyways, what if Disney were to release all three of the remaining Diamond Edition titles in 2015?

One in February, one in June and one in October... All of them can vault in the next 1-2 years, so why not?

We can get Pinocchio in February since the film first opened in February 1940 (perfect timing), Aladdin can be the June release so we can get it sooner (and so Disney can use it to promote the Broadway show), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians will round it all out in the fall...

Plus, Disney should release the remaining non-Diamond classics on Blu-ray in 2015 if not all of them hit this year. 2015 will be the year we finally get every classic on Blu-ray. Just think about that!

Could Disney possibly go against the "two Diamonds a year" thing and give us all 3 of the remaining films on Blu-ray? Or not? Sound off below!

3 comments:

  1. Wait...... How does Disney think people stop liking Aladdin anymore? Everyone I know loves the film and loves Genie.....his jokes still holds up to me........how?

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  2. Remember, one side of the company "supposedly" thinks that 'Aladdin' isn't much of a sell anymore...

    This rumor could explain the film not being in the Diamond Collection back in 2009, as the press release doesn't list it: Though to be fair, 'Fantasia'/'Fantasia 2000' was the title replacing it at the time. That was removed from the collection in early 2010, 'Aladdin' got back in. - If you remember, the 'Lady and the Tramp' Blu-ray has an insert that said 'Aladdin' would be the spring 2013 Diamond Edition.

    This all stems from the 2004 DVD, which reportedly sold well but didn't move as much units as the other Platinum Edition titles. People sort of ran with these rumors of the DVD being a flop or something, it's all very convoluted. Why it didn't sell as much as the others, who knows. Still, it's strange that the film was given a Diamond release sooner - considering that it was an early Platinum title.

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  3. What's sad is that I am myself a film buff but still can't afford Blu-ray for personal reasons.

    But anyway, I always thought that the reason Disney was thinking that Aladdin wasn't that big of a seller was because of the massive amount of people losing their minds over The Lion King every time it's re-released. But I realized that you're probably right. They're most likely trying to focus on the anniversaries of Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio in 2015 and then release Aladdin and 101 Dalmatians in the next year or so.

    Either way, it still doesn't make any sense.

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