DVDizzy got the news earlier today: Package features Fun & Fancy Free and The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad are finally getting a release! What's interesting is that Ichabod is getting a stand-alone release, but Fun & Fancy Free will only be available with a "2-movie collection edition" of Ichabod... That's kind of strange, but either way, it's great that these films are finally coming to Blu-ray...
Now if only we knew the status on Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros...
Unsurprisingly, the cover artwork is lifted from the 2000 Gold Classic Collection DVD... Poor Mr. Toad! He should be on the cover too!
Next up, 1971 live action/animation hybrid Bedknobs & Broomsticks. This is one I saw coming. In 2008, Disney had fully jumped into the Blu-ray world with the release of Sleeping Beauty. However, they released some DVD-only editions of various films in 2009 and 2010 such as this film, Pete's Dragon ("High Flying Edition"), The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective ("Mystery in the Mist Edition").
Then in 2012, Disney gave Pete's Dragon and The Great Mouse Detective the Blu-ray treatment. The Blu-rays were identical to these DVD releases: Same cover artwork, same edition name, same bonus features... Only differences were the audio and picture quality. I figured they'd do the same for Bedknobs & Broomsticks and The Black Cauldron soon, and now finally, Bedknobs has gotten the treatment. Unsurprisingly, the cover is the same as the 2009 "Enchanted Musical Edition" DVD.
Lastly, non-Disney Feature Animation title Mickey, Donald & Goofy: The Three Musketeers is getting the Blu-ray treatment the same day. Good for fans of the film.
With all these titles hitting in August, it makes me wonder what will be released this autumn. Or holiday season. Will we hear about Blu-rays of the remaining non-Diamond Disney animated films? Will we see more live action classics hit Blu-ray sometime this year? (*cough*20,000 Leagues*cough*)
I sure hope so, but hopefully these aren't rush-job Blu-ray release. Last year's batch produced mixed results: The Sword in the Stone and Mickey's Christmas Carol's picture quality, the lack of bonus features (typical of Disney when it comes to these titles) and many other hiccups... Let's hope these Blu-rays are at least worth picking up.