Older DVD Releases M-Z

MALEFICENT - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 97 min.***
The story behind Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the curse she put upon Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). See full review here.

THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH - Fullscreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 74 min., ****
Captivating feature-length compilation of the first three theatrical Pooh shorts.  This is the 25th Anniversary Edition.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, games, sing-along song, Carly Simon music video, animated short "A Day For Eeyore" and much more.

MONSTERS, INC. - Widescreen and Fullscreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 93 min.,*****
A little girl invades the monster world, causing havoc.  A monster hit and deserving of it.  Stars voices of :  John Goodman and Billy Crystal.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc collectors' edition, all-new animated "Mike's New Car", the award-winning short "For The Birds", commentaries, featurettes, outtakes, games and much more.

OLD YELLER - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 84 min., *****
A stray dog protects a frontier family.  One of the best family films of all time.  Stars:  Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker and Tommy Kirk.  EXTRA FEATURES: 

On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Bone Trouble" and much more.

THE OTHERS - Widescreen Edition, Rated PG-13, Running Time:  Approx. 104 min., ****
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. Positively chilling, made my top ten picks for 2001.  Stars:  Nicole Kidman.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, documentary, featurettes, trailer, still gallery and much more.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL - Widescreen (with full screen opening sequence), Rated PG, Running time: Approx. 130 min. ****
A small-time magician (James Franco) is transported to a fantasy land where three witches test his abilities. See full review here.

THE PARENT TRAP - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 129 min., *****
Separated twins plot to reunite their divorced parents.  A classic with double the fun.  Stars:  Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Donald's Double Trouble" and much more.

PETER PAN (PLATINUM EDITION) - Fullscreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 77 min.*****
The adventures of the Darling children in Never Land with Peter Pan.  This beautifully restored, high-flying, spirited classic is among Disney's finest.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2-disc edition that includes deleted songs, an alternate opening, a documentary "In Walt's Words", the 1952 featurette "The Peter Pan Story", games, music video and loads of extras. 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:  THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL - Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time:  Approx. 143 min.*****
Roguish pirate Captain Jack Sparrow chases cursed pirates around the Caribbean in search of treasure.  The best ride of the year!  Stars:  Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Two-disc set, audio commentaries, 19 deleted and alternate scenes, several featurettes, blooper reel, "Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color" episode about the park attraction and much more.

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 84 min.***
When a damaged gearbox ends his racing career, world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (the voice of Dane Cook) decides to try aerial firefighting. See full review here.

POLLYANNA - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 134 min., ****
An orphan girl brings happiness to a small town.  Prime Disney and the reason why Hayley Mills won a special Oscar.  Stars:  Hayley Mills and Jane Wyman.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Nifty Nineties" and lots more.

THE RESCUERS - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 76 min.****
Two brave mice set out to rescue a kidnapped orphan girl.  A classic from the Disney studios.  Beautifully restored on the DVD, that also features the award-winning True-Life Adventure "Water Birds" and the Silly Symphony classic "Three Blind Mouseketeers".  OTHER EXTRA FEATURES:  games, sing-along music video, never-before-revealed and rare animation art, music and behind-the-scenes secrets.

RIDING SHOTGUN - Fullscreen, Not Rated, Running Time:  Approx. 74 min.****
A man seeks to clear his name after being falsely accused of robbing a stagecoach.  A fast-paced Randolph Scott western with a good cast that includes Wayne Morris and Charles Buchinsky (Bronson).  EXTRA FEATURES:  two more Randolph Scott westerns - THE MAN BEHIND THE GUN and THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS.  A fantastic triple feature. 

THE SANTA CLAUSE:  SPECIAL EDITION - Widescreen (full frame edition also available), Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 97 min., *****
When divorced father Scott Calvin tries on Santa's suit, he becomes the new Santa Claus.  A bright, cheerful, inventive holiday classic.  Stars:  Tim Allen.  EXTRA FEATURES:  featurettes, a game, DVD-ROM features and more.

SANTA CLAUSE 2 - Two separate versions (Widescreen or Full-Frame), Rated G, Running Time: Approx. 104 min.****
In this whimsical sequel, Scott Calvin must marry by Christmas Eve in order to remain Santa Claus.  A very merry Christmas movie.  Stars:  Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, and Wendy Crewson.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, gag reel, seven deleted scenes, director commentary, music video and more.

SLEEPING BEAUTY - Fullscreen and widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 75 min. *****
Classic fairy tale about a sleeping princess who can only be awakened by the kiss of a prince.  The last fairy tale animated feature personally supervised by Walt Disney is a beauty!  EXTRA FEATURES:  2-disc special edition includes games, music videos, a sing-along song, Disney art project, making-of documentary, award-winning short "Grand Canyon" and lots more.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS - The Signature Collection, Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Rated G, Running Time: Approx. 83 min. ****
The story of a princess, prince, evil queen and seven dwarfs is still the fairest of them all. This is the first time the movie has become available on Digital HD but was released previously on a Blu-ray edition. While this beautiful film transfer looks the same as the previous Blu-ray release, there are a few new extras like an alternate storyboard sequence and some new background featurettes. Included are also some, but not all, of the extras from the last Blu-ray release. Snow White's debut on Blu-ray has much more for Disney collectors. But if you missed out on the first release or if you crave Digital HD, then this gem is for you.

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 126 min., ****
Shipwrecked family survives on a tropical island.  The definitive screen version of the literary classic.  Stars:  John Mills, Dorothy McGuire and James MacArthur.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Sea Salts" and more.

THE BUBBLE - Widescreen 3-D (Requires 3-D player, television and glasses - will output in 2-D on regular setups), Rated NR, Running Time: Approx. 91 min., Restoration*****
A young couple (Michael Cole and Deborah Walley) and their newborn baby are trapped in a town encased in a giant bubble.  See full review here.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 94 min. **** (movie ***)
A dinosaur confronts his fears and gains a human friend in this animated adventure from Pixar. This home video release with stunning picture and sound gets a higher rating than the movie itself. While the main feature is fun, it's the inclusion of the charming Oscar-nominated animated short "Sanjay's Super Team" that raises the bar on this Blu-ray. Among the extra goodies are several featurettes that delve into the making of this movie, some dinosaur info and even a piece on the crew's visit to a cattle ranch for inspiration. There are also deleted scenes, audio commentary, promotional clips and trailers. This edition digs up a wealth of material for family viewing - not just old bones. See movie review here.

TOMORROWLAND - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx.130 min. ***
Destiny leads a bright teen (Britt Robertson) and a disillusioned inventor (George Clooney) on a dangerous journey to a land locked in space and time. See full review here.

Walt Disney Animation Studios SHORT FILMS COLLECTION - Approx. 79 min.**** A compilation of 12 delightful Disney animated shorts. See full review here.

A magical history of the Disney Studio through several "behind-the-scenes" films and television shows.  Includes the 1941 feature "The Reluctant Dragon".  Priceless for collectors and fans of anything Disney.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, theatrical shorts about the Studio, several TV episodes, storyboards, galleries, etc.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES:  THE COMPLETE GOOFY - Running Time - Approx. 5 hrs., 26 min. *****
A compilation of Goofy's theatrical shorts from "Goofy and Wilbur" (1939) to "Aquamania" (1961).  Hilarious!  These moments from Walt's goofiest character are indeed a rare treasure.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, featurettes, publicity stills and drawings, and much more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES:  MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK AND WHITE - Running Time - Approx. 4 hrs., 16 min. *****
Mickey's first cartoon shorts, from "Steamboat Willie" (1928) to "Mickey's Service Station" (1935), are presented in their original black and white.  A wondrous collection that shows why Mickey is the world's most beloved character.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, featurettes, video and poster galleries and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  THE CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 275 min.*****
A 2-disc compilation of 36 Donald Duck shorts from "The Wise Little Hen" in 1934 to "Chef Donald" in 1941.  This delightful set is all it's "quacked" up to be.  EXTRA FEATURES:  A tribute to Donald's voice - Clarence "Ducky" Nash, publicity stills, storyboards and art galleries and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  MICKEY MOUSE IN LIVING COLOR - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 345 min.*****
A 2-disc celebration of Mickey Mouse's color cartoon shorts from "Society Dog Show" in 1939 to "The Simple Things" in 1953.  Includes his feature film appearances.  This treasure contains a wealth of material for fans of "The Mouse".  EXTRA FEATURES:  Interviews with the voices of Mickey and Minnie, Disneyland TV shows, rare Mickey Mouse Club color titles and lots more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  WALT DISNEY ON THE FRONT LINES - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 210 min.*****
A 2-disc set of rare and historic WWII-themed Disney productions.  Declassified military training films, animated shorts and the theatrical feature "Victory Through Air Power" are included as part of Walt's efforts on behalf of the War.  A must for all collectors that certainly takes flight.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Behind-the-scenes, poster galleries, art galleries, an uncompleted  "The Gremlins" gallery and hours more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  WALT DISNEY'S TOMORROWLAND - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 240 min.*****
A 2-disc exploration of the future through Walt Disney's imagination.  Includes episodes from the Disneyland TV series and the theatrical short "Eyes In Outer Space".  An out-of-this-world DVD set.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Interview with Ray Bradbury, a look at Walt's last project "EPCOT", publicity materials, futuristic production art, storyboards and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 5:  THE CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD, VOL. 2 - Fullscreen, Not rated, Running time:  Approx. 3 hrs. 50 min.,*****
Donald Duck's cartoon shorts from 1942 - 1946.  Some of Donald's best work, including the award-winning "Der Fuehrer's Face", is thrown in. Hard to duck! EXTRA FEATURES:  Interviews, featurettes, the Disneyland TV episode "A Day In The Life Of Donald Duck" and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 5:  DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s - 1960s - Original  theatrical aspect ratios, Not rated, Running time:  Approx. 5 hrs. 26 min., *****
A compilation of Walt Disney's shorts that didn't star his main characters.  Gems include his "Alice" comedies and two of my personal favorites:  "Ben And Me" and "The Brave Engineer".  Rare Indeed!!  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, commentaries, still frame galleries and much more.

WALT DISNEY'S TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES, Vol. 1-4 - Fullscreen, (US) Not Rated, Running Times are varied.*****
The wonders of nature are captured in four 2-disc sets that feature Disney's entire true-life adventure series.  Included are such award winners as "The Living Desert", "The Vanishing Prairie" and "White Wilderness".  Also in the collection is the rare fantasy "Perri", the amazing live-action story of the life-cycle of a squirrel from the author of "Bambi", Felix Salten.  As usual, the restorations of the feature films and the shorts are remarkable.  Each set is a "must-own" for collectors.  EXTRA FEATURES:  extensive documentaries, trailers, intros by Roy E. Disney, filmmakers' journals and behind-the-scenes materials.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT - Full Screen and Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 104 min. *****
A detective reluctantly tries to prove a toon is innocent of murder.  A breakthrough movie that's a true classic.  This two disc DVD is the best in Disney's VISTA Series.  Stars:  Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd.  EXTRA FEATURES:  featurettes, commentaries, all three Roger Rabbit theatrical shorts, and much more.

WRECK-IT RALPH - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running time: Approx. 101 min. **** Video game villain Wreck-It Ralph (the voice of John C. Reilly), on a quest to become a hero, brings havoc to the arcade in this animated adventure. See full review here.

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