Bambi: Diamond Edition

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Post by Ben » November 1st, 2008, 2:48 pm

I doubt it's a bootleg, but certainly is the Canadian version. Check it against my review and see if you have all the right bonus features.

I know after losing two copies of The Little Mermaid in the mail from Amazon that by the time I got one it lacked a slipcase or the Disney Insider inserts. Luckily James was able to help me out with the slipcase so it matched my other Platinums. Slipcases and inserts are often only included in initial printings, so it's quite possible that Bambi's have now been discontinued.

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Post by Neal » November 1st, 2008, 7:04 pm

Okay. Do you know about Disney's replacement policies?

I hope I'm not S.O.L.
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Post by Daniel » November 1st, 2008, 9:10 pm

Here you go. :)

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Bambi: Diamond Edition

Post by Dusterian » December 9th, 2010, 8:35 pm

Is it okay if I make a thread just for this?

I have a question, the front page says "The film will feature a newly enhanced digital restoration", but I can't find where Disney officially says that, not in the press release.

Here's the press release, by the way:

Bambi: Diamond Edition Press Release

DISNEY ADDS A NEW GEM TO THE BLU-RAY™ DIAMOND COLLECTION

Walt Disney’s BAMBI Diamond Edition

Releases From The Disney Vault on March 1, 2011

Burbank, Calif., December, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of BAMBI to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection line-up of Disney’s greatest animated-classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, BAMBI Diamond Edition features the loveable and adorable wide-eyed fawn and his forest friends in Blu-ray high-definition on March 1, 2011.

The Diamond Edition debut of BAMBI, Walt’s fifth full-length animated classic, is an endearing tale about a young prince of the forest who learns valuable life-lessons about friendship, love, and the miracle of life. The movie is a must-own coming-of-age story that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has especially packaged with families in mind – providing the ultimate, interactive hi-def home entertainment experience with a newly enhanced digital restoration, enhanced picture and sound, games, activities and more.

The new BAMBI Diamond Edition will be available as a 2-Disc Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada, a High Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $19.99 US/$39.99 Canada, and/or a Standard Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $14.99 US/$24.99 Canada. Those who wish to own the standard definition DVD version of BAMBI will need to wait seven additional weeks – until April 19, 2011.

Disney’s new “Second Screen” technology, which is being introduced for the very first time on the BAMBI Diamond Edition release, will further transform the at-home movie watching experience by empowering viewers with the ability to engage with film content on multiple media platforms and bring them to life in their own hands at the touch of a button. By simply downloading the new Disney Second Screen App onto an internet-connected computer or iPad™* and synching it to the movie, consumers will instantly be able to dive deeper into the film by engaging with fun interactive elements like animated flipbooks, galleries, photos, trivia and more.

Film Synopsis:
As morning light breaks across the meadow, a young deer named Bambi is born and hailed as ‘Prince of the Forest.’ Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful yet lovable skunk. But the fun of nibbling on fresh blossoms and frolicking through the woods is only the beginning. Exploring his new world, and guided by the wisdom of Friend Owl,Bambi learns valuable life lessons with every adventure – experiencing the power of friendship, family, and love along the away.

The Making of the Film:
BAMBI was Walt Disney’s fifth animated full-length feature film which released in 1942 during World War II and took approximately five years in the making due to the exquisite artwork and attention to detail of each and every scene, character and figure. The artwork itself was created by some of the legendary “nine old men,” including Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl and Eric Larson and in order to achieve the film’s unprecedented level of realism, animators modeled anatomical studies using live animals (including a pair of fawns named Bambi and Faline) and imbued each with a uniquely endearing personality. Bambi’s delightful forest home received the same painstaking attention to detail, as background artists painted hundreds of landscapes based on extensive field research and nature photographs.

Walt Disney broke the longstanding animation tradition by casting child actors in the roles of Bambi’s young animals, including Bobby Stewart as Baby Bambi, Donnie Dunagan as Young Bambi, Hardie Albright as Adolescent Bambi and Peter Behn as Young Thumper. The cast also includes Sam Edwards as Adult Thumper, John Sutherland as Adult Bambi, Paula Winslowe as Bambi’s Mother and Sterling Holloway (the voice of Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book’s Kaa, the snake) as Adult Flower.

Film Accolades:
BAMBI was nominated for three Academy Awards® for Best Song (“Love Is a Song,”), Best Sound Recording, and Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. To date, BAMBI is No. 3 on the list of American Film Institute’s Top 10 Animated Films of All Times. And in 2004, the movie was commemorated with a first-class U.S. postage stamp and in the 1990’s the film inspired astronomers to name a pair of asteroids after the adorable characters – Thumper (April 20, 1993) and Bambi (October 17, 1995).

Bonus Features:

Backstage Disney:

· Inside Walt’s Story Meetings-Enhanced Edition – A fascinating, multi-tiered, interactive story-telling experience. Go back in time with dramatic voice re-enactments of the moments with Walt that led to the creation of this classic film.
· 2 Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes
· Deleted Song: “Twitterpated”
· Blu-ray Galleries—A collection of the extraordinary images originally created as part of the design process for BAMBI.

Family Play: Games & Activities:
· Disney’s Big Book of Knowledge: BAMBI Edition— An interactive educational gaming experience that uses the film as a learning tool. Players can customize their own Big Book of Knowledge and learn all about forest creatures, seasons andmore! Each time a player completes a task, they are rewarded with new stickers to decorate their Big Book of Knowledge.

Digital Exclusive:
· The Golden Age

Classic DVD Bonus Features:
· The Making Of BAMBI: A Prince Is Born—A comprehensive look at the making of BAMBI covers the story, the characters, the actors, the art design, the music and the history of Walt Disney’s classic film using behind the scenes footage, production stills, animation, artwork and multiple interviews withperformers and behind the scenes participants.
· Tricks of the Trade (excerpt)—In an episode from the 1957 Disneyland TV show, Walt narrates the story of the multiplane camera, an animation innovation crucial to the production of BAMBI.
· Inside the Disney Archives—Disney Supervising Animator Andreas Deja guides viewers through Disney’s Animation Research Library, where artwork from past Disney animated feature films is stored, including early story sketches of Bobo the rabbit,” (who became Thumper), glass paintings made for the multiplane camera and more.
· The Old Mill—Winner of the 1937 Academy Award® for Best Short Subject/Cartoon, The Old Mill was a testing ground for several techniques critical to Walt’s artistic vision for BAMBI, including the multiplane camera, animating realistic animals and experimenting with such natural occurrences such as wind, rain and lightning.

About Disney’s Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection:
Disney’s Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.
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Re: Bambi: Diamond Edition

Post by James » December 9th, 2010, 11:23 pm

Dusterian wrote:Is it okay if I make a thread just for this?

I have a question, the front page says "The film will feature a newly enhanced digital restoration", but I can't find where Disney officially says that, not in the press release.

Here's the press release, by the way:

Bambi: Diamond Edition Press Release

DISNEY ADDS A NEW GEM TO THE BLU-RAY™ DIAMOND COLLECTION

Walt Disney’s BAMBI Diamond Edition
Releases From The Disney Vault on March 1, 2011

Burbank, Calif., December, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of BAMBI to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection line-up of Disney’s greatest animated-classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, BAMBI Diamond Edition features the loveable and adorable wide-eyed fawn and his forest friends in Blu-ray high-definition on March 1, 2011.

The Diamond Edition debut of BAMBI, Walt’s fifth full-length animated classic, is an endearing tale about a young prince of the forest who learns valuable life-lessons about friendship, love, and the miracle of life. The movie is a must-own coming-of-age story that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has especially packaged with families in mind – providing the ultimate, interactive hi-def home entertainment experience with a newly enhanced digital restoration, enhanced picture and sound, games, activities and more...

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Post by Ben » December 10th, 2010, 5:57 am

Wow...did we REALLY need to be quoting all that again over something that is a given?

Dusty, ALL of Disney's new Blu-ray editions feature newly restored HD transfers ("titles represent the highest level of picture and sound"), so apart from the fact that you can pretty much assume that, a proper read of the facts is obviously in order!

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Post by Dusterian » December 10th, 2010, 4:06 pm

Well, I'm embarassed! I swear I read that part without seeing that! Sorry.

But I do believe that in an interview during Sleeping Beauty's restoration, the woman you interviewed said that some of the older restorations done for the DVD's were done in HD, so that those same transfers could, and would be used for the Blu-rays. I think it also had to do with the fact they were done from the original negatives, and only the ones that hadn't been done from the original negatives would be re-done for Blu-ray.

So, does "newly enchanced" only mean that it's the old Platinum Edition restoration, just "enchanced", and what do they even mean by "enchanced"?
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Post by EricJ » December 10th, 2010, 5:56 pm

Maybe they misspelled "enchanted", for a magical new picture quality. :mrgreen:
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Post by Ben » December 10th, 2010, 7:17 pm

Dusty...really...give it a rest. It's going to look great. And Blu-ray is HD, HD is Blu-ray. It's just the format for delivery. Disney digital restorations = Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Snow White, Fantasia, Bambi, etc... they're all mastered and remastered for their new Blu-ray editions in the same way.

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Post by Dusterian » July 6th, 2011, 3:16 pm

Ben, you're the guy who said "for once, all the hype and praise given to Disney is right, Bambi is now a true classic"?

I couldn't find that in the Diamond Edition review...

But I was wondering why you said that. Don't you think a lot of Walt Disney's films, or even newer films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, are true classics, and deserve their hype and praise?

I did want to say I agree so much that Bambi has a big flaw in turning from one of the most scarring moments in cinema history to happy happy springtime! In fact, I'd say that change is more scarring, perhaps the thing that does scar if only they made the change smoother.

Do you think that if they opened the next scene of the film with a calm, beautiful pan of the forest in spring instead of the gay little springtime song it would be a better transition?

But I also find the grown up voices of the animals to be a little too jarring, I find all the meetings of their mates to be too basic with just instinct and rather disturbing animal sexiness, and while I do agree the first half of the film is better, I think "I Bring You A Song" has got to be one of the best, most artistic Disney romance scenes in history! You gotta admit it is very artistic and beautiful at least.
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Post by Ben » July 8th, 2011, 4:42 am

- Who said my quote was from the Diamond Edition review?

- I think the transition from the fade out to coming in on the happy springtime song would have just been helped by a longer fade, to enforce the dramatic impact. I think the LaserDisc placed a side change there, which certainly helped. A longer pause of three or four seconds would just give us time for that moment to sink in, but I'm guessing Walt didn't want to extend out the trauma for longer than needed and pushed to have the brighter mood prevail.

- I love the older voices, especially the Rooney-esque Thumper. I agree that I Bring You A Song is extremely artistic, but it would belong more in Fantasia and feels, to me at least, like a bit of filler and it stops the movie flat. But it just about works, given that Bambi is very lyrical anyway, and is extraordinary to look at given the way it was painted and shaded frame by frame.

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Post by Whippet Angel » July 8th, 2011, 11:36 pm

I actually agree with Dusty on the I Bring You a Song sequence. I'm a huge fan of the film, and that scene is probably my favorite. :D

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Post by Dusterian » July 9th, 2011, 11:19 pm

Oh, well Ben, I don't know where you said that quote. I just thought that you thought that many other Disney films were "true classics" just like Bambi, and I never thought Bambi would ever not be true classic!

So you think only a longer pause would be necessary. You may be quite right, I know that would at least work very well. But the "gay little springtime" song annoys me still, I wish they went with some kind of different song or different opening to the next scene.

Yay, you do appreciate I Bring You A Song! I didn't think it stopped the film, I thought it added a lot to it in the same way that the previous half had beautiful moments of art like "Little April Shower", I love that moment so much! But if you still disagree, okay, it's just that both moments are too beautiful not to have, true cinematic and feeling stuff.

Thanks Whippet Angel. I think it may be my favorite moment too, after "April Shower", and it may be my favorite Disney love song! It's so deep and wistful.
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