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August 31, 2012

THE ARISTOCATS: Special Edition Blu-Ray & DVD Review

Available On Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital -- August 21, 2012
Combo Packs Include an All-New Exclusive Bonus Feature


Disney’s spectacular 20th full-length animated feature “The Aristocats” arrives for the first time ever in stunning Blu-ray high definition as a Special Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and Digital, on August 21, 2012. Featuring a beautiful new digital restoration and great new bonus features, “The Aristocats” invites audiences to relive all the tune-filled feline fun, comedy and adventure of this Disney classic.

The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song. The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”
“The Aristocats” Special Edition is a purr-fect treat for the whole family. It includes a brand new bonus featurette “The Lost Open” with Richard Sherman taking viewers through the storyboards of a never-before-seen alternate beginning which introduces a deleted character and a deleted song "How Much You Mean To Me” and “Court Me Slowly" written and performed by the Sherman brothers. This song demo was one of the few times Richard and Robert ever sang together.

Additional classic bonus features on “The Aristocats” Special Edition include the delightful deleted song, “She Never Felt Alone” and “The Great Cat Family (Excerpt),” which explores the history of cats.
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD)
Includes the movie and:
 The Lost Open: legendary songwriter Richard Sherman introduces an early story board iteration of an opening scene complete a deleted character named “the Maid” and demos for the deleted songs “How Much You Mean to Me” and “Court Me Slowly.”
 “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video
 Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”: This deleted song, complete with animation, will tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover, as Duchess explains to Thomas O’ Malley why she must return to her beloved owner Madame Bonfamille. Richard Sherman discusses the song he co-wrote with his brother Robert, which captures the special relationship between a pet owner and their animal. It’s a moving sequence that will stir everyone’s fondest memories of their favorite pets.
 The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs: A tribute to the legendary Disney songwriting team of Robert and Richard Sherman, with particular emphasis on “The Aristocats.”
 The Great Cat Family (Excerpt): This animated excerpt tells the history of cats from ancient Egyptians to the present.
 The Classic Disney short “Bath Day”: Figaro has been freshly bathed and perfumed by Minnie when he meets up with Lucifer and his gang who chase him. In the ensuing fight, the gang is fooled into beating up Lucifer and making Figaro the winner. But the victor is soon put back in the tub by Minnie.
 Disney Song Selection:
o “The Aristocats”
o “Scales and Arpeggios”
o “Thomas O’Malley Cat”
o “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”
2-Disc DVD Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD)
Includes the movie and:
 The Lost Open
 Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”
 The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs
 The Great Cat Family (Excerpt)
 Bath Day
 “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video
 Disney Song Selection

1-Disc DVD
Includes the movie and:
 Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”
 The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs
 The Great Cat Family (Excerpt)
 Bath Day
 Virtual Kitten Set Top
 The Aristocats Fun With Language Game
 The Aristocats Scrapbook
 Disney Song Selection:
o “The Aristocats”
o “Scales and Arpeggios”
o “Thomas O’Malley Cat”
o “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”
Disc Specifications:
Street Date: August 21, 2012
Direct Prebook: June 26, 2012
Distributors Prebook: July 10, 2012
Suggested Retail Prices: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
2-Disc DVD Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
High Definition & Standard Definition Digital = consumers should contact their preferred digital retailer for information and pricing
Run Time: Approximately 79 minutes
Rated: G in U.S./G in Canada
(bonus material not rated)
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1080p High Definition/1.78:1 DVD: Widescreen/1.78:1
Sound: Blu-ray: English, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; French and Spanish, 5.1 Dolby Digital DVD: English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages: English, Spanish, French
About The Walt Disney Studios:
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com.

Our Review:
DD has never seen The Aristocats before so I was excited to have gotten a copy of the movie for her. The film is about the adventure of a cat and her 3 kittens who stood to inherited the fortune that their owner (a retired opera singer) willed to them should she passed away. Upon learning this, Edgar tries everything possible to get rid of them. From dropping them off in the countryside to trying to lock the cats in a trunk which he planes to ship to Africa, The Artistocats must escape each time to make sure that they could stay with their owner. In the end, the will was rewritten, so that Edgar was left out of it completely. A charity foundation was also set up to provide a home for all of the stray cats in Paris. After watching the movie, DD and I checked out the bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD. She thought that the “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video was a lot of fun and she also liked playing The Aristocats Fun With Language Game.

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine

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