Pinocchio, Transporter 3 on DVD/Blu-ray, Howard the Duck on DVD & South Park
Truly a feast for the eyes and ears, Swift's ageless fantasy comes to life in this cel-animated Technicolor musical. In the film, Gulliver washes ashore on the mysterious island of Lilliput, where all the inhabitants stand no more than a few inches tall. Gabby, the Lilliput town crier, discovers Gulliver unconscious on the beach, and alerts King Little who sends a mob of townspeople to capture the "giant." Once awake, Gulliver's size and strength frightens the Lilliputians, but they soon realize that befriending Gulliver gives them a powerful advantage over their rival neighbors, the equally tiny Blefuscudians. Caught in the feud between the two kingdoms, Gulliver resolves the conflict and reunites a prince with his princess before sailing away in one of the "hap-hap-happiest" endings of all time.
Backed by Paramount and utilizing the talents of 600 of the best artists, Max and Dave Fleischer created GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, one of the most complicated and detailed animated features ever produced. Their staff toiled for over two years, using 12 tons of paint and 39,000 pencils to create over 639,000 celluloids and 115,000 composite scenes. The "gigantic" titular character was animated using rotoscoping, a process which involves tracing live-action footage frame-by-frame -- one of several innovative animation techniques developed by the Fleischers and Fleischer Studios. Popular songs composed for the film include "All's Well," "It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day" and "Faithful Forever," all of which later became well-known standards.
By the late 1990s this animated gem had fallen into disrepair, but thanks to a close relationship with the Fleischer family, North Hampton Partners and animation expert Dr. Thomas R. Reich were able to secure a long-lost 35mm source print. State-of-the-art technology enabled the film to be meticulously revived, removing years of dirt and restoring damaged portions of the frames. GULLIVER'S TRAVELS was then color corrected using 100% historically accurate palettes at Technicolor and was re-mastered for the first time ever in 16x9 (1080p High Definition). This entire process was done frame-by-frame without stretching characters or losing any image beyond standard vertical safe areas -- and the use of proprietary techniques actually enables more picture to be visible on the left and right sides of the frame than ever before.
Additionally, the original soundtrack was fully restored and supplemented by two newly enhanced sound options (Dolby Digital and 5.1) utilizing multi-track Foley techniques. The bonus Fleischer documentary THE MAKING OF A CARTOON as well as the two Gabby cartoons featured on the DVD and Blu-ray ("Swing Cleaning" and "King for a Day") were also restored.
PINOCCHIO on DVD and Blu-ray
The film that taught the world to "Wish Upon a Star" shines brighter than ever when Walt Disney's original classic, PINOCCHIO: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition is released from the Disney vault on March 10, 2009. Available for the first time in high-definition and 2-Disc DVD, PINOCCHIO is brilliantly restored with enhanced picture and sound unlike anything you've ever seen or heard before. This classic story of magic, adventure and loyalty will be available for a limited time only and comes loaded with bonus features that unlock the doors to the magical world of PINOCCHIO.
The special 2-Disc Blu-ray release not only includes a bonus standard definition DVD of the classic animated film in the same package, allowing viewers the opportunity to enjoy PINOCCHIO on a standard def DVD while they are preparing to upgrade to a 1080p Hi-Def Blu-ray experience in the near to present future, but provides viewers accessibility to Disney's popular BD-Live Network, a backstage pass for Blu-ray Disc owners to chat, video stream, participate in communal games and download exclusive content unavailable to general DVD owners.