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Cinderella Comes to the DVD Ball

As with the earlier BAMBI, CINDERELLA (1950) gets the complete digital treatment for its DVD debut on Oct. 4, 2005 as part of the select Disney Special Platinum Edition (Buena Vista Home Ent., $29.99), including 4K scanning of the original negative. The results are razor-sharp image and 5.1 audio. Voice work included Ilene Woods as Cinderella, Lucille Bliss as Anastasia and June Foray as Lucifer. Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske, with standout color and styling contributions from famed illustrator Mary Blair.

In fact, one of the invaluable archival assets of this two-disc set is the reconstruction of two unused songs, Cinderellas Work Song and Dancing on a Cloud, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, primarily from Blair. She is also the subject of a featurette. Other extras include a roundtable discussion of The Nine Old Men and a doc tracing the history of the project and what was deleted.

Bonus features include:* From Rags to Riches: The Making of Cinderella* The Cinderella That Almost Was: doc with newly discovered deleted scenes* 1922 CINDERELLA LAUGH-O-GRAM* Reconstructed deleted songs: The Cinderella Work Song, Dancing on a Cloud* From Walt's Table: A Tribute to Disney's Nine Old Men* The Art of Mary Blair* Storyboard to film comparison: The Opening Sequence* Still frame and slideshow galleries* Excerpt from THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB with Helene Stanley (1/24/56)* Original release and reissue trailers* CINDERELLA and Perry Como* CINDERELLA title song (audio only)* Seven unused songs (audio only)* Three radio programs* House of Royalty: Sally learns how to be a princess* The Royal Life: DVD-ROM design studio* Princess Pajama Jam* Sneak peek of the all-new movie CINDERELLA III* ESPN Classic's CINDERELLA Stories* All-new music videos: Disney's Circle of Stars "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "Every Girl Can Be a Princess" featuring Disney's animated princesses