Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray, A Charlie Brown Christmas on Blu-ray, Plus More

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS: DIAMOND EDITION on Blu-ray, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to Blu-ray Blu-ray, DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! on Blu-ray, CONTACT on Blu-ray, and PEANUTS: I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS on DVD.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS: DIAMOND EDITION on Blu-ray, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to Blu-ray Blu-ray, DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! on Blu-ray, CONTACT on Blu-ray, and PEANUTS: I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS on DVD.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS: DIAMOND EDITION on Blu-ray

Dazzling All New ‘Diamond Collection’ Makes History Again -- Premieres October 6, 2009 on Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack Standard Definition DVD Available November 24, 2009

Burbank, Calif., August 28, 2009 – Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly marks two groundbreaking milestones with the highly-anticipated October 6 high definition debut of the most acclaimed animated movie ever made. Walt Disney’s original classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which made history in 1937 as the first full-length animated feature, is the premiere entry in a spectacular all-new product line—Disney’s Diamond Collection. And, in an industry first, the historic release will make its bow on Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (two Blu-ray discs + DVD) a full seven weeks before the Deluxe Two-Disc Classic standard definition DVD becomes available on November 24. Presented with flawless newly restored picture and 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition promises to set a new standard in home entertainment. The most immersive and highest level viewing experience ever available, it includes unparalleled features, exclusive and updatable high definition content, superior picture and sound, and much more. Perfectly timed for holiday gift giving and available for a limited time only, the historic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition comes with a spectacular assortment of all new bonus features, including: Blu-ray™ Bonus Features • Magic Mirror – Using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic magic Mirror guides the audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition features with ease, serving as the host for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognize viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate next. This marks the first use of this technology in a Disney Blu-ray release and provides viewers with the control to personally create a customized Snow White experience • DisneyView – Disney’s pioneering animated feature is brought to the modern era of widescreen high definition viewing by allowing the user to expand their viewing experience beyond the original aspect ratio of the film. Utilizing Disney Blu-ray technology, acclaimed Disney artist Toby Bluth was able to draw beyond the borders of the classic full frame cinema and fill the otherwise dark edges of the screen with beautiful custom imagery, giving audiences a new view of the animated classic favorite. • About Toby Bluth – Disney artist Toby Bluth tells how the movie inspired him to create the superb DisneyView art. • Audio Commentary with Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker • “The Princess and the Frog” Sneak Peek BACKSTAGE DISNEY: DIAMOND EDITION • Snow White Returns – Newly discovered storyboards suggest a brand new Snow White featurette that never got made. For the first time, current Disney animators show how this short story would have played. • Mirror, Mirror On The Wall – Through BD-Live, this mirror can find the secret princess inside each viewer, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call them on the telephone. • Hyperion Studios – Audiences are digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built where Snow White was conceived and developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark, experiencing life at Hyperion Studios in the 1930s. This amazing “Backstage Disney” feature contains newly dimensionalized archival photos, never-before-heard animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney’s gifted filmmakers crafted the very first animated feature. • The One That Started It All – This featurette reveals how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs forever changed the world of movies and the world at large.

MUSIC & MORE • “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Music video by Tiffany Thornton FAMILY PLAY (GAMES & ACTIVITIES) • What Do You See? – To win this exciting interactive game, players must untangle scrambled images. • Jewel Jumble – Players put jewels from the Dwarfs’ mine in the proper order to win this game. DVD Bonus Features • Audio Commentary with Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker • “The Princess and the Frog” Sneak Peek • Snow White Returns – Newly discovered storyboards suggest a brand new Snow White featurette that never got made. For the first time, current Disney animators show how this short story would have played. • The One That Started It All – This featurette reveals how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs forever changed the world of movies and the world at large. • “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Music video by Tiffany Thornton • Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride – An interactive set-top game for the whole family • Animation Voice Talent • Disney Through The Decades – A series of video segments with celebrity hosts • “Heigh-Ho” Karaoke Sing-Along • Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray™ Is Suite! • Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been unavailable in any form, since 2001. The film earned a 1939 honorary Academy Award® for “significant screen innovation which has charmed millions, and pioneered a great new entertainment field.” And now, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray becomes the ultimate home entertainment experience with state-of-the-art picture restoration and a pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound.

About Disney’s New Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection: The new Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated classics. The Blu-ray Diamond Edition Discs will be comprised of 14 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, only made possible by Blu- ray technology. About Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Celebrated as an entertainment landmark for over 70 years, the first full-length animated film ever made, and still the ‘fairest of them all,” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ world premiere represented a major milestone for the world of animation, a giant leap forward for The Walt Disney Company. It is one of the most beloved and most watched films in history. As one of the first films ever to be designated for preservation by the Library of Congress, it has been entertaining moviegoers and critics alike for decades. It is also the first film ever to have a motion picture soundtrack, as well as the first film that uses music to advance the story. To date, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been released theatrically a total of nine times. Synopsis: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the time-honored story of a beautiful princess whose blossoming beauty disturbs her stepmother the Queen. Each day the Queen asks a mysterious magic mirror the quintessential question: “mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all.” As long as the mirror answers the Queen’s name, all is well. However, when one day the mirror replies with Snow White’s name, the evil Queen begins her quest to kill the young girl, so she may once again be “the fairest of them all.” Snow White’s escape from the evil Queen’s plan leads her deep into the forest and to a small cottage where she meets, in one of the most famous scenes in motion picture history, the Seven Dwarfs. Once “off to work” they go, the wicked Queen persuades Snow White to take a bite of a poisonous apple that places a powerful sleeping curse on the young beauty. Heartbroken, the dwarfs make a glass coffin for their friend, because she is too beautiful to bury. Only when a handsome Prince — who had previously fallen in love with Snow White — finds her and kisses her, does she awaken, “to live happily ever after.” The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack is priced at $39.99 SRP and the 2-Disc DVD set is priced at $29.99 SRP. BLU-RAY STREET DATE: October 6, 2009 DVD STREET DATE November 24, 2009 Pricing: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack: $39.99 SRP 2-Disc DVD: $29.99 SRP Feature run time: 84 minutes Rated: G FastPlay™: FastPlay enabled (DVD only) Technical specifications may only apply to feature. Blu-ray Disc: Presentation: 1080p Hi-Def Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.33:1) Sound: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Languages: English SDH, French, Spanish Engish, SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles DVD: Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.33:1) Sound: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT), 5.1 DEHT English, French and Spanish Language Tracks Languages: English, French and Spanish Subtitles

About Snow White's Disney View: Walt Disney Studios, a leader in innovation, continues the latest advancement in home entertainment – Disney View -- bringing Walt Disney’s classic animation into today’s era of widescreen hi-definition viewing. Utilizing Blu-ray technology, viewers can now expand their viewing experience beyond a beloved film’s original aspect ratio. Drawing beyond the borders of classic full-frame cinema, Disney View fills the otherwise dark edges of the screen with beautiful original imagery created specifically to enhance the film-viewing experience. Over 18 watercolor panels of original artwork were commissioned by renowned artist Toby Bluth. An accomplished writer, director, designer and artist, Bluth served as Art Director for several Walt Disney Studio Productions including, “The Three Musketeers” as well as “The Tigger Movie”. A respected artist for Disney Art Editions and the Disney artist chosen to launch the Disney View feature with 'Pinocchio', Toby Bluth was the ideal artist to continue this visual innovation with Walt Disney's classic, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.A life-long admiration of Walt Disney’s creative achievements within animation reflects in Bluth’s passion for his craft. Inspired by legendary illustrator Gustaf Tengrenn, who Disney recruited to work on SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Bluth paid careful attention to the rich palette of Tengrenn’s prevalent style. The color and design of each panel was carefully matched to the direct scenes in the film. Lighting effects were added as each Disney View panel was then digitally enhanced to suit the environments of the film and to ease the eye into a widescreen environment. Walt Disney’s beloved animated feature films enter a new realm through Disney View, bringing today’s technology to classic entertainment, only with Disney Blu-ray on October 6, 2009.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on Blu-ray The holidays just wouldn't be the same without Charlie Brown's bittersweet story about his trying to find the true meaning of Christmas. First broadcast in 1965, the timeless A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS TV special instantly became a critical and commercial success. The Emmy and Peabody Award winning classic follows Charlie Brown as he suffers from a case of the holiday blues after he realizes how commercial Christmas has become. While visiting Lucy at her psychiatric booth, she advises he direct the school's Nativity play as a means to cope with his frustration. When he arrives at rehearsals, he's further aggravated when all the kids want to do is modernize the play. Charlie Brown remains steadfast in keeping the play traditional. His remedy is to include a Christmas tree as a way to capture the proper mood, however, all Charlie Brown is able to find is a short, spindly tree, prompting criticism from his classmates. As he begins to second guess himself, Linus saves the moment when he takes the spotlight, recites verses describing the Nativity and effortlessly manages to capture the true essence of the holiday. Blu-ray bonus material: --A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS -- An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper comic strip to animated life in a new medium. Under tense pressure and with many doubters, the show creators were able to create Peanuts in a new medium and make the show a smash success. --It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown -- Bonus episode which is the second Christmas-themed PEANUTS episode since A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Originally airing in 1992, this special is comprised of several Christmas-themed story lines involving the Peanuts gang.

DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray

* with vfx from Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues, among others. Originally adapted from the 1957 children's book, DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! tells the story of how the Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling creature, attempts to sabotage Christmas for all the merry and warm-hearted denizens of Whoville. As all the Whos in Whoville prepare to celebrate Christmas, the Grinch schemes to halt all noisy holiday celebrations by stealing Christmas trees and presents, presuming this will sadden all the Whos in Whoville. However, when Christmas morning finally arrives, all the Whos in Whoville are glad and sing in spite of not having a tree, presents or holiday feast. This leads the Grinch to think of something he hadn't before, that perhaps "Christmas doesn't come from a store -- maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!" DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! is narrated by Boris Karloff (FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY) and directed by animation legend Chuck Jones (LOONEY TUNES, WHAT'S OPERA, DOC?). The story was originally adapted to television as an animated TV special and was highly praised by audiences and film animation fans alike. It has been re-broadcast numerous times since its debut, with annual airings continuing to the present day. The original book was considered among one of Dr. Seuss' finest works for children. Blu-ray bonus material: -- From Whoville to Hollywood -- A rapping, rhyming chronical of the original book and this beloved animated adaptation. -- Songs in the Key of Grinch -- Interviews with composer Albert Hague and vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft. -- Who's Who in Whoville -- Biography Gallery. -- Grinch Song Selections -- Go right to your favorite songs. Includes: "Opening Song," "Trim Up the Tree," "Welcome, Christmas" and "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." -- TNT's How the Grinch Stole Christmas Featurette -- With Phil Hartman. -- Grinch Pencil Test -- Making Animation and Bringing it to Life -- audio commentary with animator Phil Roman and June Foray.

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! on Blu-ray Messages of peace, love and goodwill, are also imparted in the captivating, Peabody Award-winning animated television special DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! Also adapted from the published work of Dr. Seuss, this enchanting special was also produced by renowned animator Chuck Jones. DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! tells the story of a charming elephant named Horton who while frolicking in the jungle one day, hears a plea for help from Dr. Hoovey, resident professor of science of Whoville, a tiny planet no bigger than a speck of dust, which is inhabited by the microscopic Whos. Horton happily obliges to take care of the tiny Whos proclaiming "after all, a person is a person, no matter how small" and lays the teeny speck of dust on a clover blossom. Horton's jungle companions, however, claim he's "flipped his lid." They steal the clover and drop it into a great big patch of clovers over 100 miles wide! Horton, keeping his promise to protect the little Whos, laboriously searches the entire field in order to prevent their demise. Blu-ray bonus material: -- Two More Delightful Dr. Seuss Animated Stories: DR. SEUSS' BUTTER BATTLE BOOK and DAISY-HEAD MAYZIE. -- In Search of Dr. Seuss Documentary -- The story of Seuss's life is told via celebrity skits, music and animated clips from many of his best-loved stories. Hosted by Kathy Najimy. -- Singalong Music Video -- You Can Hear Horton, Horton Can Hear You!

CONTACT on Blu-ray * with vfx from ILM, Weta Digital, CIS, Warner Digital

Special Features:Behind the StoryCommentary by Jodie FosterCommentary by Robert Zemeckis (Director) & Steve Starkey (Producer)Commentary by Ken Ralston & Stephen Rosenbaum (Visual Effects)The Making of the Opening ShotThe Making of the NASA Machine DestructionThe Making of the Harrier LandingThe High Speed Composition ReelMachine Fly ByHadden’s PlaneNASA Control RoomExtras5.1 music only track

Synopsis: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster stars in this visionary drama based on Carl Sagan's novel about human kind's first encounter with extraterrestial life, directed by another Oscar winner, Robert Zemeckis.

PEANUTS: I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS on DVD I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It's Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun's big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like ReRun will have a dog for Christmas after all... but then the real trouble begins. Bonus special: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown All-new featurette: Sibling Rivalry: Growing Up Van Pelt.

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