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Brother Bear Reborn on DVD

The very underrated BROTHER BEAR (Walt Disney Home Ent., $29.99) arrives on DVD March 30 in a stunning two-disc set that does justice to the mostly traditional animated work, especially in light of the movie about bonding with nature representing the last Florida studio production. Includes both theatrical widescreen and "family friendly" anamorphic presentations. Viewers will notice some interesting differences too for this Disney DVD. A thorough 48-minute doc introduces older kids to the animation craft, replacing the filmmakers' commentary track; the new commentary track by Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) is played for laughs, with an option for visual mode; a dynamic 10-minute display of the artwork, narrated by the artists, replaces the old stills gallery; all three deleted scenes, including the introduction of an outrageously funny squirrel named Muri, intros by directors Aaron Blaise and Bob Walker; and taking a cue from Pixars inventive DVDs, the set includes adorable "outtakes." Plus, there are two fun set-top games, "Find Your Totem" and "Bone Puzzle." And theres also a Phil Collins "Fishing Song" not included in the movie.

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Bill Desowitz, former editor of VFXWorld, is currently the Crafts Editor of IndieWire.

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