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      SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

      Reminder, we're combining our Disney VHS and DVD newsletters. We hope this change will make our service even more useful to you. While our emphasis may at times lean toward DVD, we will always be sure to provide links to the VHS versions when available. Of course, you will still be able to rely on our Disney Delivers to provide you with recommendations and the early word on upcoming releases including new titles in Disney's Gold Collection.

      POSTED 25 JUN 2001

      "This is not... Beverly Hills!"
      --Doug Robinson (Martin Mull) stating the obvious to his shipwrecked family in the Disney movie "Beverly Hills Family Robinson," costarring Sarah Michelle Gellar, now on VHS
      ...more here.

      NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VHS

      "The Book of Pooh - Stories From the Heart"
      ...more here.
      While Disney didn't invent Winnie the Pooh, nor first animate him, it certainly has Americanized the British bear into a cartoon character hardly resembling A.A. Milne's original 1924 creation. Although Disney's four "Storybook Classics" titles (from 1966) were somewhat faithful to Milne's concept, subsequent titles (especially in the "Playtime" and "Learning" series) descended into second-rate TV fare. All this to say that Disney has redeemed itself...

      Also available on VHS.
      ...more here.

      NOW AVAILABLE ON VHS

      "The Kid"
      ...more here.
      Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is an ultracynical, 40-year-old Los Angeles image consultant who fashions bogus facades for scumbag clients. Oblivious to his own need for a makeover, he's a tyrant in the office (to the chagrin of his sarcastic assistant, played to perfection by Lily Tomlin), and he's emotionally unavailable to the morally centered woman (Emily Mortimer) who senses goodness beneath Russ's hardened veneer. Not a moment too soon...

      Also available on DVD.
      ...more here.

      "Tourist Trap"
      ...more here.
      Take Chevy Chase's screwball "Vacation" movies, plug in Daniel Stern and Julie Hagerty as the parents of two can't-be-bothered kids coerced into holing up in an RV with their well-intentioned dud of a dad and mild-mannered mom for three weeks, and file down the funny parts just enough so no one gets offended, and what you get is "Tourist Trap," a likable movie with heart and a message. George Piper (Stern) is a disgruntled...

      "Balloon Farm"
      ...more here.
      The town of Waterston is facing a severe drought, so it seems odd when a mysterious farmer named Harvey Potter moves into the community and attempts to plant a new crop. Thus begins Disney's "Balloon Farm," a tale about keeping one's trust and belief even in the bleakest of times. Rip Torn stars as the farmer who finds skepticism in all of the residents except one, a small girl named Willow (Mara Wilson, of "Matilda"). Greater suspicion...

      "Flash"
      ...more here.
      When it comes to films about a lasting friendship between a boy and his horse, it's hard to follow in the footsteps of the 1979 classic "The Black Stallion." Nonetheless, "Flash" makes a valiant effort. Set in a rural Southern town, the story revolves around the title character, a 2-year-old racehorse who is the prized possession of 14-year-old Connor Strong (played by Lucas Black from "Sling Blade"). When financial troubles...

      EARLY WARNING--DISNEY OPENS THE VAULTS

      Disney has announced five very special titles for later this year. "Dumbo" celebrates its 60th anniversary with its DVD debut and a VHS reissue. Also, four double-disc DVD collectibles are available through the new "Walt Disney Treasures" series. Details are sketchy at press time, but the premiere line should contain some outstanding features and shorts from the vast vault of Disney productions.

      * "Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color"--A collection of color adventures
      ...more here.

      * "Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies"--The historic musical animated shorts
      ...more here.

      * "Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland USA"--Includes original telecast of the park's opening and rare additional footage
      ...more here.

      * "Walt Disney Treasures: The Complete Davy Crockett Televised Series"--The original three-part miniseries, plus subsequent Crockett adventures, featuring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen
      ...more here.

      * "Dumbo"--Contains a toy in each DVD or video package
      ...more here.

      COMING SOON FROM DISNEY

      * "Recess: School's Out"--August 7
      ...more here.

      * "Anne Frank: The Whole Story"--August 28
      ...more here.

      * "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"--August 28
      ...more here.

      See more in our Disney Store
      ...more here.

      POSTED 22 MAY 2001

      "So let me get this straight: I turn out to be a loser?!" --Rusty Duritz (Spencer Breslin) gets the shock of his young life when he meets his 40-year-old self (played by Bruce Willis) in the comedy-drama "The Kid." It's available on DVD and will be released on VHS next month at a low price.
      ...more here.

      NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VHS

      "Disney's The Miracle Worker" Our price: $25.49 | You save: $4.50
      ...more here. Fans of "Pepsi Girl" Hallie Kate Eisenberg will find her scarcely recognizable as the silent, sullen young Helen Keller. Blind, deaf, and mute, Helen is unable to communicate with her family except through temper tantrums. She is allowed to eat with her hands, tear buttons off the clothes of others, and even knock over the baby's cradle. She is barely pacified with candy and headed toward institutionalization when Annie Sullivan enters her life....

      Also available on VHS.
      ...more here.

      NOW AVAILABLE ON VHS

      "Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery" Our price: $13.99 | You save: $1.00
      ...more here. Disney's delightful whodunit mystery "Murder She Purred" is told through the eyes of two four-legged critters considerably smarter than the humans they are observing. Based on the novel by Rita Mae Brown, the film is set in a small Virginia town where secrets run as deep as Southern-style charm. Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen (Ricki Lake) calls the shots around town as she runs the post office. But the real brains of the burb belong to Harry's cat....

      "The Love Bug" Our price: $13.99 | You save: $1.00
      ...more here. The box-office success of Disney's 1969 classic "The Love Bug" inspired a slew of Herbie sequels, and, ultimately, this 1997 remake. Though remakes occasionally best the original (consider Disney's "The Parent Trap"), this one does not. It is difficult to match the talents of the original cast--namely Dean Jones, Buddy Hackett, and David Tomlinson. At least the car hasn't diminished during its 30-year absence. Herbie is still the smart, quirky Volkswagen Beetle....

      "A Knight in Camelot" Our price: $13.99 | You save: $1.00
      ...more here. The premise for Disney's "A Knight in Camelot" is an intriguing one. What if we could go back in time, with the wisdom and knowledge of our present day, and improve history? In this made-for-television comedy inspired by Mark Twain's fable "A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court," Whoopi Goldberg plays Dr. Vivien Morgan, a computer research scientist studying gravitational pull. Through a programming malfunction...

      "Noah" Our price: $13.99 | You save: $1.00
      ...more here. In this modern adaptation of the biblical tale, Tony Danza stars as Norman Waters, a nice yet conniving building contractor called upon to build the legendary ark when God decides to destroy the Earth a second time. Reluctantly accepting the challenge presented by God's liaison, Zach (effectively portrayed by veteran character actor Wallace Shawn), Norman slowly learns...

      "Tower of Terror" Our price: $13.99 | You save: $1.00
      ...more here. Kirsten Dunst stars as plucky teen niece to Steve Guttenberg in this 1997 telefilm that sets out to provide background for one of Disney/MGM Studios' popular thrill-rides, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Guttenberg plays Buzzy, a down-on-his-luck former journalist relegated to concocting stories for a Weekly World News-inspired tabloid. When an elderly woman approaches Buzzy with a compelling ghost story...

      RECENT BESTSELLERS

      "The Emperor's New Groove" Our price: $22.49 | You save: $7.50
      ...more here. Originally developed as an epic called "Kingdom of the Sun," "The Emperor's New Groove" lost scale and most of Sting's song score on its way to the screen. The end result is the lightest Disney film in many a moon, a joyous romp akin to "Aladdin" in its quotient of laughs for kids and adults.

      The farce is also available in a deluxe two-disc DVD Ultimate Edition and on VHS.
      ...more here.

      "102 Dalmatians (Widescreen Edition)" Our price: $23.99 | You save: $6.00
      ...more here. Don't be fooled by the title. Rather than 102, there are 4 reasons to like this sequel to the successful live-action remake of Disney's animated classic: that original mob of spotted pooches, Glenn Close back in fine form as Cruella De Vil, Oddball (a spotless Dalmatian pup), and Waddlesworth, a parrot who thinks he's a rottweiler, voiced by Eric Idle.

      Available as a DVD two-pack with the first movie and on VHS.
      ...more here.

      See more Disney bestsellers on VHS and DVD.
      ...more here.

      COMING SOON FROM DISNEY

      * "The Book of Pooh"--July 17 (also on VHS)
      ...more here.

      * "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin"--July 17 (also on VHS)
      ...more here.

      See more in our Disney Store
      ...more here.

      SAVE ON DISNEY AND MORE

      NOW AVAILABLE

      "The Emperor's New Groove"
      ...more here.

      Originally developed as an epic called "Kingdom of the Sun," "The Emperor's New Groove" lost scale and most of Sting's song score on its way to the screen. The end result is the lightest Disney film in many a moon, a joyous romp akin to "Aladdin" in its quotient of laughs for kids and adults. The farce is also available in a deluxe two-disc DVD Ultimate Edition and on VHS.

      "102 Dalmatians (Widescreen Edition)"
      ...more here.

      Don't be fooled by the title. Rather than 102, there are four reasons to like this sequel to the successful live-action remake of Disney's animated classic: that original mob of spotted pooches, Glenn Close back in fine form as Cruella De Vil, Oddball (a spotless Dalmatian pup), and Waddlesworth, a parrot who thinks he's a rottweiler, voiced by Eric Idle. Available as a DVD two-pack with the first movie and on VHS.

      "Wide Awake"
      ...more here.

      When his beloved grandfather passes away, fifth-grade Catholic schoolboy Joshua (Joseph Cross) has a crisis of faith. He asks both the nuns and his parents (Denis Leary and Dana Delany) difficult questions as he sets out on a mission: to find God and make sure his grandfather is OK. Also available on VHS.

      COMING SOON FROM DISNEY

      See our Disney Store
      ...more here.


    Doug Thomas, Editor, in association with amazon.com and ncdn, © 2001

    Spring 2001

    Amazon.com © Editor, Doug Thomas; ncdn associate

      WORD FOR WORD

      "A llama?! He's supposed to be dead!" --Yzma (Eartha Kitt), whose slightly altered curse creates "The Emperor's New Groove." Disney's latest animation feature is coming to DVD in May in standard and ultimate collector's editions.
      ...Disney DVD here.
      Charming tale of a good witch (Angela Lansbury) who helps out three children in World War II England. Star David Tomlinson reteams with his "Mary Poppins" director Robert Stevenson with solid success. Winner of the Oscar for Visual Effects (and nominated for five others), the film has been shortened over the years. This 30th-anniversary edition is restored to the original length, and the DVD contains cartoon shorts, a still-frame art gallery, and behind-the-scenes coverage.

      "The Sword in the Stone"
      ...Disney DVD here.
      The King Arthur legend gets the Disney treatment. Wolfgang Reitherman, the director of the original "Winnie the Pooh" shorts and "The Jungle Book," keeps the keen visual styles of those films, though the "Stone" script hasn't aged as well as other Disney classics. The DVD contains cartoon shorts, a still-frame art and photo gallery, and a 1957 half-hour TV special on magic hosted by Walt Disney.

      "Remember the Titans (Widescreen Edition)"
      ...Disney DVD here.
      With only one major star (Denzel Washington), an appealing cast of fresh unknowns, and a winning emphasis on substance over self-indulgent style, Boaz Yakin's "Remember the Titans" is, like "Rudy" before it, a football movie that will be fondly remembered by anyone who sees it. Also available in a full-screen format.

      ALSO AVAILABLE

      "Toy Story"
      ...Disney DVD here.
      --Groundbreaking computer-animated feature in a single-disc edition

      "Toy Story 2"
      ...Disney DVD here.
      --Take 2 from Woody and Buzz Lightyear

      COMING SOON FROM DISNEY

      Order Now, Get Them Later

      "102 Dalmatians" --Take 2 for Glenn Close as the live-action incarnation of Cruella De Vil
      ...Disney DVD here.

      "Oliver & Company" --Gold Collection debut for the 1988 animated feature, sparked with Billy Joel's songs
      ...Disney DVD here.

      "So Dear to My Heart" --1949 classic with Burl Ives
      ...Disney DVD here.

      "Wide Awake" --Family dramedy from The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan
      ...Disney DVD here.

      "The Miracle Worker" --Fresh from its premiere on the Disney Channel
      ...Disney DVD here.

      "The Book of Pooh" --DVD debut for this latest Disney series
      ...Disney DVD here.

      "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin" --1997 tale of the 100-Acre Wood gang
      ...Disney DVD here.

      See more in our Disney Store
      ...Disney DVD here.

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