Disney to Pull Movies From Netflix in 2019

 

Disney fans were excited to learn last year that as of September 2016, all Disney theatrical features would make their way to Netflix as part of a 2012 deal between the two companies. This included all Disney Animation, Star Wars and Marvel films.

Well, that’s about to change…

This week Disney announced in their shareholder call that in 2019, all Disney movies would be removed from Netflix and that they would be launching their own subscription service.

Disney has yet to state what that would include whether it be just Disney theatrical films or if it would include other properties from the family of companies ranging from Star Wars to Marvel or even ABC, Disney Channel and ESPN programming as well as how far back the service would go.

A similar service, called DisneyLife, has already been tested in the UK.

Netflix has noted that they will still be working with Disney to retain shows like Daredevil.

Fans have had mixed reactions stating they didn’t want to have to add another subscription to their current line-up and other fans seems to love the idea of a one-stop streaming shop of all things Disney.

Either way, it was something the company likely had to do as it was competing with their own in-home distribution business.

What are your thoughts?

Disney Axes Auction Scene from Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction

“We wants the redhead!” is a phrase that not only fans have associated with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction for the past 6 decades but it’s also been a marketing slogan for Disney that graces t-shirts and a variety of other products throughout the parks.

Today Disney has announced that beginning in 2018, as part of a refurbishment to the attraction, the auction scene featuring ride-goers favorite redhead would be altered significantly.

The auctioneers will no longer be telling the pirates to “take a wench for a bride” but will be auctioning goods instead.

This is not the first time that Disney has made changes to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Prior to1997, a section of the dark ride had the pirates chasing the women around in the city only to find in the last scene, the larger woman was chasing the man.

The update made it so that rather than be sexually suggesting, though as a naive and innocent child I just found the scene to be funny, they added food to the hands of the pirates and brooms to the hands of the women.

Overall, fans seem to be pretty mixed on the news on these new updates as traditionalist feel it painted the pirates in a true light and is a product of the era it serves to represent. Other feel that this is a positive movement in the quest for women’s rights.

How do you feel about it?

Changes are expected to happen in 2018 at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Beauty and the Beast Digital/Blu Ray Review

Beauty and the Beast fans rejoice! The time has come for you to bring this tale as old as time home with you to watch it over and over again.

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One of this year’s most anticipated films is now available for purchase as a digital download or DVD and Blu Ray…and it’s full of amazing bonus content.

Whether you’re a fan of the music or the movie-making magic, Beauty and the Beast has some behind the scenes features that will give you a sneak peek into just how Disney created this modern day masterpiece.

My personal favorite feature is the ability to watch the film with the overture. Not only is this the way the cast saw the film at the premiere but it’s almost as if you’re sitting down to watch a live theatrical performance.

And if that’s not enough, the bonus content includes 9 additional deleted scenes that were not in the original release of the film!

Check out a preview of this special featurette and be sure to grab Beauty and the Beast on digital and Blu Ray in stores now!

 

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Bambi Digital/Blu Ray Review

Though Bambi may have not been my favorite animated feature from an entertainment standpoint, it certainly is one of my favorite Disney flicks from a technical standpoint.

This revolutionary animated film is one of Walt Disney’s earliest achievements due to the sheer effort that went into the production of animating Bambi.

Bambi tells the story of an adorable fawn, of the same name, along with a forest of other lovable critters like Flower and Thumper.

When a series of unfortunate events leaves Bambi alone to fend for himself, some new friends step up to fill a void that Bambi was forced to face,

This month we celebrate 75 years of this classic film with an all new Blu Ray and HD Digital release that’s full of great features that make classic animation nerds like me weak in the knees.

As mentioned earlier, Bambi was an animated masterpiece of its time and the features contained on the Blu Ray show exactly what type of work went into making this film a reality…including behind the scenes segments which reveal exactly what kind of research the animators went through to bring these forest animals to life.

Also, fans are treated to some animated shorts when the purchase the 75th anniversary edition of Bambi but unlike newer features, the Blu Ray and HD Digital versions include an original Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short!

This is a must-have for any classic Disney fan’s collection and is available in stores and online.

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“Rogue One” Digital/Blu Ray Review

The first full length feature Star Wars film to take place outside of the linear timeline is now available on Blu Ray and Digital!

I’m super excited to be reviewing this film because it was one of my favorite movies of 2016.

For those you haven’t seen it yet, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place in tandem with A New Hope, the original film from 1977.

In Rogue One, we follow a group of rebels who work to acquire the Death Star plans for the Rebellion. Without those plans, Luke Skywalker and crew wouldn’t have had the means to attack the space station and inflict the damage in the infamous trench run scenes.

Rogue One introduces us to a slew of awesome new characters like Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) who fans are sure to fall in love with. other cast members include Donny Yen and Forest Whitaker.

As with all Star Wars and Disney movies, a lot of bonus content is packed in which make purchasing this movie worthwhile over waiting for it to hit one of the streaming services. Though I would have liked to see more commentary features, there is some amazing content packed in to justify the price in my opinion (see below for full list).

I have to admit, when I found out that Disney would be leaving the linear storyline for side stories and character films, I was a bit skeptical. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has proven that you can make a robust film within the Star Wars Universe without having to stick to the main timeline and character lineup.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available NOW on Blu Ray and Digital. Read the rest of this entry »

“Moana” Digital/Blu Ray Review

Though Moana may not have been my favorite Disney Animation film of the past few years (don’t get me wrong, I still loved it), the recent digital and Blu Ray release definitely has some of the most robust bonus features available for a Disney film.

Whether you’re looking for behind the scenes footage of the filmmaking process, new short content or commentary, there is something for everyone in the Moana bonus features.

As someone who loves to see how much work really goes into these films, I appreciated the features which focus on things like how the character’s hair is animated or how they brought the ocean to life and made it its own character.

Disney has always been an industry leader in animation techniques and are not just an entertainment company but a technology company as well. This goes back to Walt’s creation of the Multiplane Camera which added layers of art to the original Snow White animated feature.

The features on Moana show just how sophisticated the animation process has become and how proprietary software has allowed for breakthroughs in visuals.

Some of the other features include a new short film featuring Maui and Moana entitled Gone Fishing and the short that debuted before the film, Inner Workings.

Whether you’re a fan of feature or a fan of animation and filmmaking in general, Moana is a must-have for your collection.

Moana is available in both digital and Blu Ray now!

Check out our full list of features on the Moana Blu Ray below! Read the rest of this entry »

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