DVDfile.com reported about a month ago that the next wave of Vault Disney DVDs will be The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Absent-Minded Professor, Gus, and The Moon Spinners. These will all be available in January.
Personally, I am the most excited about The Absent-Minded Professor, although I was really hoping for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I keep hearing that they have been working on that one, so hopefully it will be released soon.
Actually Steve, the header of DVDFILE's article was misleading, they were referring to titles being released from the "vaults" of Disney, NOT Vault Disney titles. Early indications are that these titles will be part of Disney's BUENA VISTA MOVIE SHOWCASE budget titles like BABES IN TOYLAND, BLACKBEARD'S GHOST, THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, THE BISCUIT EATER, etc., released without any extras and full-frame only! Although not shot in CinemaScope, Panavision, or VistaVision, etc., (most of Disney's 60 - 70s releases were filmed in a 'safe' ratio of 1:75 - 1:85), I was hoping these titles might atleast warrant a wide-screen release (and you all know my thoughts on ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO DVD releases), but, like I said, early indications are that these will be full-frame only releases. Anyway, why they would release THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG RIDES AGAIN before releasing the original is beyond me, but then again, I don't work for Disney. I am assuming that THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG will be one of the actual VAULT DISNEY titles (with commentary by Tim Conway and Don Knotts - would be great).
Seeing three Walt Disney Presents episodes on the Walt Disney Studios DVD made me wonder if there were Disney Dollar signs behind the hosing of Vault Disney--these were three episodes which fairly frequently aired on the Vault(which we all probably taped already). But I'm happy to have them on DVD, and hope there will be more to come. Mike.
I also passed on "Babes in Toyland" because they released it only in "Full Frame." :'( As long as they continue to mess with the aspect ratios they will not get my dollars......and I REALLY wanted "Babes in Toyland."
You beat me to it, Matt--I was just looking at my issue which arrived today when I saw the mention of the 20,000 Leagues release in 2003, but no more specifics(great picture of Walt and Kirk Douglas!). Yep, you still have to scan the company magazine--and usually from back to front, as I did today--Dave Smith's Archives column, in the back, usually has an interesting tid-bit or two--and I was actually checking to see what story/picture they had about Walt. Now onto the article about Santa Clause 2......ah, back to reality...... Mike.