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Bambi Diamond Edition to Grace Blu-ray March 1, 2011 Ahead of DVD

Posted December 8th, 2010 by Brandon A. DuHamel

The Walt Disney Studios today has dated and detailed the much anticipated Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of the studio’s animated, heartwarming classic Bambi.The new Bambi Diamond Edition will be available as a 2-Disc Disney Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99 US/$46.99 Canada, a High Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $19.99 US/$39.99 Canada, and/or a Standard Definition Movie Download for the suggested retail price of $14.99 US/$24.99 Canada. Those who wish to own the standard definition DVD-only version of Bambi will need to wait seven additional weeks – until April 19, 2011.BambiDiamondEdBlurayCombo 279x338 Bambi Diamond Edition to Grace Blu ray March 1, 2011 Ahead of DVD

With the new release Disney will also be introducing what they are calling their “Second Screen” technology. Disney’s new “Second Screen” technology allows viewers an interactive viewing experience via Mac/PC or iPad, whereas they can flip through interactive galleries, animated flipbooks, photos, trivia and more during the movie playback.

The Bambi Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack will feature a 1.37:1 high definition encoding of the film with a new DTS-HD 7.1 High Resolution soundtrack plus French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital mixes with English SDH, English ESL, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Bonus features are set to include:

Backstage Disney:

  • Inside Walt’s Story Meetings-Enhanced Edition – A fascinating, multi-tiered, interactive story-telling experience. Go  back in time with dramatic voice re-enactments of the moments with Walt that led to the creation of this classic film.
    • 2 Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes
    • Deleted Song: “Twitterpated”
    • Blu-ray Galleries—A collection of the extraordinary images originally created as part of the design process for BAMBI.

Family Play: Games & Activities:

  • Disney’s Big Book of Knowledge: BAMBI Edition— An interactive educational gaming experience that uses the film as a learning tool. Players can customize their own Big Book of Knowledge and learn all about forest creatures, seasons and more! Each time a player completes a task, they are rewarded with new stickers to decorate their Big Book of Knowledge.

Digital Exclusive:

  • The Golden Age

Classic DVD Bonus Features:

  • The Making Of BAMBI: A Prince Is Born—A comprehensive look at the making of BAMBI covers the story, the characters, the actors, the art design, the music and the history of Walt Disney’s classic film using behind the scenes footage, production stills, animation, artwork and multiple interviews with performers and behind the scenes participants.
  • Tricks of the Trade (excerpt)—In an episode from the 1957 Disneyland TV show, Walt narrates the story of the multiplane camera, an animation innovation crucial to the production of BAMBI.
  • Inside the Disney Archives—Disney Supervising Animator Andreas Deja guides viewers through Disney’s Animation Research Library, where artwork from past Disney animated feature films is stored, including early story sketches of Bobo the rabbit,” (who became Thumper),  glass paintings made for the multiplane camera and more.
  • The Old Mill—Winner of the 1937 Academy Award® for Best Short Subject/Cartoon, The Old Mill was a testing ground for several techniques critical to Walt’s artistic vision for BAMBI, including the multiplane camera, animating realistic animals and experimenting with such natural occurrences such as wind, rain and lightning.
  • DisneyPedia: Bambi’s Forest Friends

Film Synopsis:

As morning light breaks across the meadow, a young deer named Bambi is born and hailed as ‘Prince of the Forest.’ Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful yet lovable skunk. But the fun of nibbling on fresh blossoms and frolicking through the woods is only the beginning. Exploring his new world, and guided by the wisdom of Friend Owl,Bambi learns valuable life lessons with every adventure – experiencing the power of friendship, family, and love along the away.

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