The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
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Other features: a documentary on Hans Christian Andersen, and the tragedy of his personal life that inspired his much darker original ending. (The mermaid, unable to stab the prince in the heart after he marries another, turns into sea foam.) Included is an animated short of Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," a tale so depressing--again, reflecting the loneliness in Andersen's own life--it's not really clear how it ever became a "beloved bedtime story." There's also a sing-along feature, which jumps right to the musical numbers with words appearing onscreen. Deleted scenes include one unused song, "Silence is Golden," and various early sketches of alternate takes. One curious addition is a virtual Little Mermaid amusement park ride, which was originally proposed for Disneyland but failed to come to life. (Seems digitizing the experience for people to "ride" in their living room was the consolation prize.) The only blasphemous feature is a music video of "Kiss the Girls," reimagined as a Hilary Duff-esque rock song--minus the charming calypso beat that made it famous(!)--sung by the Hilary Duff-esque Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical). Aside from that, if you own The Little Mermaid in its 1999 incarnation of DVD, get the special edition and leave your old one for the kids (or the dog) to scratch up. --Ellen A. Kim
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Here's what to look forward to in this special 2 disc set:
Fully restored with an all-new Disney Home Theatre 5.1 mix.
Backstage Disney, including an all new commentary.
Treasures Untold: The Making of The Little Mermaid.
The Story Behind The Story.
Deleted Scenes, including Backstage With Sebastian, Sebastian Lost In The Castle, Advice From Sebastian and Fight With Ursula.
Music Video "Kiss The Girl"
Games and Activities inclue The Little Mermaid Under The Sea Adventure: The Virtual Ride, Behind The Ride That Almost Was With Disney Imagineers and DisneyPedia: Life Under The Sea....
....And much more!!
"The Little Mermaid" is surely one of the finest films Disney ever produced and this long awaited platinum edition of this classic would surely be a welcome addition in any dvd collector's shelf!
This version is widescreen, but it's 16:9 widescreen and not theatrical widescreen, but this has been the case in pretty much all the Disney movie DVDs so no surprises there. The Little Mermaid was the next to last movie Disney did using painted cels, and the film has gone through some kind of digital restoration process. There are comparison shots on the back of the DVD box that show the difference. The colors are very vibrant, and I didn't notice any problems with the encoding or animation. There is support for surround sound and audio tracks in English, French, and Spanish.
It's a two disk set. Disc one has the movie, the configuration options (subtitles, commentary, language ect), a music video of the song 'Kiss the Girl' by someone I've never heard of, a bunch of previews that will be outdated in a few months, and a preview of what's on disc 2.Read more ›
This movie is without a doubt, Disney at it's best. For more information on the Platinum release, visit [...] for information that is to be announced. You can also try the official website, [...] However, this website is not yet up but should be within a few months.
I highly recommend waiting for the Platinum release.
P.S.- Lady and the Tramp: Platinum Edition will be released on February 28. 2006
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Pretty sure it's not a real diamond edition DVD. Very disappointed. Haven't even opened it yet.Published 16 hours ago by Robert P.
Got it a day early! Major plus!! Kids have already watched it 3 times already! :-)Published 17 hours ago by Rebecca
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The 3D is EXCELLENT! I love this movie, and so was happy just to finally have a Blu ray version, but the 3D really adds something. Like the 3D versions of Lion King and Beauty and the Beast the 3D effect is that of moulded characters, and especially good are the mouldings of the... Read More
Oct 26, 2013 by burnohbeard | See all 3 posts
|The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition release date||
according to the Disney movie club preorder site the US release date is currently October 1
May 18, 2013 by JC | See all 2 posts
|Does this DVD have a box slipcase and a pin collection just like in the...||
If you need a replacement slipcover (if you bought the dvd after they stopped shipping them with the cover, or if the dvd you have has the cover but the cover's damaged) you can email Disney at this address
I did this for a few covers that I needed (Robin Hood,... Read More
May 23, 2007 by Spottedfeather | See all 12 posts
I saw October 1 2013.
Mar 28, 2013 by Joshua Glowzinski | See all 14 posts
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HOPEFULLY Hercules. Pocahontas would be a decent offering too. To be honest, even as a child I was just more interested in "Just Around the River Bend" than the actual movie. Others may feel differently.
Mar 24, 2008 by Adrian | See all 6 posts
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