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Disney to offer ‘Fantasia’ DVD

Dual release of both versions parrots 'Toy Story' strategy

A month after Disney presents the first DVD releases of both the original and sequel versions of “Toy Story,” the studio will do the same with “Fantasia.”

Similarly, both “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000” will be offered in elaborate special editions on Nov. 14 ($29.99 each), with the original movie presented for the first time since its theatrical release in 1940. It will include the original narration, intermission and the Debussy “Clair de Lune” segment that was to have been used in the movie, but was pulled for length and later inserted into the more contemporary version of “Fantasia” called “Make Mine Music,” with the substituted music “Blue Bayou.”

Debut in January

“Fantasia 2000” made its theatrical debut in January in giant screen Imax theaters, where it generated $64 million during an exclusive four-month run before opening in traditional movie theaters in June. It is scheduled to be re-released in most, if not all 54 Imax theaters shortly.

In addition to audio commentary tracks by Walt Disney on “Fantasia” (from archive recordings) and his nephew and executive producer Roy E. Disney on “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000,” as well as other visual and audio supplemental features, a third DVD filled with many more extras will be offered as part of a three-disc collector’s set priced at $69.99.

‘Sampler’ offered

A special five-minute “showcase sampler” included on “Fantasia 2000” — featuring scenes from the movie edited into a highlight reel for demonstrating the visual and sound advantages of a home theater set-up — will be offered separately to retailers at a later date. It will be part of a larger sampler DVD for use in stores and will include scenes from other Disney movies, such as “Armageddon.”

“Fantasia” is presented in five-channel sound, and “Fantasia 2000” is offered in 5.1 channel sound.

A VHS edition of “Fantasia 2000” will be priced at $26.99.

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