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DISNEY'S BAMBI SIGNATURE COLLECTION ON DIGITAL HD AND BLU-RAY

Disney's Bambi celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that Bambi had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette. Bambi arrives home on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and on DVD & Blu-ray™ May 23rd.

Bambi was released in 1942 during World War II and took over five years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Beloved by generations, Bambi holds the No. 3 spot on the American Film Institute’s “10 Top 10,” honoring the 10 greatest animated films of all time. The timeless tale features an adorable young deer named Bambi who explores the wonders and challenges of the woods with his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower, and wise Friend Owl – and ultimately fulfills his destiny as prince of the forest.

Bonus Material (Blu-Ray & Digital* Hd) Includes: Brand New: The Bambi Effect – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today. Studio Stories: “Bambi” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of Bambi. Deleted Scene: Bambi’s Ice And Snow – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow. Deleted Scene: The Grasshopper – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament. Bambi Fawn Facts – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home. Oswald The Lucky Rabbit: Africa Before Dark – Oswald Short. Celebrating Tyrus Wong (Digital Exclusive) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of Bambi .Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in Bambi were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.  

CLASSIC Includes:  Deleted Scenes – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated. The Making Of Bambi: A Prince Is Born. Story: Telling The Tale. Characters: Drawn To Nature. Actors: Giving Voice To Animals. Art Design: Impressions Of The Forest. Music: Nature’s Symphony. History: Back To The Beginning. Trick Of The Trade (Excerpt). Inside The Disney Archives. The Old Mill: Animated Short. Original Theatrical Trailer. The Golden Age.

 Bambi arrives home on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and on DVD & Blu-ray™ May 23rd, Digital SD and On-Demand on June 6, 2017. Watch the Trailer

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER40th Anniversary- New Directors Cut on Blu-ray and DVD

Whether reliving this extraordinary and fun movie or catching it for the first time, With John Travolta's electrifying Oscar®-nominated performance, the Bee Gees' explosive soundtrack and, of course, the unforgettable dancing, Saturday Night Fever captured the angst and brio of the time and had an indelible impact on popular culture. 40 years later, the film about a Brooklyn kid with no prospects who lives for Saturday night continues to be revered and celebrated.

Director John Badham worked with Paramount in 2016 to restore the film in 4K using the original negative and update the surround sound mix to further enhance viewers' enjoyment of the incredible soundtrack. During this process he added scenes to the theatrical R-rated version that round out character and plot, making this new Director's Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.

The Saturday Night Ever Blu-ray includes both the Director's Cut and theatrical version of the film, commentary by director John Badham, a five-part look at the film entitled "Catching the Fever," behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more. The film is available now on Digital HD.

I AM NOT YOUR NIGRO

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin

Directors: Raoul Peck

Format: Widescreen

Language: English

Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned

Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment

DVD Release Date: May 2, 2017

Average Customer Review 4.2 out of 5 stars 

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