Disney has revealed the next animated classic to receive the high-definition treatment as part of their Diamond Collection. “Bambi” will hit Blu-ray in 2011.
“Bambi,” last remastered and released in 2005, will hit the format for the first time in the Spring of 2011. It follows the already released title in the Diamond Collection “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Pinocchio,” already released on Blu-ray, are expected to be part of the Diamond collection in the future.
Up next to release as a Diamond Edition is “Beauty and the Beast,” which will arrive on October 5th on Blu-ray and Blu-ray/DVD combo packs. The set will feature never-before-seen deleted footage including an alternate opening, the regular and extended versions of the film, a Jordin Sparks music video, interactive features, and more.
Although it has yet to be formally announced, “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000” are expected to be released together on Blu-ray in December.
“The Lion King” will reportedly follow the release of “Bambi” in the Fall of 2011. Other Disney classics to follow as part of the Diamond Collection include “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “The Jungle Book.”