Those who have marveled at the crisp, dazzling viewing experience of Blu-ray are surely rejoicing now that Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” is finally available in this format. You can now own one of the greatest classics of all time on Blu-ray, DVD and, if you prefer, as a digital download and even in a magical gift edition.
One of the new Bonus Features of both the Blu-ray and the DVD is called “Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland” in which Imagineers give Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White of ABC-TV’s “Once Upon a Time”) a work-in-progress tour of the enchantment soon to open in Magic Kingdom Park.
Of course, Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” is especially significant to Magic Kingdom Park because of Cinderella Castle, but also because of its connection through two of its legendary voice performers.
Longtime TV talk show personality Mike Douglas was the singing voice of the Prince, a fact of which he is very proud, as evidenced on one of the Blu-ray Bonus Features. But he was also the co-host of the very first broadcast of the “Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade” (now known as the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade”) with Joan Lunden in 1983.
Haunted Mansion enthusiasts probably recognize that the voice of Madame Leota in the séance scene is the same actor who played Cinderella’s nasty, rotten, mean, yucky Stepmother. Do you get the feeling I’m not a fan of Lady Tremaine? Well, I am a fan of the grand Ms. Eleanor Audley, who also voiced Maleficent in “Sleeping Beauty” and appeared on dozens of my favorite baby boomer shows, from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to “Green Acres.”
And the “Cinderella” joy keeps coming: the musical score of “Cinderella” has also been made available again, but this time in a Special Edition or a two-disc Collectors Edition that contains songs that were written for, but never used, in the 1950 animated feature.
“Walt often asked for multiple songs from various composers and lyricists as the story would develop on an animated feature,” said Disney artist/historian Russell Schroeder, author of two Lost Chords books, which celebrate fine music that didn’t make the final cut. “These songs were perfectly wonderful in themselves, but for one reason or another, they didn’t serve the film as Walt envisioned it.” The original demo recordings, as well as brand-new renditions of the Lost Chords songs produced by Grammy-award winning Digital Restoration Producer Randy Thornton, are included on the Collectors Edition.
You may know “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” but now you can get to know “Dancing on a Cloud,” too.
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