New Release: Bambi Diamond Edition Blu-ray

Bambi movie sceneWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the classic animated film Bambi on high-definition Blu-ray on March 1, 2011, launching a new special feature for the studio.

Bambi Diamond Edition is the first Blu-ray title to feature Disney’s “Second Screen.” By downloading the Disney Second Screen App onto an Internet-connected computer or iPad, viewers can synch it to the movie to get animated flipbooks, galleries, photos, trivia and other features while they view the film.

Bambi, No. 3 in the American Film Institute’s top 10 animated films of all time, was nominated for three Academy Awards: best song for “Love Is a Song,” best sound recording and best music score. The movie was commemorated with a first-class U.S. postage stamp in 2004, and in the 1990s, the film inspired astronomers to name a pair of asteroids after the characters Bambi and Thumper.

The story of a young deer, Bambi, who was born and hailed the Prince of the Forest, the film took five years to make and was released in theaters in 1942, during World War II. The movie follows the life of Bambi as he grows up in the forest.

The Bambi Blu-ray is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack priced at $39.99. A DVD version arrived on April 19, 2011. And the movie was made available for high-definition download ($19.99) and standard-definition download ($14.99) on March 1.

Here are the full details of the special features on the Blu-ray release:

  • Backstage Disney:
    • “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings-Enhanced Edition” – A multi-tiered, interactive story-telling experience with voice re-enactments of the moments with Walt Disney that led to the creation of this classic film.
    • two never-before-released deleted scenes
    • deleted song: “Twitterpated”
    • Blu-ray galleries—A collection of the images originally created as part of the design process for Bambi.
  • Family Play: Games & Activities:
    • “Disney’s Big Book of Knowledge: Bambi Edition” — An interactive educational gaming experience that uses the film as a learning tool. Players can customize their own Big Book of Knowledge and learn all about forest creatures, seasons and more. Each time a player completes a task, they are rewarded with new stickers to decorate their Big Book of Knowledge.
  • Digital Exclusive:
    • The Golden Age
  • Bonus features from previous DVD editions:
    • “The Making of Bambi: A Prince is Born”—A look at the making of Bambi covers the story, the characters, the actors, the art design, the music and the history of Walt Disney’s classic film using behind-the-scenes footage, production stills, animation, artwork and multiple interviews with performers and behind-the-scenes participants.
    • “Tricks of the Trade” (excerpt)—In an episode from the 1957 Disneyland TV show, Walt Disney narrates the story of the multi-plane camera, an animation innovation crucial to the production of Bambi.
    • “Inside the Disney Archives”—Disney Supervising Animator Andreas Deja guides viewers through Disney’s Animation Research Library, where artwork from past Disney animated feature films is stored, including early story sketches of Bobo the rabbit, (who became Thumper), glass paintings made for the multi-plane camera and more.
    The Old Mill—Winner of the 1937 Academy Award for Best Short Subject/Cartoon, The Old Mill was a testing ground for several techniques for Bambi, including the multi-plane camera, animating realistic animals and experimenting with such natural occurrences such as wind, rain and lightning.
    • “DisneyPedia: Bambi’s Forest Friends”


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.