Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases, and a calendar of what's coming:
BAMBI ($29.99, DISNEY): Man is in the forest, again, as Walt Disney's animated classic debuts on DVD in a lovely digital restoration. The 1942 coming-of-age tale that follows a young deer's happy-sad journey to adulthood was a major inspiration for the "circle of life" themes in Disney's The Lion King half a century later.
The two-disc set also has interviews with Donald Dunagan, the voice of Bambi, and Peter Behn, the voice of the deer's bunny buddy, Thumper, plus classic Disney animators and current studio overseers. Two deleted scenes are included, stitched together from newly discovered storyboard illustrations, and the set's games and pastimes offer a read-along tale featuring the further adventures of Thumper.
CLASSIC COMEDIES COLLECTION ($68.92 SET, $19.97 EACH OR $26.99 TWO-DISC SETS, WARNER BROS.): A must-have set for old Hollywood fans, featuring some of the bonniest comedies ever produced. Howard Hawks' 1938 classic Bringing Up Baby, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in the truly screwy romance of a ditzy heiress and a paleontology geek, makes its DVD debut in a grand two-disc set including commentary by Peter Bogdanovich. George Cukor's 1940 The Philadelphia Story, a wedding farce with Hepburn, Grant and James Stewart, also returns in a two-disc set that replaces a previous bare-bones release. Debuting in single DVDs are four other terrific 1930s and '40s romps, Dinner at Eight, Libeled Lady, Stage Door and To Be or Not To Be. The six films are available separately or in a bargain-price boxed set.
- By David Germain,
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