SOURCE: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

March 04, 2008 14:26 ET

The Disney Classic You Think You Own - But Do You?? Walt Disney's Original Animated "101 Dalmatians"

Two-Disc Platinum Edition DVD Features Newly Restored Version of Original Groundbreaking Animated Feature With All-New Bonus Features Available March 4, 2008 for a Limited Time Only!

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - The doggone original is back, and better than ever! Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present "101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition" on DVD for the first time in nearly a decade on March 4, 2008. This highly sought after animated feature has been restored with enhanced audio, video and howlingly fun bonus material, allowing a whole new audience to enjoy one of the last films to bear the personal touch of the legendary Walt Disney himself.

Fans of the franchise who think they already own this animated masterpiece may want to take a second look at their home entertainment libraries. While they might own "101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure" or the live-action version of "101 Dalmatians" or its sequel, "102 Dalmatians," it's been nearly a decade since the ORIGINAL "101 Dalmatians" has been available on DVD or any other home entertainment format. Since then based on Census data, 32 million kids have been born and an additional 97 million households bought their first DVD players so chances are you won't spot the original on DVD in your collection*!

This time the two-disc "101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition" DVD is available only for a limited time!

With "101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition," the tale of newlywed pooches Pongo and Perdita and their diabolical nemesis Cruella De Vil has been carefully restored to deliver technically advanced sound and video definition that will have fans young and old rolling over and begging for more. And they'll get more, with all new, never-before-seen bonus features. Kids will love the Virtual Dalmatians game where they can adopt, train, and care for a virtual puppy; newly unearthed songs deleted from the film; and a brand new recording and music video of the classic song "Cruella De Vil" performed by Selena Gomez. For collectors, there are new behind-the-scenes featurettes, film facts, and a look into the personal correspondence between Walt Disney and the author of the original "The One Hundred and One Dalmatians" book, Dodie Smith.

                               BONUS FEATURES

--  Disney's Virtual Dalmatians--Adopt, name, train, and care for your
    own virtual puppy...over 101 gameplay possibilities!
--  Puppy Profiler--A dog can't be too careful when picking the right
    "pet" human. An entertaining quiz helps match up the best dog and
    people personalities.
--  101 Pop-Up Trivia Facts for the Family--Discover One Hundred and
    One Things You Never Knew about the movie as you watch it.
--  All-New Cruella De Vil Music Video--The Classic song "Cruella De
    Vil" gets a contemporary twist when Disney Channel star Selena
    Gomez performs it in a brand new video.
--  Redefining the Line: The Making of 101 Dalmatians--Considered by
    many critics to be one of the best and most innovative Disney
    animated films, get a sneak peek into the making of 101 Dalmatians
    and its innovative Xerography animation process.
--  Cruella De Vil: Drawn to Bad--Inspired by flamboyant early
    Hollywood starlet Tallulah Bankhead, Cruella De Vil has become an
    iconic villain that movie fans love to hate. Marc Davis, an
    animation legend and one of Disney's immortal "nine old men"
    reveals how her character came to be.
--  Sincerely Yours, Walt Disney--Experience the actual correspondence
    between Walt Disney and "The One Hundred and One Dalmatians" book
    author Dodie Smith during the movie's production.
--  Deleted Songs--Songs written for the film but never used, finally
    come to life!

When Pongo and Perdita, a pair of adorable Dalmatians, play Cupid for their human pets, wedding bells ring! The dogs become the proud parents of 15 winsome puppies, but their happiness is short-lived. The wicked Cruella De Vil wants to buy all the puppies -- to make a coat! When her dastardly offer is turned down, she orders her bumbling henchmen Horace and Jasper to abscond with the puppies as well as every other Dalmatian puppy in London. Pongo and Perdita must rally a network of animals across England to help find Cruella's secret hideaway and save the lives of 99 precious pups.

STREET DATE:                  March 4, 2008
Suggested retail price:       U.S. $29.99, Canada $36.99
Feature run time:             79 Minutes
Rated:                        "G" Bonus materials not rated and may not be
                              Technical specifications may only apply to
Aspect ratio:                 1.33:1 full-screen aspect ratio
Sound:                        All-new Disney-enhanced Home Theater Mix
                              Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages:                    English, French, and Spanish language tracks
                              Close captioned in English
FastPlay:                     FastPlay enabled

*Based on data from CDC & Census websites; approx. 4MM births per year of which about 106K are new moms.

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