February 2, 2006

‘Little Mermaid’ swimming to DVD in October

By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Little Mermaid"
will be the next Walt Disney animated classic to get the full
VIP treatment on DVD.

The 1988 film, which won two Oscars (for best song and best
original score) and is credited with revitalizing Disney's
animated features after a long dry spell, will arrive in stores
October 3 as a Platinum Edition DVD, a designation that brings
with it significantly more bells and whistles than a standard
DVD release.

The studio's eighth Platinum release -- following "The Lady
and the Tramp," which comes out February 28 -- marks the first
time "Mermaid" will be available on DVD in seven years.

Disney said "Mermaid" is the studio's most-requested movie
for release on DVD, and will be backed by a marketing campaign
similar to that for the 2005 release "Cinderella," which sold
more than 6.5 million units, according to Nielsen VideoScan,
outselling such movies as "Batman Begins" and "Ray."

Like other Platinum Edition releases, "Mermaid" will be a
two-disc set, with one disc reserved solely for bonus
materials. Several cutting-edge features are still being
developed, along with such expected extras as deleted scenes,
commentaries and featurettes on the making of the movie. The
DVD also will include several musical bonuses.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter