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6th February 2006 18:05  #1

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
DISNEY DVD Song of the South
Is this ever going to be releasede in the United States in an offical Release!  Its now time for its 60th Anniversary.  I can't belive Disney would pass this by!  I know lots of people think it is not apolicaly correct movie but come on I would love to see this again.

6th February 2006 18:11  #2

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
A 60th Anniversary Edition DVD has been rumored for Fall 2006

6th February 2006 19:38  #3

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
I actually downloaded this movie via a torrent because I have no other means of seeing it.  But, since I'm not a thief, if it does come out in the fall, I'll be sure to buy it.  There's one that BETTER have some good features and documentaries.

6th February 2006 20:16  #4

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Aaron Schneiderman wrote: A 60th Anniversary Edition DVD has been rumored for Fall 2006It's about goddamn time!

7th February 2006 1:38  #5

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
Just finished watching it, and I don't see the problem.  I can see what the problem WAS, but I don't think there's any reason to still have it banned.  Slavery is part of America's history and we should accept that instead of pretending it didn't happen.  No reason for a 60 year ban.

7th February 2006 8:50  #6

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
i cant wait to see the uproar over it

7th February 2006 10:10  #7

Jaybee79 Member Join Date: December 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
And that's why you'll never see it. No way is Disney ever going to risk controversy

7th February 2006 10:31  #8

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
People have claimed that this film has been locked away in a vault since the civil rights movement.  But I did see it at an old revival house in Akron, Ohio back in 1987.  I don't understand the controversy---Uncle Remus is a strong leading character.  If a studio would shy away from releasing this film they should start yanking Gone With the Wind off of store shelves right now.  

7th February 2006 14:30  #9

Jaybee79 Member Join Date: December 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 84
Yes but this is Disney we're talking about. If there is even the faintest whiff of controversy that could damage their company they won't risk it

7th February 2006 15:58  #10

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
I know this movie for some reason makes "Disney Nervous".  In fact the deleted some stuff from "Fantasia" becauase of the same fear.  

7th February 2006 16:47  #11

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
I'm definately gonna pick it up when it's released, if anything it'll become a big collector's item if Disney changes it's mind.

7th February 2006 21:23  #12

Arellium Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 136
Was this ever released?

7th February 2006 23:41  #13

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
This was last released in 1986 at the movies for 3 weeks only.  Ut came out the same weekend as "An American Tail" "American Tail" took in more money.  This was the last nation wide release.

8th February 2006 0:10  #14

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,485 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
captmarvel wrote: People have claimed that this film has been locked away in a vault since the civil rights movement.  But I did see it at an old revival house in Akron, Ohio back in 1987.  I don't understand the controversy---Uncle Remus is a strong leading character.  If a studio would shy away from releasing this film they should start yanking Gone With the Wind off of store shelves right now.  

Yep.

8th February 2006 0:24  #15

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
It's long been rumored that Eisner was the one that was holding back Song of the South.  It was actually released on video in the mid 1980s.  I remember seeing it on TV sometime in my childhood in the mid 70s or so.  I wouldn't be surprised if Disney does eventually release it.  Many people were stunned when the released their propoganda shorts for World War II.  I think put in the proper context, Song of the South is an interesting artifact from the past.

8th February 2006 2:02  #16

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Yes, "Song of the South" should be released. It is more than an "artifact" it is a bonified classic. However, I understand how some people would be offended by the stereotypical characters in the film. I believe that the inclusion of commentaries and/or introductions by prominent black historians and leaders should put things in proper perspective. My personal sensitivities to some of the stereotypes in Shakespeare's plays were never addressed when I had to read them in High School and College. But I was intelligent enough to put them in the proper perspective and appreciate his brilliance.

8th February 2006 2:15  #17

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,485 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I have to agree again. Good thread.

8th February 2006 7:31  #18

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
i wonder if Steve Jobs will have anything to do with its coming out or not now that he is the majority shareholder

8th February 2006 17:06  #19

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
If "Song of the South" gets released this year I hope that do sink some $$$ into this movie and re-store the negative.  I think this movie is a gem.  It is not as bad as "Birth of a Nation"

6th April 2006 14:32  #20

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Anymore news on this release?

6th April 2006 15:38  #21

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
It's not good news.  

UltimateDisney.com: A little over a year ago, a website which specializes in Disney-related speculative journalism reported getting inside word that Song of the South would be coming to DVD this fall as a special 60th Anniversary Edition. While this source has gotten some accurate scoops in the past, we classified this Song of the South news as rumor. The story was conceivable as various signs over the past few years have pointed to Disney finally giving this 1946 live action-animated musical a North American home video release, but this source was the only place reporting a firm release window. Yesterday, at Disney's annual shareholders meeting in Anaheim, current CEO Robert Iger debunked those rumors, claiming that he screened the movie recently and holds concerns about its depictions, even considering the context in which it was made. Citing "a sensitivity that exists in today's culture", he confirmed that a decision to not re-release the film ensures that a home video release will not be occurring in the foreseeable future. (Bootleggers, rejoice!).

6th April 2006 15:41  #22

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
that's too bad

6th April 2006 16:33  #23

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
I read about that sometime back. It's a real shame. Especially considering the movie Dumbo contains just as many "stereotypes" as Song of the South, even though both are positive movies.

6th April 2006 16:44  #24

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I never got an answer on the Dumbo thread, so maybe someone will answer here.  Wasn't Dumbo edited to remove the crowes because of the "stereotypes"?

I was just at Disney and it strikes me odd that one of the most popular rides there is based on Song of the South, but most kids that ride it these days have never seen or heard of Song of the South.

7th April 2006 15:26  #25

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
To the best of my knowledge, "Dumbo" was never edited to remove the crows. In fact they sing one of the classic Disney tunes, "When I See an Elephant Fly."

8th April 2006 9:45  #26

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
The episode of Drawn Together about the racist cartoon characters really hits the nail on the head. Its part of our past, like it or not.

8th April 2006 23:05  #27

MGR Member Join Date: February 2006 Location: United States Posts: 94
Well ya see those politically correct idiots can't let this be released because it goes against their tight **** stupidity. Seriously they need to get that damn stick out of their tushie and stop trying to erase history. If this comes to DVD I will eat my slippers.  

9th April 2006 8:14  #28

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
MGR wrote:  ... If this comes to DVD I will eat my slippers.

I look forward to seeing that. I'll have to remind you when it's released.

9th April 2006 19:50  #29

MGR Member Join Date: February 2006 Location: United States Posts: 94
I will send you the video... however I will be using ketchup to make them taste better

10th April 2006 15:25  #30

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
What's amazing is that Disney suprised everyone and released their World War II (?) propaganda cartoons.  No one thought these would ever see the light of day again and there really was no clamoring for them to be released; however, there is a good deal of the animation enthusiasts that want to see Song of the South.  If they are really concerned about how blacks are concerned, couldn't they have a well respect person (say Cosby) introduce the film and give a historical context of when the film was made?
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