Walt Disney's Timeless Classic BAMBI

Special Edition Re-Release Sells Nearly 1 Million Units on DVD and

Video in First Day

Mar 02, 2005, 00:00 ET from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.

    BURBANK, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney's timeless
 masterpiece, BAMBI, has eclipsed all same day DVD/VHS competition with first
 day sales reaching one million units on DVD and video in North America.
 After 63 years, BAMBI's one million units sold has proven it is still beating
 a forest-full of competition.
     "BAMBI's success is a testament to the enormous success of the Disney
 Platinum Series of DVDs.  We couldn't be more excited about the heartfelt
 response to a classic that will now be enjoyed by many more generations to
 come," said Lori MacPherson, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Product
 Management for Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
     BAMBI is one of Walt Disney's greatest triumphs and one of the all-time
 most requested Disney classics.  It is widely believed that BAMBI has had the
 greatest impact on viewers of any Disney film.  Originally Theatrically
 released in 1942, it has been Theatrically re-released many times since for
 millions of fans.  Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Walt's legendary
 animators who worked on BAMBI, have ascribed the film's continuing popularity
 to its dynamic mixture of fantasy and reality.
     BAMBI is a film experience so strong that neither heart nor mind can ever
 forget it.  The young deer Bambi grows to adulthood as he experiences the
 wonder and adventure of life in the Forest.  BAMBI's unforgettable iconic
 characters include Thumper the playful rabbit, Flower the lovable skunk and
 Owl, the wise friend.  Through changing seasons, fans will be "twitterpated"
 by the endearing classic tale of Bambi, the young prince of the forest.
     The new 2-disc DVD features state-of-the art remixed sound with the
 all-new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix.  The extensively remixed
 soundtrack provides dramatic clarity and crisper sound.  This all-new digital
 restoration, done exclusively for this Special Edition DVD release, required a
 team of film, computer and animation experts to apply the most advanced
 technology and talent the studio has ever assembled.  These efforts have
 restored BAMBI's extraordinary artwork to dazzling brilliance.  The
 groundbreaking technology employed includes detailed frame-by-frame work on
 over 110,000 frames, requiring more than 9,600 hours of work!  This has
 resulted in stunning digital images with a far greater range of both color and
 density.  The quintessential Walt Disney classic now comes to life as never
     The BAMBI Special Edition Disney DVD features a forest-full of bonus
 materials.  Included are "Inside Walt's Story Meetings" -- a trip back in time
 where viewers experience the production of "Bambi" with Walt Disney himself
 and his creative team; never-before-seen deleted sequences created from
 original storyboards; the all-new "Forest Adventure Game" with eight games in
 multiple levels of challenge with something for all age groups from color
 recognition to trivia; special sneak-peek at the all-new movie "Bambi And The
 Great Prince of the Forest;" DisneyPedia; Disney Time Capsule 1942: the Year
 of Bambi; "Disney's Storytime: Thumper Goes Exploring" an all-new story based
 on the classic; "The Making of Bambi;" original story concepts; music design,
 production stills; and much more.  Available for a limited time only.  2-disc
 DVD $29.99 (S.R.P.); VHS $24.99 (S.R.P.).
     About Walt Disney Home Entertainment
     Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home
 Entertainment, Inc., a recognized industry leader.  Buena Vista Home
 Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt
 Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista
 videocassettes and DVDs.
      Artwork is available at www.BVHEpublicity.com.

SOURCE Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.