10 Disney-Owned Films Deserving of a Criterion Collection Treatment

10 Disney-Owned Films Deserving of a Criterion Collection Treatment ...

Many have been surprised by the news that WALLE would be the first partnership between Disney and the Criterion Collection, a company that aims to release the finest film editions on home video. Let's take a look at ten other Disney-owned films that deserve the Criterion Collection treatment.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

If there is one Disney film that deserves to be released by Criterion, it's Sleeping Beauty. Although Lady and the Tramp was the first widescreen animated film to be released just a few years prior, this 70mm presentation has cementated the film as arguably the most visually stunning Disney animated film. Because of that, it would fit very nicely in the Criterion Collection.

Bambi (1942)

Bambi is a distinctive Disney film, if not only due to its timing of release and the place in which it was released. It was also the last film before the company had a nearly 8-year run between full-length (non-anthology) animated feature films. Theres also the important fact that, although Disney films up until this point had dealt with heavy subject matter, Bambi was the first to convey a message.

Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia, a milestone in a relationship between music and animation, was a clear vision from Walt Disney and his entire staff. Playing to the strengths of animation so early on in the studios life, it's a film that brings to life many classical pieces of music with the accompaniment of Disney's classic animation style. One could envision a wonderful Criterion Collection release for this film, allowing for what would certainly be wonderful bonus features that emphasize the film's significance.

Disney Shorts Collections (Various)

The importance of short films in Disney's catalog is unsurpassed. Individual Blu-ray or 4K collections of Walt Disney Treasure DVDs, both new and old, may be a surefire win for Disney. Since Blu-rays have arrived on the market, they have been completely absent.

Sunrise (1927)

F. W. Murnaus Sunrise, one of the most influential German silent filmmakers of the silent film era, is significant not just in its historical context, but also because of its filmmaking techniques and camera effects. Murnau would most likely come to Hollywood in the late 1920s, where he would direct Sunrise at Fox, which makes the film a prime candidate for Criterion to pick up and give it the recognition it deserves.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

After the 20th Century Fox purchase, its still difficult to believe that The Rocky Horror Picture Show has now fallen under the Disney umbrella. The film has already seen a Blu-ray release, which includes a number of great features and retrospectives that explain the film's history. However, with Criterions' handling of a possible 4K release, it would be helpful to see how they can convey the film's significance and the culture it helped create.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 1950s sci-fi film, is now a division of Disney, due to a Fox agreement, and its ability to carry the story throughout helps it stand out among many other outlandish sci-fi films of the time, and its impact continues to grow stronger as time passes.

The Abyss (1989)

James Cameron's films have often been mishandled by anyone who has purchased Blu-ray or 4K media in the last ten years, among them being True Lies and The Abyss, among them being the greatest omission. Despite several theories, some enthusiasts believe that Cameron's participation in the development of the Avatar sequels has prevented the filmmaker from approving and releasing the film.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Grapes of Wrath's John Ford adaptation stands out as a bit of an anomaly. It would be a major American classic in each of its respective mediums, and only a year after its initial release, it shows how good both projects are. A 4K release from Criterion, which could focus on the film's production, its proximity to the novels' release, and the overall connection the two shared may make for an excellent companion piece to the film itself.

Star Wars: Original Trilogy (Theatrical Cuts) (1977, 1980, 1983)

The original trilogy of films would certainly make the most impact in the film industry and beyond, although there was still ongoing debate over whether or not LucasFilm would be permitted to use their theatrical versions. The Criterion Collection, by the way, looks like it has the experience to do so.