Disney has just announced that The Princess and the Frog will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on March 16. This seems really quick to me, since the movie only opened wide on December 11.
As of last weekend, the movie had only just made $100 million domestically, so maybe that’s why they want to go ahead and get the video money. As I am disappointed but not surprised to see, there will be no special DVD edition. The single-disc DVD includes an audio commentary by co-writers and directors John Musker and Ron Clements and producer Peter Del Vecho, a princess quiz game, and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray includes an additional eight making-of featurettes that talk about the movie’s hand-drawn animation and its musical structure. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (which includes a copy of the DVD and a digital version) lists at $45, with the single DVD priced at $30 US.
Disney is pushing hard the idea that this is their newest princess, with lines describing Tiana as “a timeless heroine in the tradition of Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, and the rest of the beloved royal sisterhood” and bonus features called “The Disney Legacy” and “Disney’s Newest Princess”. The game also “tests viewers’ knowledge of all of Disney’s beautiful princesses”. Unfortunately, I don’t think she’s quite reached that status yet. Give her a few more years of merchandising.