The Princess and the Frog Coming to Blu-Ray in March
January 26, 2010

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.

5 Responses  
Mike writes:  

How interesting that we now live in a time when a movie that “only just made $100 million domestically” in just over a month of its release is considered such a failure that the studio has to make a grab for video money so soon. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that $100 mil was blockbuster status for any film, regardless of how long it was out.

Johanna writes:  

True, but since, according to IMDB, the movie is estimated to have cost over $100 million to make, it’s just barely profitable. (Probably not even so yet once you figure in marketing costs.) As revenue has increased, so have expenses and expectations and ticket costs.

Joan writes:  

No SE DVD at all? Hey, thanks, Disney, you just saved me twenty bucks.

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