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Disney Special Editions is a line of DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, which are the United Kingdom equivalents to the Platinum and Diamond Editions released in the United States. The UK Special Editions line also includes Disney films not issued as Platinum and Diamond Editions, but still released in the US in named "special edition" packages (e.g. Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition and Dumbo: Big Top Edition). However, the catalogue of UK Special Editions contains many more titles than the American Platinum Edition line, and does not have a determined annual release schedule.

All of the DVDs prior to Beauty and the Beast have had no slipcovers; most following films, however, do.

List of Disney Special Editions

Disney Vault DVDs

Disney have selected 12 movies for a place in their vault. DVD releases of these in the UK were released as "Special Editions", but largely followed the special features and schedule of the US "Platinum Editions". From 2007, UK releases were also branded as "Platinum Editions", and in 2008 the company also started releasing the "Platinum" range on Blu-ray. The 2009 release of Snow White was released as a "Diamond Edition" on Blu-ray only, with the accompanying DVD release branded nothing more that a "2-Disc Edition", a move which mirrored the US release.

Title Discs UK Release Date US Release Date Moratorium US Equivalent Release Notes
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Collector's Edition 2 1 October 2001 9 October 2001 January 2002 Platinum Edition
  • Also released in a single disc version.
  • Re-released in 2009.
Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition
2 Disc Collector's Edition
2 2 November 2002 8 October 2002 January 2003 Platinum Edition
  • Includes 2002 special edition cut of the film.
  • Also released in a single disc Special Edition version.
Pinocchio: Special Edition 1 3 March 2003 No release January 2006 n/a
The Lion King: Special Edition 2 31 October 2003 7 October 2003 January 2005 Platinum Edition
  • Includes 2002 IMAX restoration version and special edition cut of the film.
Aladdin: Special Edition 2 4 October 2004 5 October 2004 January 2008 Platinum Edition
  • Aladdin is no longer considered part of the Disney Vault, but was at the time of this release.
  • Re-released in 2008 in UK.
Bambi: Special Edition 2 14 February 2005 1 March 2005 January 2007 Platinum Edition
Cinderella: Special Edition 2 24 October 2005 4 October 2005 January 2008 Platinum Edition
Lady and the Tramp: Special Edition 2 13 February 2006 28 February 2006 January 2007 Platinum Edition
The Little Mermaid: Special Edition 2 6 November 2006 3 October 2006 January 2009 Platinum Edition
Peter Pan: Special Edition 2 12 March 2007 6 March 2007 January 2009 Platinum Edition
The Jungle Book: 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition 2 5 November 2007 2 October 2007 January 2010 Platinum Edition
101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition 2 3 March 2008 4 March 2008 January 2010 Platinum Edition
Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition
(2007 restoration)
2 27 October 2008 28 October 2008 January 2010 Platinum Edition
  • Also released in a 2 Disc Blu-ray / 1 Disc DVD combi set on the same day
Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition 2 9 March 2009 10 March 2009 April 2011 Platinum Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released in a 2 Disc Blu-ray / 1 Disc DVD combi set on the same day
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 2 Disc Edition 2 9 November 2009 6 October 2009 April 2011 Diamond Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released as a "Diamond Edition" in a 2 Disc Blu-ray / 1 Disc DVD combi set on 2 November 2009
Beauty and the Beast 2 1 November 2010 5 October 2010 April 30, 2012 Diamond Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released as a "Diamond Edition" in a 2 Disc Blu-ray / 1 Disc DVD combi set.
Bambi 2 7 February 2011 1 March 2011 April 30, 2012 Diamond Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released as a "Diamond Edition" in a 2 Disc Blu-ray / 1 Disc DVD combi set.
The Lion King 2 4 October 2011 April 2013 Diamond Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released as a "Diamond Edition" in a 2 Disc Blu-ray / 1 Disc DVD combi set.

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Title Discs UK Release Date US Release Date US Equivalent Release Notes
Fantasia Collection:
Includes Fantasia and Fantasia 2000
3 December 11, 2000 November 14, 2000 Fantasia Anthology
  • Includes individual titles, plus a third Fantasia Legacy disc.
  • At the time of this release Fantasia was not considered to be part of the Disney Vault series.
  • Did not appear as a US Platinum edition.
Mulan: Special Edition 2 November 15, 2004 October 26, 2004 Special Edition
Pocahontas: Special Edition 2 March 7, 2005 May 3, 2005 10th Anniversary Edition
Alice in Wonderland: Special Edition 2 April 11, 2005 January 27, 2004 The Masterpiece Edition
  • Re-released in 2010 and 2011
Lilo and Stitch: Special Edition 2 August 22, 2005 March 24, 2009 Big Wave Edition
Tarzan: Special Edition 2 May 9, 2005 October 18, 2005 Special Edition
The Fox and the Hound: Special Edition 1 February 26, 2007 October 10, 2006 25th Anniversary Edition
Dumbo: Special Edition 1 May 7, 2007 June 6, 2006 Big Top Edition
  • Re-released in 2010
Robin Hood: Special Edition 1 May 7, 2007 November 28, 2006 Most Wanted Edition
The Aristocats: Special Edition 1 4 February 2008 5 February 2008 Special Edition
Aladdin: Musical Masterpiece Edition 1 July 7, 2008 Not released
The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition 1 August 18, 2008 June 17, 2008 45th Anniversary Edition
Oliver & Company: 20th Anniversary Edition 1 March 2, 2009 February 3, 2009 20th Anniversary Edition
Pocahontas: Musical Masterpiece Edition 1 5 October 2009 Not released
Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition 2 22 March 2010[1] September 20, 2011 TBA
  • Rerelease
  • Also released on Blu-ray/DVD Combo and 2-Disc DVD
Mulan: Musical Masterpiece Edition 1 22 March 2010[2] Not released
The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition 1 30 August 2010[3] September 14, 2010 25th Anniversary Edition
Fantasia 2 8 November 2010[4] 30 November 2010[5] Special edition
  • Rerelease
  • Released as a Blu-ray / DVD combi set with in either DVD or Blu-ray style packaging
  • Also released in a 2 Blu-ray set with Fantasia 2000
Alice in Wonderland 2 28 February 2011 1 February 2011 (Blu-ray)
30 March 2010 (DVD re-release)
Special Un-Anniversary Edition (DVD)
60th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
  • Rerelease
  • Also released on Blu-ray/DVD Combo (All-New Digital Restoration) and 2-Disc DVD (Like the 2004 Masterpiece Edition)

Walt Disney Studios Live Action Films

Each of these movies combines live action with animation segments.

Title Discs UK Release Date US Release Date US Equivalent Release Notes
Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition 2 March 7, 2005 December 14, 2004 40th Anniversary Edition
Mary Poppins: 45th Anniversary Edition 2 March 2, 2009 January 27, 2009 45th Anniversary Edition
  • Rerelease
Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Special Edition 1 October 5, 2009 September 8, 2009 Enchanted Musical Edition
Pete's Dragon: High-Flying Edition 1 October 5, 2009 August 18, 2009 High-Flying Edition

Disney Pixar

Title Discs UK Release Date US Release Date US Equivalent Release Notes
Toy Story: Special Edition 1 March 8, 2010 May 11, 2010 Special Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released on Blu-ray on the same day
Toy Story 2: Special Edition 1 March 8, 2010 May 11, 2010 Special Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released on Blu-ray on the same day

DisneyToon Studios

Title Discs UK Release Date US Release Date US Equivalent Release Notes
Return to Never Land: Pixie Powered Edition 1 June 16, 2008 November 27, 2007 Pixie Powered Edition
The Jungle Book 2: Special Edition 1 June 16, 2008 June 17, 2008 Special Edition
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Special Edition 1 September 29, 2008 September 16, 2008 Special Edition
The Tigger Movie: 10th Anniversary Edition 2 September 15, 2009 August 4, 2009 10th Anniversary Edition

Stop-motion films

Title Discs UK Release Date US Release Date US Equivalent Release Notes
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Collector's Edition 2 October 6, 2008 August 26, 2008 Collector's Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Also released on Blu-ray on the same day
James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition 2 Not Yet Released August 3, 2010 Special Edition
  • Rerelease
  • Pathé UK fromerly from Guild Film Distribution (1996–2010) Also released on Blu-ray on the same day

See also

References

  1. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002ZG8CRK
  2. http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=224;5;210;66;4&sku=310964
  3. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003TG5P8Y
  4. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003ZDO05K
  5. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040QTNSK

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