Thursday, June 30, 2011

Disney Quietly Launches MOD DVD Program

Thanks to a tip from Twitter, I just learned that this week Disney has very quietly launched their own manufactured-on-demand DVD-R program, the Disney Generations Collection.

The launch was so quiet that it's hard to find more than a couple references to the program via Google as yet.

The first three titles are AMY (1981), GOLDRUSH (1998), and STUDENT EXCHANGE (1987).

I'm very excited about AMY, a film about a teacher of deaf children which I've not seen since its original theatrical release. The movie stars Jenny Agutter in the title role, with a supporting cast including Margaret O'Brien (who was then in her early 40s), Barry Newman, and Nanette Fabray; the casting of Fabray was particularly interesting as she is hearing-impaired in real life. I've been looking for this film to come to DVD for a long, long time.

GOLDRUSH is a TV-movie starring Alyssa Milano, and STUDENT EXCHANGE is another TV-movie with a cast including a young Maura Tierney and Heather Graham, plus Lisa Hartman, Gavin McLeod, Lindsay Wagner, and O.J. Simpson, back when everyone thought he was a nice guy.

At the Disney site buyers can click to buy direct from Disney or at Amazon, where one can find pages for AMY, GOLDRUSH, and STUDENT EXCHANGE.

Many of us have been watching for rumored MOD programs coming from Disney and Fox, and in the case of Disney, it's now here!


Blogger DorianTB said...

This soft-opening launch of Disney's new MOD DVD program sounds promising, Laura! Do you have any idea whether Disney might eventually add some of our favorites among Disney's edgier cartoon series, including NIGHTMARE NED, FILLMORE!, and TEAMO SUPREMO? Do keep us posted!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Robby Cress said...

How exciting! I've been waiting for Disney to jump on this bandwagon. Thanks for the heads-up!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Ed South said...

I love that movie AMY! Would love to see them do some more TV from the 50's - 80's including some of the WDW and Disneyland Specials!

How in the world, with the entire Disney library at their fingertips do they arrive at Goldrush as one of the first releases!?

9:20 PM  
Blogger KC said...

I remember watching Student Exchange on TV! Even back then I thought it was pretty cheesy. Very entertaining though. This Disney MOD thing should be interesting.

9:30 PM  

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