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  • Song of the South DVD

    OK... somebody tell me about these Song of the South DVD's that I'm seeing advertised on various websites.

    Are they for real?

    Has anybody ordered one?

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    There are lots of different bootleg versions of Walt Disney's "Song of the South" in the stratosphere, online, at conventions and swap meets. Did you know it is the highest grossing film of all time (other than current releases) never to have been made available on DVD? So there is a lot of demand.

    Of the ones out there, most were mastered either from the European PAL VHS videotapes (Disney marketed the title there in the 80's and 90's) or from the Japanese or Hong Kong NTSC laserdiscs of the 80's - 90's. The laserdisc mastered titles have better visual quality, but those copies from the Japanese master have Japanese subtitles during song sequences (the discs were bilingual, but the songs were not dubbed).

    Some of the bootleg DVDs have odd non-Disney extras. One of the cleverest fakes pretends to be a legal version available at Disneyland Paris and French Disney Stores and carries stickers to that effect. It's not true.

    Which is which is hard to say.

    If Disney refuses to make the film available, they should be acknowledged as having abandoned their commercial rights and it should be allowed into the public domain.

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      Then is it worth ordering a boot-leg version since the real thing is not available?

      Would I recognize the lower quality?

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        Re: Song of the South DVD

        Originally posted by merlinjones View Post
        ...Did you know it is the highest grossing film of all time (other than current releases) never to have been made available on DVD? So there is a lot of demand...
        Do you have a source on that? I'm just curious, because I think "This is Cinerama" grossed more and is not on DVD. I would think there are other films out there that outgrossed SOTS and have not made it to DVD. They just are less "controversial."

        From what I understand SOTS made $3 million in it's initial release then with re-releases padded it's total to around $35 million.

        Song of the South
        http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/...thesouth80.htm

        Cinerama
        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045231/business

        Sorry to sidetrack things.
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          Adjust for inflation through the five theatrical releases.

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            http://www.amug.org/~scrnsrc/top_gro...ovies_adj.html

            On this site it's #79 on all-time grossers adjusted for inflation.

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              Re: Song of the South DVD

              Originally posted by merlinjones View Post
              http://www.amug.org/~scrnsrc/top_gro...ovies_adj.html

              On this site it's #79 on all-time grossers adjusted for inflation.
              Cool, thanks for the info!
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                Re: Song of the South DVD

                I have not watched the bootleg DVDs people are selling. But I purchased a PAL tape I think either in England or at Disneyland Paris in the 90s. We have a VCR that plays both US tapes and PAL tapes. I tried to make a copy of it for my aunt, and the quality of the copy was terrible.
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                  Took the plunge and got a SotS DVD last year.
                  No idea where it came from (or perhaps was mastered from) originally but the quality was surprisingly good an worth the money.
                  Last edited by tjcjr; 06-28-2007, 05:22 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Song of the South DVD

                    I have a copy I forget if I got it on eBay or at a comic convention. The movie quality is very good indeed. If anyone ever wants a copy don't waste your money just let me know I'm always willing to make copys of this Disney classic.
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