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This is an issue that has been on my mind for a very, very long time. I love Disney films. From Snow White to Frozen, almost every film is a masterpiece, filled with fun characters, amazing stories, incredible music, and more. But, ever since the introduction of DVD, Disney has pretty much stopped rereleasing its classic films into theaters. But I don’t think that should be the case. Here are three reasons why Disney should continue to rerelease its classics into theaters.
1. It’s a chance for us fans to enjoy our favorite films like never before.
Now, whether you watched the video or not, it has a point. For a long time, people have watched Star Wars on their TV screens, but that’s not the way it was supposed to be seen. So now let’s apply this to some of our favorite Disney movies. Think about the Beauty and the Beast ballroom scene or Cinderella’s dress transformation. How about one of the plethora of spectacular scenes from Disney’s The Lion King. Those scenes are amazing on their own, but imagine seeing them on the big screen. They would be larger than life! As a fan who never got to see Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, or Mulan on the big screen, I would definitely go and watch these movies if they were rereleased in theatres. Also, there are plenty of people who would flock to the screens to relive memories of watching their favorite films or introducing them to their siblings or children.
2. It’s a way for Disney to make extra $$$$.
Let’s be honest: Disney and money go hand in hand. If you don’t believe me, check the latest ticket prices to Walt Disney World. Disney is always looking for a way to make money to satisfy its stockholders. And why wouldn’t rereleasing some of its most treasured classics make some money. As Morgan Stradling pointed out on her YouTube review of the Mary Poppins Blu-ray, if Disney had simply rereleased the movie into theaters to promote the release of Saving Mr. Banks, the company could’ve made a nice portion of extra money. And, it’s not like Disney has to wonder if people will enjoy these movies–they are already established as movies that people will enjoy and go see.
Note: Disney should not rerelease its movies in IMAX or in 3-D. These make it more expensive and less convenient for fans to actually go and see the movie. Instead, Disney should simply opt for wide rereleases.
3. It would re-establish certain films as classics again.
Did you know that Aladdin made a killing at the box office back in the 90s? But recently (and understandably), Aladdin has sort of lost its popularity. But couldn’t a good rerelease change that a bit? It actually did for one movie. Alice In Wonderland came out in 1951, but it was a flop. Not that it deserved it, of course. However, when the psychedelic movement of the 1970s came around, Disney rereleased the movie, and it came back into the spotlight. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning the psychedelic movement, but nevertheless, it became a vehicle that brought Alice In Wonderland back into the spotlight.
Disney needs to bring back the long enjoyed practice of rereleasing their films into theaters. It’s a chance to see those films again, or seeing them for the first time in theaters. It’s also a great way for Disney to make some moola and bring certain films back into the spotlight (which, of course, might make more money for Disney). I really hope that Disney gets back to this practice, but, until then, at least we can enjoy our favorite films on Blu-ray.
So, what do you think? Should Disney rerelease its classics into theaters? Which one would you like to see back in theaters?
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