2. Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures Of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit
Walt Disney Home Entertainment (December 11 2007), 2 discs, 234 mins plus supplements, $33
The Walt Disney Treasures are a yearly staple and fans were rightly overjoyed to find they would continue this year (and next!), so while this isn’t the most packed set of the year, it’s the most unlikely. The sheer corporate politics new Disney chief Bob Iger went through to bring Walt’s first animated star “home” could go down as the stuff of legend, and that the Studio has actually done something with the property rather than let it lie as a museum legacy piece is commendable. It’s also among the rarest stuff you’ll see this year on DVD, and apart from a featurette exploration of what it took to get the Lucky Rabbit back, the topper is Leslie Iwerks’ exceptional The Hand Behind The Mouse feature documentary, saved from the VHS doldrums to join similar fare Frank & Ollie and Walt: The Man Behind The Myth on DVD. Coming on the same day as other recommended titles (more Chronological Donald and Disneyland sets), this is a truly special release, even getting its own gold-colored tin instead of the usual Walt Disney Treasures silver. We usually prefer packaging to stay consistent, but in this case the color switch truly recognizes just how special this collection is!
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