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MULAN Special Edition DVD Press Release

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<font size="5"><u>AVAILABLE OCTOBER 26</u></font>
<br><font size="7">MULAN</font>

<br><font size="5"><u>NEW SPECIAL EDITION DVD AND VIDEO

LOADED WITH BONUS FEATURES</u></font>

<font size="3"><i>Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes Including Alternate Openings

Never-Before-Heard Song “Keep ‘Em Guessing”

All-New Games & Activities

All-New Music Video Featuring Jackie Chan</font>

<font size="2">And More!</i></font></center>

<font size="2">BURBANK, Calif., May 10, 2004 – One of Disney’s greatest family films, <b>MULAN</b>,
returns on October 26 in a new <b>2-Disc SPECIAL EDITION DVD</b>. Families can now
experience the fun and adventure of this animated classic like never before with an allnew
digital transfer of the film, jam-packed with exclusive bonus features. This
magnificent Special Edition features never-before-seen deleted scenes including alternate
openings; the never-before-heard song “Keep ‘Em Guessing;” all-new games and
activities; the new “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” video with the world-famous Jackie
Chan; and lots, lots more. A film to be treasured, the new <b>MULAN SPECIAL
EDITION DVD</b> comes in a vibrant, collectible slipsleeve package.

Disney 2-Disc DVD: $29.99 (S.R.P.). VHS: $24.99 (S.R.P.).

<center><b>MULAN SPECIAL EDITION 2-DISC DVD
<u>BONUS MATERIALS</u></center></b>

<b>• Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
• THX Certified
• Family Friendly Widescreen (1.66:1) Enhanced for 16x9 televisions
• Spanish, French and Mandarin Language Tracks</b>

<center><b><u>DISC ONE</u></b></center>

<b>• FEATURE PRESENTATION – New Digital Transfer
• DELETED SCENES INCLUDING ALTERNATE OPENINGS
• “KEEP ‘EM GUESSING”</b>
Never-Before-Heard Deleted Song
<b>• DISNEY PEDIA: MULAN’S WORLD</b>
Explore the fascinating world of ancient China with your comical host, Mushu
<b>• MUSIC VIDEOS</b>

&#56256;&#56473; “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”
All-New Music Video Featuring Jackie Chan

&#56256;&#56473; “Reflection”
with Christina Aguilera

&#56256;&#56473; “True To Your Heart” Music Video
performed by 98º and Stevie Wonder

<b>• MULAN FUN FACTS</b>
Fun-filled trivia about the making of MULAN

<b>• AUDIO COMMENTARY with the filmmakers</b>

<center><b><u>DISC TWO</u></b></center>


<b>• THE JOURNEY BEGINS</b>

&#56256;&#56473; Discovering Mulan
Embark on a behind-the scenes adventure with the filmmakers
&#56256;&#56473; The Ballad Of Hua Mulan
&#56256;&#56473; Early Presentation Reels
&#56256;&#56473; Early Progression Reels

<b>• STORY ARTISTS JOURNEY</b>
&#56256;&#56473; Finding Mulan
&#56256;&#56473; Storyboard To Film Comparisons

<b>• DESIGN</b>
&#56256;&#56473; Art, character and color designs
&#56256;&#56473; Still Art Galleries
&#56256;&#56473; Character Design Galleries

<b>• PRODUCTION</b>
&#56256;&#56473; Production demonstrations
&#56256;&#56473; Story sketches, rough animation, clean up animation & effects on two
separate scenes
&#56256;&#56473; Digital production
&#56256;&#56473; Digital Dim Sum

<b>• MUSIC</b>
&#56256;&#56473; Songs Of Mulan
&#56256;&#56473; “Reflection” Music Video in Spanish

<b>• INTERNATIONAL MULAN</b>
&#56256;&#56473; Mulan’s International Journey
&#56256;&#56473; Multi-language Reel
&#56256;&#56473; Publicity Art Gallery

<b>…And More</b>


<center><u><b>CAST AND FILMMAKERS</b></u></center>
<b>MULAN</b> features a stellar voice cast. Acclaimed actress Ming-Na Wen (“The Joy Luck
Club”) stars as the voice of Mulan, and is accompanied by Eddie Murphy (“The Haunted
Mansion”) as Mushu the dragon, B.D. Wong (“Jurrassic Park”) as Shang, George Takei
(“Star Trek’s” Mr. Sulu) as First Ancestor, Pat Morita (“The Karate Kid”) as the
Emperor, and Miguel Ferrer (“Traffic”) as the villainous Hun leader, Shan-Yu. Lea
Salonga (Broadway’s “Miss Saigon”) and music legend Donny Osmond contribute standout
singing performances.

<b>MULAN</b> is directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft, and produced by Pam Coats.
Screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Christopher Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer &
Eugenia Bostwick Singer.

Based on a famous Chinese legend, <b>MULAN</b> chronicles the daring adventures of a young
Chinese woman whose irrepressible spirit clashes with her tradition-bound society.
Although her family wants her to marry, Mulan is comically out-of-place when it comes
to matchmaking, and she makes a hilarious mess out of her family’s plans. When her
country is forced into war by the invading Hun army, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes her
ailing father’s place in the Chinese army in order to save his life. With the hysterical
support of Mushu (Eddie Murphy), her feisty, fire-breathing, wanna-be guardian dragon,
Mulan disguises herself as a man and trains to become a brave and disciplined warrior.
With bold and selfless acts of courage, she brings victory to her country and honor to her
family.


<u><b><center>THE MUSIC</center></b></u>
<b>MULAN</b>’s original five songs were written by the talented songwriting team of Matthew
Wilder and David Zippel. Wilder’s pop sensibilities and Zippel’s witty and heartfelt
lyrics made for the perfect combination and together they helped to “musicalize” some of
the story’s most dramatic and thematic moments. Some of the songs use traditional
Chinese instrumentation such as temple flutes and drums, a gushen (a koto) and an er-hu.
All of this was processed through Wilder’s sensibilities for western music and pop to
come up with something that sounded quite unique. “Honor To Us All” is heard as
Mulan prepares to meet a matchmaker. The beautiful ballad “Reflection,” sung by Lea
Salonga, reflects Mulan’s inner desire to be herself. The entertaining “I’ll Make A Man
Out Of You” is sung by Donny Osmond, while the comical “A Girl Worth Fighting For”
is sung by Mulan’s fellow soldiers as they march. The film’s thrilling score was written
by Jerry Goldsmith, a 1977 Academy Award© winner for Best Original Score for “The
Omen,” and the recipient of 13 other Academy Award™ nominations.

<u><b>STREET DATE: October 26, 2004</b></u>
<u>Feature running time</u>: Approximately 88 minutes
<u>DVD aspect ratio</u>: Family Friendly 1.66:1 (widescreen)
Animated Aspect Ratio
Enhanced for 16x9 screens
<u>Suggested retail price</u>: $29.99 DVD. $24.99 VHS.
<u>Rated</u>: “G” General Audiences
<u>Bonus material</u>: Not Rated. Bonus material subject to change.
<u>Sound</u>: All-new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
THX certified, including THX Optimizer
<u>Direct Prebook</u>: August 31
<u>Distributor Prebook</u>: September 14


<b><font size="4">PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON...</font></b>

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<font size="4"><a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/mulan.html">Read our <b>MULAN: SPECIAL EDITION</b> DVD Review</a></font>
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Wow! Cool information and a quick update Luke.
I will get this DVD in November I was waiting for a Mulan 2 Disc DVD!!
I can't wait I must have it in my hands now.
With better extras then the boneless Limited Edition.
I wonder who has the Mulan Limited Edition. :D


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Music Videos

“I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”
All-New Music Video Featuring Jackie Chan

“Reflection”
with Christina Aguilera

“True To Your Heart” Music Video
performed by 98º and Stevie Wonder
Christina Aguilera and 98 degree rocks!!!
I really hope the music videos will be good!!!!
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Wow! This is great... It seems Disney has decided to turn to collector's again! I mean, they even announced the audio commentary and no children's games!
I'm only a bit disappointed that it seems there will be no box set... Which is weird, because Disney themselves announced it to lots of sites.
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Hmmm... Interesting. 1.66:1 instead of the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the gold collection disc. This means we get the full animation frame with no cropping. And a 5.1 Disney enhanced home theater mix... like the one that was included with The Lion King? Not bad.
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Awesome!
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Joe Carioca wrote:Wow! This is great... It seems Disney has decided to turn to collector's again! I mean, they even announced the audio commentary and no children's games!
I'm only a bit disappointed that it seems there will be no box set... Which is weird, because Disney themselves announced it to lots of sites.
Hehe... yeah Joe, I'm glad that there's no "Virtual Temple Playtime" or some shit clogging up this release! :lol:

And yeah, I'm also confused about the box set. Guess it's better to keep that as a Platinum thing, though - since a box set of Aladdin is far more likely to sell than a box set of Mulan - especially at $50 a pop. :o
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Post by Jack »

Looks like quite a marked improvement from other recent 2-Disc sets! Good to see all those galleries, progression reels, demos, & deleted scenes. It's great that there's a lot to look forward to besides the chance to own the movie itself after the OOP drought.

The only possible downside is what could be the return of ultra-fragmented, mini-featurettes like those on TLK. I really enjoyed Brother Bear's 45-min segmented documentary, and I hope Mulan's featurettes are closer to that than TLK's (which really left a bad taste in my mouth).
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Wow I am so excited I can't wait for October Aladdin and Mulan SCORE! I am loving the idea of all the extra features :D .
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I can't believe nobody's mentioned this:
A film to be treasured, the new MULAN SPECIAL
EDITION DVD comes in a vibrant, collectible slipsleeve package.
WOOHOO!!!! :D :D :up: :up: The Slipcase is back!!!!! It seems as if it's now reserved for special/important releases.

Can't wait for official news on the giftset!
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I'll hope they include the trailers and TV spots. Great that ther will be an art gallery...
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I'm not surprised there is no Collector's gift set for this one. Releasing 2 box sets in one month would probably not sell so well.

Glad to see the cardboard sleeve is back. It is sooo important to the viewability of the discs :P
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Why does this Mulan set look like a Platinum Edition? It's got so many extras, just like the Sleeping Beauty DVD last year! It feels that now Platinum Edition is not so special anymore.
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WOW.... this sounds like a return to a Snow Whte type of dvd. This is SO awesome... I honestly cannot wait... Too bad there's no gift set, but the discs make up for it. This is loaded with all we want in a good dvd!! Im so happy :)
• INTERNATIONAL MULAN
&#56256;&#56473; Mulan’s International Journey
&#56256;&#56473; Multi-language Reel
&#56256;&#56473; Publicity Art Gallery
I hope the publicity section includes the theatrical trailers and the TV spots.. they add something to the whole thing. They are my favorite extras and I was so disapointed by TLK. But this sounds better... this is gonna rock!
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disneychris04 wrote:Why does this Mulan set look like a Platinum Edition? It's got so many extras, just like the Sleeping Beauty DVD last year! It feels that now Platinum Edition is not so special anymore.
I've been thinking the EXACT SAME THING for a while now. 'Course, I'm just happy to have them all the same.
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If there was going to be a Gift Set, I'm pretty sure they'd have it mentioned in the press release or listed somewhere. I'm not saying it's impossible, but I'm not holding out complete hope for a Gift Set based on that one site's mention.
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DVDFile and DAVISDVD mentioned a gift set. We shall have to see. October is a long way off after all.

As for the Publicity Gallery, don't assume it will include trailers. After all, the Lion King's didn't.
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2099net wrote:DVDFile and DAVISDVD mentioned a gift set. We shall have to see. October is a long way off after all.
Well, DavisDVD often just regurgitates other's stories, so that's probably the case with this one. And we all know that DVDFile's report wasn't initially wrong in any way. ;)
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Luke,
thanks a lot for the information. I cannot wait to have it in my hands. I am very excited about the actual legend of Muland and all the production stuff.
There goes one more for my collection!! :)
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2099net wrote:DVDFile and DAVISDVD mentioned a gift set. We shall have to see. October is a long way off after all.

As for the Publicity Gallery, don't assume it will include trailers. After all, the Lion King's didn't.
I know, but didnt BatB have some not-mentioned trailers? I dont quit remember. I know BatB had them, but not if they were mentioned. If Mulan does turn out to have them.. then this is pretty exciting :)
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I find it odd it's placed in the "International Mulan" section. That's all. Plus, the Lion King DVD had no trailers, but managed to give us umpteen soundtrack covers, where, as far as I can remember, the only difference were the language the Lion King was written in. :roll:

Of course, that's not to say the trailers can't be elsewhere, included in the now obligitary "and more"
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