The Burial of Kojo Picked Up By Ava Duvernay's ARRAY

The Burial of Kojo picked up by Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY

Deadline has brought word that, following its award-winning debut at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, The Burial of Kojo has been acquired by Ava Duvernay’s independent film studio ARRAY for a release on Netflix.

RELATED: The Red Line Trailer: Get A First Look at Ava DuVernay’s CBS Limited Series

The film, written and directed by musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, follows the young Esi as she travels on a magical journey to find her missing father and uncle, the latter of whom has trapped her father in a mine shaft during an illegal mining expedition.

The Burial of Kojo marks ARRAY’s 22nd acquisition, expanding its collection of inclusive and unique storytelling, namely this film, which blends a familial narrative with magical realism and Afrofuturism.

“Through his fantastic film, director Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule weaves African mythology and socio-political issues into a stunning tapestry punctuated by both drama and dreams,” ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones said. “We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition.”

RELATED: Netflix Acquires The Red Sea Diving Resort Starring Chris Evans

The acquisition comes shortly after the studio also picked up the documentary MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen from Hepi Mita highlighting his mother and her work as an activist and a Sundance Institute advisor that would lead her down the road to becoming the first indigenous woman to direct a film on her own.

ARRAY and Netflix have set a release date for The Burial of Kojo for March 31, as well as a limited theatrical release in the United States.

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Universal Pushes Fast and Furious 9 Back To Memorial Day 2020

Universal Pushes Fast and Furious 9 back to Memorial Day 2020

Universal has announced that the ninth installment of its smash hit franchise, Fast and Furious 9, is moving back once again from its original Easter weekend 2020 release to Memorial Day weekend on May 22, 2020, according to Variety.

RELATED: Fast and Furious 9 Probably Won’t Include The Rock

The film is supposed to be the second part of what’s been described as a new trilogy starting with The Fate of the Furious and ending with the tenth installment, which is also set to serve as the conclusion of the main series. The ninth installment of the blockbuster franchise has been in development since last May when Daniel Casey was hired to pen the script instead of series mainstay Chris Morgan.

Fast and Furious 9 was originally set to hit theaters on April 19, 2019 but was pushed back a year to make room for the first spin-off in the series, Hobbs & Shaw, which is now scheduled to hit theaters on August 2.

Morgan has been the chief writer of the franchise since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third installment in the franchise, but due to his work on the upcoming spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, focused on Dwayne Johnson (Rampage) and Jason Statham’s (The Meg) characters, he had to relinquish his duties on writing the sequel.

RELATED: Kin’s Daniel Casey to Write Fast and Furious 9

Casey is one of the co-writers behind the upcoming sci-fi thriller Kin, which has been getting positive early attention from audiences following the release of its trailer a few weeks ago. One of his most recent screenplays, The Heavy, has been a major topic of discussion among Hollywood producers for its unique take on the sci-fi genre, and was recently picked up by Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams and is set to begin filming sometime later this year.

Fast and Furious 9 is set for a May 22, 2020 release with Justin Lin set to return to directing in the franchise, having directed four prior installments including the third through sixth installments.

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Bond 25 Release Date Pushed Back To Easter 2020

Bond 25 release date pushed back to Easter 2020

Deadline reports that 25th James Bond movie, the long-awaited next installment of the blockbuster spy franchie has been pushed back from its Valentine’s 2020 release date. Bond 25 will now bow in theaters the Wednesday before Easter, April 8, by MGM.

RELATED: French Actress Lea Seydoux Will Return for Bond 25

Though pushing the film back two month might be a disappointment for fans who have been waiting to see Daniel Craig (Logan Lucky) return to the suave spy role, the new release date will give the untitled next entry a much better chance to take the box office as there is nothing else currently slated for that release date, with Fast & Furious 9 being pushed back to Memorial Day 2020.

Returning cast members for the next film include Craig, Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), Lea Seydoux (Spectre), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Ben Whishaw (Paddington 2).

Bond 25 has seen its share of problems over the past year. It was initially to be directed by Danny Boyle, who exited the project abruptly this summer over creative differences. This delayed production while the studio was forced to search for new directors, before eventually landing on Cary Joji Fukunaga, best known for directing the first season of HBO’s True Detective.

RELATED: BREAKING: Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct James Bond 25, Set for 2020 Debut

EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios recently reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film. The superspy’s previous outing, Spectre, opened in U.S. theaters on November 16, 2015. The film earned $200 million domestically and $680.6 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $880.7 million.

The as-yet-untitled Bond 25 is due to hit cinemas on April 8, 2020.

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Dune Movie Release Date Set for November 2020

Dune movie release date set for November 2020

Warner Bros. Pictures has set the Dune movie release date! Director Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel will arrive in theaters on November 20, 2020. Currently no other film is scheduled for release on that date, but the movie opens just after Paramount’s new Rugrats movie and Universal Pictures’ Red Notice. Dune will also debut five days ahead of an Untitled Disney Animation film.

The new Dune movie will feature an all-star ensemble cast that includes Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode IX), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Stellan Skarsgård (Thor), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Josh Brolin (Sicario), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Dave Bautista (Avengers: Infinity War).

Set in the distant future, Dune follows Paul Atreides, whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, jurisdiction over Arrakis is contested among competing noble families. After Atreides is betrayed, he leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign.

RELATED: Dune Movie Reboot Adds Javier Bardem

Dune was previously adapted by David Lynch in 1985, and it was also a series of TV miniseries starting in 2000 on SYFY. Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve will helm the Dune remake. Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts wrote the script, and it is being produced by Legendary Pictures.

If Dune proves to have better luck at the box office than Lynch’s film, then there’s plenty of material for sequels. Herbert wrote five additional Dune novels before his death in 1986. Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert and novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborated on a number of Dune books as well. Brian Herbert and Anderson are both involved with the Dune remake, as an executive producer and creative consultant, respectively.

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Marvel’s Loki series gains Rick & Morty writer as showrunner

The wheels are turning on Marvel Studios’ first offering for Disney+. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has recruited Michael Waldron to spearhead their new Loki series headlined by everyone’s favorite god of mischief. Tom Hiddleston will reprise his iconic role from the MCU films in the upcoming show.

Waldron will pen the script for Loki’s pilot episode and executive produce the series. As a writer and producer, Waldron has worked on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. He has also collaborated with Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon on a few other projects, including Community and HarmonQuest. Waldron also garnered attention for a blacklisted spec script titled The Worst Guy in the World (and the Girl Who Came to Kill Him). That film is currently in development at QuiBi with Greg Silverman producing.

RELATED: Tom Hiddleston Promises More Mischief in Disney+ Loki Series

Marvel declined to comment on Waldron’s hiring. However, THR shared a few details about what we can expect from the new series. Apparently, Hiddleston’s Loki will assume the role of a more mischievous Doctor Who and exact his dubious influence on various events in human history. Based on this, it sounds like Loki primarily takes place in Midgard (Earth). But hopefully, we’ll get to see him travel to other realms as well.

Of course, this isn’t the only show that Marvel is developing for Disney’s streaming service. Captain Marvel co-screenwriter Jac Schaeffer was recently tapped to develop a Vision and Scarlet Witch series starring Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen. Empire scribe Malcolm Spellman has also reportedly been hired to write a team-up vehicle for Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier.

Now that Michael Waldron is onboard as showrunner, are you more or less excited for Marvel’s Loki series? Give us your impressions in the comment section below!

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The Umbrella Academy Season 1 Episode 1

The Umbrella Academy Episode 1 Recap

The Umbrella Academy season 1 episode 1 kicks off in Russia on October 1, 1989. At noon on that day, 43 women all around the world who were not pregnant when the day began all gave birth at the same time. Eccentric billionaire and adventurer Sir Reginald Hargreeves attempted to adopt as many of those kids as possible and raise them under his tutelage. He ended up with seven kids. Thirty years later, this is their story.

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Child #1 is Luthor. He has an abnormal amount of muscle and is physically bigger and stronger than the rest of the group. As the #1, he was trained from birth to be the leader of the group. Luthor is stationed alone on the moon when he learns of Hargreeves’s death.

Diego

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Diego is quick and agile. His specialty is throwing knives. He lives as a vigilante and is breaking up a home invasion and robbery when her sees the news of Hargreeves’s death on TV.

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Allison is a movie star. She has the ability to make people do whatever she says, but she couldn’t keep her marriage together, not custody of her child because she refuses to use her powers anymore. She is on the red carpet when word hit the press about Hargreeves’s death.

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Klaus is an addict who bounces in and out of rehab. When he’s high and/or drunk, he’s not haunted by his ability to see and commune with the dead. He’s in the back of an ambulance after an overdose when he learns of Hargreeves’s death.

Number Five

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The fifth child is simply Number Five. He has no name because Hargreeves never named the kids. They were subjects to him, not adopted offspring. Number Five disappeared just over 16 years ago when he was 13 years old.

Ben

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Ben is dead. His grave is on the Academy’s grounds. Episode 1 does not explain how Ben died, but he was both reluctant to use his powers–to turn into a tentacled beast–and at some point an exercise went awry, causing Hargreeves to send Luthor away to the moon to live in isolation. Perhaps the two things are related.

Vanya

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Vanya is the only one of the seven adoptees who has no super powers. As such, she was an outside among the kids. When the rest got matching tattoos to denote their team affiliation, she had to draw her own on with a pen. Vanya wrote a tell-all autobiography about living in the Umbrella Academy, which earned her scorn from the rest of the group.

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The children, now 30 years old, gather together for the first time in the house they were raised in. Luthor suspects that one of them killed Hargreeves, in part because the old man’s monocle is missing. The piece has no value, so someone took it as a trophy. Diego says that there are no signs of a struggle. Hargreeves was just a sad, bitter old man who died all alone in a big house after driving everyone away. Luthor wants Klaus to talk with their “father”, but Klaus isn’t sober enough to do so.

As the group prepares to say goodbye to the old man, a portal opens and Number Five is flung through. He has been gone for 45 years, having lived a full life, and now his 58 year old consciousness is back in this time in his 13 year old body. Upon arriving, his is concerned about the date. With Ben’s graveside statue filling in, all are gathered together for the the first time in year, along with Pogo the talking chimp butler and Mother, the robot who took care of the kids. The scene is hardly peaceful, resulting in the seven splitting up and going their separate ways.

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Number Five heads to a donut shop for coffee, where he is tracked by armed men. Weapons drawn, they tell Number Five that he’s to come with them. Instead, Number Five kills them all, jumping from portal to portal around the shop and getting the drop on the armed men. Number Five digs a tracker out of his arm and heads to Vanya’s apartment where he tells her the whole story. When he first jumped into the future, humanity was wiped out. He never discovered what killed them, but he knows that whatever it is happens in 8 days. They need to stop the apocalypse, but he has no idea what it is.

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New Gotham Promo: Witness Jeremiah's Final Act of Insanity

New Gotham promo: Witness Jeremiah’s Final Act of Insanity

FOX has released a new Gotham Season 5 trailer revealing the return of Jeremiah Valeska (guest star Cameron Monaghan) in episode 5.07. You can check out the trailer below now!

Written by Tze Chun, the official synopsis for next Thursday’s episode, “Ace Chemicals,” reads as follows:

“Gordon races to uncover the criminal element threatening Gotham’s reunification with the mainland; with the help of the Mad Hatter, Jeremiah returns and organizes a twisted re-creation of the murder of Bruce’s parents.”

RELATED: Gotham Episode 5.05 Promo: Prepare for Bane

The series stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, and Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman. Gotham also features Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s Ah Ghul, and Crystal Reed as Sofia Falcone.

Gotham is based upon DC characters and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens serve as executive producers on the series.

The fifth and final season of Gotham airs Thursday nights on FOX.

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Andrew Bernstein to Direct The Outsider Adaptation of Stephen King's Novel

Andrew Bernstein to direct The Outsider adaptation of Stephen King’s novel

Deadline is reporting that Emmy-nominee Andrew Bernstein (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) will direct several episodes of HBO’s supernatural drama The Outsider. Bernstein will also serve as executive producer on the project, which is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel.

Bernstein’s credits include Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, Mad Men, Castle Rock, Ozark, and Fear the Walking Dead.

The Outsider cast includes lead star Ben Mendelsohn alongside Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale), Bill Camp (The Looming Tower), Mare Winningham (George Wallace), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), Yul Vázquez (I Am the Night), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark) as regulars with Hettienne Park (Hannibal) and Michael Esper (Trust) set to appear in recurring roles.

Mendelsohn will also serve as the show’s producer along with Ozark‘s Jason Bateman who will executive produce.

RELATED: Cynthia Erivo and More Join Ben Mendelsohn in HBO’s The Outsider

The Outsider, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case. Richard Price (The Night Of) will pen the series with Bateman set to direct the first two episodes through his Aggregate Films banner.

The adaptation will be produced by Media Rights Capital and Temple Hill Entertainment. Jack Bender (Mr. Mercedes), Price, Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Aggregate’s Michael Costigan are all set as executive producers.

Mendelsohn is best known for his role as Danny Rayburn in Netflix’s Bloodline which had earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He was recently seen in films such as: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One as Nolan Sorrento; and in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood opposite Taron Egerton. Mendelsohn will next be seen in Marvel Studios’s upcoming Captain Marvel and in Netflix’s The King starring alongside Academy Award-nominated actor Timothee Chalamet, both films are scheduled to debut in 2019.

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Netflix Acquires The Red Sea Diving Resort Starring Chris Evans

Netflix acquires The Red Sea Diving Resort starring Chris Evans

Netflix has acquired the global rights, excluding China, to BRON Studios’ The Red Sea Diving Resort, starring Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame, Knives Out).

The Red Sea Diving Resort is based on one of the most remarkable rescue missions ever, the exodus of the Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel in the early ’80s. Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who led the mission. The story begins in the late ’70s when the spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities when it was ordered to help in the transfer of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who were stuck in refugee camps in Sudan and deliver them to the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan and deployed a handful of operatives (including a team of Ethiopians on the ground) to launch and oversee the exodus to the Promised Land, by sea, and by air, in the early 1980s. The Mossad’s Red Sea Diving Resort operated for five years and saved thousands of refugees and brought them to Israel.

RELATED: Chris Evans Heads to The Red Sea Diving Resort

Also starring in the project are Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven), Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle), Emmy nominee Michael Kenneth Williams (Vice), Michiel Huisman (The Haunting of Hill House), Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets), and Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi). Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who leads the mission together with courageous local Kabede Bimro, played by Kenneth Williams.

The Red Sea Diving Resort is produced by Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios, Alexandra Milchan of EMJAG Productions and Gideon Raff himself in association with Creative Wealth Media, whose Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack serve as executive producers.

Netflix will release The Red Sea Diving Resort later this year.

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Saving Kenan: Chris Rock to Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot

Saving Kenan: Chris Rock to direct Kenan Thompson comedy pilot

Chris Rock (Head of State) is set to direct and executive produce the Saving Kenan comedy pilot starring Kenan Thompson (SNL) for NBC, Variety has confirmed.

RELATED: Kenan Thompson Executive Producing All That Revival on Nickelodeon

In Saving Kenan, Thompson will play a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.

Besides starring on Saturday Night Live, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and won in 2018 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, Thompson’s credits also include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Snakes on a Plane, Barbershop 2, All That, and Kenan & Kel.

Rock is best known for his stand-up comedy and acting, but he has also directed many projects, including Head of State, I Think I Love My Wife, Top Five, an episode of Everybody Hates Chris which he co-created with Ali LeRoi, and the comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.

RELATED: Javier Bardem, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & More Join Sally Potter’s New Drama

Jackie Clarke will serve as writer and executive producer for Saving Kenan, with Thompson, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer also executive producing. Universal Television will produce in association with Michaels’ Broadway Video.

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Netflix's You Season 2 Begins Production

Netflix’s You season 2 begins production

Netflix’s You has begun production on Season 2 as the cast have teased the first table read of the upcoming season. Check out the photos now in the gallery below!

You Season 2 stars returning cast members Penn Badgley and Ambyr Childers, with new cast including  Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham), Adwin Brown (Heathers), James Scully (Heathers), and Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin).

RELATED: Gotham’s Robin Lord Taylor Joins You Season 2

In Season 1 of You, a brilliant male bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) who crosses paths with an aspiring female writer (Elizabeth Lail), pushes the limits of “love” to the test. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager’s obsession. Using social media and the internet, he uses every tool at his disposal to become close to her, even going so far as to remove any obstacle — including people — that stands in his way of getting to her

Season 2 of the series will be loosely based on the second novel in the series, Hidden Bodies, which will follow Goldberg as he travels to Los Angeles and meets aspiring chef Love Quinn, who is uninterested in social media the way his previous love interest was.

RELATED: You Season 2: Adwin Brown Joins Victoria Pedretti in Recurring Role

Developed by Sera Gamble & Greg Berlanti based on the book by Caroline Kepnes, You launched as a Lifetime series with Netflix as SVOD/international partner. Starting with Season 2, You will be a Netflix original. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions, Man Sewing Dinosaur and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Berlanti, Gamble, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, and Marcos Siega are executive producers.

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The Little Mermaid Teaser Poster

The Little Mermaid marked a return to fairy tale musicals for the Mouse House in the 80s. But unlike other Disney princesses, Ariel is cut from a different mold. No, it’s not because she’s a mermaid. It’s because her predicament isn’t exactly dire. Whereas other princesses are trying to get away from someplace awful or save someone, Ariel’s situation falls more on the selfish side. Sure, the story of someone longing to broaden her horizons is something that is totally relatable. But her method to expand her horizons is both childish and petty.

Nevertheless, The Little Mermaid is full of memorable characters. Not to mention, every single main character plays a meaningful part in Ariel’s journey. There’s not one character that’s underused—everyone has the right amount of screentime.

Yet the most memorable thing about the film is the music. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s music brings out a lot of emotions. “Part of Your World” is a wonderful ballad that easily evokes joy to those that listen to it. As classic as “Part of Your World” is, it’s “Under the Sea” that’s the most memorable of them all. The reggae and calypso tone mixed with catchy lyrics is what made “Under the Sea” one of Disney’s most beloved songs. If anything, the song will make you get up and dance in your seats.

The animation is also superb for a film in the 80s. Their decision to go back in time and use Disney’s old live-action reference approach has ultimately paid off. The emotion and body language of the characters all look natural. However, it is a little weird seeing the characters drawn and colored so flatly. There’s no shading whatsoever in these characters.

Overall, The Little Mermaid is an exceptional return to the fairy tale musical genre for Disney. But like most returns, there is a lot of rust that the studio had to shake off. Yet the music of the film and Mermaid‘s beloved characters is what makes the film such a classic.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

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The Little Mermaid hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Although there is an improvement in the picture quality, some elements aren’t as good. Much of that has to do with the source material. First of all, the contrast is a bit flat, and the brightness is a bit low too. Meaning that the bright areas are a soft white instead of a vibrant white. Fortunately, the black levels are a deep black. Since there aren’t many shadows in the film, you won’t find any shadow loss at all. The film does have a wide color palette and the color saturation is nice and even, but none of the colors pop from the screen.

Despite all that, the picture clarity is the best part of the video transfer. The drawn lines around the characters are crisp and well-defined. At the same time, there isn’t a hint of flicker; something that you typically find in older animated films. Yet there is a good amount of noticeable film grain in this transfer. Overall, this is a proper video transfer for the Signature Collection.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

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The Little Mermaid hits Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. For an older film, this Blu-ray release has a modest audio mix. The dynamic panning of the sound effects throughout the soundstage is accurate. Also, the effects spread across the soundstage but it doesn’t happen that often. Sadly, the atmospherics is limited too. The mix doesn’t envelop you in a scene unless it calls for it. Not even the score envelopes the soundstage. The music is mostly relegated to the front channels. You can distinctly hear the music layered in front channels but not much in the rears. However, the dialogue is crystal clear in the center channel. When it comes to the subwoofer, it rumbles once in a while but this is a film where it happens very often. Overall, this is a pretty decent audio mix.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

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The Little Mermaid has the following special features on it:

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  • What I Want From You Is… YOUR VOICE
  • Stories from Walt’s Office: Gadgets & Gizmos
  • #TreasuresUntold
  • DCapella ‘Part of Your World’ Music Video
  • Deleted Character: Harold the Merman
  • Under the Scene: The Art of the Live-Action Reference
  • Howard’s Lecture

“Alan Menken and the Leading Ladies” is a nice “roundtable” type discussion about Alan Menken’s work with 21 years of work with Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas), Lillias White (Hercules), and Donna Murphy (Tangled). Seeing Menken play these iconic songs and the stories with these ladies are terrific. They have such a good time together and sharing stories about their experiences.

“What I Want From You Is… YOUR VOICE” gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s original recording sessions. There’s nothing too informative about this piece but it may trigger some nostalgia by seeing all of the archival footage. “Stories from Walt’s Office: Gadgets & Gizmos” is always a good featurette to watch because it gives you an inside look at Walt’s life.

“#TreasuresUntold” is the Disney Channel featurette which does cater to the younger crowd. However, the featurette does have a lot of delightful Easter eggs that most fans might not know about. “Harold the Merman” is a unique animation that uses nothing but storyboards. But unlike other deleted scenes made out of storyboards, this one is animated beautifully through parallax animation.

“Under the Scene: The Art of the Live-Action Reference” is easily the most in-depth featurette on this disc. “Under the Scene” breaks down the process of live-action reference animation and the help it gave towards animating The Little Mermaid. “Howard’s Lecture” is a sweet and loving tribute to lyricist Howard Ashman. In this featurette, Ashman is giving a TED talk style speech about the importance of music in animation.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, The Little Mermaid is a fantastic Disney film aided by classic songs and memorable characters. The video and audio are suitable for an older film. When it comes to the special features, they’re all in-depth and informative featurettes.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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