Walt Disney Treasures
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Walt Disney Treasures is a series of two-disc DVD collections of classic Disney cartoons, television episodes and other material. They cover material from the studio's earliest days to their more recent work. So far, there have been nine "waves" (series) of the DVDs, each containing two, three or four different sets, for a total of 30 titles.
The first wave was released to Region 1 DVD on December 4, 2001, as a part of Walt Disney's 100th birthday. They were sold in limited quantities. The numbered units are largely commercially unavailable outside of second-hand sales. Only a handful of these titles have been sold outside of Region 1.
Each title has been packaged in a numbered tin case. The first two waves featured numbers stamped into each case, while subsequent waves contained certificates of authenticity marking their numbers. The first three waves were bound in a cardboard sleeve displaying the reproduced signatures of Leonard Maltin and Roy Disney. In 2003, a Costco exclusive boxed set called The Ultimate Disney Treasure Chest presented the first two waves of the series, without the tin canisters (as pictured).
The DVD sets were the idea of film critic–historian Leonard Maltin, who appears in each set to introduce the DVDs, and to provide historical context to some of the more dated, and potentially offensive, works.
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave One — December 4, 2001
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Two — December 3, 2002
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Three — May 18, 2004
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Four — December 7, 2004
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Five — December 6, 2005
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Six — December 19, 2006
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Seven — December 11, 2007
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Eight — November 11, 2008
- Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Nine — November 3, 2009
Comic album line
In 2006, Gemstone Publishing published the first of two Walt Disney Treasures comic albums: "Disney Comics: 75 Years of Innovation", reprinting approximately 160 pages of vintage international comics in chronological order. Much like the DVD releases, the comic album featured some politically incorrect stories in unedited form, accompanied by an article to put them in historical context. The comic album also featured a cover designed to look much like the DVD series' cases.
Two more Treasures comic albums were announced for 2009, with the titles: Mickey Mouse: In Death Valley and Donald Duck: 75 Unlucky Years. However, due to the cessation of Gemstone's Disney comics license, these albums never came out in the Treasures series.