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Is The Disney Treasures 10th Wave Worth The Wait?

Updated on November 26, 2017

In 2001 Disney Studios began releasing a series of DVD sets called Walt Disney Treasures. For $25 you got a two DVD set that came in a decorative tin case, each numbered as proof what you were buying was a limited collector item. Most of the sets were the studios classic animated shorts, but others were episodes of the Disneyland anthology series, and episodes of The Mickey Mouse Club. For Disneyphiles the sets were a godsend. These were cartoons and television programs they had been wanting to collect on home video for decades. Each year Disney released a new "wave" of Treasures. The three to four new sets released the same day. In 2009 Disney released the ninth wave. Unusual, as it was only two sets, both which were separate seasons of Zorro, and both sets which held seven discs instead of the usual two. The entire series released in two Treasure sets. There was no tenth wave. Disney never officially announced any cancellation of the Treasure series, although Leonard Maltin who produced each wave would often say that the series was as good as dead.

That is until the recent leaked memo that Disney was planning a to release the tenth wave, this time on Blu-Ray. As a Disneyphile myself who bought every Treasure tin when they were released, I would like to give you my own opinion. But first, what Disney is planning to release:

IPFR: Disney Treasures: Wave Ten

TIN 10-1
Star Wars original ( 1977 theatrical version restored )
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope ( 1997 Special Edition release )
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope ( 3D Edition )
The Star Wars Holiday Special ( 1978 remastered & restored )
The Making of Star Wars ( 1977 remastered )
Saturday Night Live Star Wars sketch with Carrie Fisher
Two Donnie & Marie Star Wars sketches with Anthony Daniels
Bob Hope Christmas Special Star Wars sketch with Mark Hamill
Richard Pryor Show Star Wars sketch
Muppet Show skit featuring Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew
Two Sesame Street skits featuring Anthony Daniels
Grauman's Chinese Theater ceremony with the Star Wars droids
Four PSAs featuring Star Wars characters
Han Shot First!: A compilation of all the edits of the shootout between Han Solo and Greedo
Documentary: The visual effects of Star Wars
Documentary: The sound effects of Star Wars
Documentary: Alec Guinness
Documentary: Peter Cushing
Documentary: David Prowse
Documentary: James Earl Jones
Deleted scenes
Image gallery of production art, storyboards and promotional material
Theatrical trailers and television spots from all Episode IV releases

TIN 10-2
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 theatrical version restored )
Star Wars Eposode V: The Empire Strikes Back ( 1997 Special Edition release )
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back ( 3D Edition )
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 remastered )
Vintage featurettes on the animation of the walkers and the Yoda puppet
Documentary: The music of John Williams
Documentary: The production design of Star Wars
Documentary : Carrie Fisher
Documentary: Mark Hamill
Documentary: Harrison Ford
Documentary: Peter Mayhew
Screen tests
Deleted scenes
Image gallery of production art, storyboards and promotional material
Theatrical trailers and television spots for all Episode V releases

TIN 10-3
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi ( 1983 theatrical version restored )
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi ( 1997 Special Edition release. )
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi ( 3D Edition )
The Ewok Adventure ( 1984 )
Ewoks: The Battle For Endor ( 1985 )
Return of the Ewok ( mastered from archive 16MM print )
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi ( remastered )
Return of the Jedi music video
Ewok Celebration: A compilation of all the edits of the final scene from Return of the Jedi
Documentary: The Star Wars Expanded Universe
Documentary: The Merchandising of Star Wars
Documentary: Anthony Daniels
Documentary: Kenny Backer
Documentary: Billy Dee Williams
Documentary: Frank Oz
Deleted scenes
Image gallery of production art, storyboards and promotional material
Theatrical trailers and television spots for all Episode VI releases

TIN 10-4
Swamp Fox episodes:
Day of Reckoning ( January 8, 1960 )
Redcoat Strategy ( January 15, 1960 )
A Case of Treason ( January 22, 1960 )
A Woman's Courage ( January 8, 1961 )
Horses for Green ( January 15, 1961 )
Elfego Baca episodes:
Lawman or Gunman? ( November 28, 1958 )
Law and Order Incorporated ( December 12, 1958 )
The Griswold Murder ( February 20, 1959 )
Move Along Mustangers ( November 13, 1959 )
Mustang Men, Mustang Maid ( November 20, 1959 )
Friendly Enemies at Law ( March 18, 1960 )
Gus Tomlin is Dead ( March 25, 1960 )
Feature film Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law ( 1962 )
Documentary: The Legend of the Swamp Fox
Documentary: The Nine Lives of El Gato
Interview with Leslie Nielsen

TIN 10-5
Private Pluto ( 1943 )
Squatters Rights ( 1946 )
Chip an' Dale ( 1947 )
Three for Breakfast ( 1948 )
Winter Storage ( 1949 )
All in a Nutshell ( 1949 )
Toy Tinkers ( 1949 )
Crazy Over Daisy ( 1950 )
Trailer Horn ( 1950 )
Food for Feudin' ( 1950 )
Out on a Limb ( 1950 )
Chicken in the Rough ( 1950 )
Corn Chips ( 1951 )
Test Pilot Donald ( 1951 )
Out of Scale ( 1951 )
Donald Applecore ( 1952 )
Two Chips and a Miss ( 1952 )
Pluto's Christmas Tree ( 1952 )
Working For Peanuts ( 1953 )
The Lone Chipmunks ( 1954 )
Dragon Around ( 1954 )
Up a Tree ( 1955 )
Chips Ahoy ( 1956 )
Segments from the feature films Fun and Fancy Free ( 1947 ) and Mickey's Christmas Carol ( 1983 )
Four shorts from Mickey Mouse Works
Mickey Mouse episode Space Walkies
five episodes from Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Documentary: The voices of Chip n' Dale
Story boards for two unproduced Chip n' Dale shorts

Lets begin with the obvious complaint. Walt Disney Treasures was created by Leonard Maltin as a way to release on home video the cartoon shorts and television programs Walt Disney himself had worked on. On a rare occasion a shorts collection would contain a few modern era cartoons as a bonus, basically to show how Mickey, Goofy or some other Disney character was handled after Walt's death. It was not meant for the post Walt stuff, like the later incarnations of Mickey Mouse Club or the Pixar films. And it was definitely not meant to showcase Lucas Films, a studio that the Walt Disney company purchased only recently. I understand that Disney is looking for some format for re releasing the same films that 20th Century Fox has already released numerous times on home video. But it belongs in it's own box set and not among the Treasures. Having said that, I did show the memo to a friend who is a huge Star Wars fan, and he was giddy with delight. Disney is releasing a lot of Star Wars bonus material that has not been previously available outside of bootlegs, and for some reason the old theatrical edits of the films with the cheaper looking special effects are what "true Star Wars fans" want more than the superior updated releases replaced with the latest CGI effects. So I am sure Star Wars fans will indeed turn the Star Wars tins into best sellers. I just don't think they belong among the Walt Disney Treasures.

So basically, after waiting nine years, we are only really getting two new Treasures tins. The better of the two would be the Swamp Fox and El Fego Baca set which completes both series. The Chip N' Dale set is perhaps the worst of the Treasures where it comes to double dipping. With so many collections of cartoons, it was inevitable that complete collections of each character would have repeat cartoons. The short Clock Cleaners would be found in the Mickey and Goofy and Donald sets. The greatest case of double dipping came from the Disney goes to War tin where one third of the cartoons came from previously released tins, and the rest were stale industrial films Disney produced for the war effort. All but three shorts from the Chip N Dale set have already been released in previous sets. Here is the reason. Chip N Dale were created to be nemesis of Donald Duck. In the late 50s Disney decided to give the characters their own series. But it was suspended after three shorts were released, after which Disney studios decided to discontinue producing cartoon shorts for the theaters.

Disneyphiles were disappointed that the three stand alone Chip N Dale cartoons were not included as an extra in the Donald Duck tins. They had hoped that there would be a second volume of Disney Rarities which would have the rest of the odd cartoon shorts and educational films that had not been included in the previous Rarities set, and it would include the entire Chip N Dale series. Instead Disney is forcing us to buy 20 cartoons we already own just to get three we don't. I understand the Chip N' Dale set had originally been produced for the ninth wave, but then was pulled along with another collection of Anthology episodes and a second Hardy Boys set and replaced with Zorro. I can understand why Disney was reluctant to put Chip N Dale on the market as it is almost entirely double dip. It would have been their worst selling tin.


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