Dave's Disney Rants

The following are my personal thoughts about things pertaining to Disney films. Some of my opinions may not be accepted by mainstream Disney supporters, yet no appologies are made. These things must be said. Someone needs to say them. I can only say, that if I suddenly disappear and am no longer heard of, don't be surprised if the Walt Disney Corp., had something to do with it.
Okay. What's the deal here? I have a company with a fine reputation for providing Americans with fine family viewing. Quality movies, television shows, and entertainment. I've got overhead, like everyone else, so I understand that I need to make a profit. But is there a moral issue at stake here? Should I hold Americans hostage by not making these highly sought after films available periodically?
Moritorium is a fancy word that means that a film is out of print. Disney effectively generates its own hostage crisis by deliberately taking Films off the shelf and making them unavailable to the American public. New generations of potential viewers are born every day. Concerned parents desire to expose their children to the high quality family viewing that, at the time, may be unavaialable.
This gives way to an underground association of investors to reap huge profits due to the demand for product that is unavailable. Films that were released at 12-to-25 dollars can now be sold to the public at huge premiums because they are now otherwise unavailable.
Sound too incredible to be true. Here are some examples:
These are the going rates for Disney films that are now in moritorium:
Lady and the Tramp - $300.00
Little Mermaid - $200.00
Peter Pan - $160.00
101 Dalmations - $130.00
Pinocchio - $90.00
Zorro - $90.00
Rescuers - $70.00
Rescuers Down Under - $70.00
Beauty and the Beast - $70.00
Great Mouse Detective - $60.00

These are not inflated prices to support this rant. These Disney films are traded at these prices at the time I write this. Prices change (up and down) almost daily depending on market demand. Oh, by the way, these prices are for used, previously viewed movies with the original box art, in playable condition. SO YOU WANT ONE?
I hear many stories everyday like:
I just wanted to share the Little Mermaid with my daughter, and just found out that someone wanted a hundred bucks, for a used copy!
Actually that would be a good deal, today.
I was telling my grandson about and old Disney film called Song of the South. I found out that it was never released in the United States on videotape, but I could get a copy of the European release for $150! Is that legal?
Who cares about legal? What about moral? (I reference the morals of Disney, who would choose not to release a film to its American public) As for those who import from another country to sell at high prices in the U.S., that is a simple case of supply and demand.
I am collecting animated Disney films and need a couple to fill in my collection. Know where I can get ahold of ________ and _______ ?
For those in search of Disney films, I have provided a place on the web for people to place their wants, as well as their for sale items.
WOW! LOOK WHAT I GOT! I couldn't believe it! I just found out that I have almost $2000 worth of Disney movies!
That's right. Disney film trading is not that much unlike trading in stocks, bonds or gold, only that Disney films appreciate at a higher rate than anything else.
Since throwing the Disney Corp. in jail seems to be out of the question, and boycotting Disney films is impossible (and just as ridiculous), I am left with nothing but contempt for Disney and can do nothing but offer this rant. Something should be done, but nothing can be. Disney has become a giant marketing machine that dangles us by strings, and we can do nothing but wish that one day we could be freed from this tyrant.
Maybe one day I could become a real boy, like Pinocchio.


Just when you thought it was safe . . . you do what I did. My niece (and her mother . . . her mother mostly) has been trying to get their hands on the Little Mermaid. I, being the sport that I am, attempt to lay hold of a copy at a reasonable price (being that they're being sold for $200 and up). I was able to locate a distributor in the state where I reside who advertised them with his phone number in local print media.
I sent him a money order for $103.00, for the original tape, brand new, factory wrapped (what a deal, right?). Two weeks later, my "factory wrapped" Little Mermaid arrived.
It was immaculate. I popped open the wrap and broke the Walt Disney Home Video seal, and invited my neice and her mother over to watch the Little Mermaid. Whilst they were on their way over, I thought to myself, "Wait-a-minute. . . these things are usually full of Disney propoganda. . ."
I began to examine the product completely: the cover was a very good color photocopy, the corners cut square instead of Disney's die cut corners. The videocassette was a generic blank tape (no markings on the cassette and you could see where the person who made the copy broke out the record tab). A clever (and well-made) black on white (reversed) label was applied to the videocassette, that was obviously a copy of the original cassette label and the Walt Disney Home Video seal that I broke was also a copy.
Had I been duped? You bet I had. Some scam artist ripped me off! I called the number, which was now, disconnected (big surprise). We watched the film, which was a rather good copy and I gave it to my niece. They will likely never know that it is a bootleg copy, unless they try to sell it.
On the upside, I was a hero for a day.
The downside is: there are etremely good fakes out there being sold as originals! Since I do not collect Disney videos, no harm done. . . but had I been a collector, I would have pursued this guy and had him thrown in a Federal Penitentiary for 10 years or so having Disney pay the freight (legal expenses).
How do I protect myself? The best way is to deal with a reputable dealer face-to-face, although, this is difficult to do with rare collectibles. The next best thing is to have the seller guarantee in writing that it is an authentic orginal before you send your money. Also have them verify that if it is a clever duplicate and not an original, that you have the option of returning the product for a full refund.
Keep in mind that in most states, you can get a refund within 30 days for any disatisfaction but it is good to set the record straight with the seller, that if it is a fake, you will return it for a full refund and you want to confirm that the seller will stand behind his product, before you send him any money.
I am terribly disappointed. . . I haven't seen any Disney duplicator rings, since they were put in prison in 1991. Maybe they got out on good behavior. . .

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