Holigay Gift Guide: Dali and Disney’sDestino on Fantasia & Fantasia 2000Blu-ray

By: Brodie

One of the most incredible examples of visual and audio art ever in film, Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Special Edition blows all bottles of boring wine and coffee table books way out of the water as an unexpected and totally awesome go-to gift this Holigay season.

The most exciting feature on the overflowing 4-disc Blu-ray special edition set is the short film Destino, a collaboration that began in 1946 between Walt Disney and the famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali that was not completed until 2003. It features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz. Wiki describes the haunting clip succinctly as, "the love story of Chronos and the ill-fated love he has for a mortal female." The dark tale unfolds as the female dances her way through surreal scenery inspired by Dalí's paintings.

The breathtaking original short and accompanying fascinating documentary detailing the collaboration of titans and the unique road to the screen for Destino would be more than worth an entire DVD on their own, but these are just special features on the ultra valuable Blu-ray set. Score!

The groundbreaking original Fantasia featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Stokowski, is narrated by Deems Taylor and includes an appearance by Mickey Mouse (voiced by Disney himself). The moving musical visualizations take the viewer on a journey unlike any other animation experience.

Fantasia 2000 is an equally impressive, awe-inspiring extravaganza of sight and sound with a bevy of celeb hosts like Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Penn and Teller, Angela Lansbury, Itzhak Perlman and Quincy Jones. The updated new adventure picks up right were the original left off with seven new stunning segments of stirring sights and sounds.

The Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition is available now in a 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack ($45.99 SRP) and a 2-Disc DVD ($39.99 SRP) for a very limited time only.