Disney has made a mint with Blu-Ray releases of it’s vast catalog of films. So hasn’t the time has come to release the controversial 1946 film Song of the South to Blu-Ray. The film, thought by many to racially insensitive or outright offensive, has never been released unedited in the United States on home video, though it has been released in various European, Latin American and Asian countries.
Here’s What You Need To Know
The film stars James Baskett as Uncle Remus, who tells stories of the adventures of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox, to some children. It is perhaps best known for the song it spawned, the nonsensical ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’. The studio has expressed mixed feelings about the film, at times calling it both “fairly offensive” and “a big piece of the company’s history.” Song of the South has been re-released in theaters several times over the years, the last time in 1986, but fans hoping to own a copy of the film had no luck in convincing the studio to release it.
Why Is This A Good Idea?
Song of the South brings back fond childhood memories for many children, who don’t see anything offensive about it but just find it a charming film. With years without a release it could post some huge sales numbers if it were ever actually released. The Blu-Ray release could contain a digitally remastered version of the film, along with special options such as a featurette on the controversies the film has faced, clips of the characters on Disney’s House of Mouse and archives of Disney’s Uncle Remus comic strips.
But Will This Actually Happen?
Most likely not. Disney tends to shy away from controversy these days and with society as highly politically correct as ever a release of this classic seems unlikely.