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For Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, 2004's "Three Musketeers" was the first feature-length film the three classic characters starred in.
For Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, 2004's "Three Musketeers" was the first feature-length film the three classic characters starred in.

"Three Musketeers" features Mickey, Donald, Goofy in first feature-length film

It was 10 years ago when Disney decided it would do something for the first time that most fans of classic characters thought would have happened long ago.

The historic achievement -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy would star in a feature-length film.

You see, in the past the three only appeared in film shorts, or small television projects. Mickey was the sorcerer’s apprentice in "Fantasia," but that was only a smaller part in a greater film.

Looking back at the stories that the early animators and Walt Disney himself wanted to work on, studio and animation managers decided the three classic characters would appear together in the "Three Musketeers."

Earlier this month, Disney Home Entertainment released a number of films on Blu-ray and digital copy for the first time. I had the opportunity to review a number of them, and for sentimental reasons I chose this one first. "Mickey is the man," as my nephew would say.

The story clips along at a pretty good pace, yet is a little slower than other animated films Disney is known for (like "Hercules" and "Tarzan," which were also released on Blu-ray and are in stores now). I’m sure the writers made the deliberate move so that the youngest of fans could enjoy the main story with Mickey and Minnie in the spotlight.

The Blu-ray and high definition digital download have been re-mastered and the video is brighter and clearer than it ever appeared on the big screen.

There is an audio commentary from Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Peg Leg Pete which is as wonderfully funny as it is twisted to hear Pete talk about method acting to bring more to his character. The kids won’t get it, but there’s enough gags on the video that they won’t care about the adults and teen family members are listening to the other voices on the film.

Trust me, I’ve been there. When you are watching the same film for what seems like the 20th time in the same day, any variation would be welcome.

The 10th Anniversary edition is filled with …

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Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston take photos backstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston take photos backstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

"Breaking Bad," "Sherlock" dominate Monday night's Emmy Awards

As the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wrapped up in Los Angeles Monday night, the audience walked away with a few notable highlights. 

First, we’ve seen everything that a modern drama could be as "Breaking Bad" dominated the evening with five awards, including best drama … and the feeling was bittersweet knowing there wouldn’t be any more new episodes coming.

Second, PBS had the chance to shine, bringing over the BBC’s "Sherlock" as part of its Masterpiece Theater.  Steven Moffat, known for his work as the show runner of "Dr. Who," brought on an exciting twist and wrote incredible dialogue for the detective who lived at 212 B Baker Street in London. Benedict Cumberbatch earned his Emmy as Holmes in the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie."

Martin Freeman, who is currently starring in the recent Hobbit films, counters Cumberbatch’s Holmes, playing John Watson and earned the nod as the best supporting actor. "Sherlock" finished the year with the most Emmys, three last night and another four in the Creative Arts portion that were awarded on Aug. 16.

AMC’s "Breaking Bad" had six total Emmys, while "Saturday Night Live" and "True Detective" tied for five apiece.

In the network race, HBO led the field with 19 awards, second went to CBS and PBS tied at 11, NBC had 10, and ABC and FX networks tied with eight. Fox and Netflix each had seven awards, AMC had six and 18 cable and online outlets had four or less awards.

Wisconsin native Mark Ruffalo was awarded an Emmy as co-producer of "The Normal Heart" the winner of "Outstanding Television Movie."

Here are the awards from the broadcast Monday night on NBC:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

TY BURRELL as Phil Dunphy

ABC "Modern Family"

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

LOUIS C.K., Written by

FX NETWORKS "Louie," "So Did The Fat Lady"

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

ALLISON JANNEY as Bonnie

CBS "Mom"

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

G…

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G. Hannelius and Dog of "Dog With A Blog" arrive for the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 16, 2014.
G. Hannelius and Dog of "Dog With A Blog" arrive for the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 16, 2014.

66th primetime Emmy Award nominations

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC on Aug. 25, 2014.

 Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Disney Mickey Mouse • The Adorable Couple • Disney Channel • Disney Television Animation

Chris Diamantopoulos as Mickey Mouse

Dog With A Blog • My Parents Posted What?! • Disney Channel • Dipthong Productions/It's a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel

Stephen Full as Stan

Family Guy • In Harmony's Way • FOX • Fox Television Animation

Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Glenn Quagmire

Futurama • Calculon 2.0 • Comedy Central • The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Maurice LaMarche as Calculon and Morbo

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise • Adult Swim • A Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Production in association with

Stoopid Monkey and Williams Street

Seth Green as various characters

The Simpsons • Four Regrettings And A Funeral • FOX • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Harry Shearer as Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, Younger Burns, Smithers

Outstanding Animated Program

Archer • Archer Vice: The Rules Of Extraction • FX Networks • FX Productions

Adam Reed, Executive Producer/Writer

Matt Thompson, Executive Producer

Bryan Fordney, Producer/Animation Director

Neal Holman, Producer

Eric Sims, Producer

Casey Willis, Producer

Bob's Burgers • Mazel Tina • FOX • 20th Century Fox Television

Loren Bouchard, Executive Producer

Jim Dauterive, Executive Producer

Dan Fybel, Co-Executive Producer

Rich Rinaldi, Co-Executive Producer

Greg Thompson, Co-Executive Producer

Jon Schroeder, Co-Executive Producer

Mark McJimsey, Supervising Producer/Animation Executive Producer

Nora Smith, Supervising Producer

Scott Jacobson, Producer

Joel Kuwahara, Animation Executive Producer

Scott Greenberg, Animation Executive Producer

Janelle Momary-Neely, Animation Producer

Holly Schlesinger,…

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We see a much more confident super hero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday.
We see a much more confident super hero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings onto shelves tomorrow

When retail outlets open their doors tomorrow morning, Sony will unleash "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and with it an incredible debate for one of the bestselling comic book characters of all time.

In one of the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray combo back, a young and broken Peter Parker meets his dad. Unlike the trilogy of films that stared Toby McGwire in the lead role … the Amazing series here is dealing with much more drama, more intense emotions than the first film ever touched. In the scene that didn’t make it in the theater, Andrew Garfield as Peter confronts his father played by Campbell Scott.

If the clip had made it into the film, it would have sent the story into a whole new and different direction. With it left out, it keeps the timeline of Peter open to figure out what his dad was truly involved in, and why his parents left him with his aunt and uncle many years ago.

Let the debate rage on which was a better way to go.

This second film picks up the pace from the first one, which was more of a story between Peter and Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. This time around, the relationship between the two waffles as Peter is left to deal with the reality that as Spider-Man, anyone close to him becomes a potential target. In the fight sequences we do see a Spider-Man that is much more confident in his abilities, and much more cocky with the banter.

Jamie Foxx as Electro finally gets the attention his character deserves, and Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborn’s transformation into the Goblin makes sense in an intense and organic way.

With the filmmaker commentaries and 13 deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, it builds upon the story, offering the viewer much more insight rather than being a throw-away item used to market the discs for more sales. I had the opportunity to screen the Blu-ray combo pack over the weekend. And, to be honest, this was the best home entertainment package I’ve reviewed this year.

If you are a fan of comic book stories, and better yet, a fa…

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