My roommate grew up in South America.  He once said I would make a great South American, something I still hold as one of the highest compliments I have ever received.  South America is now a land of political extremism and American oppression.  Yet back in the day, South America was viewed in the way we used to treat Havana, a nice and friendly little magical kingdom in our own backyard.  Now there is a DVD being released which showcases that minimalist view and the obvious advantages it had.

Starting this April 29th, now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment is the classic collection of two south of the border movies for the first time ever.  This is the Disney Two Movie Collection, the Classic Caballeros Collection – Saludos Amigos & The Three Caballeros.  Bring home this historic duo of classic movies for the enjoyment of your children today and have them enjoy it any time they like.

This two movie collection includes Saludos Amigos, the first South American adventure Disney made, along with the sequel, The Three Caballeros.  They are now together for the first time ever in a two pack of great adventure for Goofy, Donald Duck and all sorts of music, excitement and the wonderful life of Latin America.  In Saludos Amigos, Goofy and his pals go from Bolivia to Argentina and have loads and loads of fun.  There are four animated episodes to this film.  In the sequel, The Three Caballeros, a film hilariously and gently mocked in The Three Amigos, now Donald Duck gets to ride roughshod all over Mexico with his friends Joe Carioca and Panchito in a fantastic blend of animation and live action film.

The special features included in this classic two movie collection are, most impressively, two movies for one great price, a Spanish language track, a featurette about Disney: South of the Border, an excerpt of an interview with Walt Disney himself, and two cartoon shorts, “Don Donald” and “Contrary Condor.”

These two films come from the classic era of Disney animation.  This was the height of Disney and, unfortunately, it was a pinnacle they would never reach again, at least not with classic animations.  The picture is beautiful, the special features are wonderful, the music is great, and the stories are as hilarious and entertaining as ever.  This film is a great and amazing trip into the past.

The Classic Caballeros Collection is a wonderful and nostalgic look at two fascinating movies.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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