I just wanted to pass on this good news to stop people getting ripped off. I myself was just hovering my mouse icon over the Buy It Now button on eBay for a New/mint condition copy of Fantasia on DVD for £89...when for some unknown reason I stopped myself and decided to check Wikipedia. This fortunate news was on there:
"Disney announced in 2009 that the film will be released on March 2nd 2010 as a "Diamond Edition" in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats, along with Fantasia 2000".
Let me see....spend £89 on a second hand copy now, or wait several more weeks to get what will likely be the definitive release for a normal retail price? Um....difficult choice. NOT!
I hope you enjoyed this news as much as I did. :)
**EDIT 9th March 2010** Aforementioned Diamond edition of Fantasia put back to May 2010 - the official Disney trailer for the Blu-Ray version of the release is now up on Youtube and ends with "coming soon and for a limited time only" - so make sure you don't miss out. The above advise still stands....don't get yourself ripped off for a second hand DVD when a better edition is just around the corner. I don't know if it will be a worldwide simultaneous release or if we in Europe will have to wait for further region coding for the Region 2 version, but you can either buy it in May on Amazon US (for those with region free players) or wait to get the R2 version sometime later.
People (Americans) are complaining about the quality of the online archival version of this older content over at amazon.com - I'm going to keep mine thanks. Plus you needed both films (Fantasia 2000) to get this feature via Disney Virtual Vault. Most Americans complained about the self-censorship Disney imposed on themselves in recent years but since I've never seen the original footage I cannot tell what is missing although the artificial pans and zooms to cover politically incorrect or racially insensitive material is universally hated by true collectors.
In the USA Fantasia is back in the Disney Vault. In that respect, the UK/Europe is very lucky. We also now have 101 Dalmatians, Tarzan, etc., while at present the USA does not.
BTW, I got mine from the a seller using the US site for considerably less than £89.00 at around the same time you were talking about.
Even now in 2013 a second hand 3-disc DVD set is a worthwhile purchase for a collector.
As for 2nd hand Disney DVDs it is wise to have a personal limit you will spend rather than paying extortionate prices for goods of varying quality. I try to make the make the best judgement calls I can but there will always be chancers out there who take advantage of the demand for a OOP title.
I still buy the 2 disc Disney DVDs where available & import if necessary.
Plus Disney USA get every wonderful combination imaginable for low prices as multi-format combo-packs. 2 disc DVD/BD packs are the ones I buy because I cannot see 3D.
Pixar's The Incredibles has so much more on it is totally unreal. But if you keep the 2 disc DVD and buy the UK BD it's not too bad.
USA DVDs and BD tend to include the original theatrical soundtrack as well. I can only think of the 2 disc UK version of Bambi having that (mono).
Back on DVD Alice in Wonderland (1951) has not one but two double disc releases in the USA!