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Tuesday
October 7, 2003
michigandaily.com
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ARTS

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TO EACH HIS OWN
CAPPADONNA STRIKES OUT SOLO

KATIE MARIE
GATES

By Hussain Rahim
Daily Arts Writer

Is Disney holding out on us?

Iyfinally joined the 21st century last
Christmas when my grandmother, of
all people, bought me a DVD player.
Upon receiving the much-anticipated
gift, I was anxious to begin stocking up
on DVDs to watch over and over again.
I started with my personal favorites -
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Amelie"
- but soon realized the collection was
lacking the staples of my American
childhood - Disney Classics.
I was overcome with youthful memo-
ries at the thought of reliving the magi-
cal moments of "The Little Mermaid,"
"Cinderella" and "Aladdin" in crisp dig-
ital format. The sounds of Mulan bat-
tling for China and Robin Williams
singing "You've never had a friend like
me" bursting through my speakers in
surround sound gave me goosebumps.
But my dreams were quickly dashed
as I recalled the cheerful Disney
announcer voice, "Get your copy now
before this classic goes back into the
Disney Vault." That's right, I couldn't
just go to Target and pick up my
favorite musical cartoons; they were
"locked" away by those wonderful
people at Disney, right next to Walt
Disney's frozen cranium.
As some type of low-marketing
ploy, Disney has been using it's vault to
prevent millions of Americans like
myself from getting their favorite sto-
ries on DVD and VHS. Currently, "101
Dalmations," "Bambi, "Snow White"
and "Tarzan" are among the many
unavailable for retail sale. Countless
others are awaiting their imprisonment,
and as Disney becomes increasingly
dependent on the genius of Pixar, it is
likely Woody and Nemo will be
shelved as well.
It is hard to believe that this vault
makes the already billion-dollar fran-
chise any richer, so why do they bother?
Perhaps with the best intentions of pro-
viding spectacular special edition

DVDs. After all, these two-disc sets cer-
tainly require 10 or more years of dili-
gent work by Disney employees. Maybe
the vault makes Disney classics seem
more magical, more out of reach - or
maybe Disney is just being mean.
The magic behind Disney is not fairy
dust but money-hungry executives on
power trips. This explains the recent $47
ticket prices at California Adventure, a
theme park that takes all of three hours
to explore. The happiest company in the
world thrives on its ability to control
fans of all ages and the vault is an
essential tool in achieving Disney's goal
of world domination.
It might comfort some to imagine
that Disney may actually be hurting
itself in this greedy process. Kids who
would have pestered their parents to
invest in "101 Dalmations" 10 years
ago are too cool for such stories now.
Once they hit the college years, perhaps
Disney fans will not be so willing to
invest in corporate America.
Another outcome of this ridiculous
disclosure of children's films is a grow-
ing black market. I could purchase a
copy of "The Little Mermaid" today
from a seller on Amazon.com for $33
rather than wait a decade for it to come
out again. I won't do this because I'm
cheap, but someone out there is making
hundreds of dollars selling the forbid-
den DVDs at high prices.
Today, "The Lion King" is finally
available on DVD. If you want it, buy it
now before it is tucked away in the vault
for another decade. As for the remain-
ing favorites, we will just have to hope
Disney will let out some of the good
ones for our children.
Katie would love to talk to you about
who is hotter - swanky Prince
Charming or beefy Gaston? E-mail
her at gateskm@umich.edu.

As evidenced on a MTV2 special this
past summer, the Wu Tang's Cappadon-
na went through a disputed financial
controversy with fellow member RZA
as well as relinquishing his possessions
to drive a gypsy cab in Baltimore.
However, Cap is ____________
back with "The Cappadonna,
Struggle Tour Killah Priest,
2003" at the Blind R'y
Pig tonight and a Remedy &
new album, others
released today titled Tonight at 9:30 p.m.
The Struggle. At the Blind Pig
Cap and tour- Clear Channel
mates Killah Priest
and Remedy spoke with The Michigan
Daily about tonight's show.
The Michigan Daily: How has the
tour been going?
Killah Priest: It's been fun. The
energy is real good. We just go out
and blaze.
TMD: Can we expect what we
saw of you on TV this summer to be
your focus?
Cappadonna: Yeah, that's gonna be
the focus of The Struggle. I'm not

gonna let that pain show. I'm just
gonna do shows. I see what's on TV but
I'm not industry, I'm in da streets.
That's where hip-hop came from and
where I am. I'm not trying to be main-
stream. I do the best with what I have.
A nigga might have to hop the turnstile.
TMD: With the Wu's situation, did
they contribute to the new album?
C: I've been always on the outside.
I got love for the Wu but I got my own
niggas. Even though I don't have
much I take 12 loaves of bread, two
fish and one can of mayonnaise and
make it work for the family. Every-
one's doing individual projects and
I'm trying to get a piece. I got love for
everyone. I have Raekwon and Deck
on the album. I tried to get Method
but he was too busy. I have to show I
can do it on my own.
TMD: How did you all get together
for the tour?
C: Remedy had a lot of influence
and I talked to Priest. We're the under-
dogs of Wu, the trash, the exiles and
those are the ones that are prosperous
in their trails. All we had was a quarter
and a nickel. We turned that 30 cents
into 30;000 cents and then into
30,000,000 cents.
TMD: In the industry now one
rapper comes out and then they let in

ggNYg2IN/aiy
The guys of "The Struggle Tour 2003" chillin' on the steps of Helen Newbery.

their whole crew. How do you feel
about that opposed to how the Wu
came altogether?
C: To each his own. Everyone
comes through a different door. Some
come through the front door, the side,
some off the roof jumping in and
some through the back. We emerge
like "Star Trek." Beam me up! I like
how Ludacris and Jermaine brought
in their squad. Wu changed the game
a lot, but some changed it even better.
When you get that energy you have to
spread it so someone can get you
when you need help.
TMD: What kind of energy have

you gotten from the tour and what will
happen tonight?
C: We giving 210 percent, we have
hits, new shit, old shit, freestyles. We do
it the same way for 500 or 1,000. We
were doing this before we got on, then
we used it as a way to feed our children
and now we took it to the next level.
TMD: With your political focus how
do you feel about hip-hop?
Remedy: Hip-hop is ruined now. It's
all commercial, real hip-hop is in a
state of alert. We're still getting love
and we try to do as many shows, radio
and retail we can. Come to the show;
it's like a big record release party.

Disney's 'King' returns on DVD
ByKteMalGte

By Katie Marde Gates
Daily TV/New Media Editor
Opening with a 3D animated
menu, "The Lion King" Special Edi-
tion DVD seeks to outdo all com-
petitors. Loaded with extra features,
this classic tale of one lion's destiny
to be king of Pride Rock is digitally
presented in both the original the-
atrical version and a special-edition
adaptation including updated anima-
tion and a new song. The tune,
"Morning Report," created especial-
ly for this Platinum Edition, was a

waste of time on the part of Disney,
which already had an amazing film
to present.
The first disc includes the film
along with several games and a terri-
ble "Circle of ____.__.___
Life" music The Lion
video performed
by various Dis- King: Special
ney Channel cast Edition DVD
members. Disc Disney
two is loaded
with behind-the-scenes footage, a
boring virtual safari ride and detailed
information about the Broadway
musical. Kids will especially enjoy
the documentary of real animal life

in the African safari portion.
The easy-to-use menu also allows
the viewer to travel the globe dis-
covering how other countries wel-
comed the Disney masterpiece. An
amusing segment of "Hakuna-Mata-
ta" is even performed in several dif-
ferent languages.
While the collection offered by
Disney is impressive, many features
are unnecessary - proving the real
masterpiece is the award-winning
film itself.

Movie: ****I
Picture/Sound: ***
Features: ****

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