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Balto gets released on Blu-ray!

Written by Karlamon :


Is 2017 the comeback year of Balto? Not only did we get the first movie released on US Netflix (plus the sequels), and a review by the Nostalgia Critic, but then came another unexpected surprise. Right out of nowhere, Balto has finally been given a long-awaited Blu-ray release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment!

Balto Blu-ray cover
[Universal Pictures / Photo taken by user Cuphead]

The Blu-ray, sold as a Wal-Mart exclusive, brings our favourite heroic wolf-dog to crystal-clear 1080p widescreen and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English only). Included in the Balto Blu-ray are audio and subtitle options for English, German, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

Unfortunately, there are no special features present on the disc. But the good news is that the release is region-free, so it should work on any Blu-ray player. Those living outside North America will be able to import and play this Blu-ray with no problem.

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[Universal Pictures]

The Blu-ray release of Balto was first reported in this forum thread, which also showed that another Amblimation film, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, also got released on that format at the same time. This officially completes the Amblimation Blu-ray collection (We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story got it’s Blu-ray release in November 2015). 

As of now, the Blu-ray is exclusively sold at Wal-Mart, so there’s no listings of it on eBay or Amazon just yet. But if you’re able to get your hands (or paws) on this, it’s a must-buy for Balto fans! More details on the Blu-ray are on the entry. You can also discuss the Blu-ray in the forum thread I have set up.

Special thanks to AlexKaltag92 for sharing this news with me.


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April 14, 2017
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Got mine at last! Had to go out of town to get it, but I found it!

April 07, 2017
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Bought it today was only $8 US they had quite a few copies as well

April 07, 2017
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It's about darn time! :icon60:

April 06, 2017
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Oh my freaking god! I've been waiting for this for years. This is freaking awesome!!!!!!!

April 06, 2017
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April 06, 2017
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Unbelievable! :) After all these years, it's finally happening!

I'm disappointed to see it's a "minimal" release though. Limited to one store, same cover as the DVD (...I mean, really?! Couldn't they do better?), no special feature, and picture quality doesn't look it's been restored.

Still a good news to finally have it available in HD glory.

April 06, 2017
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Going up to my Walmart today. If they have it, I'm buying it. No questions asked.

April 06, 2017
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I hope that the distribution will expand very soon, I need this bluray in my hands/paws :allears: If someone buys it, I would appreciate it if you could send me Kaltag :3 screencaps from this Bluray, Just send me PM to agree :)
Thanks for the mention and You're welcome Karlamon :) I'm glad to have contributed to the site :icon299:

April 06, 2017
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I was getting ready to post a fan-news about it and turns out you finished yours before mine. :) Anyways, I'm glad that Universal has finally taken initiative! At last, the release that we've all been waiting for! I simply cannot believe that our beloved movie is now getting a Widescreen release for the very first time in North America since the Laserdisc era!

However, it is currently impossible to specify if the Blu-ray includes a remastered or a simple upscaled version of the movie. I guess we'll have to wait for some official reviews!

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