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Disney Just Released ‘Frozen’ and ‘Get A Horse!’ on iTunes

The window between theatrical releases and home entertainment distribution continues to shrink. Disney is releasing the HD version of Frozen on iTunes today, February 25th, while the film still remains in the top ten at the American box office. The download costs $19.99.

Notably, the extras also include Get A Horse! Here is the full list of extras:

“The Making of : Learn the secret of how the movie was made in this musical extravaganza.

D’frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen: Once upon a time, Walt Disney wanted to make a movie about a Snow Queen. Join the filmmakers and Disney Legend Alice Davis as they discuss the company’s 75-year journey to Frozen:

PLUS: Deleted Scenes, Music Videos and the Original Theatrical Short Get A Horse!

Note: The iTunes extras are available only for use on a Mac or PC with iTunes 9 or later, or on Apple TV (1st generation with version 3.0 or later).

  • Sean

    Whoa, this is, wow this could change how a lot of things are distributed. I guess the thinking is strike while the irons hot?

  • Tim

    Weird how the SD version is still only available for pre-order (not that you would want to get that version anyway).

  • e____

    This is ridiculous. The movie is still out in theaters, especially since there could have potentially been an oscar bump. It makes close to no sense. There will be no desire to see it in theaters anymore.

    • Alex Dudley

      Sure there is. It’s cheaper to see it in the theater (unless you have a huge family), and you get to enjoy it on a bigger screen!

      • e____

        I can see where you are coming at Michael. My natural instinct is to not support any notion that cannibalizes the theater experience and shortens the theatrical run. But that’s just hurt talking. You make more sense.

        Alex, the download costs $20. Unless you are going yourself and not having a snack, it’s going to cost you at least $20.

    • Having been out for almost 3 months, the return Disney would get from U.S. box office reciepts will be much lower now, so capturing the Oscar bump, or any renewed interest in Frozen through the sale of Digital versions will likely be more profitable.

    • SarahJesness

      Most of the people who wanted to see it in theaters have probably already done so. Besides, it’s really not uncommon for me to pass by a dollar theater and see them playing a film that was recently released.

  • tredlow

    I hope Warner Bros does the same. I want to own The Lego Movie ASAP.

    • Austin Papageorge

      Dude, that movie has only been released for three weeks.

      • tredlow

        And I already want a DVD.

  • Joseph Patrick

    Sooo… around this time Disney releases their short “Paperman” online for free. But now you’ll have to pay for Frozen in order to see the short “Get a Horse?” I mean, I wouldn’t mind paying to see it; but they didn’t have to release a digital download of Wreck it Ralph that you’d purchase before watching the short attached to it!

    Meh… nothing too big to complain about, just an annoyance.

  • Adrian

    By releasing the movie on itunes now, they are able to leverage the marketing $ spent to promote it in theatres…

  • e____

    Sorry, that should have been an “or” instead of of an “and” in “Unless you are going yourself and not having a snack.”

    Tickets here in Boston are $9.50 for matinee and $12.00 regular. Add $5 for 3D. Add in a snack (Medium popcorn is like $6.50), and it’s in the ballpark of $20. And that’s for one person for one showing.

    • Kuku h

      Here in Northern CA, it is only $7 for the show before 5PM, and I think $9 for regular ones.

  • IJK

    Maybe for a child/senior. The average ticket price in NYC is $14.

  • Rob

    Since there’s no planned 3D Blu-Ray release, does this mean that there won’t be a 3D digital download either? Both Frozen and Get a Horse benefited so much from the 3D format it would be a shame if that viewing experience will be gone once it leaves theaters, that is if you can even still find it showing in 3D.

  • EscoDingo

    Good! I’ve been eagerly awaiting higher-quality Frozen gifs. I’m pretty excited to get my hard copy in a couple weeks. I pre-ordered at the Disney Store the day preorders opened and got some pretty nice lithographs and some coupons. It’s going to be tough to wait out the next three weeks knowing the download is available, though!

  • Austin Papageorge

    Why is this “breaking news”? I thought Disney announced this beforehand.

    • AmidAmidi

      When we wrote about this last night, no other film or media site had posted a story about it. If it had been announced beforehand, there certainly wasn’t a lot of awareness about it.

      • SergeantLuke

        Disney’s various Twitter accounts have been talking about the Feb. 25 release date for weeks.

  • IJK

    Well I mean it’s been over 20 years so… Yeah. We forgot.

  • Marc Hendry

    yeah, I suppose so. I know a lot of people are downloading the movie, so they’re probably trying to combat that by offering a legit version as soon as they can

  • Austin Papageorge

    Yes, but the Aladdin’s video release was October 1993, more than ten months after the theatrical release. Frozen has been in wide release for less than 100 days.

  • otterhead

    I was just talking to my friends — parents of two boys, 5 and 1 — and they were telling me how they were torn between wanting to show their kids Frozen and the stress of going to a theater, hoping their kids won’t throw a tantrum or cry or make a scene, buying popcorn, etc. For them, watching it on their small TV is still preferable to dealing with their kids in a movie theater. And I bet they’re far from alone.

  • Pedro Nakama

    This might be a plan by Disney so people will stay at home to watch it and not go out to see Sherman and Peabody.

  • Martin Cohen

    How can you watch a movie on a Kindle?