Who doesn't enjoy the feeling of curling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and popping in your favorite Disney flick? Since the invention of home video, we've had the luxury of putting on the many magical movies the House of Mouse has to offer. Although Disney has no shortage of great films, not all of them can be found with a click of a mouse or logging onto Netflix.
There is a slew of Disney movies on home-release that would take ages to find, and many aren't even on BluRay. Disney has a load of hidden gems you definitely need to see. So we're talking about 10 rare Disney home videos you didn't know existed.
10 Disney Channel Original Movies
We're not talking about the recent releases like Descendants, Zapped, or Teen Beach Movie. We're thinking more along the lines of Underwraps, Smart-House, or Luck of the Irish. If you're looking for a heavy dose of Disney nostalgia, these early DCOMs are what you need.
The classic DCOMS are delicious hunks of the '90s that helped define the Disney Channel, some of them were brilliant, and then there were those that made us want to change the channel. For every Halloween Town, there are a few High School Musicals. It's like panning for gold, there are more than a few gems.
9 The Jungle Book (1994)
Before Favreau took his swing at the animated Disney classic, Stephen Sommers had his interesting reimagining with this 1994 adaptation of the Kipling novel. Taking more from Tarzan than Mowgli, this version has much more adventure and less talking animals and musical numbers. That all being said, its a thrill ride we highly recommend renting.
With a cast featuring Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, and John Cleese, it certainly has some star power behind it. It's less of a remake and more of a different adaptation from the same source material. It's different, but certainly exceeds expectations.
8 101 Dalmatians (1996)
While we're on the subject of Disney live-action remakes, let's take a look at where it all began. The 1996 adaptation of the Disney animated feature is truly an underrated classic that's nearly forgotten. If not for Glen Close's outrageous performance as Cruella de Vil, at least watch it for the legions of adorable dalmatian puppies.
The film is much more modern than its 1961 predecessor, making Roger a game designer instead of a songwriter and Cruella a fashion mogul instead of a fur collector. It has heart, humor, and performances that are completely on point. It's a remake from which Disney should learn.
7 Zorro Series
Out of the night, when the full moon is bright, comes the horseman known as Zorro. Disney is responsible for one of the most beloved adaptations of the masked caballero, and we can see why. The series is loaded with adventure but has just the right amount of humor and drama to keep audiences invested. It's a swashbuckling series that is still worth a watch.
Good luck finding this on home video though, the first series alone goes for nearly $400 on Amazon. The featured films can be found on Prime, however. Via con Dios, Zorro fans.
6 The Watcher In The Woods
What would you say if we told you Disney made a horror film? Not a Halloween special, not a movie that's just creepy, but a genuinely scary horror film. That film is Watcher in the Woods. Watcher in the Woods is a supernatural thriller that's perfect for those young horror buffs not ready for an R rating yet. It definitely has us spooked.
The story involves the mysterious disappearance of a little girl, psychic phenomenon, and an otherworldly entity. It's really something we don't see very often from a company like Disney. Even if horror or thrillers aren't your thing, give it a watch to see Disney step outside their comfort zone.
5 Something Wicked This Way Comes
On the subject of horror movies and Disney, we highly recommend Something Wicked This Way Comes. Based on the horror novel by Ray Bradbury, as well as having the author write the screenplay, Something Wicked This Way Comes isn't exactly scary, but it is a certain brand of chilling. It's not nearly as good as the book, but worth a watch.
There's something just purely Halloween with this flick. From the sinister circus that comes to town to the ghostly autumn season that saturates the setting. It's an underrated film that needs more attention, and if you can find it on DVD, be sure to hold on to it. You never know if it'll be spirited away.
4 The Absent-Minded Professor
Before Robin Williams gave us Flubber, Fred MacMurray gave us The Absent-Minded Professor. Though it lacks the zany nature of the Robin Williams remake, the original film has some stunning special effects, witty humor, and delightful performances with memorable characters.
Watch as Professor Brainard creates the flying rubber concoction he dubs Flubber in order to save the struggling Medfield college. It's one of Disney's earlier live-action outings and should be enjoyed by any Disney history buff or newcomer to the fandom. With laughs, romance, and a cauldron full of green goo, definitely give this film a watch.
3 The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh
If you're looking for a swashbuckling good time and have already seen the Zorro series, travel across the pond to the southern coast of England to follow the adventures of Dr. Syn and his alter ego, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. This swashbuckling tale of midnight riders is perfect for any historical fiction fan. It also has the creepiest Disney theme song we think we've ever heard.\
The series is very difficult to find on DVD, and can often fetch a king's ransom online. Don't miss out on this stunning series hosted by Walt Disney himself. Keep your eyes peeled for this thrilling adventure.
2 Old Yeller
Here's one that's surprisingly been swept under the rug in recent years. A Disney classic and a tear-jerker that could rival Bambi or Fox and the Hound, Old Yeller was once one of the studio's most iconic films. Whatever happened to the "Best Doggone Dog in the West?"
Old Yeller is one of Disney's most iconic films, partially from its titular star, but mostly due to its infamous ending. It's a timeless tale that was once a treasure. Despite its reputation, it's not really been seen in circulation in recent years. Maybe it's time to call the old dog back home.
1 The Spirit Of Mickey
Not a film, but a compilation of Mickey's best moments throughout the mouse's incredible career. The Spirit of Mickey is a rare gem of a movie and an absolute treat for hardcore Disney fans. What makes it so rare is that it's VHS only, with no plans for a DVD release.
What makes this compilation different from the rest is the charming commentary given by Mickey and the rest of his pals in between the shorts, remarking about which cartoons were first introduced in color, which won awards, and just being their naturally wonderful selves. We desperately need to see this one in the mainstream.