Originally Posted by rdawson808
This is just Disney policy. They only release movies for a very limited release time (like a year or so) and then put them back in the vault for a number of years. I think it is thought to generate more demand for them when they are released.
This is true, but it was a special case with The Little Mermaid. Most people don't even remember it being released because it was released at a time when DVDs weren't really popular, and I believe it was for a shorter duration than others. There's precious few copies from that edition (I guess their strategery worked...), and it didn't even happen in the way other Disney DVDs happened, where it was advertised heavily and basically the whole world knew it was released and that they only had a certain time to buy it. In any case, I am counting down to the new re-release.