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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition)
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Let me just say that my little one was absolutely captivated by Snow White, and to think that she would be deprived by Disney itself from seeing it at her perfect age is criminal.
The story is familiar enough to any parent, so I won't go on about that other than to say that of all the Disney Princess classics, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty have some scenes that might scare a young princess under the age of 5.
But you should take advantage of purchasing Snow White or any of the other "off-the-market" Disney princess classics like Beauty and the Beast now via one of this site's resellers if you have a little princess of your own that might not appreciate it as much when Disney decides that it's time.
And indeed, you will enjoy Snow White or any of the other Princess classics as thoroughly as your young one.
Side Note on Resellers: Beware of exorbitant reseller prices; renting may be a better option if available. Also beware of REGION 2 resales; Region 2 DVDs will not play in most US DVD players. Look for Region 1 US Amazon resellers.
My first impression is that Disney has spent much time making this DVD user-friendly. There is an abundance of directions and drawings showing you what is on the disk and how to get there. Since there are two disks and a KINGDOM of information to pour through, these directions are very welcome (even to this seasoned DVD-viewer!)
Disney pulls out some familiar faces to make the experience as warm as possible: Disney himself appears in various footage; Angela Lansbury narrates the documentary and provides a "tour" of the disks; Michael Eisner shows up; and Barbra Streisand sings a specially recorded version of "Some Day My Prince Will Come".
SNOW WHITE, the movie, looks gorgeous and, although old fashioned, is quite wonderful. SNOW WHITE, the double-disk, is a lot of information to wade through. I am amazed at the amount of behind-the-scenes film that exists! Disney must have suspected that he was creating a classic - he filmed every aspect of it! I especially enjoy the HALL OF ART section. There are 3 halls of various story art (i.e. "The cottage"; "The castle"; "the Forest"; etc.) Although initially I found it hard to move from hall to hall, I eventually figured it out. The animated HALLS are extraordinary and the art that "hangs" there is incredible -- various renderings and attempts at bringing the story and locales of SNOW WHITE alive. It's even more incredible that Disney Co. held on to these papers for all these years.Read more ›
I am all for progress but as I watched the two versions together, although my eyes were drawn to the Blu-ray version for the vivid colors and clarity, there were definite problems with the changes. The colors are so bright that the misty original now looks like a current cartoon/animated feature instead of an old classic -- cheapened by the process rather than enriched. The original is filmed with a diffused gauzy sensibility in muted colors in both the background and foreground - a perfect balance and an expected setting for a fairy tale with a lovely princess, dwarfs, a wicked queen and a handsome prince.
In places on the disc, the Blu-ray contains inconsistent color enhancement. One scene - Snow White and the woodland creatures cleaning the dwarfs' home is a good example of the uneven application of the color saturation. The characters are harshly colorized in comparison to the subtle background - to the degree that it reminded me of a colorized classic black and white film where the backgrounds often remain in black and white and only the foregrounds are tinted. The dwarfs' mine scene is another example of the problem. So, parts of the movie are noticeably out-of-balance. The original looks like a work of art and the new version looks, although vividly colored, of lesser over-all quality and depth.
It is great to have both versions, and the extras are terrific, but sometimes "improvements" this drastic have the opposite affect and end-up detracting.
For Walt Disney, seeing a play back in 1916 of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" based on the fairty tale by the Brothers Grimm definitely made the producer to attempt something that has never been done before and that is to create a full-length color animated film.
Known for their "Silly Symphony" animated shorts, the 1937 animated film definitely silenced anyone who thought that Disney was not able to pull off a full-length animated feature. Even Walt Disney's wife thought that no one would want to watch a film that starred dwarfs but needless to say, the film that was called "Disney's Folly" by naysayers would receive critical praise and even demand by fans for a sequel. The film would be not only be a classic animated film which was honored by the American Film Institute as the "Greatest Animation of All Time". Even today, adjusted by inflation, the film is considered one of the top 10 money making films in America of all time.
In 2001, when the "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released on DVD, the DVD was one of the films that were known for its innovation, winning a "Video Premiere Award" for "Best Overall New Extra Features" and nominated for "Best DVD Menu Design" and "Best New, Enhanced or Reconstructed Movie Scenes".
But now in 2009, the film makes its High Definition entry on Blu-ray with 1080p High Definition picture quality and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound.Read more ›
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Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs [Blu-ray] ...
Super afternoon fun - great for kids and adults young at heart.
This is the Blu-Ray/DVD/Disney Anwhere Digital Copy release of the classic Disney movie, Snow White. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Jeannie N
Walt Disney's Snow White is, in my opinion the best animated feature of all time. Many fans may say The Lion King, or even Frozen deserve that title, but they both pale in... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Simona Sicoe
Wouldn't it be wonderful if american Disney Blu-rays could have portuguese subtitles? And in this case the sequence to "Music in Your Soup" fully colorized and inserted in... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Fernandes, Victor
Some of the reviews freaked me out talking about it being in a different language and bootlegged and all kinds of crazy stuff, but I guess it was rereleased because my copy was... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Whitney
I bought this awhile ago. Fair price, legit product, and was delivered at the time expected. I have no idea if this happened during the delivery process, but my only gripe is that... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
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It's rather like a nice frame in some ways. For me and my better half it becomes hardly noticeable once the film is begun; we get involved with the movie and not concentrating at all on the panels on the sides. It's a nice solution to fill up a widescreen TV screen with something innocuous and... Read More
Oct 19, 2009 by Baron Sardonicus | See all 11 posts
Well, if you saw it at Walmart for 28.66, I hope you snatched it up, because that really is a bargain. But, in answer to your question, the reason new copies are so expensive (and take note that the B&N price you're referring to is for "used") is that there are so few left, as they were... Read More
Sep 3, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
|Which of the dozens of versions is most like the original?||
i am trying to find out myself. hanswer this question.ope somebody can
Sep 19, 2011 by B. Davis | See all 4 posts
|Snow White DVD/Blu-ray combo packaging?||
depends on if you want it in the blu ray case or the dvd standard black case i myself went to best buy and preordered you get a steelbook case free when you preorder
Sep 3, 2009 by William J. Robinson | See all 29 posts
|Blurry Blu-Ray Snow White disc artwork?||
It's an intentional (and bad) design decision. I got mine from Amazon Vine. I was trying to focus my eyes also to see the artwork. It's maybe even an anti-counterfeiting measure.
Oct 30, 2009 by BBP | See all 4 posts
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