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Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition)
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What's missing on this "Diamond Edition" is nearly an entire disc (!) worth of special features that were previously released on the Platinum Edition of Sleeping Beauty ... special features that were among the most intriguing ever released for a Disney animated Blu-Ray.Read more ›
Animation has changed quite a bit in the ensuing years, but even today Sleeping Beauty is a towering achievement. Now I'm more sensitive to the tricks of the art and can see the masterful use of perspective that made the scenes leap out at you. When I first picked up this DVD I half expected to be disappointed, to find it really wasn't so glorious in retrospect. This is hardly the case - this film is just as vibrant and alive as it was in 1959.
The added dimension now is that I can see how Disney's work was a formative influence on animation even today. Artist/Directors like Miyazaki owe much to this film and its predecessor Snow White. And they freely admit it. As a production, Sleeping Beauty created a sense of legitimacy for animation that proved that high quality animation was something well beyond the Saturday morning funnies.
Disney took a great risk when creating this film, pouring a tremendous amount of resources in making it something as perfect as was possible for his time. While the studio reaped the financial benefits, the audience was the real winner, as a whole genre exploded before our eyes. Even now, with anime rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with, this film stands out for story, art, and music.
The additional features, especially those that retell the making of the film, are excellent as well. All captures in fine detail on this DVD. This is a must see for anyone who still loves a fairy tale.
As with Disney's other classics, some liberties were taken with the original story of Sleeping Beauty. Disney took the classic story and made it unique and special. In some ways the story is less violent and dark than the original fairy tale. In other ways, such as the portrayal of Maleficent, the movie is dark and forbidding. While the movie is generally a children's movie, Maleficent's dragon and her general demeanor can be somewhat frightening for some in the pre-school and younger set.
Aurora was the first love for many a young boy, and was also the model for the aspirations of millions of girls. The romantic love story of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip enchanted would-be princesses everywhere, and in some cases became the measure by which future spouses were measured (and many of us struggled to meet the ideal).
Of course, the romantic story and the evil of Maleficent were balanced by the comedy of the animal characters and the three bumbling, good-hearted fairy godmothers. While their goodness may appear a bit too vanilla and sweet for some, it is perfect for those longing for the innocence of their youth.
While the movie is the most important part of the DVD, this two CD set contains a phenomenal number of extras. I found the audio commentary by various key individuals to be absolutely fascinating.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite Disney movies. I love the Tchaikovsky music heard throughout and the beauty of the animation and artwork. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kristi Richardson
Its a Disney remastered Diamond edition in all formats Bluray, DVD, and Digital. What more could you want?! Read morePublished 2 days ago by M S Mc Cright
A wonderful version & it looks so much better on DVD than VHS. The extras DVD is a nice edition and has a lot of interesting activities to do. Read morePublished 6 days ago by taffer
This is one of my daughter's favorite movies!
She loves the song Aroura sings and belts it out all the time. Read more
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|what disney blu-ray will be released in 2010?||
Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia 2000
Toy Story 1/2 remaster/3D if you wanna count these too
2011 will get lion King and Aladdin but it's only a rumor for now
Jan 22, 2010 by Hassan B | See all 7 posts
|Blu-ray or DVD Edition...Decisions, Decisions??||
yes, the bluray includes both versiones (hi-def and SD) =) so buy bluray and you'll be happy.
Oct 5, 2008 by KuauKord | See all 13 posts
|Song of the South Sneak Peak?||
I have the DVD; sadly it is nothing more than a rumor.
Sep 30, 2008 by Dave | See all 8 posts
|Platinum Edition #14||
is the list of platinum edition dvds in order of release? when is pinnochio coming out? When will we find out #14?
Mar 13, 2008 by Lee C. Snyder | See all 19 posts
I find that odd myself. I'll look and see what I can find. But if you dont mind could you also help me with my problem trying to figure out what song is playing when sleeping beauty is coming down the stairs at the end of the movie. Im on a pretty tight deadline and ive been searching for weeks... Read More
Jun 29, 2007 by Sandra K. Farmer | See all 8 posts
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