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Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition) (1955)

Mary Costa , Bill Shirley , Charles A. Nichols , Clyde Geronimi  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy
  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar, Wilfred Jackson
  • Writers: Bill Peet, Charles Perrault, Erdman Penner, Jeff Kurtti
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (881 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKHN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Sleeping Beauty"
  • The Design: Film Historian Leonard Maltin and Others Share Their Thoughts on the Design of the Film
  • The Music: Singer Mary Costa Reminisces About the Film
  • The Restoration
  • Sleeping Beauty 3-D Virtual Galleries
  • Story Reel: "The Capture of the Prince"
  • Story Reel: "The Fairies Put the Castle to Sleep"
  • Widescreen-to-Full screen Comparison
  • Creating the Backgrounds
  • Helene Stanley Dance Reference -- Live Action Reference
  • Live Action Reference of Prince Phillip
  • Four Artists Paint One Tree -- Walt Disney Hosts This Vintage Special
  • "The Peter Tchaikovsky Story" (1959 "Disneyland" TV Show)
  • "Grand Canyon" Film Short
  • Rescue Aurora Set-Top Adventure Game
  • Sleeping Beauty Ink and Paint Game
  • Original Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Most of the beauty of Disney's Sleeping Beauty DVD comes from the dazzling restored picture that looks as sharp and vivid as films produced decades later. You can watch it in its 70mm widescreen anamorphic glory or in pan-and-scan format, but if you think you'll prefer the latter, a widescreen-to-fullscreen comparison of the "Once Upon a Dream" scene will show you how much you're missing. There's a bevy of historical material: a commentary track that includes art director Eyvind Earle, Mary Costa (the voice of Aurora), and supervising animator Ollie Johnston; a 1997 16-minute documentary that covers various aspects of production, especially the film's distinctive animation style; shorter featurettes that expand upon the documentary; art galleries; and three vintage short films related to Sleeping Beauty--"4 Artists Paint 1 Tree," in which the animators demonstrate their craft, the biopic "The Peter Tchaikovsky Story," and "Grand Canyon," the CinemaScope depiction of Ferde Grofé's famous suite. Kid fare includes the usual trivia game, art projects, a sing-along, a No Secrets music video, and a mistake-proof coloring game. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Heralded by audiences and critics alike, SLEEPING BEAUTY was the final fairy tale to be produced by Walt Disney himself. Now fully restored with revolutionary digital technology, its dazzling colors, rich backgrounds, and Academy Award(R)-nominated orchestrations shine brighter than ever. When an enchanted kingdom and the most fair princess in the land fall prey to the ultimate mistress of evil, the fate of the empire rests in the hands of three small fairies and a courageous prince's magic kiss. Their quest is fraught with peril as the fellowship must battle the evil witch and a fire-breathing dragon if they are to set the Beauty free. From spectacular action to the breathtaking pageantry of the princess and her kingdom, SLEEPING BEAUTY has something to charm every member of your family.

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161 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Looks Great November 26, 2003
I vividly remember the release of Sleeping Beauty. I was old enough to go see it myself - just barely. There I was sitting way up front eating my popcorn and all of a sudden this spectacular dragon materialized right before my eyes. Popcorn forgotten, I was hooked. Cartoons never looked the same to me, and I spent the rest of my life inhaling fantasy and science fiction on a quest for the same thrill.
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.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Restored Disney Classic with Bonuses September 3, 2003
This movie is one of the great classics of animation, especially for Disney. The DVD version is significantly improved compared to the previous VHS tape. The picture and sound were both greatly enhanced for this release. Furthermore, both widescreen and full screen versions are available in this package.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be part of any child's DVD collection March 9, 2008
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In 1959, the New York Times called Sleeping Beauty "a crisply stylized fairyland where the colors are rich [and] the sounds are luscious." In his book The Disney Films, critic Leonard Maltin writes that Sleeping Beauty is "a very good film, but more so for older audiences than for young children." The Gospel According to Disney says the movie illustrates "an eternal promise of resurrection," while From Walt to Woodstock claims it is a "therapeutic experience" that celebrates "a male-female relationship based on true equality."

As for me, I'd say that regardless of what you read into it, Sleeping Beauty is a must-own. A true Disney classic, the movie has such stunning visuals and such a strong villain that it makes up for its one major flaw: the lack of a good lead character.

The art, for example, is astounding. Full of bright 1950s color, each background is a graphic collage of rectangles and straight lines that is filled to the edges with meticulously sharp detail. On each tree you see every leaf; on each shrub you see every thorn. It's a look that set the stage for other Disney movies to come, such as Pocahontas, Mulan and Hercules.

As a whole, the characters are terrific. Kids will love the fairies.
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One of my all time favorite Disney movies! I've been watching Sleeping Beauty since I was a little kid. Thanks
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1.0 out of 5 stars bought by accident
Beware, unless you read and speak Mandarin Chinese. Oops. The only thing I learned was to read more carefully before I buy things for our grand-daughters. :)
Published 4 days ago by Marjorie Z. Peak
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
For under $20.00 bucks I got one swell deal,with the slipcover and all of the inserts still inside.{most sellers remove the inserts}, thing I like to do before I buy.. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Victoria R.Remington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
Great service would use them again. I Was very happy to receive the video so fast. My little girl was so excited.
Published 6 days ago by Michelle D Alanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Disney movies never get old, they are timeless entertainment for every age group. Young children are still enjoying the fabulous stories from years ago.
Published 6 days ago by Sheila Stephenson
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed - movie didnt play
the blue ray did not play - i tried it on multiple systems and would receive error messages. next time no used dvd's
Published 6 days ago by Nicole Holley
1.0 out of 5 stars Oops!
Read carefully. I seemed to have ordered this in Korean!!!! Amazon refunded money immediately though and I'm still looking for a Korean family to give it too.
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Published 8 days ago by Gale Klosterman
2.0 out of 5 stars Disc in great condition
I purchased this DVD in excellent condition but the cd cover was cracked and bent. Looked like it was used many times, it was also unlabeled.
Published 9 days ago by Marlene Keslin
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This site had great response time. The movie was delivered as promised. The movie was enjoyed by all! We didn't check out the 2nd dvd so I am unable to comment on that.
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Sleeping Beauty
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
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Anybody have any info on new packaging... Be the first to reply
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