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Sleeping Beauty was the last and most lavish of Walt Disney's animated fairy tales. He told the artists not to hurry and to give him "a moving illustration": The film required almost four and one-half years and one million finished drawings. Instead of the 19th century storybook illustrations that had influenced the look of Snow White and Pinocchio, the artists adapted the flattened perspective and jewel-like colors of 15th century French illuminated manuscripts. The results remain unmatched for sheer visual opulence. However, Sleeping Beauty suffers from a weak story: the vision of an ageless princess slumbering in a vine-shrouded tower was replaced with elements of Snow White and a boy-meets-girl musical. The evil Maleficent and the three Good Fairies (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) dominate the film, rather than Princess Aurora and Prince Philip. Sleeping Beauty was originally released in 70mm, and the Blu-ray edition restores the film to its original splendor. (Many earlier releases trimmed the wide-screen images and/or muted the glowing palatte.) The Bonus DVD looks good on a flat screen monitor, but it pales in comparison to the richness of the Blu-ray. In addition to the commentaries and a making-of documentary, the set includes myriad extras that vary widely in quality. Nostalgia buffs will enjoy the recreation of the old Sleeping Beauty's Castle attraction in Disneyland, and the TV program "Four Artists Paint One Tree" provides a welcome showcase for key talents from the film. But the CG animation of the dragon and the voice imitations of the Good Fairies fail to capture the magic of the originals in the "Dragon Encounter"; the "Maleficent's Challenge Game"--a hi-tech Twenty Questions--sounds only vaguely like the redoubtable sorceress. (Rated G: violence) --Charles Solomon
Stills from Sleeping Beauty (Click for larger image)
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The picture and sound were both greatly enhanced for this release.
I was really happy to be able to purchase this item because you cannot buy it in stores anymore and I really wanted to add this movie to my DVD collection.
This is my favorite Disney movie and now our daughter enjoys watching it, she loves it!
Timeless tale in beautiful animation with humor and romance. A great classic.Published 1 day ago by Lorene Corbell
I was delighted to receive this VHS. It brought back memories that were magical from my childhood when life was much simpler with so many smaller choices when VHS is what you would... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Vincent Doraz
The C&L Studios release of this title (ASIN# B00MF25740) is a KOREAN KNOCKOFF and may not be of true Disney quality.Published 4 days ago by P. Williams
For over five decades, Sleeping Beauty still rings supreme in animation entertainment. My entire family, including myself, went to our local ride-in theater to catch the initial... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Armando A. Gomez
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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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