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Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
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In the original story, Princess Aurora sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by a prince's kiss. In the Disney version, Prince Philip comes to her rescue much sooner.
George Brun's orchestral score, which was nominated for an Academy Award, expertly blended famous themes from Tchaikovsky's ballet.
With a budget that exceeded $6 million in 1959, this was Walt Disney's most lavish and expensive animated feature to date.
Determined to make the characters as realistic as possible, Disney had a live action film shot with actors posing as Sleeping Beauty, the Prince, and Maleficent, for the animators to use.
New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called the fight between Prince Philip and Maleficent the noisiest and scariest go-round he (Disney) has ever put into one of his films.
All-New Digital Restoration With Enhanced Picture And Sound
All-New 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Surround Sound
All-New Once Upon A Dream Music Video, Performed By HANNAH MONTANA'S Emily Osment
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough A Fully Immersive Virtual Tour
All-New Enhanced Dance Game With Help From Briar Rose's Forest Friends, You Can Learn How To Dance
Never-Before-Seen Alternate Opening
All-New Making Of SLEEPING BEAUTY Featurette
And Much, Much More
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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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- Never-before-seen alternate opening
- Sleeping Beauty castle walk-through
- All-new Briar Rose's Waltz Game
- All-new music video
- All-new Making of Sleeping Beauty
- Never-before-heard deleted songs
- Disney song selection
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
can't beat a classic... I'm not a huge fan of the whole princess being rescued thing (Frozen is trying to move forward). Read morePublished 3 days ago by jaclyn
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 6 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 7 days ago by M S Mc Cright
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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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