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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. The BD-Live features require an awful lot of bother: after wading through (or ignoring) 130 screens of legalese, participants must enter their Social Security number or other personal information in the drawn-out sign-on process. Once that's finally done, viewers can send special messages to pop up during the film, chat online with others who are watching, and view it in synch with others. The question is whether or not you want to. (Rated G: violence) --Charles Solomon
Stills from Sleeping Beauty (Click for larger image)
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Order arrived fairly quickly. I've added this into Disney collection. It's a classic!Published 4 days ago by Marliz Colon
Arrived quickly in original unopened dvd case. Very happy and so is the kid.Published 5 days ago by Jessica
I like the movie. My child likes the movie. The issue is more with the seller, who sent a non-working DVD and would not accept a return. Beware!Published 9 days ago by gakkygreeneyes
Audio is poor.. Constantly have to adjust the volume up and down.Published 10 days ago by Michael W.
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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
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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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