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Superb Edition of a Disney Classic,
This review is from: Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition) (DVD)
Disney took a while, but they have finally embraced the DVD format. As with everything else, when they do it, they do it right and big!
When Disney first stuck their foot in the DVD waters they did it slowly, offering movies without major extras and at a price well above their competition. With a stable of classics in their coffers I wrote some scathing reviews and comments on various web sites. Disney finally got it through their heads that DVD has broken through to become the standard format for the new millenium.
Several other Disney Disks have gotten this deluxe treatment. Their collaborations with Pixar; Toy Story One and Two, A Bugs Life, Monsters Inc were among the first. Tarzan, Atlantis, Beauty and the Beast as well as Dumbo and a variety of lesser films have editions chock full of extras as well. It was fitting that Snow White was released as a Double Disk set last year and they have followed that up with one of my faves, Sleeping Beauty.
The film has been remastered all around. Crisp new sound and picture wrapped up with a bevy of extras that will make any cinemafile drool. Along with the standard documentaries and commentaries this edition has something I wish had been packaged with every disk released to date; A widescreen to pan and scan comparison. Finally I can show my friends and family why widescreen is preferable to 'full screen'. (You reading this Blockbuster video??)
Getting off the soapbox now...
I pre-ordered mine. Make sure you don't let this one slip away for another generation.
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2008 3:49:30 PM PDT
I would not exactly say "don't let this one slip away for another generation." Sleeping Beauty was released on DVD just a few years ago, so this DVD release is rather ridiculous, except it is done to promote the release of the Blue Ray disc.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2008 3:59:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2008 4:00:39 PM PDT
While I hate "duplicate efforts" as much as you apparently do, I do not think Disney does much of that, thankfully. It is not just a Blu-Ray release; it is a Platinum Edition release as well (also available on regular DVD), and those are normally quite something, far superior to their predecessors.
Haha....I just noticed something..but this time, we can see it is not Amazon's fault. This guy was actually reviewing the "Special Edition" release, back in 2003...
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2008 11:27:06 AM PDT
Bill Hom says:
I hate to tell you but Disney does it quite often. I bought the first Disney dvd's back in 1998. Since then, there have been duplicates of many of their major animation features. There's even 3 versions of Mulan which is just ridiculous. There have been 3 versions of Toy Story (not as ridiculous, but still....). Ever since Eisner, Disney has just been money-hungry and releasing movies, putting them on moritorium and then rereleasing them. They did this during the vhs era and it will continue until they go out of business. Don't think that can happen? Well, I never thought that Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merril Lynch and others would ever fall either. While Disney's business is different from investment banking, what's the first thing that gets cut out during a bad economy? Families with out a lot money won't be able to afford going to Disney on vacation. People will tighten up the purse strings and won't be buying over-priced Disney branded products.
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