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3.0 out of 5 stars Do the enhancements actually enhance the original?, October 21, 2009
This review is from: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live w/ Blu-ray packaging) (Blu-ray)
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Side-by-side, I watched the Blu-ray disc of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs along with the regular DVD included in the Diamond Edition released in October 2009. Was the contrast between the Blu-ray and the original movie obvious? Yes. But, is the enhancement an improvement?

I am all for progress but as I watched the two versions together, although my eyes were drawn to the Blu-ray version for the vivid colors and clarity, there were definite problems with the changes. The colors are so bright that the misty original now looks like a current cartoon/animated feature instead of an old classic -- cheapened by the process rather than enriched. The original is filmed with a diffused gauzy sensibility in muted colors in both the background and foreground - a perfect balance and an expected setting for a fairy tale with a lovely princess, dwarfs, a wicked queen and a handsome prince.

In places on the disc, the Blu-ray contains inconsistent color enhancement. One scene - Snow White and the woodland creatures cleaning the dwarfs' home is a good example of the uneven application of the color saturation. The characters are harshly colorized in comparison to the subtle background - to the degree that it reminded me of a colorized classic black and white film where the backgrounds often remain in black and white and only the foregrounds are tinted. The dwarfs' mine scene is another example of the problem. So, parts of the movie are noticeably out-of-balance. The original looks like a work of art and the new version looks, although vividly colored, of lesser over-all quality and depth.

It is great to have both versions, and the extras are terrific, but sometimes "improvements" this drastic have the opposite affect and end-up detracting.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2010 8:12:25 PM PST
Alias says:
Yeah, I'm afraid they went overboard with 'cleaning up' Pinocchio which resulted in an unnatural look. Did they do it with Snow White? I think I'm sticking with the 2001 edition.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 11:43:47 AM PDT
It`s good to be able read the comments on this classic. You`d think `Blu-Ray` would be an improvement, but evidently not. Guess I`ll just upgrade the Disney-Pixar movies to Blu-Ray.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 9:01:52 PM PDT
Serg says:
By the way 1.33:1 Screen format is 4:3 - full screen with black stripes on sides.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2010 5:38:36 AM PDT
M. Hill says:
Thanks for all the good comments.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 11:46:09 AM PST
Good review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2011 8:58:01 AM PST
M. Hill says:
Thank you.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 1:01:33 PM PST
Ashley says:
it comes with a regular dvd too.. is it as extremely unnatural??

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 7:58:04 AM PST
M. Hill says:
Hi Ashley,

As I noted in my review I watched the blu-ray and regular DVD side-by-side for comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 3:21:02 PM PST
Ashley says:
Ah, thank you. For some reason I was thinking you were comparing Blu-ray to the version released a few years ago. I'm not sure if that one's any different.
Thank you for replying.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2011 5:41:05 AM PST
M. Hill says:
You are welcome.
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