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Fall under the glorious spell of Disney's ultimate princess fairy tale! The magic is real as you experience all the pageantry and power on Blu-ray -- and for the first time ever on Digital HD -- with incredible high-definition picture and thrilling, soaring sound! Beauty, wonder and adventure spin together in a grand legend that transcends time as Maleficent, one of animation's most spectacular villains, sends the kingdom's beloved Princess Aurora into an enchanted sleep. In a majestic story that awakens all your senses, Good Fairies arm brave Prince Phillip to defeat a fearsome fire-breathing dragon and rescue Aurora. But success in battle may not be enough, for the only way to awaken the Princess is with true love's kiss! Create memories that will last a lifetime with Disney's illustrious SLEEPING BEAUTY -- a must-own for every family's classic collection!|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."
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People go on and on about it as one of THE BEST classics ever made, but it really is not that good.
Te begins with a young Prince Phillip being introduced to his diaper wearing wife-to-be no matter what Princess Aurora.
Moleficent shows up at the same event still hot for Sleeping Beauty's dad King Stephan. She curses his daughter with a spinning wheel prick by her sixteenth birthday.
Don't touch a spinning wheel needle. Problem solved.
Oh the horror of dragging this out.
So, her parents unload her on a couple geriatric, incapable, clumsy fairies to raise her in the woods.
The ultimate crime of their inept behavior, Maleficent's Raven discovers there whereabouts as they draw attention to themselves in an otherwise remote local.
Enter the Prince, who eventually ((yawn)) saves the day.
The movie ends with the sixteen-year old Aurora being reintroduced to her parents so that she can immediately get married, remain shoeless and start cranking out babies for the Kingdom. More particularly, to bring their parents a greater joy than their actual kids apparently did.
Skip this movie people.
Aspiring princesses need to be exposed to more contemporary independent women sich as Rosie O'Donnell, Nancy Grace, Rachel Maddow, Kathie Gifford and my personal favorite, Jane Fonda.
We purchased this DVD for my three year old as a Christmas gift, but could not resist a sneak peak at Grandma and PawPaw's house over Thanksgiving. The animation was stellar in 1959, and I must say, it certainly holds its own against any animation of today. The vibrancy, detail, and charm still capture the imagination, submerging the viewer the fairy tale world. The story itself is eternal: good triumphs over evil and love, true love, concurs all. The music is a perfect accompaniment to the tale, and "Once Upon A Dream" ranks up there as one of the all time best Disney songs.
I very much enjoyed watching this with my two girls and the rest of my family. It was a beautiful way for the entire family to spend a small part of Thanksgiving week doing something memorable together. I was surprised about how much of this movie I did not remember from when I saw it 40 years ago, and I was surprised how much detail my 11 year old remembered from the first time she saw it. The three year old was simply enchanted by the entire movie; from the fairies to Princess Aurora. She was enraptured the magic and the majesty of the story.
I highly recommend this dvd as a treat for the entire family. Little ones, teens, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles will all have a wonderful time together. It will make your time together a little happier and a little brighter. And that is what memories are all about.
Now Prince Phillip. He's a true hero. Sworn to be with Aurora since her birth, he looks out for her and fights a damn dragon to the death to save her. This was a life-long commitment to protect and respect. Does Aurora get a giant castle in Orlando and her face plastered all over Disney sheets? No. Cinderella gets all the love, for what? Going to a party and looking the part. I don't remember anyone threatening Cindy's life. Do you?
Aurora and Phillip go through hell and back. Sleeping Beauty is a much better story. Maleficent is better villain. And I won't even say that Phillip is the better man, because Prince Charming is not a man. He's a spoiled child who looks for women the way I browse Amazon for socks. Even comparing Charming to Phillip would be an insult to men everywhere.