|Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition + Standard DVD and BD Live) [Blu-ray]
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Disney's 1959 animated effort was the studio's most ambitious to date, a widescreen spectacle boasting a gorgeous waltz-filled score adapting Tchaikovsky. In the 14th century, the malevolent Maleficent (not dissimilar to the wicked Queen in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs taunts a king that his infant Aurora will fatally prick her finger on a spinning wheel before sundown on her 16th birthday. This, of course, would deny her a happily-ever-after with her true love. Things almost but not quite turn out that way, thanks to the assistance of some bubbly, bumbling fairies named Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. It's not really all that much about the title character--how interesting can someone in the middle of a long nap be, anyway? Instead, those fairies carry the day, as well as, of course, good Prince Phillip, whose battle with the malevolent Maleficent in the guise of a dragon has been co-opted by any number of animated films since. See it in its original glory here. And Malificent's castle, filled with warthogs and demonic imps in a macabre dance celebrating their evil ways, manages a certain creepy grandeur. --David Kronke
On the Blu-ray
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)
Awaken your senses to the majesty of SLEEPING BEAUTY Walt Disney's ultimate fairy tale. See more than you've ever seen before through the magic of state of the art technology and experience this groundbreaking film restored beyond its original brilliance in the way Walt envisioned it pristine beautiful utterly breathtaking. From the grand celebration of Princess Aurora's birth to the fateful day when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under Malificent's evil curse to Prince Philip's courageous battle against a fire-breathing dragon the stunning artistry and spine-tingling sounds will transform your home into a fantastic world. The adventures continue as you are immersed into a wonderful world of bonus features.
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.
Live Menus Featuring A Real Time Castle Environment
All-New Making Of SLEEPING BEAUTY Featurette
DISNEY BD LIVE innovative features premiering on Sleeping Beauty include Chat and Create Custom Video Messages With yoru Friends As You Watch The Film, Shop For Add-Ons and Downloads, Maleficent's Challenge Game, Living Menus Real Time Castle Environment Changes Based on Your Location System Requirements:Running Time: 75 minutes Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: G UPC: 786936746228 Manufacturer No: 05560800
- Another timeless classic...
Disney has been working overtime it seems to bring out the oldies and re-do them with amazing color and clarity. This one needs to be added to anyone's collection that has kids or grandkids...sure to keep them glued to the tube for a while!...more info
- Sleeping Beauty
Bought this set for my 7 yr. old granddaughter for Easter. She loved it....more info
- Sleeping Beauty
This is one of my favorite Disney films from their classics. I had a great experience purchasing it from the third party seller and would purchase from them again....more info
- Stunning Classic
I have been buying Disney DVDs for awhile, every time they release one since they are often for a limited time, even if my child is not quite old enough for some of the titles, and I may hold onto this one just a bit.
That being said this is a great version of the classic, the DVD is absolutlty beautiful and looks great on a 32" LCD television....more info
- Sleeping Beauty
My daughter enjoyed this movie as a child. It is Disney at his best. Both the animation and the music are first rate. I bought it for my daughter to share with her children....more info
- Very good movie. Graphics are truly AMAZING!!!
Me, my wife, and my daughter have seen this movie several times in a 55 inches LED LCD and I have to say that the graphics are spectacular. The colors pop out and the attention to detail is very impressive. It is like Pixar but 50 years ago. No wonder why this movie took 6 year to make. The scenes of the forest and the witch's castle are amazing. I watched the whole movie and was consistently impressed in this area.
The BD has a 7.1 DTS-HD Surround sound which obviously is far better from the original movie. However, I believe Disney dropped the ball in the sound area. The surround from the back speakers is overcharged, in fact there are scenes where it shadows the front speakers. Also the main central front speaker sounds awful and they could have enhanced this. I understand that they included the original lossless audio, yet still they could have enhanced this in order to appeal a new generation. he same way they did with the graphics.
Overall the movie is very good; however like in the middle it becomes a little bit draggy even for my three year old daughter, who is a Disney fan. There are some scenes when she becomes a little bit bored, which rarely happens to her when she is watching Disney or Pixar movies.
I recommend this BD ONLY if you have kids that will enjoy the movie, you are Disney Collector, or you have seen this movie earlier in your life. Otherwise, I believe you WOULD NOT enjoy this purchase. The reason is because some scenes are lenghty, and the audio problems I mentioned before.
I personally like this film and believe is a good addition to our collection.
- Sleeping Beauty
This item was shipped very quickly and was in excellent condition. I highly recommend this seller!!!...more info
- Decent condition
The item was shipped in a timely manner, however the edges of the box were a little bent upon arrival (which isn't very nice when I'm trying to give this as a gift). Overall, good condition. Edges were my only complaint....more info
- One of the best!
We've been re-discovering the disney movie collection over the last year and this one ranks pretty high on our list. My 2 year old daughter loves this movie!! She gets so involved in the story. Everytime Aurora goes up to the spindle of the spinning wheel, she tell her " Oh no! Don't touch it! Don't touch it!"
This movie is very well animated, delightfully told and extremely entertaining for the whole family. One of the best!...more info
- My all time favorite, I love Walt Disney
This has been one of my most cherished movies! I saw it in 1986 in the theaters and placed myself as Rose. The hidden princess!...more info
- Sleeping Beauty- DVD
"Sleeping Beauty" is one of my grandchildren's favorite Disney movies. I have had it on VHS for years, but decided to replace it with a DVD. The color is wonderful on the DVD and the sound is better by far. As everyone knows, it's a classic....more info
- Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
This Disney winner is all that. A wonderful contribution from the Disney Vault.
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- Sleeping Beauty
gift to my grandchildren for Easter, have not heard anything from them about the movie yet, But I am sure they will like it as much, as their parents did...more info
- Disney's Sleeping Beauty
Every child should own one of this movie.. It is ageless and timeless in this new technocoly edition. Very enjoyable for children of for adults time after time....more info
- Sleeping Beauty
I have always wanted this movie as a little girl, and I finally have it!!!...more info
My all-time favorite Disney movie on DVD!!! This version is so colorful and the sound quality is excellent, compared to our VHS tape of the same movie. I'm glad there are people out there who feel it's important to keep these movies on the shelves for future generations to enjoy! You'd never guess it was made so long ago. Up against Wall-E and Madagascar, these Disney classics still hold their own....more info
- What a great deal!
Since I own a Blu-ray player (PS3,) I prefer to buy mostly Blu-ray discs. However, the added cost of Blu-ray discs forces me to buy DVDs where it makes sense. For instance, big special effects movies are always great for Blu-ray... comedies or dramas, not so much.
Since this edition comes with a standard DVD in addition to the Blu-ray content, this was a no-brainer. If my 5-year-old wishes to watch this movie, the DVD it is. For my wife and I, it's the Blu-ray....more info
- outstanding rendition of a classic
ever since i was a child, sleeping beauty was my all time favorite disney animated motion picture. as soon as i saw it was available on blu ray, it was a dream come true. brilliant picture and sound make this timeless treasure just that much more special to watch. highly recommend for fans of this and other similar disney classics....more info
- Better than any other dvd
BLUE-RAY IS THE NEW THING, AND SLEEPING BEAUTY LOOKS PERFECT, AND CRISP, AND CLEAR. SOUND IS THE BEST, PICTURE IS GORGEOUS AND THE FILMS IS STILL THE BEST....more info
- Wonderful Disney classic
My granddaughter puts on fairy wings and has a wand and goes around touching things with the wand saying, "make it pink" and "make it blue." It's fun to see how this movie brings out the imagination of children. This is a timeless story....more info
- Sleeping Beauty Platinum Edition
I'd love to be able to write a review regarding this product. However, it has been over a month since it was ordered but I have yet to receive it!I gave it one star but I'm sure, as a Disney product, once I actually GET IT, I'd rate it much higher.
I don't believe I will purchase from this dealer in the future.
Thank You...more info
- Still waiting
I can't really review this product as I still have not received it. It was shipped Nov 21, one month ago. I have tried to contact you about this order but can't seem to get through. So, cancell the entire order and credit my account. ...more info
- Happy with the movie
This movie came in a timely manner. It was exactly what I wanted. Very good company to work with....more info
- Beautiful classic
I am always thrilled when Disney brings a movie out from the vault and I can pass on my memories from my first movies onto my children. I'm lucky I also have a daughter who is a Princess fanatic. We were so excited when Sleeping Beauty came out, one of my favorite storybook characters. The movie is amazing, such beautiful pictures. Must have to add to your collection!...more info
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The video arrived intact and in new condition.The price was very reasonable. I'm very satisfied....more info
- The Ultimate Dance Movie
One definitely has the feeling that the Disney producers of this 50th Anniversary DVD release were more than a little strapped for materiel to pad out the movie - which is as short as it is gorgeously visualized, and set to Tchaikovsky's lilting ballet music. It is the ultimate dance move; it seems as if every character, not just the two lovers are dancing, most of the time. The video itself looks quite lovely, clean and crisp, and I am sure the enhanced `surround sound" would have rattled the rafters, if I had the home theater sound system... er... and any rafters to rattle. Even at the length of barely over an hour, the movie enchanted the public almost as much as its creators --Walt Disney himself not the least. The castle in whose highest tower the lovely Aurora slept, waiting for true love's first kiss was being built for real even as "Sleeping Beauty" was in production, to eventually become the landmark and logo for Disney's real-world amusement park properties.
One of the extra features is a walk through of an original feature of the castle, in which park visitors peeped through keyholes, windows and doors at various scenes. This feature is long-closed, but was re-created electronically, using some of the still-extant features, which seem to have been just left in the closed up storage spaces within the Castle. There is a very long feature about the "Making of" in which a shout-out is given to just about everyone (living and dead) who had anything to do with the creation of the feature. We half-expected inclusion of the janitors who swept up and emptied out the trash baskets, since this kind of animation must have meant tons of it. There is also the usual collection of discarded story-boarded but never animated scenes, an alternate opening... and the Disney short about Grand Canyon, set to Ferdy Grofe's music. Not sure what that was doing there, maybe for the classical music element.
- WATCHED FOR THE FIRST TIME
What can I say. This movie is a classic. I've watched for the first time with my 2 yr old daughter (yes, I know.. but I had a poor childhood! although I read the story from books and knew there was a sleeping beauty movie somewhere out there!). I love the story and everything else but my daughter doesn't like it too much. She says is to scary. I am sure she will love it in a few years more....more info