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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: G

Starring:
Roy Atwell as Doc (voice)
Stuart Buchanan as Huntsman (voice)
Adriana Caselotti as Snow White (voice)
Eddie Collins as Dopey (voice)
Pinto Colvig as Sleepy / Grumpy (voice)
Marion Darlington as Bird Sounds and Warbling (voice)
Billy Gilbert as Sneezy (voice)
Otis Harlan as Happy (voice)
Lucille La Verne as Queen / Witch (voice)
James MacDonald as Yodeling Man (voice)
Scotty Mattraw as Bashful (voice)
Moroni Olsen as Magic Mirror (voice)
Harry Stockwell as Prince (voice)

Special Features:
DisneyView -- Expanded Viewing Experience
All-New Music Video
What Do You see? -- Decipher The Scrambled Image
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall -- Which Princess Are You Most Like?
Jewel Jumble -- Test Your Matching Skills
Snow White Returns -- Newly Discovered Storyboards. Was Walt Planning A Sequel?
Hyperion Studios -- Explore Walt's Original Studio
The One That Started It All -- See How Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Forever Changed The World Of Movies
Exclusive Sneak Peek At Walt Disney Pictures' The Princess and the Frog
Dopey's Wild Mine Ride Game
"Heigh-Ho" Karaoke Sing-Along
Disney Through The Decades
1-Disc DVD
And More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish, French Language
Spanish, French Subtitles
Running Time: 95 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"The most revered of all Disney films, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' is alive with fairy tale magic, heart-pounding suspense, and rousing adventure. Once Snow White's vain stepmother, the wicked Queen, consults her Magic Mirror to learn that her stepdaughter's beauty surpasses her own, the lovely young girl must flee into the forest. There, she meets seven lovable dwarfs: Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy, Doc, and the rough-edged Grumpy. But even their devotion cannot save her form the Queen's spell...the spell that can only be battled by a prince! Now, through high-definition direct-to-digital technology, you can own "The One That Started It All" - the first full-length animated feature ever created, lovingly restored for a memorable entertainment experience for all ages! "

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is rated G.

Mini-Review:
OK, you know about Snow White and know it's a classic. The real thing you want to know is whether or not the Blu-ray is worth picking up. Picture-wise, the Blu-ray doesn't look all that different from the "Platinum Edition" DVD. There was such a dramatic difference between the VHS version and the DVD that the transition from DVD to Blu-ray doesn't look like a major change. One big difference, though, is that the Blu-ray gives you the option of watching it in "DisneyView" which fills in the black bars on the side of the widescreen TV with artwork from the movie. The palace scenes have curtains, the forest scenes have trees, etc. I thought it was an interesting touch. My wife thought it was distracting.

What about the bonus features? Surprisingly, not all of the bonus features from the Platinum Edition are on the Blu-ray. It does include a few things like Dopey's Wild Mine Ride, Karaoke, and the "Which Princess Are You Most Like" game. But there are two notable new features on the Blu-ray. One is "Snow White Returns." In it, we learn that some drawings from a Snow White sequel of sorts was discovered in the Disney archives. It was basically a plan for a short film that utilized a couple of deleted scenes from the feature film. These included a scene where the Dwarfs make a bed and a scene where the Dwarfs are eating soup. Another new bonus feature is entitled "Hyperion Studios" and is an incredibly detailed look at Disney's first studio. We see the relaxed atmosphere at the studio, the creative process, Disney's management style, vintage photos and art, and more. Unfortunately it's chopped up into a million different sections, so it's difficult to navigate and tedious to see everything. But it is interesting. Besides a new music video by Tiffany Thornton, those are all the new bonus features. Does it replace the Platinum Edition DVD? No, I don't think so. Is it worth buying on Blu-ray? Well, if you're building up a Blu-ray collection or if you're a major Disney fan, then it's probably worth buying, otherwise you could probably just stick with the DVD.

There's also a sneak peek at "The Princess and the Frog." That 2-D animation looks absolutely stunning on Blu-ray. The colors are quite vibrant and the paintings really pop off the screen. You actually get to see the opening 6 minutes from the film. So it's a nice addition to this set.

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