Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t one of my favorite of Disney’s animated classics but it is a movie to behold for not only the style but its historical significance to the Walt Disney Company, the cornerstone to what it is today.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Genre(s): Animation, Fantasy
Disney | G – 83 min. – $36.99 | February 2, 2016
Date Published: 02/10/2016 | Author: The Movieman
THE MOVIE – 4.0/5
Who is the fairest of them all? Snow White is. This is just the worst possible news the evil Queen can hear as she is certain it must be her. But her Magic Mirror just does not lie. With that information she sends one of her men out to find Snow White and kill her (!). But when he finds her he just can’t bring himself to do it. Instead, he lets Snow White escape but tells the Queen she is dead (even bringing her back a fake heart to ‘prove’ she’s a goner).
Snow White escapes into the woods where she eventual runs into seven funny men (Dwarfs) all with a unique personality. She moves in with them and does all their chores and tries to live happily ever after. But soon, The Queen finds out that Snow White is still alive, finds out where she lives and presents her with a poison apple in an attempt to kill her. Do you see how plot the film has? It can be summed up quickly – Snow White Pretty, Queen ugly, Queen tries to kill Snow White, she escapes, becomes slave to Dwarfs, spends 45 minutes singing, gets poisoned, and wakes up.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5
This two-disc release comes with a nice embossed slip cover. Inside is a code for the Digital HD copy.
Commentary by Roy Disney/Walt Disney
In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (4:22; HD) – This featurette allows viewers to hear Walt himself talk about the film, its origins and eventual release.
Iconography (7:16; HD) – Here we explore how the film influenced pop culture, art and fashion.
@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess (5:16; HD) – Modern-day artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.
The Fairest Facts of the Them All (4:37; HD) finds Disney Channel star Sofia Carson revealing seven intriguing fans about Snow White.
Snow White in Seventy Seconds (1:12; HD) is for those with short attention spans I guess utilizing a tweenager rapping the story.
Alternate Sequence (3:39; HD) is a never-before-seen storyboard sequence where the prince meets Snow White.
Disney’s First Feature: The Making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (33:15; HD) is an extensive look at how the movie came to be and the importance it holds within Disney, the cornerstone as it’s described.
Bringing Snow White to Life (11:35; HD) profiles the original animators.
Hyperion Studios Tour (30:36; HD) – This featurette contains old, archive footage and a tour of the Hyperion Studio where Disney classics were animated.
Decoding the Exposure Sheet (6:49; HD) – Here we get a history lesson on the exposure sheet.
Snow White Returns (8:44; HD) explores sketches that were once lost and perhaps a sequel or short film.
Rounding things out, we get two Story Meetings, one on The Dwarfs (5:51; HD) and the other The Huntsman (3:55; HD); Two Deleted Scenes (10:35; HD); and Animation Voice Talent (6:20; HD) is a vintage featurette with interviews by historians and others on the voices brought in for Snow White.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
|Snow White is presented in 1.33:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Disney once again steps up with their Diamond Collection and produces one of the finest looking animated titles in a long time. Colors are very sharp, Blacks are deep, and the film looks like nothing one might expect of a 72 Year Old Film.|
AUDIO – 4.5/5
|Disney has included an English 7.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Like Pinocchio, 7.1 mix just seems like overkill for a film that was created with 7.1 in mind. Rears are active throughout the film, but not as heavy as other films. It’s mostly some small sounds every once and a while. Dialog came across a bit cleaner than Pinocchio, but I still had to fool around with the volume on my receiver as it sometimes dialog gets a bit too high or low.|
OVERALL – 4.0/5
|Overall, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t one of my favorite of Disney’s animated classics but it is a movie to behold for not only the style but its historical significance to the Walt Disney Company, the cornerstone to what it is today. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, this first edition of the “Signature Collection”, from what I can tell, appears to be the same transfer. However, the video and audio are both well done and the features are decent enough.|
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