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Sleeping Beauty [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import] [Region A]

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  • Actors: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy
  • Directors: Clyde Geronimi
  • Writers: Bill Peet, Charles Perrault, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Dolby, Dubbed, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013ND30W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,395 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A classic from the past, for the future. Now Disney doesn’t just bridge the years with magic, it does it with technology too. For a limited time only, Sleeping Beauty will be available in a unique Blu-ray / DVD combination set. Two Blu-ray discs give you the very first Disney classic in incredible high-definition whilst the full feature on DVD still gives you the choice of enjoying this timeless tale anywhere you have access to a standard DVD player.


Disney's 1959 Sleeping Beauty was the studio's most ambitious effort to date, a lavish spectacle boasting a gorgeous waltz-filled score adapted from the music of 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 sixteenth birthday. This, of course, would deny her a happily-ever-after with her true love. Fortunately, some bubbly, bumbling fairies named Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are on hand to assist. 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, alongside Malificent's castle, which, filled with warthogs and demonic imps in a macabre dance celebrating their evil ways, manages a certain creepy grandeur. --David Kronke, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James on 15 Dec 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Blu-ray zone B only

Ratio of the feature film:
2.55:1 (original ratio)

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 7.1: English
DTS 5.1: Latin Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Dolby 2.0: Audio Descriptive Service

Subtitles for all the videos:
Latin Spanish, Italian, Dutch, English, English for the hearing impaired

An outstanding picture and sound quality, Disney in charge of this restoration did an excellent job, this film couldn't have been watched in better condition than it is today. Bravo !!!
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Benson VINE VOICE on 15 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
Unfortunately demand from the public caused Sleeping Beauty to be almost rush released a few years ago. Now it's fantastic to have this classic back getting the 'Platinum Edition' treatment it deserves.
The digital restoration makes Sleeping Beauty look incredible... beautiful is kind of an understatement. If you researched into this film you'd discover that Walt's vision was for the art to carry the movie. Being able to see Sleeping Beauty in its original widescreen splendidness certainly highlights that. The restoration really makes those colorful backgrounds stand out. It's incredible to think that this entire movie was produced by hand even though some of the special effects look like they could have been produced in the computer editing process (that kind of editing wasn't invented in the era of this movie though). Sleeping Beauty truly was the end to an era.
The extras are the standard kind of thing we've come to expect from Disney's 'Platinum' series... deleted scenes, a making of featurette, deleted songs, an alterate opening and some games for the really young ones. The 'making of' is extremely informative and a must for anyone fascinated by the art of this movie. Disney have kept this fresh for the new generation by having Emily Osment of Hannah Montana fame sing a new version of 'Once Upon A Dream' in an exclusive music video just for the DVD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WooHoooo on 10 Mar 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This has amazing colour, extra footage at the sides that wouldn't fit on cinema screens when the film was released so it feels at times like you are watching something completely new, thinking I can't remember this bit then you realise its because theres more detail on screen.

Because its blue ray they can fit even more on each disc so the extras you get are fantastic, theres long nearly film length documentarys on the blue-ray (film) disc and then loads on a separate disc including walt disney world and the walt disney show that was broadcast every week in america when disney world was being constructed explaining rides etc. Pictures of the original artwork and the ideas behind it, things in the planning stages that weren't used - planning what characters will look like etc. . .interviews and comments by the original artists. . .it just goes on and on.

You also get a normal dvd. Whats the point of that..? Well if I want to watch it in bed or in another room to the blue-ray player if someones watching the tv I can. You don't get a free blue ray with a DVD do you so invest in a blue ray player if you haven't already. . .you're really missing out. . . .and get this!

10/10 for everything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Gunn on 29 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Figured I'ld add a review here of the actual box, as theres already a review for the film

This "Deluxe" edition comes in an exclusive book shaped box. Which is possibly the best packaging effort I've seen Disney manage in a while. The box is embossed in various places to enhance the details. With lashings of gold paint and colour

Inside the box is a copy of 2 disc set. It's exactly the same as the normal retail copy. The real jewel of this set is the book also contained within.

While Jungle Book and 101 Dalmatians had similar sets, their books were mostly picture based and didn't really have much to say. The book in sleeping beauty is more informative about the film and the history of the story, with plenty exclusive concept art and stories about the films development

The DVD as stated already is the same as the normal new retail release but if you havent got it yet or have the 2003 release this is still worth considering, as it has a few additional extras such as an improved DVD commentary and a better restoration.

Overall a great set with some care given to details and a lot of interesting features about the original film, if only Disney could show this amount of love to it's home releases more often
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor on 29 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
Keyed to the style of Disney artist Ervind Earle, SLEEPING BEAUTY has long been renowned as one of Walt Disney Studio's most artistically beautiful films--and now with this meticulous restoration Earle's vision comes to the home market in a DVD package that is sure to win praise from every fan of hand-drawn animation.
The story, of course, is the time-honored fairy tale. Princess Aurora is cursed at birth by the evil Maleficent, who declares that on her sixteenth birthday the princess shall prick her finger on a spinning wheel's spindle and die--but fortunately the powers of good are able to mute the effect of the curse; the princess shall not die, but shall instead fall into a deep sleep from which she can be only awakened by love's first kiss.
Earle's vision for the story is drawn from a host of sources, some of them more immediately apparent than others. The result is a curious mixture of flat illustration and meticulous detail that imparts both a modernist edge and the quality of an ancient illuminated manuscript--a truly remarkable concept that gives the film a visual style completely unlike any other among the Disney classics. The DVD offers the option of viewing the film in either its original widescreen ratio or pan-and-scan format--but why any one would elect pan-and-scan is completely beyond me; if ever there was a film that made good and full use of the widescreen ratio, this is it, and you'll want to see every inch of Earle's remarkable work.
Earle's style aside, SLEEPING BEAUTY has been influenced by a number of films that are worth noting.
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