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Sleeping Beauty (Disney) [Blu-ray]

Clyde Geronimi , Eric Larson    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
Price: 29.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark
  • Producers: Walt Disney
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07QO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,659 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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, Amazon.com

Product Description

The classic Walt Disney version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Thanks to a curse visited upon her by the evil fairy Maleficent, Princess Aurora falls into a deep and endless sleep on her 16th birthday. Only a kiss from Prince Phillip can wake her, and three good fairies set out to engineer that event.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 15 Oct 2008
By Benson VINE VOICE
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Restoration 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect demonstration of Blu-Ray technology 17 Oct 2009
By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Visually, this is without a doubt the most beautiful piece of work that came out of Disney studios, and for mainly economic reasons, it just wouldn't be topped after. But just like Pinocchio [Blu-ray] [1940], another wonderful film, it is the blu-ray format itself that unlocked a film I hardly recognised compared to my VHS version. In its original 'Technirama' super wide format (the only Disney film to have this) and completely restored musical score, Sleeping Beauty appears as though it was filmed yesterday thanks to the amazing restoration and digital clarity that, once paused, allows the viewer to calculate how just one paused frame of animation is a work of art in itself.

Sleeping Beauty is notable for its original style of art that that took nearly a decade to research and complete, as Walt was defiant on having a film that, visually, was very different from his other films. The outcome is an amazing mix of Medieval stylistic shapes and incredibly bold colours that makes this one of the most original Disney films of the past. The backgrounds are often almost photographic quality whilst being contrasted by the geometric shape of the characters with bright, bold paint that just jump out the screen. Perhaps the most impressive scene in the film now is towards the end where Malificent, the villainess, transforms into a beautifully modelled dragon just oozing of 1950's stylistic elements, and yet retaining the terror of such a simple, alarming form.

The popularity of Sleeping Beauty is still rather inconsistent though. Despite the flawless visual elements, many believe the plot itself is weak and doesn't flow as well as earlier films.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I have been trying to remember the first time I saw Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," and I cannot remember if I ever saw it in a theater, caught it on television some time, or never sat down to watch it until it came out on videotape. What I did remember is not being particularly impressed by the movie. Certainly I did not consider it to be a classic Disney animated film like "Bambi" or "Cinderella," which is a way of saying that it was not on my "must have" list of Disney movies. Then I watched this 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition of "Sleeping Beauty" and all I can say is that however I saw this film for the first time it was NOT in this expanded version that has restored the original Super Technirama 70 dimensions of the film. I would have remembered a film that had art this gorgeous, even when it is this stylized and even when the music is classical high brow stuff. In the final analysis, "Sleeping Beauty" is clearly like no other Disney animated film, and that is a good thing.

Disc 1 includes "Grand Canyon," a contemporaneous Disney feature (1958) that combines photography of the national park with Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite," and it would be the classical music that is the common denominator to the main feature. Disc 2 has Games & Activities over in the Cottage, while the Castle is devoted to the Backstage Disney special features. The games are pretty much geared for younger children (e.g., see "mop" and click on the item the word represents), so most of the goodies on the second disc are for the adults. There is a new documentary on "The Making of 'Sleeping Beauty,'" which combines archival footage with contemporary interviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As expected so far.
Delivery time and condition of item was excellent however I can't honestly post my full opinion as it is a future present and can only hope it will meet my full expectations. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie bad case
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sleeping Beauty" on BLU RAY - Which Issue To Buy?
Disney fans will know that the restorations of their studios classics look astounding on BLU RAY - featuring frame-by-frame clean-ups by Lowry Digital that are breath-taking (they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars For any girl, any age!
This is a lovely fairy tale and a lovely quality DVD. For any girl of any age to watch over and over again,
Published 1 month ago by Robin Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars classic disney sleeping Beauty.
One of the enchanting tale we grew up with from Walt Disney Studios. A timeless classic which will have children (of all ages enthralled. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Such a classic, so happy my youngest daughter loves it, as we all love watching it together, just as I remember from my childhood. Beautiful.
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