Sleeping Beauty 1958

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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.

Starring:
Bill Thomps, Mary Costa
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Sleeping Beauty

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 12 minutes
Starring Bill Thomps, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Eleanor Audley, Taylor Holmes, Bill Shirley, Bill Thompson
Director Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Clyde Geronomi, Wolfgan, Les Clark, Wolf, Clyd
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 12 minutes
Starring Bill Thomps, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Eleanor Audley, Taylor Holmes, Bill Shirley, Bill Thompson
Director Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Clyde Geronomi, Wolfgan, Les Clark, Wolf, Clyd
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English

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75 of 78 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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37 of 39 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2008
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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7 of 7 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

Verdict:
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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