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27. Truly, the fairest of them all
on 2 July 2014
Based on the Grimms Bros fairy tale, "Snow White and the seven dwarfs" stands as a crowning achievement in animation history. Filmed between 1934-1937, "Snow White" was the first full-length colour animated feature told as a dramatic fairy tale. 77 years later, it still impresses viewers with its technical brilliance as well as with its emotional power. Presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, the film makes its HD entry on blu-ray with 1080p HD picture quality and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The Disney company has done a spectacular job at remastering the video and audio tapes. The quality of the image and sound on this blu-ray transfer is superb, the clarity and fullness that has been achieved is astounding. The sound in particular is crispier and fuller than ever before, it is remarkable what has been done with a mono audio track that now takes full advantage of the capabilities of a multi-speaker home theatre system.
"Snow White" is probably the best family film ever to deal with the foundation for growing up, in mythical terms at least. Most may have seen this movie as children, but I think only when watching it again as adults becomes obvious why this film is held in such reverence. It is much more than a movie, it is art at the highest level, and like all great art, its magic is timeless. In contrast with the US blu-ray release of 2009, this EU edition disappoints greatly when it comes to extras. Some audio commentary, a small featurette, a music video, and 11 minutes of deleted scenes, are very little for one of the most celebrated films in Disney history. Those who wish to experience and enjoy a spectacular package, they should look out for the Platinum or Diamond editions, available at a higher price, but full of exclusive bonus features (clocking even up to 25 hours in total on some editions!). Still, this upgraded version of the film deserves a place in every home library.
***** for the film
*** for this edition