Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray) (1937)

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Released 12-Oct-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Custom Play-DisneyView Presentation option
Teaser Trailer-The Princess and the Frog sneak peek
Featurette-Snow White Returns
Deleted Scenes-Soup Eating and Bed Building sequence
Music Video-"Someday My Prince Will Come" by Tiffany Thornton
Game-Family Play: Games & Activities
Audio Commentary-by Walt Disney and Film Historian John Canemaker
Featurette-Hyperion Studios Tour
Featurette-The One That Started It All
Featurette-Animation Voice Talent
Featurette-Disney through the decades
Game-"Dopey's Wild Mine" Game
Karaoke-"Heigh-Ho" Karaoke Sing-Along
More…-extra disc of the main feature on DVD
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1937
Running Time 83:11
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By David Hand
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring None Given
Case Soft Brackley-Transp-Dual
RPI $39.95 Music Frank Churchill
Leigh Harline
Paul Smith


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Polish Dolby Digital 5.1
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1
Greek Dolby Digital 5.1
Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Polish
Portuguese
Hungarian
Greek
Arabic
Russian
Ukranian
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Just reading that sentence makes you think of the 1937 animated classic film from Disney, the one that started it all. Who was to know what this full-length animation feature film would become? At the time movie critics and film industry insiders were certain that Disney would fail. Who wanted to go to the cinema and watch a full-length cartoon? Weren't they just good for short films?

    This film, adapted from the fairy tale version by the Brothers Grimm, has come to be the official version of the fairytale. Before this 1937 version, the prince did not play such an important role at the end of the film. Now, after 70 years, it is simply inconceivable of a different ending for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Also, it was Disney who first gave the dwarfs names and characters.

    Snow White was a huge critical and financial hit in 1937, so much so that when Disney was facing financial pressure in 1944 the decision was made to re-release the film and its success led to the current Disney policy of re-releasing their classic animated titles every seven years. One unfortunate consequence of this policy in the 21st century has been the difficulty for collectors to obtain Disney titles on DVD after their availability has been withdrawn. As I write this review I am aware that I am a fortunate soul who owns the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast on DVD and I can watch these titles when I like with my family, unfortunately I will have to wait until 2010 for Fantasia to be re-released, which I am doing eagerly, especially as my Region 1 copy on DVD is nowhere near as extensive as subsequent re-releases onto DVD of Disney's classic animated titles. Snow White does not fall into this category, the 2001 release on DVD was both substantial in film quality and extras in Region 1 and Region 4. My previous VHS copy of Snow White is incomparable even to the 2001 DVD release. Now, what about this 2009 release onto Blu-ray, how does that compare?

    The 2009 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first of the new line of Diamond collection editions, replacing the previous Platinum editions. The film is the only animated feature other than Disney's own Fantasia, released in 1940, and the recent Pixar collaboration, Toy Story that has appeared on the American Film Institute's greatest 100 American films list.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Firstly, it must be stated that animated features do not benefit from increased visual resolution in the same way that live-action films do. This is especially true for older animated films. Despite this fact, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray is still a great release on Blu-ray for fans and collectors.

    The aspect ratio is 1:33:1 fullscreen. In the menu the viewer has a choice of viewing the film with DisneyView which are alternating paintings from artist Toby Bluth which fill the screen on both the left and right-hand panes on a 16x9 enhanced widescreen television.

    There is no low level noise or film grain evident in this transfer. Some scenes are soft and not as defined as today's animated features. This is to be expected for a film released in 1937.

    Colour has been restored to its natural and vibrant fullness, the cinematography shows distinct contrast.

    There are no film artefacts present on this wonderful Blu-ray presentation of the film.

    Subtitles are in English, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Arabic, Hungarian, Russian and Ukrainian. They are easy to follow.

    The RSDL change does not interrupt the main feature as the film is presented on the first layer of the Blu-ray disc.

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Audio

    Even though a DTS-HD Master Audio track has been included on this Blu-ray feature, it is not as surround channel intensive as the recent Pinocchio release onto Blu-ray by Disney in March, 2009. Also, why do Disney insist on not including the original mono soundtrack like the similarly release US and UK releases. Unfortunately our Region, Region B for Blu-ray misses out again!

    Audio tracks include an English DTS-HD MA 7.1 track, a Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 track, Polish Dolby Digital 5.1 track, a Greek Dolby Digital 5.1 track, an Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1 track, a Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 track and a Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue is clear and audio is synchronised.

    The music by Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline and Paul Smith has made the film famous, after all, who can forget the "Heigh-ho" sequence after viewing it for the first time?

    Surround Channel Usage is mainly limited to the front speakers. The rear speakers maintain a subtle ambiance throughout the film, occasionally they are utilised for scenes with great drama.

    The subwoofer has been used to emphasise the bass tones of the original soundtrack, this is not often however.

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Extras

Custom Play - DisneyView

Don't like those black bars on each side of your 16x9 enhanced widescreen televise? No problems, simply choose to watch the film with Toby Bluth's included art taking up the black bar space.

Teaser Trailer - The Princess and the Frog (7:45)

This is a sneak peek of the upcoming Disney film, The Princess and the Frog. It goes for about 8 minutes.

Featurette - Snow White Returns (8:44)

A look at a possible sequel to the film which was abandoned.

Deleted Scenes (10:35)

Two deleted scenes are included. They both are short and unfinished. The Soup Eating sequence last approximately 4 minutes whilst the Bed Building sequence last approximately six minutes.

Music Video

Tiffany Thornton sings the classic song, Some Day My Prince Will Come. Didn't Barbara Streisand sing this number on the previous DVD release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Why wasn't this included?

Games

There are three games and activities included on disc one. They are "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall", "What do you see?" and "Jewel Jumble".

Audio Commentary by Walt Disney with John Canemaker

This is the same audio commentary that was included on the 2001 DVD release. John Canemaker essentially narrates this commentary from archival audio recordings of Walt Disney discussing different topics related to the film.

Featurette - Hyperion Studios Tour

This amazing 3D tour allows you to visit each department of the original 1930's Disney production studio. This includes the Story room, the Music room, the Art department, the Camera department, the Animation department and the Sound Stage. This is an extensive feature which takes time to peruse, but it is very much worth it!

Featurette - The One That Started It All (17:15)

This extra looks at Snow White and the Seven Dwarf's impact and influence upon cinematic history. Walt Disney's struggles during the film's production are also discussed.

Featurette - Animation Voice talent (6:21)

Ever wondered how they found those iconic voices for the film? This short feature looks at the voice casting process.

Featurette - Disney through the Decades (35:55)

Have a look at how the film has been promoted over the years. This featurette includes all the various trailers used from 1937 to today. This extra is similar to the 26 minute feature on the DVD, except that John Ratzenberger narrates the 2000's and also includes an introduction.

Game - Dopey's Wild Mine Ride

Answer the questions correctly for a chance to ride through the mine safely with Dopey!

Karaoke

Sing-along with "Heigh-ho" or use the karaoke feature.....the choice is yours!

More…bonus DVD presentation of the film

The third disc of this release is a DVD which includes the audio commentary as the only extra. Language and subtitles are for English, Greek, Romanian and Bulgarian.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been released on Blu-ray in Region A in the United States and Region B in France, Germany, Holland, Spain and the United Kingdom in similar two or three-disc versions.

    The only differences between these releases are minor language and subtitle options. The French, German and US releases also include the film's original mono soundtrack.

Summary

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray is a stunning, must-have release for fans and collectors. The extras are again extensive, as has become a standard feature of all Disney releases onto the Blu-ray format. The only minor criticism I can offer is the exclusion of the 40 minute behind the scenes making-of documentary narrated by Angela Lansbury (this was the running time on the Region 1 DVD release. I believe the Region 4 version was even shorter!) and the exclusion of the film's original mono soundtrack for Australian Region B collectors. Have you got your copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs yet? If not, get it before the title becomes unavailable in the near future today!

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© John Stivaktas (I like my bio)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Audio DecoderSony STR-K1000P. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
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SpeakersSony 6.2 Surround (Left, Front, Right, Surround Left, Surround Back, Surround Right, 2 subwoofers)

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