The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Disney - 1937
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 84 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.33:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Directed by: David Hand
Music by: Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul J. smith
Region Code: 1
Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 6, 2009
"Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to Blu we go!"
Walt Disney's Animated Classic Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is celebrated the world over for its timeless story, iconic characters and unforgettable music ("Heigh-Ho"). Snow White sparkles like never before with a brilliant, all-new, state-of-the-art digital restoration and exciting new bonus features! The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one -- her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White is the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs -- Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her! Share this beloved classic with your family and celebrate Snow White's happily ever after again and again!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs truly is a classic and not just because it is a wonderful animated film. This is THE first full length animated feature film ever. It is the Disney film that started it all and launched a movie making enterprise that changed the face of cinema in a way that I am sure not even Walt Disney could have imagined. Walt Disney was a visionary and pioneer whose gamble on this film paved the way for every animated film that has come since and brought us some of the most beloved characters (both animated and living) in cinema. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has become a part of our entertainment culture and has been replicated in various forms, performed in school pageants/plays and clearly defines the essence of good and evil even at the most elementary level. Regardless of who you ask I guarantee that everyone can name at least four of the seven dwarfs and I bet you won’t find anyone who hasn’t seen or at a minimum heard of the film/story. When I was young there was no home video and in order to see films like this you had to go to the theater. I recall the frightening sound of the queen’s evil laugh as she transformed into the old hag. We sat in the theater and pleaded out loud with Snow White not to take the poison apple from her. I loved the seven dwarfs and the way that they watched over Snow White. My favorite has always been Happy. As a child he reminded me of Santa Claus with his jolly demeanor and big belly the shook when he laughed. I’m sure that everyone as their own favorite or two among the seven little guys. Who can forget the catchy “Heigh ho, Heigh ho, it’s off to work with go” followed by the finely articulated group whistle that repeated its tune.
This film has easily stood the test of time and like many of Disney’s films has touched generations of viewers over the 72 years since its release. My kids watched it on VHS when they were little. My daughter was quite a fan and loved both Grumpy and Happy. I am sure that my children like me, will share the experience of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with their children when the time comes. What an immeasurable legacy not only for this film but for Walt Disney himself. Disney is a class act with an impeccable track record for wonderful family oriented films. This Diamond Edition home video release of Snow White and the seven dwarfs is another example of their long standing dedication to offering quality home video releases. They, like several studios, have shown a fervent commitment to the Blu-ray format. Disney high definition Blu-ray discs have consistently been technically impressive as well as providing worthwhile bonus supplements. I appreciate the attention to detail and implemented features such as their enhanced menu navigation, BD-Live features/interactivity, Movie Rewards, Fast play, the inclusion of a DVD version of the film in the multi-disc Blu-ray release packages, and in this case their Hyperion Studios virtual tour feature which is incredibly innovative and just plain cool. Let’s not forget their willingness to digitally restore their films and bring them to life in a way that doesn’t negate the original elements. This is a great way for everyone to experience them all over again or perhaps for the first time.
My review copy is the three disc Diamond Edition which comes in the standard DVD style amaray case and includes a Blu-ray guide insert, Disney Movie Rewards code, and the two Blu-ray discs and DVD. Blu-ray Disc has come a long way in the last year or so. We are beginning to see what the format is capable of and from what I can see Disney is looking toward the future by providing high quality releases that will hopefully solidify the place of this great medium. I am thrilled that this masterpiece has finally arrived in high definition. I can assure you that the wait was well worth it.
This film is appropriate for all ages.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Snow White and the seven dwarfs comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 mbps.
This film has undergone a restorative process that cleaned up the original print and the results are impressive. Colors shine brilliantly with pleasing saturation and striking blues that look absolutely beautiful. The 1.33:1 framed video is pillarboxed in black however Disney offers the option of viewing it via their DisneyView option where the pillarboxes feature custom artwork by Toby Bluth. The original film elements don’t have the highly polished resolution of today’s digitally enhanced animated films but fidelity remains intact as image quality is simply beautiful. Blacks don’t have an infinite sense of depth but they are solid black and stand out well when onscreen with mixed content. Looking at the queen’s robes or the sequence where Snow White runs through the woods the dark portions of the image are a deep shade of black. I noticed the same thing later after the queen transforms into the hag and is wearing the dark tattered cloak. Against her white skin it looked deep black. Dark scenes had excellent contrast with visible stages in grays and dark colors within backgrounds. Whites sparkled and appeared crisp, bright and punchy. I don’t think that we as fans could ask for this film to look any better than this. Bravo Disney!
Disney provides a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 channel surround mix which doesn’t go overboard and retains much of the feel of the original soundtrack. The main focus is in the front with superb music score spread over the entire soundstage. The four surround channels are mixed a bit lower than the mains so that frontal perspective remained intact while providing a discernible amount of spatiality that added dimension. There were one or two moments that engaged the subwoofer (like the thunder clap during the rain storm) and provided tactile low frequency energy but nothing that I would define as room shaking. That is not a complaint as its application didn’t feel out of place or excessive. I think that the mix was appropriate in that it didn’t feel disingenuous to the original soundtrack but simply added a bit of polish. The audio was crystal clear and free of the edginess that sometimes accompanies older recordings. I didn’t feel it sounded compressed or dynamically inferior which says something for the restoration process. Obviously this isn’t a new recording but considering it was made over 70 years ago it sounded very good indeed.
- Disc 1:
- (HD) The Princess and the Frog sneak peek
- Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition
- (HD) Snow White Returns
- (HD) 2 Deleted scenes - soup eating, and bed building sequences
- (HD) Music and more - “Some day my prince will come“ - music video by Tiffany Thornton (5.1 Dolby Digital surround)
- Family play: games and activities
- Mirror Mirror on the wall
- What do you see?
- Jewel jumble
- Scene stealer
- Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition
- (HD) Hyperion Studios: 12 segments - 56 minutes
- Story room
- Music room
- Art department
- Character design
- Background layout
- Animation department
- Live action
- Ink and paint
- Camera department
- Walt‘s office
- Classic DVD features - Disney through the decades, Dopey‘s wild mine ride, “Heigh ho“ and Karaoke sing along
- BD-Live enabled
- Bonus Copy DVD version of Snow White and the seven dwarfs
Snow White and the seven dwarfs is one of the most beloved of the Disney Classic animated feature films. It holds a special place of prominence not only in the Disney universe but within filmmaking in general. As the first full length animated feature film it’s success paved the way for all of the beloved animated motion pictures (Disney and otherwise) that have followed in the 70 + years since its release. It is a favorite of mine and seeing it brings back fond memories not just of my childhood but of sharing it with my own children. Kudos to Disney on a spectacular Blu-ray Disc package that presents this wonderful family film looking and sounding better than ever. It is brimming with bonus features including Blu-ray disc exclusive and interactive features that present fans with a great way to enhance the high definition experience. This set is a must have, plain and simple.
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