The Disney Platinum Edition of Sleeping Beauty is an historic moment in family entertainment. It is the first classic from Disney available in high definition.
Differences in the original and what is onscreen become immediately evident. The widescreen is a format we've all become used to at this point. Immediately, Sleeping Beauty has an increased visual realm that essentially doubles the screen – on both sides.
In view are the work of art director's and animator's whose vision is completely in tact for the home viewer for the first time. Over a half-century ago, Walt Disney had a vision of the classic Sleeping Beauty story and found the artists to make it a reality.
Movie upgrades abound including the digital restoration of the picture and sound, but this two-disc's riches is its bounty of extras that are a 'can't miss.'
In that vein are the four deleted songs that were not used in the original film with the original 1950s storyboards that are priceless pieces of Disney history.
DVDs routinely showcase how the film was made, and Sleeping Beauty is no different.
The original Disneyland Sleeping Beauty walk-through with Walt himself is in 3-D and astounding in its honesty of its portrayal of innocence representative another era of Hollywood royalty.
Where the 50th anniversary edition of the film also differs from other incarnations is the new Making of Sleeping Beauty feature and the original film's accompanying animated 1958 short, Grand Canyon.
Further proof of Disney's forward thinking is the fact the DVD is available in two formats. For those who feel as if they will eventually upgrade to Blu-Ray, but with today's economic trade winds, know that day will be later than sooner, buying the Blu-Ray edition of Sleeping Beauty also includes a high definition DVD version of the upgraded film.
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Well, fairy tales never fade, and Sleeping Beauty imagined by Disney is no different.
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