Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) [Blu-ray]
|Disney || G - 84 minutes - $39.99 || October 6, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-10-21|
Cast: Roy Atwell, Adriana Caselotti, Eddie Collins, Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert, Otis Harlan, Lucille La Verne, Scotty Mattraw
Theatrical Release Date: February 4, 1939
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Look, I understand this is a Disney 'classic' and many young girls (and people who grew up with it) absolutely love this film but it's easily one of Disney's worst Theatrical films I've seen. Am I crazy? Like a fox but I can recognize a bad plot a mile away.
Who is the fairest of them all? Snow White is. This is just the worst possible news the evil Queen can hear as she is certain it must be her. But her Magic Mirror just does not lie. With that information she sends one of her men out to find Snow White and kill her (!) with a knife. But when he finds her he just can't bring himself to do it. Instead, he lets Snow White escape but tells the Queen she is dead (even bringing her back a fake heart to 'prove' she's a goner).
Snow White escapes into the woods where she eventual runs into seven funny men (Dwarfs) all with a unique personality. She moves in with them and does all their chores and tries to live happily ever after. But soon, The Queen finds out that Snow White is still alive, finds out where she lives and presents her with a poison apple in an attempt to kill her.
Do you see how plot the film has? It can be summed up quickly – Snow White Pretty, Queen ugly, Queen tries to kill Snow White, she escapes, becomes slave to Dwarfs, spends 45 minutes singing, gets poisoned, and wakes up. Yawn. I understand this is a Disney film aimed towards kids but gees... did we need to see Snow White singing and dancing with the Dwarfs for 45 minutes before the Queen comes back into the picture? And who buries a body in a glass casket that they keep above ground? Wouldn't she suffocate? Kids will enjoy this classic but adults will wonder why they even liked this as a child.
Commentary by Roy Disney/Walt Disney
Disney View - Now this is an interesting new feature that viewers will either love or hate. Since Snow White is 1.33:1 (4:3), when you select this option you are able to get some artwork in the "black bars". All of this is brand new; hand painted, and supposed to match each scene. While this looks great...I found it a bit distracting. You'll see plenty more of this on other classic Disney releases that are not widescreen in the future. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes; HD) - Two cut scenes. Nothing that interesting.
Interactive Games (Profile 1.1/2.0 as some are BD-Live enabled)
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
- What Do You See?
- Jewel Jumble
- Scene Stealer
Also included is a Sneak Peak at the Frog Princess (7 Minutes; HD) and a Music Video for said film.
Hyperion Studios - The big meat and bones of the set is an interactive 'tour' of the Hyperion Studios and as you visit various 'rooms' you unlock photos, shorts, featurettes etc. It’s packed with stuff and you will come back again and again to discover stuff you missed.
Disney Through the Decades (33 Minutes; SD) - If you owned the previous DVD release you may already remember this, but if not, it’s a general look from Disney's early days up until 2000.
The One That Started It All (17 Minutes, HD) - Considering everything in Hyperion Studios, this seems like is a brief trip down memory lane to show how the idea of Snow White was shaped.
Rounding out the Second Blu-ray Disc is a small segment on Animating the Voice Talent (6 Minutes; SD), yet another Interactive Game and a short Sing-A-Long (2 Minutes; HD).
Disc 3 is actually a DVD copy of the film (with some Special Features).
A few things from the previous DVD release didn't transition over... bummer.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
Snow White is presented in 1.33:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Disney once again steps up with their Diamond Collection and produces one of the finest looking animated titles in a long time. Colors are very sharp, Blacks are deep, and the film looks like nothing one might expect of a 72 Year Old Film.
Disney has included an English 7.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Like Pinocchio, 7.1 mix just seems like overkill for a film that was created with 7.1 in mind. Rears are active throughout the film, but not as heavy as other films. It’s mostly some small sounds every once and a while. Dialog came across a bit cleaner than Pinocchio, but I still had to fool around with the volume on my receiver as it sometimes dialog gets a bit too high or low.
A timeless classic that does not hold up very well for (now) adults, but children will love the singing and dancing that goes on. Disney has packed in tons of new bonus features (some in HD) and amazing Picture and Audio. If you have the other Disney Platinum/Diamond titles you won't want to miss this one!