directed by David Hand
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the time-honored story of a beautiful princess whose blossoming beauty disturbs her stepmother the Queen. Each day the Queen asks a mysterious magic mirror the quintessential question: "mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all." As long as the mirror answers the Queen's name, all is well. However, when one day the mirror replies with Snow White's name, the evil Queen begins her quest to kill the young girl, so she may once again be "the fairest of them all."

Snow White's escape from the evil Queen's plan leads her deep into the forest and to a small cottage where she meets, in one of the most famous scenes in motion picture history, the Seven Dwarfs. Once "off to work" they go, the wicked Queen persuades Snow White to take a bite of a poisonous apple that places a powerful sleeping curse on the young beauty. Heartbroken, the dwarfs make a glass coffin for their friend, because she is too beautiful to bury. Only when a handsome Prince -- who had previously fallen in love with Snow White -- finds her and kisses her, does she awaken, "to live happily ever after."

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Theatrical Release: December 31st, 1937

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Comparison:

Walt Disney (Two-Disc) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Walt Disney - (3-disc Diamond Edition) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Walt Disney 2-disc Edition Region 1 - NTSC

Walt Disney - 3-disc Diamond Edition - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:03 1:23:11.236
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,441,311,251 bytes

Feature: 19,722,369,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Bitrate: DVD
Bitrate: Blu-ray
Audio Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix - English  (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUBs: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 Mono), Restored Original Mono Track (Dolby Digital 1.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3733 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 3733 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Restored Original Mono Track - Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), French, Spanish, None English SDH, English, French, Spanish, none NOTE: Subtitles available for the commentary as well!
Features Release Information:
Studio: Walt Disney

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,441,311,251 bytes

Feature: 19,722,369,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

Extras on Blu-ray Disc 1
DisneyView OPTION

Backstage Disney (Diamond Edition)
Snow White Returns (8:44)

Deleted Scenes

Soup eating Sequence (4:07)

Bed Building Sequence (6:28)

Music and More

Someday My Prince Will Come by Tiffany Thornton (3:33 in HD)

Family Play (Games and Activities) BD-LIVE

Magic Mirror

What Do You See

Jewel Jumble

Scene Stealer

Audio Commentary with Walt Disney (recorded from archival interviews over the course of three decades)

Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On the Go (tutorial on Digital Copies)

Has Restored Original Soundtrack + Screen saver settings under "Set-up".

Extras on
Blu-ray Disc 2:
Backstage Disney (Diamond Edition)
Hyperion Studios (Family Business, Where It All Began etc.)(11:54)

The One That Started It All (17:08 in HD).
Classic Disney Bonus Features
Animation Voice Talent (6:21)
Disney Through the Decades (Trailers etc. for each decade with intro - 35:55)
Dopey's Wild Mine Ride Game (28:22)
'Heigh Ho' Karoake Sing-Along
 

Extras on included DVD Disc 3:

Music and More

The Princess and the Frog Sneak Peek (7:48)

Someday My Prince Will Come by Tiffany Thornton (3:33)

Classic DVD Bonus Features

Audio Commentary with Walt Disney (recorded from archival interviews over the course of three decades)

10 Sneak Peeks

 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 6th, 2009 / The 2-disc DVD comes out November 24th, 2009
Custom thick Blu-ray case

Chapters 27

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Okay let's try to make some sense of all the versions that are coming out for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray. What we are reviewing will, presumably, be the most popular Blu-ray edition - the 3-disc Diamond Edition. It has 2 Blu-ray discs and one lone DVD. For those with deep pockets we have the Limited Edition Collector's Set [Blu-ray] HERE. It will include the same double Blu-rays + DVD set housed in a red box case with a hardcover book (The Making of a Masterpiece), stills, and lapel pins of the seven dwarfs. The Plush Gift Set HERE has the same discs and includes a small 'plush' of all seven dwarfs. The Collector's Book Set HERE is expected to include the Blu-ray + DVD version of the movie packaged with the same book offered in the Limited Edition. In the 'DVD packaging' edition HERE for about $1 more than the Diamond I'll assume you get the DVD in it's own packaging. Most assuredly all Blu-ray and DVD transfers included in the above will be the same. We are making an even broader assumption that the 2-disc DVD only package available November 24th, 2009 will be the same as the single DVD incorporated into the Blu-ray editions. It is this DVD we are using for comparison purposes. Whew!

Firstly, someone must have heard my complaint about the excessive trailers prior to the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray feature presentation - I think I counted nine (film and Blu-ray adverts). BUT here we are greeted only with a language option (English, French or Spanish) and then we see some Dumbo in Hi-def (Spring 2010), a The Frog and Princess advert and one for the next Tinkerbell flick (5.5 minutes in total) then... away we go! Bravo!

NOTE: I focused far more on the Blu-ray in this comparison as technically I don't own the full 2-disc DVD only package yet.

Right of the bat we get another option. DisneyView. As with the previously released Pinocchio we get the option of original 1.33 viewing OR having Disney artist Toby Bluth fill the black vertical bars at the sides of HD (1.78) TV frames with custom imagery. I like it - there are curtains for the beginning, trees for the sequences in the forest and similar side borders that don't change so frequently as to be intrusive. BUT they change frequently enough though so as not on incur burn-in on plasmas. This will be an option that is easy to embrace or reject fairly quickly. It's great to have the option.

On the image: Being animation we typically don't notice humungous improvements in detail, although some exists. It is never at the same level as with advanced resolution in live action. What is most prominent in the Blu-ray over the SD-DVD image are the way colors are rendered and their comparative temperature, brightness (vibrancy) and/or smoothness in motion. They certainly seem more pure in 1080P without a hint of bleeding. This reinforces the tightness of the image and gives it the perception of superior detail - especially for larger screen viewers. The 'reds' of Snow White's lips or hair ribbon are one notable example. I suggest clicking on a few of the expandable Blu-ray captures to see the greater depth of the hi-def image quality. Colors aren't overly brilliant as we see so often nowadays - but certainly stand out, and they are strong and consistent - coming close to reporting real depth of field. Correspondingly the SD-DVD is a much flatter appearance. A good example of the differences comes right away with the opening credits (which, by the way, are pictureboxed on both transfers). Background walls are green-ish on the DVD and brown/grey on the Blu-ray. Browns themselves are more tan on the SD and earthy/rich through HD. Darker colors look more black on the older format and tend to look more deep purple on the Blu-ray, Whites (the Prince's teeth or the Huntsman's eyes) and gold's are much stronger on the Blu-ray. Lastly you get a smidgeon more information on all 4 edges on the 1080P rendering. Most of the benefit from increased resolution will be noticeable the larger your viewing area. Technically the feature disc is dual-layered taking up about 35.4 Gig of the 50 Gig space but the hour-23-minute feature itself covers only 19.7 Gig. The rest of the disc space is filled with the, mostly HD supplements.

The restoration itself looks immaculate - there is not a speckle, smudge or inappropriate mark in the entire presentation.

The Blu-ray DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 at a whopping 3733 kbps is not overly demonstrative so as to separate it from its more basic roots. However, the flatness is only notable when the lossless DTS kicks in with some deeper bass or subtle separations. This would be in the singing scenes or the ominous evil queen/ witch's activities. The are optional DUBs but both 3rd disc DVD and first disc Blu-ray give the option to choose the Restored Original Mono Track (Dolby Digital 1.0). Purists may opt for this but I like the occasional dynamic boost the of 7.1 mix. It's a very pronounced difference.

All three discs offer optional English, French or Spanish subtitles and my Momitsu has identified the two Blu-rays as being a region 'A'-locked (The included dual-layered DVD is region 1 - NTSC).

Technically the feature disc is dual-layered taking up about 35.4 Gig of the 50 Gig space but the hour-23-minute feature itself covers only 19.7 Gig. The rest of the disc space is filled with the extensive supplements.

The extras, listed in full above, are almost as overwhelming as they appear. I'll touch on a few because I didn't indulge in all the games etc. though have been informed of their content. The commentary meticulously pieced from archival interview audio of Walt Disney - over the course of some 30-years - is much cleaner and clearer than I would have anticipated. For the most part his voice is audible and it's quite amazing they were able to get some much relating to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I'd say its more nostalgic than informative but still worth a spin.  We get two uncolored, quite rough deleted scenes. Hyperion Studios - is a virtual walk in 1937 through the Hyperion Studios (on Blu-ray 2). This “Backstage Disney” feature contains archival photos, never-before-heard animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt Disney. There are 4 'Family Games'- Magic Mirror takes us through the disc features. Although I didn't test - it supposedly will recognize viewing patterns, know where the audience has left off and might even suggest where to navigate next. Scene Stealer allows viewers to upload a personal photo and experience life as one of the Seven Dwarfs–on-screen in the actual film (chuckle). I didn't indulge but may do for a friend as a joke. What Do You See? is an interactive game, where you unscramble images. Disney Through the Decades is an interesting 35-minute look at highlights, trailers etc, from each decade of the company's entire impressive history. The Blu-ray also has an untested  'Disney' BD-LIVE.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is about as 'family classic' as you can get. It looks and sounds better than ever before on Blu-ray. I don't think a package this extensive needs any encouragement from me. Rest assured it's a thorough as anything we've seen this year and may get some substantial talk at the DVD and Blu-ray of the Year voting.

 -Gary Tooze

 



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Report Card:

 

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Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
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