Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary – Platinum Edition

DVD Reviews | Oct 20th, 2008

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Starring Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen
Written By: Erdman Penner, Charles Perrault
Directed By: Clyde Geronimi
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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One of Disney’s greatest animated classics is back on DVD! Sleeping Beauty is celebrating its 50th year and Disney delivers on yet another excellent Platinum Edition DVD. This DVD is available for a limited time so you better act fast because this movie is a classic and one of my favorites from Disney!

If you have never seen Sleeping Beauty, it’s about a princess named Aurora who gets cursed as a baby by the evil Maleficent. She tells the King & Queen and the rest of the castle that Aurora will not be living happily ever after and she will die on her 16th birthday. The death will come by way of pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. Doesn’t seem so bad, wonder why pricking her finger will make her die? Anyway, the fairies (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) that help out the King and Queen decide to take Aurora deep into the forest to protect her from the curse. 16 years later, Aurora is all grown up and a beautiful girl. After all these years, she doesn’t know that she’s a princess and has a curse placed upon her. While out singing to animals out in the wilderness, she meets up with the Prince she’s destined to be in love with. But there’s that whole spinning wheel curse that Maleficent placed on her. It’s up to the fairies and the Prince to put a stop to all of that.

Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney movies. The film’s animation is magnificent, the story is classic, and plus there are no talking animals in the entire movie! Of course there are fairies but what do you expect from a fairy tale like Sleeping Beauty. There’s really not a lot of singing in this movie but when there is singing, it’s tolerable. Basically what I’m saying is Disney doesn’t make movies like this anymore. Every Disney movie nowadays has pop songs or some lame singing in it. At least with all the Disney classics, the singing wasn’t cheesy and very memorable. Plus most of the movies had such beautiful, classical scores that it just seems Disney doesn’t even bother with memorable scores anymore. Disney still has good animated movies but it’s usually by Pixar. I’m hoping Bolt is good at least. Sleeping Beauty felt like a different designed movie than others, and that’s one thing I liked about. People were saying in the extras that this film was the end of a era and I agree.

My favorite thing about this movie is the fairies and I’m sure everyone else agrees. I also think Maleficent was great villain and looked really creepy. She wasn’t the evil Queen from Snow White creepy, but the design of her character looked really cool. I love the ending when the Prince takes her on as a dragon. It’s probably one of my favorite scenes in a Disney movie. The fairies and their quirky things really make the movie enjoyable though. The two fairies trying to turn things pink or blue were really funny. My only complaint for this animated film is that it’s too short.

This Platinum Edition DVD contains 2 discs, featuring the full-length movie and loads of extras. My favorite thing in the extras was the new Making of and it went into a lot of details about the making of Sleeping Beauty. It was great to hear from the original voice of Aurora and other people involved with the movie. The featurette is something to watch after seeing the movie. Other extras include Disney fluff like games but there are also deleted scenes, alternate opening, a music video and other goodies.

Sleeping Beauty is a timeless classic that people will show their kids, and their kids will show their kids. It’s also a great Disney film for adults as well. The film features one of the best animated scenes in a film and that’s the Prince Philip and Maleficent fight scene. Sleeping Beauty looks incredible on DVD and I’m sure it looks even better on Blu-Ray. Whatever DVD copy you own, it’s time for an upgrade.

– All-New “Once Upon A Dream” Music Video: Performed By Hannah Montana’s Emily Osment
– Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough: A Fully Immersive Virtual Tour
– All-New Enchanted Dance Game: With Help From Aurora’s Forest Friends, You Can Learn How To Dance
– Never-Before-Seen Alternate Opening
– Deleted Songs
– All-New “Making Of Sleeping Beauty”
– And Much, Much More!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.55:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: Scenes with the fairies, Prince Philip vs Maleficent
Rating: G
Running Time: 75 minutes
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