There is something magical about sharing a beloved childhood DVD with your children. Whether it is the nostalgic feeling watching the movie as adult or the joy of seeing your children react the exactly the same way as you did when you were a child, the experience is one of pure bliss. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to share Disney classics like The Lion King (DH’s favourite), Cinderella (DD3’s Favourite), and the Little Mermaid (my favourite), but nothing quite prepared me for the sharing experience as sharing Sleeping Beauty with my kids.
SLEEPING BEAUTY: DIAMOND EDITION
Available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack on October 7th
“Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.” Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa as Sleeping Beauty and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley as the evil fairy, Maleficent, the film’s vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men and an Academy Award®-nominated score, 1959, adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. “Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale. It is the tenth film released as part of Disney’s prestigious Blu-ray Diamond Collection.
Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.
Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” The Blu-ray Superset also includes classic DVD bonus features and more!
We decided to put Sleeping Beauty on during a family dinner (sad but true, the kids eat better when they are distracted!). The boys immediately complained about having to watch a ‘girly princess movie’. DD3 jumped for joy because it was a ‘girly princess movie’. As the movie began, the boy began to fall under its trance. From the moment Prince Phillip was promised to Aurora, until the final battle scene between dragon and Prince Phillip, the boys were glued to the movie. Action, evil villains (scary at times to our DS6) and just a touch of magic made this a movie, that the boys would never forget. As for DD3, she loved songs, the magic and everything princess. She did get fearful during the scenes with Maleficiant and the dragon, but was able to stick through the entire movie. Sleeping Beauty is one of the best animated movies that Disney has ever made. The video and audio quality of this Blu-Ray is absolutely amazing and it is hard to believe that it is over 50 years old!