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DVD review with Ron Cerabona: Sleeping Beauty emerges from the vault

Posted by on 29/06/2018

Sleeping Beauty



The Disney vault has reopened to let out the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty in both DVD and Blu-ray formats. If you haven’t obtained it before, now is your chance, though the Blu-ray has a couple of new features that might make it worth the upgrade or first purchase.

A baby princess is cursed by the evil fairy Maleficent to die on her 16th birthday by pricking her finger on a spinning-wheel spindle. Three good fairies keep her hidden in the forest with them. But fate has its own ideas.

This film cost $6 million to produce – a huge sum at the time – and it looks striking, its design often reminiscent of mediaeval manuscript illustrations, and its widescreen Technicolour vistas and stereophonic score (based on Tchaikovsky) have a big impact, especially in scenes such as the battle with the dragon. If it’s not quite as memorable or emotionally striking as some of the other major Disney achievements, it’s still an impressive achievement.

The DVD special features include the short Grand Canyon that screened with the film on its initial release, audio commentary, and The Peter Tchaikovsky Story, an episode of the Disney TV show that served as a plug for the film.

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