The sound is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. The lossless soundtrack provides an immersive experience. The battle scenes come alive with the sounds of thundering hooves, and the clatter of swords. In the quieter moments the ambient sounds of the forest come through nicely. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. When the magic mirror speaks the booming, bass-heavy voice comes through the front channels as well as the surrounds, enveloping the viewer in its presence. Overall the audio and video presentation is outstanding.
There are many special features included with the set. There is an audio commentary from director Rupert Sanders, co-editor Neil Smith, and visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. The three offer insights on many production aspects and how scenes were created. Featurettes include a making-of called “A New Legend is Born,” featuring cast and crew chatting about the production, “Reinventing the Fairy Tale,” a six-minute short about adapting the Grimm story, “Citizens of the Kingdom” about the various characters in the film, and “The Magic of Snow White and the Huntsman,” a short feature on the visual effects. Also included are a U-Control picture-in-picture feature that provides behind the scenes footage, a 360-degree tour of the set, and a second “Second Screen Experience” that is accessible via a tablet or PC.
While Snow White and the Huntsman had its flaws in storytelling, overall this is a nice Blu-ray package. Both the theatrical and extended cuts (four minutes longer) of the film are included. The abundance of special features will please fans of the film.