Disney’s timeless classic has once again been let out of the vault and restored in magnificent glory! Sorry if I sound like a commercial, but for once the commercials are right. This is the perfect DVD set for such an amazing movie.
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty so I won’t bore you with a plot synopsis here. What you want to know as the reader is why you should or shouldn’t “double-dip,” as they say, on a DVD you most likely own.
Studios are notorious for cranking out four or five different versions of the same movies with not so much as an extra deleted scene added to the special features. But that’s where Disney comes in. Their attention to detail and their careful consideration of this movie truly brings this movie back to life.
There are two discs in this special edition, one containing the feature film and a few special features, and the other jam-packed with bonus features.
Here’s the section of this review that you should really pay attention to. This is where the real worth of the new edition will be demonstrated. In 2003 Sleeping Beauty was released on a special two-disc DVD set, and now again in 2008. But, there’s one main difference. The 2008 release is clearer, brighter, and wider!
This transfer is actually much clearer and sharper than the previous release. It’s hard to believe this movie and its animation are 50 years old when you watch it. It looks as if it had been animated in recent years.
Another noticeable new aspect of this release is the new expanded version of the film. I pulled out my old DVD and watched the same scene on each of them. It’s the scene where the three fairies shrink themselves and plan to take Aurora to the country to escape the evil spell that had just been placed on her.
There is a noticeable difference in the viewing area of the film. In the old version you couldn’t see Fauna, the green fairy, standing towards the bottom of the screen off to the left while the other two fairies bickered about the plan. In this new version you can see her distinctly.