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SNOW WHITE DIAMOND EDITION BLU-RAY AND 2 DISC DVD

SYNOPSIS:
While Snow White (Adriana Caselotti) dreams about a handsome prince (Harry Stockwell), the evil Queen (Lucille LaVerne), is obsessed about being "the fairest in the land". When her Magic Mirror reveals that it is Snow White who is the fairest, the Queen instructs her huntsman (Stuart Buchanan) to kill Princess Snow White. Allowed to escape into the forest, Snow White discovers a cottage belonging to seven dwarfs - Doc (Roy Atwell), Bashful (Scotty Mattraw), Sneezy (Billy Gilbert), Sleepy (Pinto Colvig), Happy (Otis Harlan), Grumpy (Pinto Colvig), and Dopey (mute). The dwarfs fall in love with Snow White, who looks after them, while they work each day in the nearby diamond mine. When she discovers that Snow White is still alive, the jealous Queen disguises herself as an old woman and offers Snow White a gift of a shiny red apple, cursed with a poison of eternal sleep. Snow White bits into the apple and falls into a deep fatal sleep, from which she can only wake by true love's first kiss. When the prince (Harry Stockwell) rides by and kisses the sleeping beauty, the spell is broken and they live happily ever after.

Review by Louise Keller:
Considered a masterpiece and a milestone in film-making, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remains cinematic enchantment for all ages. The magic and inspiration of the film lies in the detail created in Snow White's world. Every flutter of a bird's wing, the whisper of leaves in the forest, the reflection in the wishing well.... it's the minutae that brings this tale of good and evil to life.

Take the scene when Snow White sings I'm Wishing, as she looks at her own reflection in the well. She asks the six white doves if they want to know her secret, and as they join her on the edge of the well, we see their reflection, before a different perspective is captured from the bottom of the well. The forest animals are more than incidental - from the baby deer, the squirrels, the blue birds, the tortoise and baby rabbits; they all have individual characters.

By the time Snow White crosses the bridge into the world of the dwarfs, we are happily entranced in a magical world of make believe. In today's age, the little men may well be described as height challenged and need psycho-analysis, but their charm is undeniable, while the choreographed sequences, toe-tapping songs and catchy lyrics are irresistible.

Created in an age long before blondes have more fun, serene and graceful Snow White epitomises purity and goodness, and whens the handsome prince comes by to bestow that magical kiss (feminists may well squirm), we are swept up in the euphoria of the romantic notion.

A milestone in family entertainment on DVD, Snow White maintains the artistic integrity of the film, and through high definition, direct-to-digital technology, offers brilliant colour and crisp, clear sound, enabling us to enjoy this masterpiece as it was intended.

Exclusive DVD bonus features include The Princess and the Frog sneak peek, Snow White returns, deleted scenes, The One that started it all, Someday My Prince Will Come by Tiffany Thornton; Dopey's wild mine ride game, animation voice talent, Disney through the decades, Heigh-ho sing-along and heigh-ho Karaoke.

Two blu-ray discs include Hyperion Studios, Magic Mirror, Disney View, about Toby bluth, What do you see, Jewel Jumble, Scene stealer, which allows viewers to upload a personal photo and experience life as one of the Seven Dwarfs - on screen in the actual film.

Published October 14, 2009

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2009 DIAMOND EDITION

DWARFS R US

SNOW WHITE DIAMOND EDITION BLU-RAY AND 2 DISC DVD (G)
(US, 1937)

VOICES: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne, Moroni Olsen, Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Otis Harlan, Scotty Mattraw, Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan

PRODUCER: Walt Disney

DIRECTOR: David Hand (supervising), William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen

SCRIPT: Brothers Grimm (fairy tale), Ted Sears, Richard Creedon, Otto Englander, Dick Rickard, Earl Hurd, Merrill De Maris, Dorothy Ann Blank, Webb Smith

CINEMATOGRAPHER: n/a

EDITOR: Not credited

MUSIC: Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes

PRESENTATION: -

SPECIAL FEATURES: Exclusive DVD bonus features include The Princess and the Frog sneak peek, Snow White returns, deleted scenes, The One that started it all, Someday My Prince Will Come by Tiffany Thornton; Dopey's wild mine ride game, animation voice talent, Disney through the decades, Heigh-ho sing-along and heigh-ho Karaoke. Two blu-ray discs include Hyperion Studios, Magic Mirror, Disney View, about Toby bluth, What do you see, Jewel Jumble, Scene stealer, which allows viewers to upload a personal photo and experience life as one of the Seven Dwarfs - on screen in the actual film.

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: October 14, 2009







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