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The first full length animated feature instantly established Walt Disney as a cinematic legend – and 70 years later the film is still regarded as the greatest animated film of all time on the American Film Institute’s list. Now it’s available to another generation in a new Diamond Edition, offering superb audio visual quality – and its ageless charm.

Celebrated as an entertainment landmark for over 70 years, the first full-length animated film ever made, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ world premiere represented a major milestone for the world of animation and a giant leap forward for The Walt Disney Company. Presented with a 1939 honorary Academy Award for ‘significant screen innovation which has charmed millions, and pioneered a great new entertainment field.’

As one of the first ever films earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress, it has been entertaining moviegoers and critics alike for decades. It was also the first film ever to have a motion picture soundtrack, as well as the first film to use music to advance the story. To date, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been released theatrically a total of nine times and has grossed [inflation adjusted] US$782.6 million in the US alone. It was made for US$1.5 million in 1934-37.

§ AFI Top 10 Top 10 Lists – Greatest Animated Film of All Time (2008): #1;
§ AFI 100 Greatest Films (2007): #34;
§ AFI 100 Hereos/100 Villains (2003): The Evil Queen #10 Villain; and
§ AFI 100 Years 100 Songs (2004): ‘Someday My Prince Will Come’ #19 song.

Among the other notable accomplishments for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are a number of groundbreaking firsts within the art of film entertainment, including:
§ First full-length animated feature produced by Walt Disney;
§ First film to have a soundtrack album released;
§ First to be considered a Walt Disney Animated Classic;
§ First American animated feature film in movie history;
§ First Disney film theatrically re-released in seven-year pattern (starting 1944);
§ Among first 25 featured films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, Library of Congress (1989);
§ First film entirely scanned to digital file, restored and recorded back to film (1993);
§ First video released in Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (1994);
§ First DVD released in Disney’s Platinum Series (2001); and
§ 2009: will be first Disney film released in Diamond Collection series (DVD & Blu-ray).

With numerous awards accumulated by this ground-breaking animated film, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues to receive some of the highest awards bestowed within the world of Cinema. These prestigious awards include:
§ Academy Awards:
o 1937 Music (Scoring) – Nominee; and
o 1939 Special Award to Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recognised as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon. One regular size Oscar plus seven small Oscar statuettes on stepped base were presented to Walt Disney.

THE DIAMOND EDITION DISCS (available from October 14, 2009)
$39.95 – 2-Disc DVD;
$49.95 – 3-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray
Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
About Disney ‘Combo Packs’ (Blu-Ray + DVD in a single package):
In 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – Blu-ray Disc(s) plus a DVD in a single package. Current Disney Platinum Edition titles available as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio.

• The Princess and the Frog sneak peek;
• Snow White returns;
• Deleted scenes – including ‘Soup eating sequence’ and ‘Bed building
• 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.

(2 Blu-ray discs + DVD).
Hyperion Studios – Audiences are digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand the Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built and where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was conceived and developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark experiencing life at Hyperion Studios back in the 1930’s. This amazing ‘Backstage Disney’ feature contains newly dimensionalised archival photos, animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney’s gifted filmmakers crafted the
very first animated feature.

Magic Mirror – Using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic Magic Mirror guides the audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition features with ease serving as the ‘host’ for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognise viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate next. This marks the first use of artificial intelligence in a Disney Blu-ray™ release and provides viewers the control to personally create a customised Snow White experience.

DisneyView – Disney’s pioneering animated feature is brought to the modern era of widescreen high definition viewing by allowing the user to expand their viewing experience beyond the original aspect ratio of the film. Utilising Disney Blu-ray™ technology, acclaimed Disney artist Toby Bluth was able to ‘draw’ beyond the borders of classic full frame cinema and fill the otherwise dark edges of the screen with beautiful custom imagery, giving audiences a new view of their animated classic favorite.

About Toby Bluth – Disney artist Toby Bluth tells how the movie inspired him to create the superb DisneyView art.

What Do You See? – To win this exciting interactive game, players must untangle scrambled images.

Jewel Jumble Players put jewels from the Dwarfs’ mine in the proper order to win this game.

Scene Stealer – Allows viewers to upload a personal photo and experience life as one of the Seven Dwarfs—on-screen in the actual film.

Published October 15, 2009

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