Director (Supervising): David Hand
Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne (VOICES)
Release Date: On Signature Coll. Blu-ray February 2, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 10/10
Forever enchanting and inspiring, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs embodies The Walt Disney Signature Collection’s legacy of animation. In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess Snow White wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked Queen. Share the movie called “The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time,” (American Film Institute) in High Definition Blu-ray and for the first time ever on Digital HD, with special features for the entire family!
Easily one of the most recognized and beloved stories in history today, ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ tells Walt Disney’s famous version of the fairy tale, following the kind and beautiful Snow White who flees into the woods after the kindness of the Huntsman allows her to escape a terrible fate. Desperate and exhausted, she arrives at a quaint cottage where after making herself at home following some much needed cleaning, she makes the acquaintance of the seven dwarfs and after befriending them hopes to remain hidden amongst them from the evil queen. Yet sometimes destiny already has a plan all of its own which we simply can’t escape.
The first feature length animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1937, as well as marking the first ever feature length animated film in history, Disney’s ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ surprised viewers upon its initial release and still miraculously holds up today in nearly every regard. Remaining every bit as wonderful and magical as ever so many decades later, filled with catchy and heartwarming songs and wonder that never seem to grow stale, this timeless animated masterpiece is one the entire family will almost surely be thrilled to enjoy time and again, in addition to sharing with future generations to come.
Kids of all ages (this includes you fellow “adult” fans) who don’t yet own this timeless masterpiece on Blu-ray will be thrilled at the films return to Blu-ray as it launches the new Disney Signature Collection line of releases which also marks its first time available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA). While I don’t personally own the Diamond Edition Blu-ray release, what information I’ve been able to gather implies it retains the same video and audio transfers as the previous release, although it does include a number of brand new extras exclusive to this Signature Collection release such as a new ‘Alternate Sequence’, ‘In Walt’s Words’ regarding the film and plenty more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) which along with the gorgeous high definition video and audio presentations it delivers will surely make this a definite must own for many fans.
Overall, those who own the Diamond Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ and don’t feel that the new extras alone justify a double dip you might want to hold off on picking up a copy. For those who don’t yet own this marvelous animated masterpiece on Blu-ray as well as those fans who collect every edition released and clamor over any new supplemental material will both almost surely want to make certain to pick up a copy of this gorgeous new Signature Collection Blu-ray release before it’s too late and the film is once again returned to the vault.
The Signature Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 1.33:1 4X3 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole, delivering a consistently clean, detailed and beautiful presentation that accentuates the film’s gorgeous animation, holding up admirably even during the darkly lit or fast moving sequences and never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation that should easily please the hardcore fans and casual viewers alike.
This Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack in addition the inclusion of the films restored original 2.0 mono soundtrack. I as per usual opted to view with the 7.1 channel lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack which sounds great. It provides a clean, smooth and impressive audio presentation from start to finish, the majority of the activity remaining focused to the center channel, while the memorable original songs we all know and love encompass all seven available channels beautifully. Overall, this is a solid 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and more, it shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Signature Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ includes plenty of great extras for the whole family to enjoy, both a number that are new to this release as well as a few passed down from the previous Diamond Edition release. Included on this latest release is ‘In Walt’s Words: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length), ‘Iconography’ (approximately 7 minutes), ‘@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess’ (5 minutes), ‘The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Things You May Not Know About Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ (5 minutes), ‘Snow White In Seventy Seconds’ (1 minute), and ‘Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White’ (4 minutes). Also included on the release is ‘Disney’s First Feature: The Making of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ (33 minutes), ‘Bringing Snow White To Life’ (12 minutes), ‘Hyperion Studios Tour’ (31 minutes), ‘Decoding The Exposure Sheet’ (7 minutes), ‘Snow White Returns’ (9 minutes), ‘Story Meetings: The Dwarfs’ (6 minutes), ‘Story Meetings: The Huntsman’ (4 minutes), Animation Voice Talent (6 minutes) and a couple of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film: ‘Soup Eating Sequence’ (4 minutes), and ‘Bed Building Sequence’ (6 minutes). We are additionally treated to an ‘Audio Commentary by Roy E. Disney and Historian John Canemaker which also includes recordings by Walt Disney’. This release also once again offers the Disney View option which allows the viewer the ability to watch the film accompanied by gorgeous artwork replacing the black bars on the left and the right of the screen during the feature and therefore filling the entirety of the screen.