Director (Supervising): David Hand
Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne (VOICES)
Release Date: October 10, 2023
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one — her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White is the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs — Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her!
Please Note: Disney provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Note: Parts of this review contain re-used content from my review of the 2016 Signature Collection Blu-ray release of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ which can be found HERE!.
Disney’s beloved animated classic ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ tells the magical tale of Snow White, a beautiful and kindhearted young princess who lives her life trying to avoid the wrath of her evil stepmother the Queen who inquires daily with her magic mirror to ensure that she’s still the fairest in all the land. When one day the mirror dubs Snow White as the fairest, the evil Queen takes drastic measures to eliminate Snow White who escapes into the woods as a result of the Huntsman’s kindness. Upon discovering a small hut belonging to seven dwarfs with a little help from her forest friends, Snow White moves in and slowly builds an unbreakable bond with the hard working men. But unfortunately, the threat of the Queen lingers and potential danger still lurks around every turn.
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.
As part of Disney’s 100 year centennial celebration, they bring their animated gem ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ home once more, available for the first time ever fully restored and remastered in Ultra High Definition. The new release features a stunning new Ultra High Definition video presentation with HDR-10 that revitalizes the film and brings it home looking better than ever before, while still staying true to its filmic appearance and source. The quite gorgeous new UHD presentation is nicely complemented by a multichannel DTS-HD MA soundtrack and hours of enjoyable previously released extras which can all be found on the included Blu-ray disc (the extras are identical to those previously included in the 2016 Signature Collection Blu-ray release). For diehard fans of Disney as a whole or of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ in particular that are fully 4K capable, this newly restored 4K UHD release should thoroughly impress and is definitely recommended for anyone that’s already considering a purchase.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ features a full 2160p Ultra High Definition presentation with HDR-10, remastered and restored, presented in its original 1.33:1 Full Screen Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks spectacular as a whole and delivers a clean, colorful and rewardingly filmic presentation from start to finish that has the iconic animated masterpiece looking better than ever before. The majority of the animated content occurring onscreen looks significantly improved with added detail and clarity evident on the characters, backgrounds and even the more minor elements popping up throughout, while still retaining a gorgeous grain level that holds true to its filmic source material.
Curiously, the upgrade to UHD also showcases the lack of clarity in the source on certain areas and animated specifics which can see animated details going off the screen or around the edges almost appearing slightly blurred (something that doesn’t seem to be an error, but instead a result of the film’s age and creation). The HDR-10 addition does a great job of providing a stellar color palette with certain bright, vivid colors looking sharper and more detailed than ever before, while others in turn are tamer and even slightly darker at times, all complemented by deep, clean and seemingly endless black levels that don’t disappoint. Overall, this is a wonderful new Ultra High Definition video presentation that was clearly done with care by Disney and 4K capable fans should be truly thrilled with the results.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, sharp and occasionally somewhat immersive audio presentation throughout. While it may not offer any kind of substantial upgrade over the previous Blu-ray releases of the film, this multichannel soundtrack still sounds pretty solid and shouldn’t disappoint. It utilizes all five available channels throughout in order to send the iconic music and songs throughout the various speakers, along with some nature and weather content, plus other various tidbits along the way, while never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a quite decent 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that does its job well and should satisfy viewers.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ features a nice collection of previously released extras which can all be found on the included Blu-ray disc. All of the included extras were previously available on the Signature Collection Blu-ray release of the film and therefore the below listings are reused from my 2016 review of that release.
Included on the Blu-ray disc are ‘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’.
*Please note that the above images are taken from the Blu-Ray disc included in the 4K UHD Combo Pack and resized. They do not represent the quality of the 4K Ultra HD disc itself and will additionally suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on the 4K UHD & Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
Disney’s Animated Masterpiece ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ is Now Available to Own on 4K Ultra HD from Disney
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