Sleeping Beauty (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Clyde Geronimi

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Beautiful blu ray disc!

on 11/10/2008

Excellent quality! Classic Disney movie! I highly recommend it.

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We loved Sleeping Beauty

on 11/10/2008

One of Disney's classics...they just don't make them like this anymore. As a family we enjoyed sitting down and watching the Blu-ray edition of Sleeping Beauty. I also appreciate that Disney included a digitally restored version of the film on DVD, so then my four-year old is able to enjoy it over and over again, without me going through the hastle of setting up the PS3 to watch the blu-ray. Thanks Disney!

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Awaken your senses to the majesty of Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney's ultimate fairy tale. See more than you've ever seen before through the magic of state-of-the-art technology and experience this groundbreaking film restored beyond its original brilliance, in the way Walt envisioned it -- pristine, beautiful, utterly breathtaking. From the grand celebration of Princess Aurora's birth to the fateful day when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under Malificent's evil curse to Prince Philip's courageous battle against a fire-breathing dragon, the stunning artistry and spine-tingling sounds will transform your home into a fantastic world. The adventures continue as you are immersed into a wonderful world of bonus features.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 207534524
UPC 786936746228
UPC 14 00786936746228
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/7/2008
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Disney Film
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep which can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Though the titular princess is on par with the rest of Disney's essential heroines, most of the fun arises from the trio of charming fairies entrusted with her care: Flora, Fauna, and Meriweather. Meanwhile the evil Malificent may just be Disney's most chilling villainess. This classic makes wondrous use of Tchaikovsky's same-titled ballet score, which earned SLEEPING BEAUTY an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
USA Today "...One of Disney's most elaborate extravaganzas..." 09/19/1997 p.13D
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Arguably the most important film in the formidable Disney oeuvre..." 09/01/2003 p.118
Variety "...Walt Disney's cornerstone opus. If you think you know it too well to bother taking another look, this presentation will give you Technicolor pause..." 09/15/2003 p.33
Entertainment Weekly "[The soundtrack] keyed to Tchaikovsky's lush ballet score, has a majestic heft." 10/24/2008 p.54
New York Times "With its two-dimensional figures and flattened perspectives, the Walt Disney classic SLEEPING BEAUTY imitates the look of an illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, but its bright, buzzing colors...are unmistakably those of midcentury America." 10/13/2008
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "This is the experimental, boundary-pushing Disney....Its spare and elegant world lingering with you long after the lovers dance into the sunset." 11/01/2008 p.191
Clyde Geronimi
Name Costa,Mary
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Cast & Crew
Bill Shirley - Voice Of
Charles Perrault - Based On Story By
Clyde Geronimi - Director
Don DaGradi - Production Designer
Donald Halliday - Editor
Eleanor Audley - Voice Of
Erdman Penner, et. al. - Screenplay
Ken Anderson - Production Designer
Mary Costa - Voice Of
Roy M. Brewer, Jr. - Editor
Verna Felton - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1959
Catalog ID 5560803
UPC 00786936746228
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 75 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.55:1
Nominee (1960) Oscar, George Bruns, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Nominee (1959) Grammy, Sleeping Beauty, Best Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television
Oscar (1960) George Bruns, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Grammy (1959) Sleeping Beauty, Nominee, Best Soundtrack Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television
Review Set in the 14th century and adapted from Charles Perrault's version of the tale (Perrault also wrote the ballet that Tchaikovsky scored), Sleeping Beauty is closer in structure to the version related by the Brothers Grimm, who inspired Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...Sleeping Beauty was the final entry in Disney's original fairytale-princess trilogy, which also included Snow White (1937) and Cinderella. A milestone in animation, it had the largest budget ($6 million) of any previous full-length animated feature, and it was the first animated feature filmed in widescreen. It was also the first time that Disney used a single artist's vision for a film, and Earle's elongated, one-dimensional pre-Renaissance style marked the first time that highly detailed backgrounds were used in an animated feature. Sleeping Beauty was also the last of the Disney films to use hand-inked cells, and the last film that Disney personally supervised. Which is to say, Sleeping Beauty was both the last great film from the classic era of Disney animation, and a herald of even greater things to come.
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review The Pocahontas of its day when originally released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty was Disney's most lavish (and expensive) film, as well as something of a financial and critical disappointment. But time has been kind to it, as this much-hyped video re-release shows. The elaborate, gothic-inspired designs look great, and the supporting characters--most notably the three good fairies and the Joan Crawford-like villain Maleficent--liven up the proceedings despite the bland hero and heroine. The repackaging itself should serve as an example for future Disney reissues: The documentary featurette is slightly less self-congratulatory than most of Disney's, but by making a widescreen version available, the company has every reason to be proud. Sleeping Beauty is one of only a handful of animated Disney features to be produced in widescreen format, in this case a process using the same dimensions as those used to film The Wild Bunch. Consequently, if it had been formatted to fit your television screen, much of the carefully crafted, intricately detailed design would have disappeared. If Disney is going to go to the trouble of making each carefully timed re-release seem like a historic event, it should make a point of adhering to historical accuracy, as it has on this release.
Reviewer Keith Phipps
ReviewRating 9
Platinum Series, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Costa,Mary
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Brent Simon, Entertainment Today ageless Technirama charm and joie de vivre that's hard to find in many modern children's films.
John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal It may be Disney's purest cinematic fairy tale...
Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium ...brimming with wit and powerfully moving at times.
Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide Disney's last great fairy tale adaptation...a worthy successor to Snow White and Pinocchio.
Widgett Walls, Maleficent is one of the crowning achievements of the Disney Villain Factory.

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