Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review
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In just a matter of weeks, Disney will release of its first hand-drawn animated film since 2004 (which also features the first new Disney princess in more than a decade). And that makes it the perfect time to reacquaint audiences with the princess who started it all.

Originally released in 1937, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first-ever full-length animated film. But, even though Disney’s first princess is now more than 70 years old, she’s still as fair as ever.

Ever since she was just a young girl, Princess Snow White was forced to dress in rags, to keep her from looking more beautiful than her wicked stepmother, the queen. Each day, the queen would consult her magic mirror—and as long as she was still the fairest in the land, Snow White was safe.

  
 
One day, though, Snow White surpasses the queen in beauty—so the queen orders a huntsman to kill the young princess. Instead, he warns her of the queen’s plan and sends her running into the forest. The woodland creatures then bring her to a tiny cabin in the woods—the home of seven tiny miners, who agree to take her in. But it isn’t long before the queen learns of the huntsman’s betrayal—and she heads into the forest to get rid of Snow White, once and for all.

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs truly is a timeless classic—a beloved (and beautiful) fairy tale, filled with delightful characters and memorable songs, as well as one of the most terrifying villains in Disney history.

With her child-like voice, her big, expressive eyes, and her girlish dreams of her happily-ever-after, sweet, naïve Snow White became the model for the Disney princess—a favorite among girls of all ages for more than 70 years.

For me, though, Snow White is more about the other characters—like the murderously jealous stepmother, who disguises herself as a harmless old woman and conjures up that sinister apple. Or the delightful band of dwarfs, with silly names that match their colorful personalities.

Then again, it’s also about the unforgettable songs—from the fun and upbeat “Heigh-Ho” and “Whistle While You Work” to the dreamy “Some Day My Prince Will Come.” They’re the kind of sing-along-worthy songs that stay with you for years—and that reemerge from the back of your memory time and time again, when you least expect them.

Of course, Snow White is also beautifully animated—with its charming characters, its cuddly woodland creatures, and its remarkable attention to detail. And now that the film has been digitally remastered, Snow White is even brighter and more beautiful than she has been in years.

So if it’s been a while since you last spent time with Disney’s original princess, now’s a great time to get reacquainted—and to introduce a whole new generation to a beloved Disney classic.


Blu-ray Review:
The new Diamond Edition combo pack of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs includes three discs: one DVD and two Blu-ray discs. While the DVD includes just the basics—along with a commentary track, a new music video, and a six-minute sneak peek at the upcoming release, The Princess and the Frog—the Blu-ray discs, on the other hand, include hours of fascinating extras.

On the main feature disc, Backstage Disney features include two deleted scenes and a look at the storyboards of what appears to be a shelved Snow White sequel. There are also four Snow White games, including Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, which reveals your inner princess (I, apparently, am most like Cinderella), and Jewel Jumble, a tricky, Tetris-like jewel-dropping game.

On the second Blu-ray disc, you’ll find more features on the early days of Disney. An interactive feature even allows you to explore Hyperion Studios, where Snow White was made. You can listen to stories and interviews and reenactments of storyboard discussions with Walt himself.

And, finally, in addition to the new features, the second Blu-ray disc also includes a selection of classic bonus features from earlier DVD releases, including games and sing-alongs, along with an interesting look at Disney’s history in Disney Through the Decades.

Although the special features don’t offer a whole lot for younger viewers (other than a few minutes’ entertainment while playing a game or two), this Diamond Edition is packed with worthwhile extras for grown-up Disney fans. The creepy Magic Mirror menus will have you racing to make your next selection, but you’ll definitely want to take some time to explore this feature-filled release.

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