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Sleeping Beauty [DVD]

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Four Artists Paint One Tree -- Walt Disney Hosts This Special Look At The Techniques Used By Four Of The Artists Who Worked On SLEEPING BEAUTY.

While it's a rather glossy discussion, with everyone glorifying the movie, it's an entertaining segment that offers some educational tidbits.The last two shorts in this area are my favorites on the disc. “The Restoration” (2:56) entails the laborious process to make Sleeping Beauty look as good as it did for this release, hosted by the supervisor Aaron Dem. I laud Disney for the next one: a “Widescreen to Pan-and-Scan Comparison” (3:50) with Andreas Deja explaining the difference between the two, and then an actual comparison using the full “Once Upon A Dream” sequence from the movie. Not only is this great for those who are uneducated about the subject, but its also great to directly see just how much gets cut from the original aspect ratio (don't worry about my curse on the pan-and-scan version on Disc 1 – nobody will touch it after seeing this, and if they do, they deserve to die . . . only joking, silly.) Animated Classics | Other Animated Films | Live Action (1980-2003) | Live Action (Pre-1980) | Direct-to-Video | Television Movies The Restoration -- A Highly Sophisticated Computer-Aided Restoration Of The Film Was Undertaken In 1998, Which Involved Meticulously Restoring 118,000 Frames Of Film. and live-action reference for Aurora's character, Mary Costa. Since the movie gets most of its attention for its visuals, it's no surprise that the commentary focuses mainly on developing and creating these, and provides some very interesting information on the production.

Aside from this, there are Sneak Peeks for the theatrical release of Brother Bear and the DVD releases of The Santa Clause 2, The Lion King: Special Edition, Finding Nemo, and Kim Possible: The Secret Files, the Disney Princess merchandise, and Disney Electronics. Plus, there's a THX Optimizer to help calibrate the audio and video of your home theater system. The Design -- Film Historian Leonard Maltin, Original SLEEPING BEAUTY Artists Eyvind Earle And Ollie Johnston, And POCAHONTAS Co-Director Eric Goldberg Share Their Thoughts On always amused by them. I found this one was just plain boring. The end of the game is just a clip from the movie of Prince Phillip fighting Maleficent and kissing Aurora. Story Reel: "The Fairies Put The Castle To Sleep" -- View The Original Story Sequence In Which Flora, Fauna, And Merryweather Put Everyone In The Castle To Sleep. Walt Disney embarked on the creation of his 3rd princess fairy tale in the 1950s after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella.After I've gone through all this fluffy stuff, you may be saying, “Where's the beef ?” Have no fear, there are plenty of meaty extras in the next section that make Sleeping Beauty my favorite DVD to come out since Snow White. History and Behind-the-Scenes

Story Reel: "The Capture Of The Prince" -- View The Original Story Sequence In Which Maleficent Captures Prince Phillip Princess Personality Profile Game” will tell you which princess from the various Disney movies you are most like, requiring you to answer a set of questions about yourself. You could be like Cinderella, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Aurora, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, or Jasmine from Aladdin. I had fun playing it, and I turned out to be like my favorite one: Belle. The Peter Tchaikovsky Story” (30:22) is yet another clip from the Disneyland TV series, giving a short run-over of the life of the famous composer, from when he was a boy through his composing of the Sleeping Beauty ballet. The acting isn't too hot, and the production values are low, but fans of Walt's show should like it.

Over 70 more still frames are displayed in a virtual scrapbook: photos of the making of the movie in “Behind-the-Scenes,” posters and ads from the theatrical releases under “Publicity,” books and other things within “Merchandise,” and photos of film-related attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim and Paris in “Theme Parks”. Live Action Reference” holds the vignettes “Briar Rose Dance Reference” (0:48), which shows the animators sketching a live dancer, and “Prince Phillip and the Dragon Reference” (1:02) is made up of linked stills of the stand-ins for both characters. Then, 23 more reference shots are shown in “Photographs”. Four Artists Paint One Tree” (16:07), is a clip from the Disneyland TV show, depicting Sleeping Beauty artists Eyvind Earle, Marc Davis, Josh Meador, and Walt Peregoy all drawing a single tree. The piece compares each artist's styles and the final result of their artwork. I found it to be one of the more truly interesting pieces of nostalgia that make

above offer guided tours, with 2 separate commentaries on select stills – one for older viewers, and one for younger viewers. They differentiate in speakers and subjects, but both remain rooted in basic information. I have to admit that I'm surprised that Disney would try to appeal to kids on material like this, as it goes against their clear separation of what's supposed to be for “families” and “enthusiasts”. Nevertheless, it's nice to see a single feature that tries to appeal to everyone, and is still meaty. Helene Stanley Dance Reference -- Live Action Reference Footage Featuring Helene Stanley Dancing As Princess Aurora While Disney Animators Sketch Her. Rescue Aurora Adventure Game” is quite possibly the poorest set-top game ever devised for a Disney DVD. The player must answer a series of riddles while riding through the forest to get to Aurora's castle. The riddles themselves are very oddly worded, but it's easy to guess the answer. It's not unusual to find these types of features un-challenging, but I'm most Alice in Wonderland (1951) (Masterpiece Edition) | Sword in the Stone (1963) | The Aristocats (1970) Once again, the menu options are laid out in a medieval-style book, divided into two sub-sections: “Games, Music & Fun” and “History and Behind-the-Scenes”.While not as strong as Walt's other movies in the story department, Sleeping Beauty is a breathtaking and inspirational movie that truly expanded its medium. Flawless in video and audio and bursting with special features, this 2-Disc set gives it the extensive treatment it deserves.

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