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DVD Review: Sleeping Beauty (2-Disc Platinum Edition)

26 October 2008 1:45 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sleeping Beauty has always had a special place in my heart. This timeless tale of daring-do and courtly romance has always made me swoon from the time I was a small little child. I imagine it will continue to do the same throughout the rest of my life. As stories of princes and princesses go, this one is my absolute favorite, and I doubt I could ever tire of watching it. It plays so well no matter what your gender or age. Disney goes out of their way to sell all their fairy tale titles with princesses to little girls but that does the actual films themselves a huge disservice, this one maybe most of all. There is high adventure to be found here, pretty dresses and cute fairy magic are only one part of the equation bringing this story to life. Much was made, at the time, over Walt's »

- Sara Michelle Fetters

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Review: 'Sleeping Beauty' Platinum Edition

7 October 2008 2:48 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Walt Disney Studios’ Sleeping Beauty holds up as a spectacular work of animation and it looks even better now that the studio has cleaned it up. The classic fairy tale has stood the test of time quite nicely and the Platinum Edition 50th Anniversary 2-disc set, released today, is a worthwhile addition to your home video library. It's a great artifafct, and the end of an era of amazing animated fare from Disney Studios.  Every anuimated feature that has followed, through today, somehow pales in comparison to this effort.

The first disc of course is the film itself.  Disney’s technicians have painstakingly cleaned the animation so the colors are brighter, allowing us to appreciate the work of animator Eyvind Earle. The story holds up with relatable characters from the adorable Aurora to the three fairies who sacrifice their magic ways to shield the child for 16 years. The humor remains »

- Robert Greenberger

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DVD Review: Sleeping Beauty - Platinum Edition (1959)

29 September 2008 7:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Despite the studio.s reputation, Disney never really made all that many fairytales. Of course, they launched their line of animated features with one via 1937.s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but since then, only produced a few. Of that group, Beauty probably remains the most obscure. Beauty seems to have fallen between the cracks to a certain degree. Of course, its stature as a Disney movie means it.ll always be remembered, but it.s not one that shares the prominence of the others.

Frankly, I can.t argue that it really deserves a greater audience. While the movie certainly displays some excellent elements, it seems somewhat lackluster and unimpressive as a whole.

After a long wait, King Stefan (voiced by Taylor Holmes) and Queen No-name finally bear a child whom they name Princess Aurora. We see a massive celebration in her honor and meet a young Prince Phillip, »

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