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In the original story, Princess Aurora sleeps for 100 years before being awakened by a prince's kiss. In the Disney version, Prince Philip comes to her rescue much sooner. George Brun's orchestral score, which was nominated for an Academy Award®, expertly blended famous themes from Tchaikovsky's ballet. With a budget that exceeded $6 million in 1959, this was Walt Disney's most lavish and expensive animated feature to date. Determined to make the characters as realistic as possible, Disney had a live action film shot with actors posing as Sleeping Beauty, the Prince, and Maleficent, for the animators to use. New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called the fight between Prince Philip and Maleficent "the noisiest and scariest go-round he [Disney] has ever put into one of his films."
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|Mary Costa||Princess Aurora|
|Bill Shirley||Prince Phillip|
|Bill Thompson||King Hubert|
|Taylor Holmes||King Stefan,|
|Barbara Jo Allen||Fauna|
|Candy Candido||Maleficent's goon|
|Pinto Colvig||Maleficent's goon|
|Roy M. Brewer||Editor|
|George Bruns||Score Composer|
|Donald Da Gradi||Production Designer|
|Ken Anderson||Production Designer|
1. Opening Credits ("Once Upon a Dream")
2. "In a Far Away Land Long Ago..."
3. "Hail to the Princess Aurora"
4. The Three Good Fairies
5. The Gifts of Beauty and Song
6. Maleficent Appears
7. Merryweather's Gift
8. The Fairies' Plan
9. Maleficent's Frustration
10. Briar Rose's 16th Birthday
11. Briar Rose in the Forest
12. Prince Phillip Hears a Haunting Voice
13. "I Wonder"
14. Briar Rose's Dream Prince ("Once Upon a Dream")
15. Meanwhile, Back at the Cottage
16. Dueling Wands
17. King Stefan and King Hubert Toast the Future ("Skumps")
18. Phillip's Disappointing News
19. Aurora Returns to the Castle
20. The Curse is Fulfilled
21. The Sun Sets
22. Putting the Whole Castle to Sleep ("Sleeping Beauty")
23. Phillip Walks Into a Trap
24. In Maleficent's Domain
25. Maleficent Visits Phillip in His Cell
26. The Escape From Forbidden Mountain
27. A Forest of Thorns
28. Battle with the Forces of Evil
29. The Spell is Broken
30. A Happy Ending
Deleted Scene: The Curse is Fulflled
Alternate Scene: The Arrival of Maleficent
Deleted Scene: The Fair
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English Original Stereo Theatrical Mix
Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
Español 5.1 Dolby Digital
Português 5.1 Dolby Digital
English for the Hearing Impaired
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At a hefty cost of six million dollars and six years in production, Walt Disney¿s 'Sleeping Beauty' promised to be the most ambitious animated feature ever produced. However, changing public tastes resulted in a majestic glossy-looking effort that, despite its technical innovations, failed to become the blockbuster the studio had hoped for. The story, slightly changed from its Grimm¿s fairytale origins, charts the birth of Princess Aurora (vocal by Mary Costa). The young Princess is cursed by the evil Maleficent, a sorceress visually realized by animator, Mark Davis, that has to rank among the all time great Disney villainesses. Before her sixteenth birthday, Aurora will die. But three good fairies believe otherwise. They usher off the baby Aurora into the woods and raise her as their own. But Aurora meets up with her future when she comes across the brooding Prince Philip (vocal by Bill Shirley). When Maleficent discovers their romance, she is determined to see that tomorrow never comes for the couple. The magnificently staged battle between Prince Philip and Maleficent is chillingly good entertainment on every level and the story is as fresh and appealing to seniors as it is for the young at heart. 'Sleeping Beauty' was shot in Technirama - a Cinemascope-style 2:35:1 aspect ratio that, in the past, has suffered on 1:33:1 television displays in a cropped off pan and scan image. On disc one of this two disc set we get both the Technirama transfer and a full frame copy ¿ to satisfy those who have yet to realize that full frame means fifty percent of the image is missing from their television screens. The review herein will concentrate on the widescreen version of the film which, in a word, is beautiful! Colors are rich, vibrant, bold and have been carefully rebalanced to provide a very smooth and crisp looking transfer. Contrast levels are fully realized. A few problems - minor digital noise and a halo effect during portions of the forest sequence that flashes so quickly you almost have to stop and think, 'Did I just see that?' The audio, remixed to 5.1 but strident, strangely lacking in bass - I say, strangely because 'Sleeping Beauty' was recorded in stereo that, while, of course, should sound dated by today's standards, usually has a strong sonic bass characteristic that is curiously absent here. Extras too are something of a disappointment. We get the 'Once Upon A Dream' featurette - billed as a `new¿ documentary on the making of the film. Created for the previously issued laserdisc and VHS copies this featurette is too short - not covering the scope of production. Next, there's the Peter Tchaikovsky Story - a largely fictional account of the man who was inspired to write, among other things, the 'Sleeping Beauty' ballet. The transfer here is terribly faded, suffers from chips and scratches and digital noise, edge enhancement and shimmering fine details. We also get the 'Grand Canyon' featurette that accompanied 'Sleeping Beauty' on its original theatrical engagement, but again, as with the Tchaikovsky Story, all the same criteria apply and - this time - the Technirama image HAS NOT BEEN ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISION DISPLAYS!!! There's a really, REALLY awful music video and a few short featurettes that, among other topics, explain how the film was shot, the techniques used in the animation and the restoration process employed for this new DVD. Over all, I could have done without these studio junkets, especially since none of them were even moderately cleaned up for inclusion into this special edition. Still, for its stunning art of animation and a near pristine anamorphic transfer of the film - once upon a dream no more!
As an adult student of animation and Disney collector, this Blu-Ray set is a dream come true. Sleeping Beauty has never looked and sounded this good before. All of the already-posted comments regarding the visual quality are dead on you could not ask for anything better. Another reviewer commented on the strident soundtrack. I admit that I have a fairly high-end sound system, but on mine, it sounded great - certainly no lack of bass. As if the Sleeping Beauty wasn't enough by itself, Disney also included the spectacular Grand Canyon short. I remember seeing this 35 years ago on an old 35mm film in jr. high school and loving it then and have been wanting to see it again ever since. A previous reviewer said that it was not enhanced for widescreen TVs - NOT SO - at least on the Blu-Ray release. It was a beautiful widescreen transfer that was so clear it looked as though it may have been filmed in hi-def - which, of course it wasn't. The soundtrack is as clear as you could hope for in a 1959 early stereo recording, and has a very high dynamic range - the bass during the cloudburst section rattled the windows. I only wish that the True Life Adventures recently released as the Legacy Collection series had been as well restored. These two films, alone, are reason to buy this Blu-Ray set. The other & amp amp quot features& amp amp quot are interesting enough, although not & amp amp quot must-haves& amp amp quot . My favorite is probably the cyber walk-through of the old Sleeping Beauty attraction from Disneyland. The attraction has long since been closed, but it is one that I enjoyed on a number of occasions when I visited the park. If this is any indication of what is to come in the future, I cannot wait for Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia to be issed on Blu-Ray!
This is a wonderful animated film. Having watched it over and over as a child, I now also appreciate it as an adult. One warning to parents of small children: the scene where Maleficent turns into the dragon and fights Prince Phillip can be scary. It gave me nightmares for a time when I was little. But the music in the film is beautiful and ethereal. And Meriweather does steal the show!
THANK GOD A REAL DISNEY MOVIE. OTHER SELLERS NOT SO NICE.
Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite of the Disney classics. I grew up with it and as a teenager still love and cherish it. To see it come to life as it does on the Blu-Ray disc is enchanting. It brings the quality and magic of the film to life. The sound is incridble and the graphics are lovely. Still I don't think it is necssary to get the Blu-Ray disc. It works just as well as the regular DVD one I own, compared to the Blu-Ray my friend owns.
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This is my favorite Disney movie along with Beauty and the Beast. Aurora is an absolute joy to watch--she's such an innocent and sweet girl, totally unspoiled by the trappings of royalty. Philip is noble, courageous, and handsome--he's perfect for pure Aurora. Maleficent always gave me the creeps, but I think she's one of Disney's most beautiful villainesses--that laugh just chills you! And the fairies--bossy Flora, naive Fauna, and practical Merriwether--I wish they had brought me up! It's one of the best fairy tales the world has ever experienced, and Disney just made it better with this new DVD release!
Rather underappreciated in its original 1959 release, this has become a classic over the years, and a special favorite of adult animation fans...Many of them, including me, are excited that Disney is turning its wonderful widescreen masterpiece into a new special edition and blu-ray edition soon...it is sure to be spectacular.
This is one of mmy daughter's favorite movies
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This is an excellent movie! It is my personal Disney favorite. Sleeping Beauty doesn't get the credit it deserves. It is a great movie to watch, the fairies are funny, and even the animals are lovable! (The humans are too!)
Pure Disney Gold!! I've loved this movie since I was 1, I'm now 18!
Sleeping Beauty is back in all of its glory! The restoration of this classic is beautiful and the extra's are fantastic. Disney outdid themselves with this DVD.
One of many classics of Disney and will always treasure it. Helps children to realize that dreams can come true.
Reminded me what to look for in a man. As a girl I always thought my man should sing and dance. This movie inspires little girls on many levels. I love this movie.