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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (DVD/Two-Disc

Classics and Kids & Family movie directed by David Hand

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Treasuring the Classic

  • Nov 12, 2009
Remastered and remarketed as the movie that started it all, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS remains a triumph of animation. Using the Brothers Grimm tale about the princess with the skin as fair as snow who is taken in by a group of seven dwarfs, Walt Disney fleshed out the characterization of most of the main players while also watering down some of the more graphic and disturbing elements of the story. The movie had been in production for years and Disney gambled his entire future on the project. However, the development took so long and the picture cost so much money that before its release it was known around Hollywood as "Disney's Folly". But, Disney put the critics to rest and the film would become not only one of the most beloved animated films, but one of the most popular films of all time. The success of the picture paved the way for Disney to expand his company from a small in-house production company that created mostly shorts to a major Hollywood studio.

The plot of the movie is rather straight-forward. Princess Snow White's stepmother is a wicked and evil queen and the most beautiful woman in her kingdom. She knows because she asks her Magic Mirror every day. Then one day the Mirror reveals that her stepdaughter, Snow White is more beautiful than she. The Queen is furious and orders a woodsman to take the girl into the woods to kill her. He takes her into the woods, but cannot deliver the blow and tells Snow White to run. Snow White runs away and stumbles upon the cottage of seven dwarfs. She becomes a kind of adopted mother for the little men and they shower their affection upon her. However, the Queen learns what has happened and sets out to put Snow White into a deathly sleep that only can be broken by true love's first kiss.

Even though the movie is over 70 years-old, it's still gorgeous. Audiences nowadays have become accustomed to the slick, chic, and sleek animation of CGI. Those style of films are enjoyable to watch, but there is an eloquence and a personality of the old hand-style of animation that is lost when a film is done through CGI. Since it was the first of its kind, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is one of the best examples of classic animation to watch. For example, watch the scene where Snow White is getting water from a well and the camera shows us what it looks like from viewing up the well, through the water, ripples and all. It's a difficult scene that looks gorgeous and it was all drawn by hand. Simply magnificent.

The Diamond Edition of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is basically the Blu-Ray edition of the movie with a DVD thrown in to try to lure people who don't really want Blu-Ray into getting Blu-Ray. The DVD only features an audio commentary, a music video with Tiffany Thornton, a sneak peak at the upcoming THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, and a series of trailers for Disney DVDs. Meanwhile the Blu-Ray discs are loaded with all kinds of features, but since I'm still not going to jump on the Blu-Ray wagon, I can't watch any of those.

Overall, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is a must own movie for any Disney fan, film student, or person who enjoys animated movies. If you don't already own the movie on DVD, the Diamond Edition of the movie is worth getting because Disney will be putting the movie back into the vault and it won't be available again for years.

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review by . October 03, 2009
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Note: The review that follows is of the Diamond Edition of Snow White that includes DVD and Blu-Ray in a "Combo Pack," accompanied by a wealth of special features that really are special. For reasons known only to Amazon, reviews of earlier versions - those that are of significantly inferior quality in terms of production values - are recycled for inclusion with reviews of the latest version. Note that two of the first three reviews now featured were posted in 2001.    * * *   &nb …
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One of the brightest nuggets from Disney's golden age, this 1937 film is almost dizzying in its meticulous construction of an enchanted world, with scores of major and minor characters (including fauna and fowl), each with a distinct identity. When you watch Snow White's intricate, graceful movements of fingers, arms, and head all in one shot, it is not the technical brilliance of Disney's artists that leaps out at you, but the very spirit of her engaging, girl-woman character. When the wicked queen's poisoned apple turns from killer green to rose red, the effect of knowing something so beautiful can be so terrible is absolutely elemental, so pure it forces one to surrender to the horror of it. Based on the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White is probably the best family film ever to deal, in mythic terms, with the psychological foundation for growing up. It's a crowning achievement and should not be missed.--Tom Keogh

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Director: David Hand
Genre: Classics, Family
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
Runtime: 83 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
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