Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
This is a decent cover for a Disney movie.  You know what to expect with an animated movie, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is no exception.  We get to see all of the main characters spread out on the cover, and the colors are grand.  The main menu is a strange intro by the magic mirror, followed by a static scenes with choices.  Not brilliant, but not horrible.

Features: 9/10

  • Audio Commentary By John Canemaker – this is  different type of commentary.  It includes interviews with Walt Disney and John Canemaker, who is a film historian.  Pieced together for the 2001 DVD release, this is an interesting feature that gives quite a lot of insight into the success of the movie and the process of getting it made.
  • All New Music Video – We get the obligatory music video by one of the Disney channel stars.  This time it is Tiffany Thornton’s version of “Someday My Prince Will Come.”  It is a throw-away video in my opinion, as I don’t love these extra music videos.
  • Sneak Peek Of The Princess & The Frog – At almost 8 minutes in length, this is a serious look at the new movie the Princess and the Frog.  This is not your average sneak peek, and is a neat way of getting a head’s up on new Disney stuff.
  • Disneyview – This was a strange one.  In Disneyview, one can watch the movie with a drawn border at the edges of the movie, that fill widescreen televisions.  It is a weird inclusion for a movie like this, and really does change the overall “black border” effect.
  • Disney Family Play: What Do You See?/Mirror Mirror On The Wall/Jewel Jumble – These are basically four separate games that you can play.  There is a range, and my favorite is Jewel Jumble, which is like Bejewelled.  The problem with these types of games is that they rely on your clunky remote (unless you are on a PS3) and they can be frustrating.
  • Backstage Disney: Snow White Returns/Hyperion Studios/The One That Started It All – Backstage Disney is a feature that is included on several of the Disney classics.  This section includes several storyboards and details the way in which some of these “extra’ scenes were conceived.  We actually get to see how some of the scenes would have looked if they had been fully developed.  We also get information on the original voice actors, a view of Hyperion Studios, and a great piece on the impact that this movie had on animation and Disney studios in general, entitled “the One that Started It All.”  Many of these extras listed here are on the second Blu-ray disk, which is chock full of movie info.
  • Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride Game/ Heigh-Ho Karaoke Sing-Along – These are two more throw away games that are featured on the second disk  I don’t know how many people play these things, but I can’t imagine that 6 games are needed for a movie like this.
    Disney Through The Decades & More – This extra is a lengthy bit about the Disney empire, and how it has progressed.  A decent historical piece, and a definite must for all Disney-files.

The Movie: 8/10
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a special type of movie.  Like I told my son who watched this with me, I liked the movie, but I have never loved it.  Originally made in 1937, this movie is a classic Disney movie, with the songs, slow burn to the finale, and plenty of artistic, beautiful animated scenes.  Having said that, the old films, while nostalgic for some of us older “kids”, just seems to lack the fun and humor value that we have come to expect form the second coming of animation (like the Pixar movies have given us.)  It is great to see these movies, and to see how far we have some, but they just don’t seem to live up to my expectations.  Having seen many of these movies before, they have a special spot in my heart and memory, and having seen them again, sometimes I can be slightly disappointed.  Snow White, while a stunning feat in 1937, still holds up quite well and is a shining example of the animation wizardry that Walt Disney was able to pull off back in the day.

The story, for those who have lived under a rock for 70 or so years, revolves around Snow White, a princess whose mother the Queen is so vain that she speaks to a magic mirror every day to make sure she is the fairest in the land.  Knowing that Snow White is a beautiful girl, the Queen tries to dress snow White down in rags, to make her look less pretty.  When the mirror tells the Queen that she is no longer the hottest gal in the castle, the Queen orders her main huntsman to take Snow White out for a leisurely stroll in the woods, and kill her.  The huntsman cannot follow through, and Snow White ends up running away into the woods.

After stumbling nto a group of animals that lead her to an abandoned cottage, Snow White ends up befriending the seven dwarfs, who allow her to stay because she can cook and clean for the motley crew.  The queen leans of Snow White’s existence, and sets out to get her.

Overall this movie is a fun, classic movie that really is the one that started the Disney machine.  It is worth seeing if for no other reason to see just how this started.  It was enjoyable, and the extras are grand, but I am still not sure I loved it.

Audio & Video: 9/10
The video for this Blu-ray release is gorgeous, especially considering the source material was made in 1937.   Presented in 1.33:1, the movie expands on the 2001 DVD restoration, and the colors and animation are tight and beautiful.  The colors actually are a bit less vivid on this release, which apparently was closer to the original release than the 2001 version.

The audio is presented in 7.1 Surround Sound, and again is limited by the source material, which obviously was made before this whole home theater development.  It still sounds great, even if it is 70 years old and originally was a mono mix.

Value: 7/10
If you are a Disney fiend, this would be a nice addition to your Blu-ray collection.  This is a classic Disney movie, and definitely is worth renting and watching if you are just an average Disney fan.  Either way, with the extreme amount of extras, this covers the gamut for Disney-heads and casual viewers alike.

Overall Score 7/10