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BVHE Press Release: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (DVD/Blu-ray)


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#1 of 20 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 03 2009 - 04:51 AM

The First and ‘Fairest One of All’ Comes to Life as Never Before!

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Proudly Announces the
Highly-Anticipated Hi-Def Debut of

Walt Disney’s Beloved Animated Classic

Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs

An Exciting Industry First:
Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack -- October 6, 2009 -- 7 Weeks Before Standard Definition DVD Release November 24

Burbank, Calif., April 3, 2009 – Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly announces the highly-anticipated, October 6 high definition debut of the most-acclaimed animated movie ever made, Walt Disney’s original classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Making history again with its exciting debut, the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Blu-ray bow marks the first time Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray discs + DVD) has ever been released, followed seven weeks later with the release of a Deluxe 2-Disc Classic standard definition DVD on November 24. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Blu-ray edition will undoubtedly represent the quintessential way to experience this landmark film.


“We are thrilled that the consumer has clearly recognized the value in our Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack releases and will have another opportunity to maximize their viewing options in October with Snow White,” Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, said. “With today’s technological breakthroughs found in Blu-ray, we are confident that this version of Snow White will easily become the reference point for high definition home entertainment libraries and family collections all over the world.”


Perfectly timed for holiday gift-giving and available for a limited time only, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ historic high definition release will include a spectacular assortment of all new bonus features. A magical tale filled with laughter and excitement, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the jewel in Disney’s cinematic crown.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been unavailable in any form, since 2001. The film earned a 1939 honorary Academy Award® for “significant screen innovation which has charmed millions, and pioneered a great new entertainment field." And now, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray becomes the ultimate home entertainment experience with state-of-the-art picture restoration and a pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound.


About Platinum Combo Packs (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package):

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – Blu-ray Disc(s) plus a DVD in a single package. Current Disney Platinum Edition titles available as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio.


About Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
Celebrated as an entertainment landmark for over 70 years, the first full-length animated film ever made, and still the ‘fairest of them all,” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ world premiere represented a major milestone for the world of animation, a giant leap forward for The Walt Disney Company. It is one of the most beloved and most watched films in history. As one of the first films ever to be designated for preservation by the Library of Congress, it has been entertaining movie-goers and critics alike for decades. It is also the first film ever to have a motion picture soundtrack, as well as the first film that uses music to advance the story. To date, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been released theatrically a total of nine times.


Synopsis:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the time-honored story of a beautiful princess whose blossoming beauty disturbs her stepmother the Queen. Each day the Queen asks a mysterious magic mirror the quintessential question: "mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all." As long as the mirror answers the Queen's name, all is well. However, when one day the mirror replies with Snow White’s name, the evil Queen begins her quest to kill the young girl, so she may once again be "the fairest of them all."


Snow White’s escape from the evil Queen's plan leads her deep into the forest and to a small cottage where she meets, in one of the most famous scenes in motion picture history, the Seven Dwarfs. Once "off to work" they go, the wicked Queen persuades Snow White to take a bite of a poisonous apple that places a powerful sleeping curse on the young beauty. Heartbroken, the dwarfs make a glass coffin for their friend, because she is too beautiful to bury. Only when a handsome Prince -- who had previously fallen in love with Snow White -- finds her and kisses her, does she awaken, "to live happily ever after."


The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack is priced at $39.99 SRP and the 2-Disc DVD set is priced at $29.99 SRP.

BLU-RAY STREET DATE: October 6, 2009
DVD STREET DATE November 24, 2009
Direct prebook: August 11, 2009
Distributor prebook: August 25, 2009
Pricing: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack: $39.99 SRP
2-Disc DVD: $29.99 SRP
Feature run time: 84 minutes
Rated: G
FastPlay™: FastPlay enabled
Technical specifications may only apply to feature.


Blu-ray Disc

Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.33:1)

Sound: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Languages: English SDH

DVD:
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.33:1)

Sound: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT), 5.1 DEHT French and Spanish Language Tracks
Languages: English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios

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#2 of 20 Ed Moroughan

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Posted April 03 2009 - 06:04 AM

"Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.33:1)"

Zuh? LOL Anyway, I never got the previous set so this is a definite buy.

#3 of 20 Joe Caps

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Posted April 03 2009 - 08:50 AM

Unlike the last release, we get NO MONO track on the new one.
Disney has the following fsound in their vault - composite original mono track, Some mono music only tracks and a foreign music and effects track. Hardly enough for 2.0 or 5.1 but what the hell are they going to do with 7.1 - not a damn thing, just make it worse.

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Posted April 03 2009 - 09:02 AM

[quote=Ed Moroughan]"Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.33:1)"

Maybe they mean it has those borders on it like the Pinocchio blu-ray did.

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Posted April 03 2009 - 02:24 PM

Interesting that they think the announcement of the the two DVDs (Blu-ray & SD) is more important than what the extras are on the release. I don't give seven dwarfs about the two dvd's, I just am wishing for the one true announcement of the extras.
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Posted April 19 2009 - 12:59 AM

Yes , I wonder just when Disney will releasing the long awaited list of exclusive Blu Ray Extras , for the October 6th 2009 release of the first full length Techicolor/Sound animated movie , and of course , the Fairest Of Them All Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Platinum Edition Blu Ray?

I for one cannot wait for Snow White to arrive on Blu Ray disc , it's my all time favourite Disney animated motion picture !!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted May 06 2009 - 12:29 AM

Today is the 6th of May , just 6 months to go and still no Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu Ray Extras Press Release !! Why? Posted Image

I am really looking forward to seeing exactly what will be on the Blu Ray Making Of Documentary. A good friend of mine BBC Broadcaster Brian Sibley ,went to New York in March to record a series of interviews about Snow White , along with John Canemaker and several other Disney animation historians/Disney animators etc , all to be used in the Blu Ray Making Of Snow White documentary!

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Posted May 06 2009 - 08:16 AM

I'm a bit confused about the releases for this movie.

There'll be a Blu-Ray + DVD combo pack. Then a 2-disc DVD release.

But some of the artwork shows an alternate reversed DVD + Blu-ray combo pack.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (US - DVD R1 | BD RA) in News > Releases at DVDActive

This appears to be perhaps a 2-disc DVD version in a regular sized keepcase that includes the Blu-ray as well. The art is actually better since the Blu-ray cover art makes no sense. Why would the dwarfs look so happy at seeing the old hag?
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#9 of 20 PaulP

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Posted May 06 2009 - 11:14 AM

I doubt they'll match or exceed the original DVD in terms of extras. I'll have to see the complete list of supplements and compare, but I highly doubt it. And did they do another restoration?

#10 of 20 Deco King

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Posted May 06 2009 - 07:37 PM

Of course there has been a new restoration of Snow White otherwise the Blu Ray would look very shoddy!

Disney Store has a list of features :

Bonus Features:

Disney View
Snow White Returns Storyboards
Audio Commentary with Walt Disney

Princess and the Frog Sneak Peek

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Game

What Do You See Game

Jewel Jumble Game

Scene Stealer Activity

Hyperion Studios

The One That Started It All- featurette (Walt’s Vision of a sequel)

All New Music Video, Someday My Prince Will Come by Sonny with a Chance Star Tiffany Thornton

Also includes bonus features from original DVD release

Tech Specs:
Presentation: Fullscreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Sound: Digital 7.1 English DTS-HD Mastersound
Subtitled: Spanish, French
Dubbed: Spanish, French
Closed Captions: Yes
Running time: 84 minutes
For Region A use (Americas, East and Southeast Asia, U.S. territories, Bermuda) only

However as I have posted before my friend Brian Sibley flew to New York earlier this year to film a whole series of interviews for the Snow White Blu Ray release, along with many other well known Disney contributors ( John Canemaker amongst several others ) !!

The original Extras free Press Release regarding the date of the long anticipated Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Blu Ray hitting the street seven weeks earlier than the DVD , mentioned that this would become the definitive release of Snow White.

#11 of 20 Brian Borst

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Posted May 07 2009 - 08:40 AM

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Of course there has been a new restoration of Snow White otherwise the Blu Ray would look very shoddy!

Not if the previous restoration was done in 2K or something similar.
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#12 of 20 PaulP

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Posted May 07 2009 - 11:05 AM

Hm those extras don't exactly make me salivate. Unless the transfer is vastly improved, I doubt this will be worth it.

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Posted May 07 2009 - 11:17 AM

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Not if the previous restoration was done in 2K or something similar.

I simply cannot see Disney NOT doing a new restoration for the Hi Definition Blu Ray of their signature production Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs !!!

It simply does not make sense to just re-hash the previous eight year old 2001 DVD remastered version as 1080 TV will show up every tiny flaw!

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Posted May 07 2009 - 11:58 AM

My guess is they will go back to the SE negative in the same way they did for Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty. There are some minor flaws with Pinocchio, but on the whole it is a gorgeous disc on both BD and SD DVD.
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Posted May 07 2009 - 03:47 PM

Just in case there's somebody from Disney out there reading these, I'll repeat here what I have already posted on DVD Active:

Seriously, cover artwork for this release is truly dreadful!

I understand Disney's "all-ages", family approach (although why they think they have to be so awfully ugly is quite beyond me), but since it's quite clear for all involved that there's also a strong consumer segment of grown-up animation lovers buying their discs, I really think they should consider providing some kind of limited edition (as in print number, not price hike) for those of us who do not need the cover to be all-colorful and shiny-happy, using classic, vintage images like these:

http://www.isntlifet....ter-740341.jpg

http://cinemadreamer....ven_dwarfs.jpg

They are already offering separate releases just to acommodate those who prefer the DVD packaging and those who prefer the blu-ray packaging, so I guess adding another one would not be that much of a stretch, and it would be an easy way to make many of their customers much happier.

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Posted May 07 2009 - 07:51 PM

Yes , when you think of the glorious and really quite beautiful animation pencil drawings that one can buy from Animation Art Galleries from anything from $750.00 up to $6500.00 , and the Cover Art Abortions just produced in the name of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs!! How can a creative company like Disney with so many great artists working for them produce such execrable art work?

#17 of 20 Brian Borst

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Posted May 07 2009 - 08:19 PM

I was asking that myself. It's nice that every cover sort of fits together, but it really doesn't need to. It gets boring after a while too.
I'd like that they used some of the 'adult' posters for the 90's Classics. Those looked beautiful. And let's face it, kids want to buy it regardless of the art on the covers. So why don't make anything that the adults and collectors like?

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Posted May 12 2009 - 11:31 AM

Damnation !! I just heard from Disney in the UK that we're not getting Snow White Blu Ray until the 26th Of October !!!

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Posted August 04 2009 - 10:40 PM

Disney in London are currently saying that the long awaited Diamond Edition Blu ray of
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs  will be coming out sometime in November 2009 in the UK!!  Damnation even in Europe they have the same October 6th 2009 release date , so WHY do WE have to wait so damned long?

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Posted August 04 2009 - 10:42 PM

Disney in London are currently saying that the long awaited Diamond Edition of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs will be coming out sometime in November 2009 in the UK!!  Damnation even in Europe they have the same October 6th 2009 release date , so WHY do WE have to wait so damned long?





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