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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [DVD] [1937]

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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1714 out of 1732)

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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    It was called "Disney's Folly." Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated cartoon? And why pick a well-worn Grimm's Fairy Tale that every schoolkid knows? But Walt Disney seemed to thrive on projects which a lesser man might have written off as "stupid" or "impossible". Investing three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570 artists into Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney produced a film that was not only acknowledged a classic from the outset, but also earned 8,500,000 depression-era dollars in gross rentals. Bypassing early temptations to transform the heroine Snow White into a plump Betty Boop type or a woebegone ZaSu Pitts lookalike, the Disney staffers wisely made radical differentiations between the "straight" and "funny" characters in the story. Thus, Snow White and Prince Charming moved and were drawn realistically, while the Seven Dwarfs were rendered in the rounded, caricatured manner of Disney's short-subject characters. In this way, the serious elements of the story could be propelled forward in a believable enough manner to grab the adult viewers, while the dwarfs provided enough comic and musical hijinks to keep the kids happy. It is a tribute to the genius of the Disney formula that the dramatic and comic elements were strong enough to please both demographic groups. Like any showman, Disney knew the value of genuine horror in maintaining audience interest: accordingly, the Wicked Queen, whose jealousy of Snow White's beauty motivates the story, is a thoroughly fearsome creature even before she transforms herself into an ancient crone. Best of all, Snow White clicks in the three areas in which Disney had always proven superiority over his rivals: Solid story values (any sequence that threatened to slow down the plotline was ruthlessly jettisoned, no matter how much time and money had been spent), vivid etched characterizations (it would have been easier to have all the Dwarfs walk, talk and act alike: thank heaven that Disney never opted for "easy"), and instantly memorable songs (Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and the entire studio music department was Oscar-nominated for such standards-to-be as "Whistle While You Work" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come"). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Marge Champion
      Marge Champion - Model for Snow White
    • Adriana Caselotti
      Adriana Caselotti - Snow White
    • Harry Stockwell
      Harry Stockwell - Prince
    • Lucille La Verne
      Lucille La Verne - Queen/Witch
    • Moroni Olsen
      Moroni Olsen - Magic Mirror



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 1732 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still amazing after all these years..

      Posted
      marcelleone2one

      In 2001 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released on DVD. But now in 2009, the film makes its High Definition entry on Blu-ray with 1080p High Definition picture quality and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound. I am delighted to be be able to review this Diamond Edition Combo Pack for the one2one network that I belong to. The picture quality is absolutely beautiful for a film that is 72-years old. The restoration and re-mastering has removed all dust and scratches. The picture quality is absolutely beautiful, as art backgrounds just look absolutely alive. I don't think I have realized how exquisite the backgrounds were, especially the amount of emotion that went into the animation. Picture quality for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition" is definitely magnificent. Colors look brilliant. The sound is clean and without a scratch, although some dialogs lack detail. The 5.1 audio remix provides mildly effective separation and bass for the background music. Otherwise, it is neither better nor worse than the included original mono soundtrack "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition" is absolutely loaded with special features. In fact, I think this is the most In 2001 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released on special features I have ever seen for any DVD release of a film ever. Special features range from 1080p High Definition and 480i Standard Definition. Soundtrack is in English, French and Spanish 2.0. Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish. Also is a booklet including a navigational overview of the special features included on both Blu-ray discs. The Hyperion Studios tour on the second disc is almost worth the price of the DVD Diamond Edition Combo Pack alone. It is separated into sections representing the various departments within the studio. Each section is displayed as a high def capture of an old black and white photo taken of that department in the studio. And as old as the photos are, they absolutely pop off the screen. Info is presented as narrated bits of old footage and sound clips to explain what went on in this area of the studio. Snow White Returns - Newly discovered storyboards suggest a brand new Snow White mini feature that never got made. For the first time, current Disney animators show how this short story would have played. This always blows me away; the amount of well-preserved vintage memorabilia and historical information that Disney has preserved. What is great about the bonus features is not only how interactive Disney has made them, but also how fun they are. Even when one is at the main menu, waiting to make their selection, the Magic Mirror will talk and make suggestions. The Magic Mirror knows if it is a viewers first time visiting a section, or if they are returning and will make such funny remarks as, "I have many tricks up my sleeves, despite the fact that I have no sleeves." This seemingly simple menu actually adds greatly to the overall fun of the Blu-ray experience. The only item that may cause some confusion or dismay with viewers is a section on how to utilize the digital copies of Disney movies that are included with some of their Blu-rays. This seems completely out of place and should have been left off the disc, especially since no digital copy of the film is included. As to the set as a whole. Wow! Disney knows how to put a package together and this set seems to have it all. Included for a limited time is a DVD version of the movie, nice for families that have DVD players in other rooms or need one for a travel player. I give this Diamond Edition Combo Pack a “mine full of jewels”. My family and I were enthralled with Snow White from beginning to end, three times on the first night I received this movie to review. A collection worth owning.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A milestone

      Posted
      XAvenger
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature ever made, many thought Disney was crazy to make a feature length cartoon. Walt proved his critics wrong. It has been more than 70 years since Snow White's theatrical debut and this is a timeless classic. The reproduction for the Blu-Ray is phenomenal! This is one of the finest jobs of remastering I have ever seen. The colors are crisp and beautiful, the images are sharp and clear. The sound is clean. There are one or two isolated scenes where the age of the source material shows, but overall this is a masterful reproduction. Each scene in Snow White is like looking at a great painting, and the motions are fluid and natural. The animation in Snow White still holds up today as top quality, remarkable when you consider how long ago this was made. The music is fantastic. The score is at turns light and charming and dark and foreboding, I'd love to have a Snow White CD in my collection! The set-top games in Blu-Ray Disc 1 are fun. Jewel Jumble is a puzzle game similar to Sega's 'Columns' and there is a gmae where you figure out what a picture is showing. There's even a game where the magic mirror tells you which Disney princess you are most like. Blu-Ray Disc 2 is LOADED with extras. The classic DVD extras are included along with the new 'Hyperion' extras. In 'Hyperion', you take a virtual tour of Disney's old animation studio from the exterior, to the story room, to the music room and animation departments and just about every other department that went into tha making of Snow White. Interactive hot spots offer images, sound clips, classic cartoons and even some of Walt's own words. This virtual tour tells the whole story of Snow White from beginning to end and gives some insights into how Disney made his other classic cartoons. Very informative and enjoyable to watch! And the pictures and sound are all in High Defenition. Disc 2 includes an index feature, which is nice if you just want to watch the specific features or the animated shorts. Said animated shorts include 'Steamboat Wille' (the first synchronous sound cartoon and the first Mickey Mouse cartoon), 'Skeleton Dance' (the first 'Silly Symphony') and 'Flowers and Trees' (the first color cartoon). If you are a collector, this offers so much for your collection. I recommend this to...well...everybody! Snow White still ranks as one of the finest films ever made and is a true milestone of cinema. The story is fantstic and Disney's version is a masterful achievement. Sometimes funny, sometime tragic, sometimes suspensful, always enjoyable. This is one movie you can enjoy over and over again and is perfect for family viewing. The quality of the picture show just what Blu-Ray is capable of. Looking forward to the 'Beatuy and the Beast' Blu-Ray!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great and Perfect addition to my Disney Collection

      Posted
      Stylez
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Based on the Grimms Bros fairy tale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" remains the greatest film achievement in animation history. Filmed between 1934-1937, "Snow White" was the first full length colour animated feature told as a dramatic fairy tale. 79 years later, it still impresses viewers with its technical brilliance as well as with its emotional power. Presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, the film made its HD entry on blu-ray with 1080p HD picture quality and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on 2009's Diamond edition. The Disney company did a spectacular job at remastering the video and audio tapes for that edition (which remains the definitive one), and that same transfer is used on this new edition, which further presents for the first time the film in HD digital version. The quality of the image and sound is superb, the clarity and fullness that has been achieved is astounding. The film is available to play with "DisneyView" which essentially replaces the black bars that vertically appear on either side of the 1.78:1 frame, necessary to preserve the film's original aspect ratio, with artwork from the hand of Artist Toby Bluth (this feature was also available on the Diamond release). A crowning achievement that deserves a place in every home library, this is probably the best family film ever to deal with the foundation for growing up, in mythical terms at least. Most may have seen this movie as children, but I think only when watching it again as adults becomes obvious why this film is held in such reverence. It is much more than a movie, it is art at the highest level, and like all great art, its magic is timeless. Here is the list of the contents of the brand new 2016 Signature edition, filled with exclusive bonus features, another precious addition to a film collection, one to cherish forever.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I love Snow White….It’s a Classic!!!! But .......

      Posted
      YankeeChica

      I just finished watching the film. I haven't seen this movie in 20 years!!!! I felt like a kid again!!!! The film has been remastered and it looks and sounds great. It's a Classic! I love to watch the Bonus Features and learn more about the films. Especially when it comes to Snow White...and how it was the first animated 90 min feature for Disney. Unfortunately, I don't own a Blue-Ray player. I don't plan on purchasing one in the future either. The DVD options for Snow White were: 1) The regular film plus a 2nd copy of the film in Blue-Ray. The 3rd disc for the Bonus features also came in Blue-Ray format. (WHY WOULD IT COME IN BLUE RAY IF YOU PURCHASED THE REGULAR FILM FORMAT?!?!?!?) On the 1st disc for the regular film has a bonus feature of 2 videos which don't pertain to the history of Snow White. Who cares about the sneak peak of the Princess and The Frog. Or some music video featuring Tiffany Thorton. I just don't understand why Disney couldn't just stick to the game plan like they always do. Keep the regular format separate from Blue-Ray. If you want to try to "inspire" people to purchase Blue-Ray and throw in a 2nd disc of the film in Blue-Ray format.....then Don't Mess with The Bonus Disc Features!!! Who was in charge of their Marketing and Distribution?!?!? How was this overlooked? The other DVD option for the purchase of Snow white was the 1st Disc was Blue Ray, and a 2nd copy of the film was in the regular format. Disney is really pushing the "change" for the Blue-Ray format. I'm upset because both DVDs were sold at the same price!!!!! Why on earth would I pay $25 for a DVD that I can't even watch the Bonus Features on? It's a real shame because the Bonus Features looked extremely interesting. I don't even own a Play Station so I can't watch Blue-Ray on that either. Due to the economy I've been laid off and trying to look for work. The one thing that I wanted to purchase to put a smile on my face just made me want to throw it in the garbage. Right now it's useless to me and no one I know owns a Blue-Ray player. It's a waste!!!!!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Restoration of a Wonderful Classic!

      Posted
      SabrinaL

      We received an advance copy of the Diamond Edition set on October 2nd (this is the one that is released on Oct 6, 2009). The set includes a blue ray copy of the movie, a dvd copy of the movie, and bonus material of the movie on a blue ray. So far we have only watched the 2 movie copies. The case is very cute and has beautiful artwork. From what i understand there are two different covers. I have the Snow White cover. Inside the case you will find a blue ray guide that tells about the restoration of the movie, a scene selection guide, and what's on the bonus disc including minidocumentaries from 1937 of the making of this wonderful movie. When you put in the disc and get to the play menu its very cute. The magic mirror appears and seems to know that its the first time you are playing the disc and welcomes you to your first time to the show. When you play it again he mentions that you came back for more. And if you stop playing the movie in the middle and come back later he seems to know that as well. My 6 year old thought that was just the coolest thing ever! The movie was restored beautifully and didn't look at all like the vhs version that i remember from when i was a child. Also there is an option to watch the movie in Disney View. Which shows custom artwork of movie curtains in the sidebars. Its very cute. These days kids seem to want movies to start into the action right away and this movie does start off kinda slow so it was a bit hard for my kids in the start to sit there to watch it. But once the Dwarfs came in they were ready to watch with open eyes and ears. Its quite convenient that it comes with both the blue ray and dvd copies. I put the dvd copy upstairs for the kids to watch and left the blue ray copy downs stairs. This set is a must for anyone parent of anyone who loves Snow White. The kids are already asking to watch it again--for the 3rd day in a row!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      No wonder it's a classic!

      Posted
      jadco123

      Who's the fairest of them all? Starting tomorrow, Snow White will be once again! Disney is releasing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition, a fun combo pack of a DVD and Blue-ray with special features. Originally released in 1937, as the very first animated feature film, it helped spur every little girl's fantasy of being a princess and finding her prince. Of course, that included my little princess, who had never seen Snow White until One2One Network sent us the Diamond Edition to review (Yes, I should be labeled an evil Queen for not making sure she'd watched it before now. I mean she is already four...lol). There is a reason that it's a classic, and won an Academy Award (including an extra 7 "dwarf" Oscars!) in 1939. It still has the power to enthrall and makes us shiver at the witch, even after all these years. In my opinion, this is one where the extras make all the difference. On the Blue-ray, the Magic Mirror is your host, taking you through all of the movie and even offering recommendations of what to do next. There are several games including, Jewel Jumble and Dopey's Wild Mine Ride. We didn't get a chance yet, to try Scene Stealer, which uploads a picture and inserts it on the face of a dwarf in the movie. Finally, my son's favorite extra was Tiffany Thornton's music video of "Some Day My Prince Will Come." Most tweener parents will recognize her from Disney's Sonny with a Chance. We also didn't have time to watch the featurette, Snow White Returns, that would have been similar to a sequel, if it had been released. This was a lot of fun, brought back a lot of memories, and definitely made some new ones! Hubby had never seen this before and loved getting to watch his little princess enjoy it. My 10 year old son wasn't thrilled with the whole story line, but thought the extras were a blast, so didn't consider it a total loss...lol.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      1 that started it all NOT Disney’s folly

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
      • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

      Well, this is the film that started full length animated films. A true classic & still stands up today. We now have a Diamond Edition DVD set. Snow White in 2001 was the 1st film to start the Platinum Edition DVD's. So, we now will get all of those films released as Diamond Editions. Clean looking picture. A big plus is you can have commentary from Walt. I do NOT like the DVD cover artwork as much as I liked the 2001 DVD release. You still love the characters & yes I can name ALL the dwarfs without having to watch the film. In order of my favorites Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Sneezy, Happy, Bashful & Sleepy. 1 of my favorite Disney villains the Evil Queen. Excellent Disney music-we all know these songs. Don’t you wish Disney films STILL had music/songs like this? Something I have NOT liked in these Platinum now Diamond Edition DVD's. Having some unknown, never heard of before & never will other than in this DVD singer doing a video of 1 of the songs. Some young woman on a Disney Channel show. Never heard of her, do NOT know the show. Glad there is a chapter search list. Other than that you do get inside booklet on what’s on the DVD BUT NOT ANYWHERE close to the 2001 DVD where you got information on the film in this booklet. Good extras with making of information & story info. NO release date information on upcoming Diamond Editions Beauty & the Beast and the 2 Fantasia’s. A good job Disney. I would grade this an A- And, I do NOT know what Disney was thinking about having 2 release dates for Snow White. WE had to wait an additional month & a half to get this DVD but Blu Ray came out 10-6-09? I hope Disney lost sales because of this.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs DIAMOND EDITION!

      Posted
      Anonymous

      I cannot say enough good things about this new Diamond Edition Combo of Disneys Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! First of all, Its a DVD + Blu-Ray Combo Pack. Whats nice about this is you can watch this on your Blu-Ray player at home and then take the other one in the car with you for the kids to watch while you drive. Second, Disney has really outdone themselves with making their all time favorite into a High Definition Format. The colors are crisp and bright while you can notice more detail than ever before!! Its very exciting to watch a new version of an old movie in this way! You see things that you have never noticed before. Also, it has 7.1 Sound Quality so you get an EXCELLENT experience with this new Version! Lastly, Its a 3 Disc Combo Pack! It has Games, An All-New Music Video, Backstage Behind the Scenes, A Karaoke Sing Along to "Heigh Ho" and an Exclusive Sneak Peek at Disneys The Princess And The Frog Plus lots more!! Its also been named "The Greatest Animated Film of All Time" by the American Film Institute. So what are you waiting for??? This Diamond Edition wont be around long!!

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