Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition released today, October 7, 2014!
I have always been enchanted by Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. I love the music and the medieval art-influenced style of the animation. It has always felt like the story of an epic quest. In fact, for me it has in some ways been more of a coming of age story for Prince Phillip than a story of the cursed Aurora. My daughter and I were delighted to hear Disney was opening its vault to re-release this classic film.
Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which Modern Family star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival of Fantasy Parade; “Art of Evil: Generations of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis; and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three-dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.
Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture), “The Curse is Fulfilled,” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” The Blu-ray Superset also includes classic DVD bonus features and more!
I can say with authority that the additional special features are fantastic, and very interesting! They held the attention of all three of my children, who do not usually sit through special features without good reason. The best part of the whole release, however, was the film itself. They have restored the picture so beautifully, it practically glowed with magic on my screen. It is gorgeous.
As a release bonus, Disney has offered a special set of fun crafts to decorate with. You can download them for free here: