Releasing from the Disney vault at last and marking the first-ever Disney Classic Animated feature in high definition, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly awakens Walt Disneys original Sleeping Beauty with a spectacular 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition— on October 7, 2008, only for a limited time. Debuting on 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def and an a 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD, the highly-anticipated release heralds the beginning of an exciting new era for Disneys Platinum Edition series allowing viewers to see more than ever before in an all-new edition that will never be seen again, and launches the all-new Disney BD-Live Network. It provides the chance for viewers to combine some of todays most popular interactive communications platforms – chat, video messages, online interactivity, communal gaming and more along with their most treasured home entertainment experiences. *
The royal debut of Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray also marks an industry first, as the 2-disc Blu-ray release includes a bonus standard definition DVD of the classic animated film, in the same package. This allows fans of all ages who have anxiously awaited the Platinum Edition DVD release to own the beloved family favorite on standard def DVD while they are preparing to upgrade to spectacular 1080p Hi-def Blu-ray and experience the exciting Disney BD-Live Network.
The must-own home entertainment event of the year The Blu-ray hi-def debut of Sleeping Beauty is accompanied by the awakening of the timeless classic on a 2-disc DVD, also in a 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition. Both exciting releases are loaded with magnificent all-new bonus features for the whole family that capture the magic, fun and history of one of Walts greatest achievements.
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Restored to dazzle new fans with its pristine picture and sound quality, the final fairy tale to be produced by Walt Disney himself, the Sleeping Beauty Platinum Edition is a spectacular widescreen event that transports viewers to a magical kingdom. Filled with romance, adventure and humor, the beloved animated classics 50th Anniversary release celebrates the exhaustive work of The Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team who have successfully mastered the meticulous processes of creating stunning technologically-advanced Hi-Def productions from classic footage created by Walt Disney and his team in the first golden age of animation.
One of the studios most ambitious undertakings, Walt Disneys original animated Sleeping Beauty features an Academy Award® nominated score adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. Its breathtaking action sequences and extravagant musical production numbers charm adults and children as they delight at the antics of Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, the bubbly and bumbling fairy godmothers, and cheer the gallant Prince Phillip in his quest to save Princess Aurora.
An all time favorite with movie fans and animation connoisseurs, Sleeping Beautys original release was greeted by extraordinary reviews and packed movie theaters. Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa (as Sleeping Beauty/Aurora) and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley (as the evil fairy, Maleficent), the films vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disneys legendary Nine Old Men.
· Original Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Walk-Through Attraction With Walt Disney Imagineering A fascinating fully-immersive 3-D experience recreating the original Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through that Walt supervised over 50 years ago. Viewers can choose to tour the attraction in Auto Mode, where you get to experience it the way it was originally intended, or choose to view the experience with Commentary by Disneys famed Imagineers and take a look behind the magic of these detailed dioramas.
· Alternate Opening Recently discovered storyboards from 1952 reveal that the original opening of Sleeping Beauty was planned as a big musical production number. Using all of the existing color storyboard art, this alternate opening is recreated with a new demo recording of the song – Holiday.
· All New Documentary Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty an exciting and inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the final fairy tale to be produced by Walt Disney himself.
· A New DVD Game, Briar Roses Enchanted Dance Game Relive this magical moment and help Briar Roses animal friends to dance, and take lessons to learn to waltz.
· Four Deleted Songs Four new musical numbers that were not used in the final film are presented using original storyboard art and demo recordings.
· Grand Canyon (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) This Academy Award® winning short accompanied Sleeping Beauty in its release in theatres.
· The Peter Tchaikovsky Story (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) An episode of Walt Disneys legendary TV series in which Walt previews the Studios upcoming release of Sleeping Beauty which uses the Tchaikovsky score as the source of its music. Also included is a dramatic re-enactment of how Tchaikovsky came to write his score for the ballet.
· Four Artists Paint One Tree (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) This featurette looks at one tree interpreted by four distinguished Disney artists, including Eyvind Earle, the well respected American painter who served as stylist for Sleeping Beauty.
· Fun with English Game Help the 3 fairies prepare for Briar Roses 16th Birthday and learn English by playing a series of innovative DVD games.
· And more!
Everything on the DVD, Plus
· Maleficents Challenge Go head to head with one of Disneys most infamous villains. Think of anything in the world and Maleficent will read your mind. Keep your wits about you, for that is the only way to defeat her.
· Dragon Encounter The ultimate audio experience utilizing Blu-ray high-definition 7.1 or 5.1 audio quality. Explore Maleficents dungeon in a fully-immersive audio sensory adventure like youve never experienced before. Deep in the bowels of Maleficents dungeon a dragon encounter awaits.
· Cine-Explore An all new Cine-Explore experience with full motion Picture-in-Picture featuring commentary by John Lasseter, Andreas Deja & Leonard Maltin.
· Restoring The Sound Track This featurette will cover the creation of the all new 7.1 mix of the score of Sleeping Beauty that was done exclusively for this Blu-ray release using the source tapes from the original recording sessions resulting in an audio experience of superior quality with greater detail and fidelity than you have ever heard before.
· Customized Living Menu This menu is exclusive to Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc owners only. It is a real time virtual castle that magically changes based on the viewers location, time of day and current weather forecast (requires Live enabled players). If preferred, viewers will also have the ability to manually change the castle’s weather to match any of the Magic Kingdom Castles around the world.
· Disney BD-Live Network The Disney BD-Live Network is just one of the many ways movie lovers, families, and loved ones can continue to stay connected and engage in their favorite movies.
o Movie Chat Communicate with your remote friends on-screen while in a synchronized viewing party using your remote control or any text enabled device such as a laptop, desk top or any PDA device such as a Blackberry, iPhone or most other regular cell phones. Your chat session will appear over the movie and occur in real-time while watching the movie together.
o Movie Mail Blu-ray owners will be able to record a personalized video message of themselves, superimpose that capture onto one of many pre-selected clips of the movie, and send it off to a friend, colleague, or relative. This specific feature enables the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc owner to personalize a very special greeting as never before.
o Movie Challenge Users will be able to test their skills against other players in a synchronized, real-time, online trivia game while watching Sleeping Beauty with anyone online. Movie Challenge is always active no matter what time of the day it is, and there will always be a game in progress.
o Disney Movie Rewards Live Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray owners will be able to accumulate Disney Movie Reward Points by participating in many Disney BD-Live Network activities. In return, viewers can redeem points for exclusive content such as Avatars, downloadable extras and many more exciting possibilities.
· A DVD of Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray owners will also receive a special bonus DVD of the movie!