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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Diamond Edition)
BLU-RAY disk
10.13.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Diamond Edition) order
David Hand

Adriana Caselotti
Harry Stockwell
Lucille La Verne


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An evil Queen, a prince, a princess, a talking mirror, seven smurf-like dudes who live the forest and an apple. And people wonder why there are so many different porn variations of this fairytale.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the oldest and most boring Disney flick of all? That would be SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Yes folks, the Disney vault is open once again with its latest attempt to separate us from our hard earned cash. I’m not what you would call a “believer” in this whole vault nonsense. Sure, SNOW WHITE is what you would call “the first” timeless classic, about an insane queen/stepmother who clearly suffers from multiple personality disorder (not to mention rage and jealousy issues), as she and her talking mirror plot the demise of an innocent young girl who befriends some native forest dwellers with exceptionally nice singing voices.

We all know the story I’m sure, the punch-line being when the evil Queen turns herself into an old hag with poison apples, and suckers a naive as hell Snow White into getting her eat on. In all honesty, I’ve always loved that approach, even if does rip off that OTHER fairytale about the devil, some chick named Eve and an apple. The Queen was a persistent one though, and my favorite part is when her mad cackling ass is on the cliff with the boulder, and then BANG a bolt of lightning throws a monkey wrench into her plans. I personally think that’s some “wrath of God” shit, for stealing plot lines out of the bible, but that’s just me.

Most of us have seen this film somewhere down the line, or at least parts of it via THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY (is that still on TV these days?), but unless you have kids or are suffering from a SEVERE case of nostalgia, you probably won’t be looking at picking this baby up. I don’t mind a little Disney action from time to time, but as I’ve said before, I’m more of a LION KING, HERCULES or ALADDIN kind of guy, SNOW WHITE is a touch old and dated for my taste. They did a great job sprucing up the visuals and sound though (I watched the Blu-ray version), and considering all the added features combined with the fact it’s a three disc set (Blu-ray/DVD/and separate disc of extras), THIS would be the version to buy if you don’t own it, are a collector or need an extra present for Christmas (yes, sadly it’s almost that time again). But if you don’t fall into one of THOSE categories, it’s safe to say you can pass.
This three disc set includes the feature on DVD and Blu-ray with a third disc for the Blu-ray specific special features. Also, you’ll find the interactive mirror title screen fairly entertaining.

Disc One (Blu-ray Special Features):

“The Princess and the Frog” sneak peek: A quick look at the story and characters for Disney’s new flick THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. It’s got an ALADDIN feel to it, which means I’d probably enjoy it.

Snow White Returns: A series of sketches and story boards from the original SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. They're about as old and basic as you’d imagine.

Deleted Scenes: Two scenes; one featuring a soup dinner and song and the other is about the dwarfs crafting Snow White a bed. Neither scene would have hurt the film, though the second one was a bit drawn out.

Music & More: The music video “Some Day My Prince Will Come” by Tiffany Thornton. She kinda looks like JoBlo staff member Jenna Bush.

Family Fun: Four interactive games/activities great for kids and the young at heart. That mirror is a sarcastic little bastard, but he makes me laugh.

Audio Commentary: This is interesting (if not a touch creepy) as Ray Disney explains that this commentary will be presented by Walt Disney himself, using three decades worth of audio recordings. Pretty impressive for a dead guy.

Sneak Peeks: There are ten trailers here as well as a Disney Movie Rewards commercial, Blu-ray commercial and a Disney Interactive Digital Copy explanation feature about the BD-Live content you can download from the internet.

Disc Two (DVD special features):

Hyperion Studios: The one that started it all: An interactive tour through Disney Studios, explained via black and white shorts that delve into the ups and downs behind Walt Disney’s quest to bring animation to the big screen. There were more than enough Nay-Sayers who ended up eating their words when all was said and done.

Animation Voice Talent: A look into Walt’s carefully chosen voice actors and actresses. The man knew what he wanted and stuck to his guns. I wonder what he would think of today’s methods?

Disney through the decades: A series of Disney intro trailers from the modest 1930’s vision, all the way through till now. A new intro with John Ratzenberger? He must have been thrilled to get some work.

Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride: An interactive game where you help Dopey rescue Snow White. A fun little adventure, but I’m thinking it fits the 8-10 year old bracket, not the toddlers.

“Heigh-ho” karaoke sing-along: You can either sing along with the dwarfs by following the words on the screen, or fly solo with your own karaoke act. Again, more of an older kids feature.
This was my second time watching SNOW WHITE from start to finish and I have to say I wasn’t digging it so much…twenty years later. It’s a great story, and was beautifully re-mastered, but it’s ancient as far as production value and there’s no getting around it. It may be heavy on the extras and cool for the kids, but it’s hardly worth a double dip.

Extra Tidbit: Contrary to what George Lucas would have us believe, Walt Disney (not Han Solo) was the first human to be frozen in carbonite.
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