Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Sleeping Beauty 2-Disc Platinum Edition on 7th October 2008 priced at $29.99 SRP. Since its original release in 1959, Sleeping Beauty has become one of the most iconic animated films of all time. Beautifully drawn with a highly stylised art direction and featuring a score based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet of the same name, Sleeping Beauty was so important to Walt Disney Studios, it took nearly ten years to perfect.
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 Disney’s famed “Imagineers” and take a look behind the magic of these detailed dioramas.
This tale of love triumphing over evil breaks free from the Disney vault for a limited time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its original release. The 2-Disc Platinum Edition boasts digitally re-mastered picture and sound and comes complete with a host of extras illustrating the making of the film.
Presented in 2.55:1 anamorphic widescreen with 5.1 Surround audio sourced from the original recording tapes, the DVD will include English, French and Spanish language options. Extras include:
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 Rose’s Enchanted Dance Game” – Relive this magical moment and help Briar Rose’s 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 – This Academy Award® winning short accompanied Sleeping Beauty in its release in theatres.
The Peter Tchaikovsky Story – An episode of Walt Disney’s legendary TV series in which Walt previews the Studio’s 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 – 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 Rose’s 16th Birthday and learn English by playing a series of innovative DVD games.