I received a Disney Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
Another Disney classic has been released from the vault and it is my favorite of the classic princess movies. Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is making its remastered debut and it looks lovelier than ever. Families can once again enjoy the story of Princess Aurora and Prince Charming as they finally find their happily ever after once they defeat the evil Maleficent.
The diamond edition Blu-ray combo pack not only includes three ways to watch the movie (2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD), but includes hours of new bonus material including The Art of Evil: Generations of Disney Villains, Once Upon A Parade, The Making of Sleeping Beauty, and many more.
Sleeping Beauty Trailer
Sleeping Beauty – The Art of Evil: Generations of Disney Villains
In this feature you get to hear from some of the artists known for Disney’s infamous villains. They describe what it is they try to achieve with some of these villains and of course focus in on Maleficent since this is her debut and she is one of the most well-known villains (personal opinion I suppose). Everyone always wonders about the good guys, but it is nice to hear more about the process that goes into creating these bad guys that everyone secretly loves.
Sleeping Beauty Once – Upon a Parade
This fun feature is a short story told by Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland to a few Disneyland visitors who are missing the magic because they are too preoccupied. Sarah tells it in a way that gives it a bit of a modern twist and makes little girls believe that they are capable of anything. Of course like all Disney stories, there is a happy ending to make everyone smile and remember the magic of Disney.
Sleeping Beauty – The Making of the Disney Classic
As most making of bonus features go you get an inside look into what it took to make this film and where the ideas were sparked from. After Disney Studios had so much success with Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, because they were making another princess movie, this one needed to be different.
Although Princess Aurora exhibits some of the same qualities and timelessness as Cinderella and Snow White, Disney took a whole different turn with the art style for this movie. It was a style that had never been done before on a feature animation film and was the focal point of how Disney was going to make this movie different. Of course the segment goes into much more details and has even more fun facts, but I don’t want to spoil them all for you.
There are plenty more bonus features including a sing-a-long and three never before seen clips. Walt Disney Studios does a great job making their bonus features enjoyable for children as well as adults. Plus if you don’t like bonus features, the film Sleeping Beauty itself is a timeless classic, with a look like no other animated movie.
The story may be a simple one, but where else can you find a beautiful villain that turns into a dragon, or a princess that has no idea she is a royalty, and is still as beautiful and graceful as the best of them.
Don’t miss out on owning this wonderful movie before it goes back into the Disney vault!