Seven Years ago Disney released Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray for the first time. The quality of the restoration was terrific – audio and visual – and the Diamond edition was packed with extras that would keep Disney fans entertained for weeks after the purchase. After releasing that in 2009, they’re back releasing it in 2016 and the main reason why is to offer it up in Digital form for the first real time too. The Diamond Edition was 2009, in 2016 it’s the Platinum version. If you’re a fan of blu-rays, then you’re best to stand pat with the Diamond Edition that you already have. If you’re ready to make the transition to Digital, then the Platinum version of the release is the way to go.
Steamboat Willie is a landmark cartoon for Disney because it’s the first appearance of Mickey, but you can’t discredit the significance of Snow White in the scheme of things. Saying it’s more important than Steamboat Willie isn’t off base. In the 30s the film made millions. IN THE 30S! Walt went close to bankrupt making the film and then after it was out he had millions of dollars in the bank and was able to launch a full-fledged animation studio. It’s really the first animated feature full length film, it’s won an Oscar, it invented the modern-era version of the princesses, and there are about 80 other reasons why it’s an important movie. Regardless of how you feel about Disney as a company, or animated films in general, you can claim that this is the most important one ever made and it’s certainly in the discussion of the top 50 most influential films ever made because it launched an entire genre of film. The production quality of it – both audio and visual – have held up more than 80 years. You can’t knock its value.
This release of Snow White has been touched up slightly. If you’re not really into analyzing video quality, then you’re probably not going to notice a lot of difference between the 2009 release and this one. To me, the reds are a little more vibrant here than they were on the last release. The audio options for this release are unchanged and I couldn’t notice a difference between the two releases. There are a few new extras here – there’s a digital exclusive short with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – that’s notable. The big addition to the special features is “In Walt’s Words” – it’s a short but informative piece from Walt himself talking about the production of the film. For a Disney fan, it’s extremely cool.
This isn’t going to be the last release of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. It will probably be the last time the film comes out on the blu-ray format though. With the launch of 4K blu-ray and whatever format that can be invented over the next twenty years, we’ll see Snow White get released and we’ll also see people flock to go buy it. Not bad for a film that was released in 1937.
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