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Published on October 22nd, 2009 | by Greg


Snow White on Blu-Ray And Disney Films on Ice

You wouldn’t think that a film from 1937 would look quite so sharp on hi-definition Blu-ray. You’d be wrong. The remastering and restoration skills of Disney are clearly put to good use here, and result in a pretty great 1080p transfer of an animated classic. It even has 7.1 DTS-HD audio!

Basically, if you haven’t seen the Disney version of Snow White, you should- and this is the best version yet. Available in several editions, including a limited edition collector’s version, a Blu-ray/DVD combo, and a two-disc DVD set, all of them come with similar extras. And there are a load of extra- as many or more than we’ve ever seen. Audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes (in an animated film?!) a music video, and more… and that’s just disc 1. Disc 2 has many, many featurettes on a wide variety of topics. We confess to not watching them all, as to do so would seemingly take days. The art is beautiful, and the whole thing is fairly easy to use as well (unlike some DVDs where menus can be hard to navigate even to simply play the movie).

We should add though, that the film itself does feel “old”. In a classic way, that adults will appreciate but kids might not. It definitely has a different feel than modern-day animated movies, and those with short attention spans will probably wonder what the fuss is about. Influential, charming, sure, but Snow White might not grab the five year old.

At around $20, this is a no-brainer for folks who want a definitive edition (until the next one, of course, but this package already feels a bit excessive). We should mention, though, that Disney’s moratorium on releases is odd. Basically, instead of keeping the films in circulation, they release a film every ten years or so, and then it goes back into the vault. This seems to be largely a sales tactic, and a little too blatantly transparent and unnecessary. Don’t keep great films on ice Disney, when the releases are this good.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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