I was always excited when a fairy tale I love was reimagined as a Disney movie and this year, one of Disney’s most beloved fairy tales of all time is being re-released in a new Diamond Edition. Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is available now on Blu-ray Superset and any princess at heart will want to make sure to add it to the family movie collection. Here’s a brief synopsis of the release:
“Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.” Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa as Sleeping Beauty and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley as the evil fairy, Maleficent, the film’s vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men and an Academy Award®-nominated score, 1959, adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. “Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale. It is the tenth film released as part of Disney’s prestigious Blu-ray Diamond Collection.
Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper. Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.”
While I have seen almost every classic Disney movie, I had only ever seen bits and pieces of Sleeping Beauty, so I was very excited to watch the entire movie. I have a long-time love of fairy tales and nobody was more talented at bringing the stories to life than Walt Disney. Sleeping Beauty is no exception and the story had me captivated in an instant. I especially love the music in this movie; Tchaikovsky has always been one of my favourite composers and the storytelling style of his music is the perfect accompaniment to the plot.
Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition will only be available for a limited time, so don’t miss out on your chance to own this classic 1950s fairy tale. It’s sure to be loved by both young and old and become a treasured addition to any movie collection!