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Genre: Fantasy
Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy
Director: Clyde Geronimi
Rating: PG
Year Made: 1959



- Never-Before-Seen Alternate Opening
- Deleted Songs
- All-New "Making of Sleeping Beauty"
- Sleeping Beauty's Castle Walkthrough
- All-New Enchanted Dance Game



Languages: English/Korean/Mandarin/
Subtitles: English/Korean/Mandarin/
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 16 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Awaken your senses to the majesty of SLEEPING BEAUTY, Walt Disney's ultimate fairy tale. See more than you've ever seen before through the magic of state-of-the-art technology and experience this groundbreaking film restored beyond its original brilliance, in the way Walt envisioned it -- pristine, beautiful, utterly breathtaking. From the grand celebration of Princess Aurora's birth to the fateful day when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under Malificent's evil curse to Prince Philip's courageous battle against a fire-breathing dragon, the stunning artistry and spine-tingling sounds will transform your home into a fantastic world. The adventures continue as you are immersed into a wonderful world of bonus features.


In one scene in this classic Disney movie, we hear the handsome prince (his official name is "Prince Phillip") telling the king: "Now, father, you're living in the past. This is the 14th century!" We found this quote very apt to begin this review because for a film that was released almost 50 years ago in 1959, we though that is one intelligent line to incorporate into the screenplay. Now that we are in the 21st century, this is still one evergreen classic animated feature that you’d want to share with your loved ones, both young and old.

Adaptation from the fairy tale of the same name, we have one of Disney’s celebrated princesses, Aurora, being cursed by an evil witch who wasn’t invited to her birthday party – what soreness, we say. Anyway, the terrible curse will have Aurora dead if she touches a spinning wheel before her 16th birthday. Her father then decides to hide her in the forest with three friendly fairies, so that she can make friends with animals and sing about meeting her prince charming in her dreams. And as the title will tell you, Aurora will soon suffer the curse that will result in her sleeping forever unless her true love’s kiss wakes her up.

Yes, this is your typical 'true love will come to you if you dare dream about it' story. While cynics and feminists will tell you otherwise, we think that there are some moments like this which we should retain in these confusing times we live in. Academic discussions aside, this movie is indeed a feat in many ways during its time, considering how the background paintings are elaborately painted, the art direction is influenced by a magnificent European medieval architecture, the villainous Maleficent is one of the scariest Disney baddie ever created and how this movie is first Disney animated feature to be created for the 70mm format.

Quite a lot of accomplishments for a 1959 feature, we’d say.

Triumphant achievements aside, like many other Disney productions, we love the strong characterizations in this 75 minute movie. First, we have the three fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather: the three kind ladies each has a unique personality characterized by colour, voice and body movements. Then there is Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip. The scene where the lovebirds meet and sing the duet "Once Upon A Dream" in the forest immediately and evidently symbolizes their love for each other. And who can get the menacing image of Maleficent’s towering fire breathing dragon out of his mind? That is something you want to have appearing in your dreams on a dark and stormy night.

In many ways, classic movies like this can be accessed in many sophisticated angles, and watching it another 50 years down the road will provide you with more pleasant surprises.


This Code 3 Platinum Edition is loaded with heaps of extras (two discs worth of them!) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the movie and every self proclaimed Disney fan would want to include it in his DVD collection.

Disc 1

Commentary by John Lasseter, critic Leonard Maltin and lead animator Andreas Déja – In this very informative feature length commentary, you’d hear the trio gets excited by the magnificence of this classic movie and thanks to technology, we get to hear the creators of the film explain the conceptualization of the artworks and styles of the picture.

Music and More – There is Emily Osment’s (from Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana) contemporary version of “Once Upon A Dream”, an eight minutes “Disney Song Selection” featuring the five songs in the movie.

Backstage Disney – In “Disney Fun Facts”, you get pop up screens while watching the movie telling you tidbits like how a Disney princess is always kind to animals, how princesses slept on several layers of mattresses, and how if you are a princess, you should curtsey if you are a girl and bow if you are a boy. “Grand Canyon” is a breathtaking 29 minute short film which incorporates shots of the magnificent Grand Canyon with Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite”. The beautifully shot short won an Oscar in the “Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects” during the 1959 Academy Awards. The 49 minute “The Peter Tchaikovsky Story” reenacts the composer’s coming of age story, and has Walt Disney explaining to you what you must do to hear the stereo simulcast of the movie.

Sneak Peeks – Trailers of theatrical releases like Wall.E and Bolt, as well as home entertainment titles like TInkerBell, Pinocchio and The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning are included.

Disc 2

Briar Rose’s Enchanted Dance Game – This section is produced not only for pre school kids, but for dance floor idiots as well. In the game segment, follow a simple sequence where the forest animals will “teach” you how to dance. In the dance training segment, you can learn how to dance the waltz with slow, normal or fast accompanying music. Both boys and girls can learn because you can choose to be either Briar Rose or Prince Phillip. What you’d need, however, is a floor area big enough to correspond with the footsteps diagram on the screen.

Sleeping Beauty Fun With Language Game – The slow narration in these Disney DVD games section gets to us every time. Okay, we get it, these games are meant for pre-school kids. Here, players need to understand words like “broom”, “bucket” and “mop” and identify the objects in the picture.

Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty – The 44 minute featurette shows how the movie has a different look from other Disney classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp and Peter Pan. The filmmakers had to produce a feature film out of four to five paragraphs of the original story and add conflict and tension to make it interesting. You’ll also get to see the 78 year old Mary Costa, who voiced Princess Aurora.

Eyvind Earle: The Man and his Art – This eight minute feature focuses on Eyvind Earle, a color stylist on the film who had a tragic childhood and passed away in 2000. His artistic vision for the film is still much celebrated today.

Sequence 8 – Disney’s legendary core animators, who are better known as nine old men worked on Sequence 8, which is the beautifully animated forest scene where Briar Rose dances with Prince Phillip in the forest. The six minute clip explains why famous sequence took four years to complete, and cost the studio so much money.

Alternate Opening – In this three minute storyboard presentation, you’ll see an opening sequence where townsfolk sing along to the joy and elation when the christening of Princess Aurora is announced.

Deleted Songs – Three deleted songs “It Happens I Have A Picture”, “Riddle Diddle” and “Go To Sleep” are included in this section. The first is a tune sung by the two kings, the second is a quirkily cute composition performed by the three kind fairies, while the third is a somewhat somber song sung when the whole kingdom is put to sleep.

Storyboard Sequences – The scenes where “The Fairies Put The Castle To Sleep” and “The Capture Of The Prince” are presented in storyboards in this section. Andreas Déja explains how storyboards are conceptualized and eventually materialized in the motion picture.

Live Action Reference – Three sequences are presented here: “Briar Rose Dances”, “Prince Phillip Fights The Dragon” and “The Queen And A Good Fairy”. The two minute clip takes you behind the scenes where actors acted the scenes for the animators’ reference. The actors are even dressed for the parts – such professionalism.

Sleeping Beauty Art Galleries – Artworks in visual development, character design, layouts and backgrounds are presented in this extensive section. You’ll also get to see production photos and publicity materials of the animated film here.

Original Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough Attraction – You need not be in Disneyland to experience the magic of the Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough Attraction. Follow the camera as it brings you through the interiors of the majestic castle in seven minutes. You can choose whether you want to listen to a guide explain how each scene was recreated. Wow, such convenience, considering you don’t even need to line up with the crowd. Apologies, we take our words back, you NEED to be in Disneyland to experience the magic. Watch this as a research video if you are visiting the happiest place on earth any time soon. Also included in this section is a 10 minute feature which chronicles the history of the attraction.

Publicity – A teaser trailer (just a textual slideshow actually), a 1959 original theatrical trailer (quite a lot of text in this one too, thankfully with narration and singing) and a 1995 re-release trailer (a more contemporary take on the promotional campaign, obviously) are featured in this section.

Four Artists Paint One Tree – This 16 minute featurette has four Disney artists painting their own interpretations of a tree, and somehow expressing the theme of “being yourself”. A very apt symbolism done in wholesome and education Disney fashion – something we should adopt in today’s meddling time and age.


The disc’s visual transfer features wonderfully restored images from the 1959 film, and what originally looked magnificent looks even better now. There are Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Mandarin and Korean, as well as 2.0 Thai and Cantonese audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East



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