Maleficent stole the show earlier this year, but now Sleeping Beauty takes center stage again with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s upcoming release of SLEEPING BEAUTY: DIAMOND EDITION, coming to Blu-Ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere for the first time ever Tuesday, October 7.
The 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 new bonus features.
Those bonus features include three never before seen deleted scenes and other behind the scenes action.
Sleeping Beauty is considered Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic.
For the first time, it’s being released from the Vault on Digital HD with high definition picture and thrilling, soaring sound.
The extras include a feature about Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, as told by Sarah Hyland from ABC’s “Modern Family”. It also includes a legacy piece featuring the Disney Villians. It spotlights Disney’s favorite villain animator, Marc Davis, and his infamous creations of characters such as Maleficent and Cruella. You’ll also hear from animators like Andreas Deja and Lino DiSalvo (Animation Director of FROZEN) on how Marc’s designs and characters influenced what they do today. Another bonus feature involves Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee as she goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.
The Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes include a deleted character—The Vulture. In this version of the story, the fairies do not take the Princess to live with them in the forest. Convinced that King Stefan’s order to burn all the spinning wheels in the kingdom will not prevent Maleficent’s curse, the good fairies put a magic circle around the castle and cast a spell: “No evil thing that walks or flies or creeps or crawls can ever pass these castle walls.” The Curse is Fulfilled – The three good fairies have just returned Aurora to the castle and give her a crown. They leave the room to give Aurora some time alone…but Maleficent pays her a visit. Arrival Of Maleficent (Alternate Scene) – Maleficent arrives uninvited to the christening of the Princess Aurora.
The Disney PR folks shared other details, too:
“Classic DVD Bonus Features Include:
- The Sound Of Beauty: Restoring A Classic – This featurette covers the creation of the 7.1 mix of the score of Sleeping Beauty that was done for Blu-ray, using the source tapes from the original recording sessions resulting in an audio experience of superior quality with greater detail and fidelity that you have ever heard before.
- Picture Perfect: The Making Of Sleeping Beauty – Discover the behind-the-scenes magic that transformed a beloved fairy tale into a cinematic work of art. Legendary Animators, actors and film historians reveal the secrets behind Disney’s masterpiece.
- Eyvind Earle: A Man And His Art – Early in his career, renowned American Artist Eyvind Earle worked as a background painter at the Walt Disney Studio. Walt Disney liked his work so much that he entrusted him with the assignment to be the Art Director for Sleeping Beauty. This was the first time that one artist was given the responsibility for the entire look on one of Disney’s animated features. This piece follows Earle’s development as an artist and his years at the Studio.
- Audio Commentary by John Lasseter, Andreas Deja and Leonard Maltin”
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