Walt Disney Home Entertainment pulls Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs out of the vault once again. The Mouse House gives us a new Walt Disney Signature Collection high-definition version of the animated film that started it all. Although the movie has been released on Blu-ray before, it’s never been available via Digital HD or for download.
In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the wicked queen orders the murder of her innocent stepdaughter because of jealousy over her beauty. She later discovers that the girl is still alive and hiding in a cottage with seven friendly little miners. Disguising herself as a hag, the queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a death-like sleep that can be broken only by a kiss from the prince.
Based on Grimm’s fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature for Disney. Quite honestly, it’s a fine example of the beauty and technical skill of hand-drawn animation. It set the precedent for every movie made after it and established a level of expectation in quality that was near impossible for other studios to match.
I absolutely adore the dark tone of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney wasn’t afraid to incorporate the Grimmer aspects of the tale into the animated film. My favorite parts are when Snow is running through the forest and it’s coming to terrifying life. For little children, the scene no doubt causes serious distress. A couple of my other favorite parts are the metamorphosis of the witch into the old hag and when the dwarfs are chasing her up the mountain.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is rated G for General Audiences. However, there are some parts of the film that will no doubt scare younger viewers. Some of the slightly frightening and intense scenes include the witch poisoning Snow White and her transformation. Even though it’s off-screen, her change is a bit fierce.
Plenty of exciting bonus material is found on the Signature Collection edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Several featurettes explore the making of the film. They include “In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Iconography,” “@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess,” and “The Fairest Facts of Them All” hosted by Disney Star Sofia Carson. We also get an alternate sequence and more peeks behind-the-scenes of the movie.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has never looked as good as it does for the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The color is vibrant and every wonderful song flows out in perfect clarity. A flawless high-definition update is paired with essential bonus material to give Disney fanatics the ultimate experience “The Greatest Animated Film of All Time” merits.
Walt Disney's Signature Collection edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is available now on Blu-ray and as a digital download.