I have written here before many times about the staggeringly great work Disney does on restoring their classic animated features. The technology available now really works wonders with taking original films and bringing them back to their original glory or even improving on how they were first presented in many cases. The latest film to join the Blu-ray releases is Sleeping Beauty.
First released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty is the story of Aurora, a princess cursed by the evil Maleficent who was spurned by the Royal Family. The curse states that at age 16, Aurora will die when she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. To prevent this tragedy the King puts Aurora into hiding in the care of three fairies. But when the curse comes true and puts Aurora into an eternal sleep, the fairies must find Prince Phillip, who loves the Aurora, to break the spell with true love’s kiss.
Sleeping Beauty really is a classic Disney in the truest sense. Although the real star of the movie is the villain Maleficent. Aurora is a classic princess but all the best scenes in the movie by far are the ones concerning Maleficent. After seeing other Disney movies released on Blu-ray I was expecting great things from Sleeping Beauty but I was not expecting to see this. This restoration is just staggering. The colors are crazy bold and solid, the lines sharp, and the soundtrack full and lively. I just kept reminding myself throughout that this movie was from 55 years ago! Sleeping Beauty is also from the Disney era when the films had more detailed backgrounds unlike earlier classics that had more simplistic backdrops. Sleeping Beauty though has richly textured images and all of it just looks gorgeous. This is a spectacular disc that is a must own for all Disney fans, all animation fans and all movie fans. Highly recommended.
Available October 7, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD.