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Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Theatrical Release: 1938 / Director: David Hand / Actors: Lucille La Verne (Voice), Harry Stockwell (Voice) ... / DVD released 01 October, 2001 at Walt Disney Home Video / Features of the DVD: Animated, PAL

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      19.11.2011 00:06
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      A nice family story that takes us back to a bygone era

      Give me these old animated movies any day over the current spate of kids movies that fill the screen with jokes that go over the kids heads. I first saw this movie at the cinema as a kid, it being the first time I ever went to the cinema. It still remains a favourite, despite being played out in our household to my younger siblings, then younger cousins, and now nieces and nephews.

      The story is one that very few with have escaped. Snow White is taken off into the forest to be killed by a huntsman after her jealous stepmother, the wicked Queen, is infuriated by her increasing beauty. Chanting "Magic Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all" into her reflection, the Queen discovers that the mirror favours the looks of her enslaved step-daughter. Once in the woods, though, the huntsman is moved by Snow White's purity, and orders her to run for her life. Back at the castle, he presents the Queen with a fake heart, tricking her into believing that it is the heart of Snow White.

      Meanwhile, Snow White unwitting stumbles upon a tiny cottage that belongs to seven dwarf's. Agreeing to cook and clean for them, they allow her to stay. However, things turn sour when the wicked Queen learns of her huntsman's trickery and vows to finish off Snow White forever. Can the seven dwarfs outwit the Queen and protect their new housemate, or is she just too wicked and clever for them.

      Snow White is a near perfect presentation of colourful animation and a story that will appeal to all generations. Many little girls will love the character of Snow White, although I have to say I've always had a bit of a leaning towards the wicked queen, who makes for more interesting viewing. She doesn't warble or whine on command, and is ferocious to watch. Snow White's voice always got on my nerves after a while.

      There's little else to be said about the values of the film, other than that the remastered edition is an extra treat for those of us who grew up on the grainy 1937 transfer that has been used on previous incarnations. Digitially remastering and re-sounding these films have proven to ensure their popularity continues well into new generations to come. Fans of such treasures as Spy Kids and Shrek may find it a little too innocent and devoid of grit, but for us older fans, it takes us back to a time where cinema was a rare treat and not a weekly occurence.

      Walt Disney has now released his many favourite's on 2 disc special collector editions. This one is extra special as it was his first feature film to be released. On Disc 1 of this release, there is the digitally enhanced and wonderful new edition of the film. On Disc 2, an array of special features including a making of, a commentary and a documentary about the cultural significance of Disney's early material. The special features are most definitely worth a watch.

      Released in 1937, this film first saw a VHS release in 1994 before making it to the Platinum Collection (DVD) in 2001. Met with critical acclaim on its release, it has now gone on to take more than $200 million in box office and home media sales. It has also spawned various book incarnations, a theatre musical, a video game and a theme park ride. Featuring the voices of then famous Lucille La Verne and Harry Stockwell, it remains a family favourite, and will continue to play to the kids in our family for a long time to come.

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        08.02.2011 14:34
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        A classic and deservedly so

        Snow White is an animated cartoon made in 1937 which is Disney's take on the classic Grimms fairytale, in this telling Snow White starts as a lowly scullery maid because her evil stepmother the queen is envious of her good looks. The queen angered by a magic mirrors response to who is the fairest of them all, the answer being Snow White and instructs a soldier to take the princess out into the forest and kill her bringing her heart back in a box. The soldier does as the queen demands except at the vital moment he can't go through with the deed and causes Snow White to run away into the forest. Snow white is initially scared by the dark forest but she reaches the dwarves home and meets the seven dwarves of the title, befriending the gnarled old men, she shows through her grace and manners that she truly is a lady.

        The cartoon continues on showing of course the evil stepmothers final overthrow and Snow White is saved from an evil spell by a Prince who has spent many days searching for the beautiful scullery maid. This cartoon has since my two year old son discovered the concept of DVD's been a constant favourite in our household, the mixture of simplistic cartoon along with songs, music and a lot of physical comedy in terms of knock about fun for the dwarves has kept my 2 year old and now my one year old son enthralled.

        On a watchable front, it's easy to forget how good old Disney cartoon actually are, we have become used to the technological brilliance of Toy Story and Shrek and the thought that old cartoons with a stationary background and use of perhaps two or three main colours should be one which makes us wince with the thought that we are watching something dated. However, the colours are still bright, the action fast and the sound effects go perfectly with the action. The backgrounds though a one-piece set do serve as a serviceable back drop to the story unfolding in front.

        The real skill though is giving life to the characters, and managing to make the 2D cartoon characters into 3D real personas. The dwarves are the perfect example of this, each has a little bit of something which makes them stand apart from the others, Grumpy has a huge nose, Doc has glasses, Sneezy sneezes a lot, Happy laughs a lot, Bashful goes red when Snow White talks to him, Snoozy is always tired, and Dopey is beardless loveable but a bit simple. All have endearing qualities, Doc mixes his words and suffers from Spoonerism, Dopey is the butt of the jokes and gets sent into dangerous situations, Grumpy is the belligerent one but also the one who forms the closest bond with Snow White, as I mentioned Bashful goes red, Sneezy sneezes at the wrong moments and Snoopy seems to have the largest hat in the world which constantly slips over his eyes.

        Snow White is of course the central character in the film, she as the film has to show young, pretty but perfectly behaved she is also articulate and everything a Princess indeed this last point is the one which the film uses to compare with the evil, aggressive, spiteful Stepmother the queen. The queen despite being a beautiful woman in her own right cannot allow a younger prettier girl to take the mantle of fairest in the land. How many of us can see similarities with the endless pursuit of youth which includes going under the surgeon's knife which modern celebrity women seem to need?

        Finally, the film gives us a sense of justice in the world through a decent heart, good concepts and a willingness to engage with others we can overcome the worst oppression and come through unscathed. There are differences between this version and the Grimm version, the Stepmother in the original is forced to dance to death in red hot shoes at the wedding of the Prince and Snow White, perhaps not something Disney would want to show? Also the reason for Snow White particular appearance isn't explained in the film but in the tales her mother pricks her thumb on a cold day and the red spot of blood on the snow is the reason for Snow White pale complexion.

        This is a classic of its time; it's been included in the list of works of art with national significance in the US and is often given the top position in the all time list of cartoons. It has given us songs which have entered the national conscience such as Hi ho and off to work we go and the names of the seven dwarves is as standard a quiz question as you can get.

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          07.05.2010 00:58
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          Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (DVD)

          This film has a lot of special memories for me and I think that is why I love it so much. It was the first present that my Dad ever bought me, He took me to Woolworths and purchaced this for me on VHS and it didn't even matter to me that we didn't have a video recorder at the time. When we did get one, this was the film that was comstsntly on an I absolutely adored it as do my daughters now!

          Snow White is is a beautiful girl with lips as red as blood and skin as white as snow. She has a wicked stepmother who is obsessed with looks and even has a magical mirror which she asks who the fairest of the land is. Imagine her fury and disappointment when it replies to her that Snow White is indeed the fairest of the Land!
          The wicked stepmother has it in her mind to kill or have Snow White killed! Snow White is run into the forest and ends up seeking solice in a lonely cottage! When she wakes up there are seven dwarves surrounding her and she quickly makes friends with the happier of the bunch (the others take a bit longer).
          Happy in the cottage, Snow White makes it a home and takes it upon herself to mother the dwarves but all is not well. her Wicked Stepmother consults her mirror and is told that Snow White is still the fairest in the land! The wicked stepmother thought that Snow White had been killed and takes it upon herself to see that this is done...............

          I think that this film is entirely enchanting and captivating. The songs and the story itself are truly magical. Children and adults alike will struggle to watch this film only once as it is so amazing!!
          I would totally recommend this Disney classic to everybody you do not know what you are missing!!!

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            10.03.2010 11:42
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            1930s Disney classic film about a jealous Queen and a beautiful woman

            One of the hallmarks of Disney's animated classics is just how timeless they are. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first of the cel-animated Disney films, released in the 1930s, but just as visually impressive as some of the modern films, CGI and Pixar excluded: they're completely different.

            Set in a magical land, it gives us an evil Queen, whose sole purpose is to be the prettiest in the land. However, when here magic mirror tells her that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, the Queen sets out to kill her. When you look at the plot like this, then it's quite a dark and disturbing idea. Set on a Grimm brothers fairy tale, it really could have been filmed as a film for adults, yet Disney's magic manages to make a charming tale of friendship and love, despite the ultimate quest from the Queen.

            As the title suggests, there are a troop of Dwarfs involved, seven of them, all named after characteristics: Doc, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey and Happy. While on the run after a warning from the woodcutter, she stumbles across this little house in the woods (the Dwarfs' house). She sets about cleaning it with the help of all of the lovely woodland creatures, in one of the most magical scenes from a Disney movie I have ever seen. It's shortly followed by one of the most famous songs (Whistle While You Work) as the dwarfs are introduced, and the interaction between the 7 of them and and the beauty that is Snow White.

            It really is a lovely and magical tale. Sure, at times, the Queen is wicked and scary, and at one point, when she transforms into an old hag, she becomes quite scary. My 6 year old son looked a bit nervy at this, but although there are numerous occasions in many Disney cartoons where some scary villain comes into the fray, there are many more lovely moments that seem to make these images fade away, leaving a lasting impressions of the 'Disney magic' that is so often flaunted as a catchphrase.

            Naturally, there is a Prince Charming involved, and this completes the magical fairy tale. Whenever a Prince Charming is spoken about, or a beauty with red lips, dark hair and white skin, it's Snow White that she is modelled on. You see it a lot with stars of the screen in the latter part of the last century, showing Disney's influence spreading outside its roll of film.

            The animation itself is very flowing, especially for something so old. Considering it was over 70 years ago that it came out, it has stood the test of time very well, and is still regarded as one of the best Disney films made. It certainly set the trend for a whole lot more magic to come. Snow White is available on DVD, often for high prices, as Disney only tend to release a certain amount before then rereleasing years later. If you can get a hold of a copy of this on DVD, then it's well worth grabbing. It's the heart of Disney's magic.

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              Great family fun

              Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a classic animated Disney cartoon released by Walt Disney in the 1930's and running approximately 80 minutes in length. I'm sure there are not many people out there who haven't seen or heard of this movie now and I watched it again on DVD the other night.

              It is still as fantastic now as when I watched it years ago and is great family fun for adults and children alike. This was the world's first full-length animated feature so was groundbreaking at the time. It is a masterpiece to be honest and is very entertaining. I found it to be very charming, with some dynamic storytelling and breathtaking animation. It's amazing to think that for when it was made it is so polished and complete.

              For those who don't know the basic story of this fairytale, it involves Snow White and her jealous Stepmother who consults her magic mirror on the wall every day to see who is the fairest of them all. And every day the mirror retorts with the same reply she doesn't want to hear that Snow White's beauty eclipses hers. She is hellbent on revenge and to escape her evil stepmother, Snow White seeks refuge in an enchanted cottage in the woods. There she meets seven loveable dwarves who live there, namely, Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy, Doc and Grumpy. Her sweet innocence and wonderful charm changes their lives forever.

              Since the movie was originally shown years ago it has been digitally remastered and bonus features added as well. The audio has been restored too making it an even better experience.

              If you've never watched this on your own or with the kids then where have you been?! Thouroughly enjoyable fairy tale animation for the whole family to enjoy time and again.

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              24.11.2009 00:30
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              Recommended for a prefect family evening viewing :)

              Having only seen this a few times when I was very young, I recently rented the dvd out for me and my family to watch as my dad commented when he saw the advert for it that he hadn't seen it for ages and I, as a big fan of everything Disney, thought that it was about time I discovered the film properly too!

              This film, released in 1938, was, I believe, Disney's first full feature length animation. I guess this was somewhat a gamble as critics argued that no animation could hold an audiances attention for so long.

              However, of course Disney proved them all wrong and the rest, as they say, is history! It's a nice touch at the beginning of the film that there is a message from Walt Disney thanking all the staff who dedicated their time and work to helping him with his vision of creating an animated film; there is a real sense of history and awesomeness to this film.

              This film itself is possibly actually aimed at an older audiances in some ways; today we automatically think that animation is for children, but I suppose when he released this as a full length film it was perhaps the adults he was intending to first win over?

              The film is certainly one of his darkest and is very scary at points! The wicked witch who is Snow White's step mother is full of malicious jealousy and hatred and becomes not only hidious to look at but also hatches the evil plan first to kills Snow White and then of sending Snow White to sleep so that she herself may continue to be the 'most fairest of them all' according to the magic mirror.

              There is therefore a strong moral to the tale; don't worship the mirror that reflects you and only care about its opinion, but be a good person and people will love you, which is worth more than any praise on your physical reflection. Youth and beauty aren't everything and jealousy can be a nasty trait!

              Snow White, on the other hand, is a great role model; she is kind and caring to animals and is not afraid of hard work. She is actually alot different to more recent Disney princesses, which shows how the idea of beauty has changed over the years; she looks very much like a world war era pin up girl. She is still beautiful but in a different way. However, her older look endears her even more and adds an even greater sense of history to the film.

              That said, she is quite irritating at times! Telling the seven dwarfs off quite alot, even though she has made invited into and made herself at home in their house! Quite cheeky, but we understand that she is trying to help them and in the end she does win them over, even Grumpy, and they do learn a lot from her and grow to love her deeply, which speaks volumes of her character. Because Snow is such a good person, the animals, the seven Dwafs (Doc, Grumpy, Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezey and Bashful) along with Prince Phillip and even the huntsman who can't bring himself to kill her all love her and help her to escape the witch.

              The film is very funny in parts with the cute animals (especially the scene where they help Snow clean the house of the seven dwarfs) and the seven dwarfs then also add much humour to the film with their fantastically developed characters.

              The balances out all the scary witch scenes and Snow running through the woods when she is scared, perceiving all of the little rabbits and trees to be monsters in her distress.

              However, although it is scary, Disney, like Roald Dahl, seems to know exactly how much children can stand when it comes to scariness and gets the measure just right; he doesn't patronise children. And the tale also has a happy ending, which re-enforces the morals of the tale.

              There are also some great songs in the film, such as 'I'm Wishing', 'Whistle While You Work' and 'Heigh Ho' and of course it is splendidly animated with great characters and a wonderful adaptation on the original Grimm tale.

              This is such a fantastic film, and I highly recommend it for everyone, the young and the older. It is a proper film and seems quite long but you wouldn't want to miss any of the scenes! Truely enchanting!

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                A film well worth seeing - even after all the years

                When Walt Disney first suggested releasing a feature length animated film in the 1930s, the prevailing response was that he must have been a little mad. More than seventy years later, Snow White is still available as a testament to how wrong general opinion can be.

                The Story

                Like many of the brilliant films that followed it, Snow White was based on a fairy tale - in this case the German fairy tale Schneewittchen, as collected by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. It follows the fortunes of beautiful young princess Snow White, who is driven from her home by the murderous intentions of her jealous step mother and finding herself living with a group of seven comical dwarves. This being a Disney fairy tale (SPOILER for those who have yet to watch this) it is probably no surprise that she becomes beloved by the dwarves, defeats the evil queen and marries the prince of her dreams. But Disney have a long track record in films proving that it is the journey, rather than the destination, that is the most important thing.

                The Characters

                In terms of characters, I should first say that Snow White is not entirely what you might expect of a Disney heroine. As someone who grew up with the films of the so-called 'Disney Renaissance', and with characters such as Jasmine, Esmeralda and Belle, I found her to be a lot less self reliant and realistic than my favourite 'princesses' and so found a lot more interest in the rest of the cast. It may well be a generational difference, but I always thought that Snow White, despite being the eponymous character, was present more to add structure to the story and act as a foil for the antics of the dwarves (although not quite in those words as a five year old!).

                But even though she may not be the most memorable of individuals, Snow White does work perfectly well in holding together all the other elements of the film. Characterwise, the best of these elements is of course the wonderful dwarves (I'll leave you to try and name all seven!). With their simple but entirely distinct personalities, they're perfect viewing for anyone with even the faintest remnant of a childish sense of humour - especially the wonderfully Dopey and his wiggling ears. Having watched this film recently for the first time in ages, I can testify that the scene where the dwarves wash for the first time in years still reduces me to hopeless giggles. Of the other characters, the witch is just agreeably frightening enough, the prince acceptable in a I-just-happen-to-be-handsome-and-in-the-area kind of way that doesn't challenge the grey matter too much, and the cast of animal characters a source of constant joy. The tortoise and the baby blue bird deserve special mention.

                Songs and Music

                Disney songs are rightfully famous for their songs, and in this respect Snow White maintains the reputation. Given the 1937 release date, it is not surprising that there is an outmoded feel to the orchestration, with a lot of sweeping strings and old fashioned singing voices. The songs in which Snow White is strongest are the songs with a sense of fun - Whistle While You Work is the most fun, and despite limited lyrics very well animated, and Hi Ho, the Digging Song and the Silly Song of the dwarves all raise a grin. One Day My Prince Will Come is also a lovely, simple little love song, that is short enough that the youngest viewers will not get bored. The only weak songs are the opening numbers, I'm Wishing/One Love, which sadly stray to the wrong side of twee and could also have benefited from some better lyrics (although the prince's singing voice is undoubtedly brilliant).

                Imagery

                Once again the only fault that could possibly be picked with the imagery is that it is old fashioned - unsurprising, given the venerable age of the film and the lack of helpful computer technology. The background scenery is beautifully painted and realistic, but in such a way that it suits the fairy tale origins of the tale and some of the sequences are carried off with real panache. Snow White's run through the terrifying woodland, where every tree comes to life, is a creation of pure genius. Snow White and the prince are capably animated, but it's the imagery of the dwarves and animals that has a real sense of fun, and makes the film such a pleasure to watch.

                Recommendations

                If you have seen this before in childhood, I would definitely recommend seeing this again - you'll be surprised, as I was, by the amount of little things that you've managed to forget, and you pick up more of the small details on later viewings. For first time viewers, it is worth watching in its context as a milestone and a classic of cinema. As I loved this film, my guess is that children of all ages would still find it entertaining, even being used to such knowing for-child-and-adult films as Shrek and Finding Nemo. My only suggestion would be maybe not to let young children watch it on their own: the brothers Grimm has a habit of living up to their name, and there are a few quite dark moments (after all, the Queen does ask a huntsman to kill Cinderella and bring back her heart - I know that as a four year old, I was glad my older sister was in the room at that moment!). But a few scary moments do not stop this being a very rewarding film even for young kids.

                Conclusion

                Overall, having looked at the different aspects of the film, I would definitely encourage you to see Snow White. Firstly, even if it is not 'your sort of film' (if such a thing exists), it still represents the beginning of a major sector of the film industry. For everyone else, it is a film with a glorious sense of fun, laugh out loud scenes, sensitive characters and beautiful music. My only criticisms can be explained by the age of the film - the weak character of Snow White, and a few poorer than average songs. But I think a lot can be forgiven when a film gives you so much pleasure, and I believe that Snow White will probably stay a perennially enjoyable family film.

                Oh, and just in case you're still puzzling, it's Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy, Sleepy and Dopey :D

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                  Don't eat apples given by old ladies.....they're not good!

                  Of all the Disney films made (and there have been quite a few) this has to be my favourite. It's the oldest of them all too, being made in 1938. It's a beautiful story about Snow White, who goes to live with the seven dwarfs after the evil Queen wants her killed. Her life is spared and she hides in the woods with Doc, Dopey, Happy & co. After eating a poisened apple she dies and is put in a glass box by the dwarfs. A prince comes along and kisses her and she awakes.
                  I just love everything about this story, adn my favourite character is Dopey, as he is so cute. I love the bit when he swallows the soap, it still makes me giggle.
                  Definately worth watching, and one film i would highly recommend to all ages. From kids to adults, everyone will love this family disney favourite.

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                  The film of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was made in 1937, probably before you were born. It is though one of the most enduring cinematic experiences many of us can remember. It takes the Grimm fairy tale and uses all the images from it including the terrifying sequences in the forest and the powerful visual images of the evil grandmother trying to poison Snow White with an apple.
                  It succeeds as a love story but also because of the brilliant characterisation they brought to the Dwarfs (yes I know it should be dwarves). Each of the dwarfs , Doc, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Grumpy, Happy and Sleepy ( not sure if I am right there but I know someone will put me right if I am not) has a unique character which is instantly recognisable by the way they are drawn. Snow White herself is seen as an enchanting but hard working honest girl. Snow White was voiced by Adriana Caselotti who died in 1997 aged 81. I recall her appearing in a documentary about the work of Disney and she seemed a wonderful lady.

                  The dwarfs of course love Snow White and seek to protect her. They are a bunch of work mad miners who it was felt were done in this way as Walt Disney wished to promote hard work as being the American Way. Whatever the song Hi Ho is a cinema classic and remains in our language today. Perhaps compared with the Disney films which came much later the animation is not as good as it could have been. It remains fairly 2-dimensional in the stage of the scenes and the movement always seem to be a little left-right or right-left and the perspective sometimes looks awry. However such criticisms are irrelevant when the audience is made up of young children. They will just love Snow White and be enchanted by the dwarfs.
                  The film has not dated at all and I do not subscribe to the recidivist view that the situation with one unmarried woman living with 7 young men is somehow incorrect. The film is a fairy tale about love, about good and evil, jealousy and with the work ethic thrown in for good measure. The classical look of Snow White has continued to this day and shows the strength of an image once created. As a film it is timeless and ageless. I am sure it will enchant many generations to come.

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                  Snow white and the seven dwarfs: one of the greatest Disney movies ever.All good Disney movies have some sort of horror that makes you worry. This is one of them. It starts off quite scary with the evil queen and magic mirror, before becoming more fun as we meet the seven dwarfs, with the srtupidest names, and who are a lot of fun. Plus, each one is unique (Grumpy for example, however grumpy he may seem, actually is a nice person). My favourite dwarf was Dopey though, because though he never talks, he does all the funny things (when each dwarf tells the dwarf behind him to ssshhh! the one in the back is Dopey. He turns around and tells the door to sssh! and gets angry when the door is slammed shut, which he shut himself!) The film then goes scary again, but I won't spoil the rest of the film for you. I believe that this is one of the Grimms' brothers greatest tales. By the way l I think that you should watch it with your children because it is quite scary, and that mirror might look frightening to some young children (the drawings are very well done, and everything is made realistic. Even the voice give out each character's personality). In fact, when the film came out, it was for people of 16 years and over, because it was too scary and realistic (I wonder what The Exorcist would have been rated, if it had come out at that time). Anyway, why do I lobve this film? Great characters, very funny, but also with a lot of peril and darkness mixed in with the light tone of this film makes this an essential buy for any Disney fan. The first full-length animated feature film gets extraordinary treatment, with a 23-minute Making Of, deleted scenes, games, period publicity (including radio broadcasts), a history of Disney timelines and a singalong feature (who could resist trilling along with Ms White?). There's so much stuff on offer they've laid on the movie's Magic Mirror to act as a virtual guide. Not bad for a film that's almost 70 ye
                  ars old. But the Best Extra is the commentary from Walt Disney and film historian John Canemaker (no, I haven't heard of him either). Okay, there are more incisive commentaries than this cut'n'paste job from various old Walt interviews, but he's DEAD, so I'm impressed.

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                    The legend of Snow White is one of the oldest and best loved of the genre that have become known as 'fairy stories'. It owes much of its popularity to the darker themes and happenings that are generally woven into all of Grimm's fairy tales, the evil side of life with villains whose hearts are blacker than black with few redeeming features. I remember being fascinated by the story as a child, especially the fell horror of the wicked stepmother and her sinister talking mirror. It was thus somehow inevitable that the master of animation features, Walt Disney, should settle upon the story to provide the basis of his first full length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The blurb on the back cover of the video of the cartoon says it all really: "No film in history has captured the world's imagination like Walt Disney's first full length animated feature. Regarded as a milestone in film making, generations have been enchanted by its delightful charm and breathtaking beauty. 'Once upon a time...' so begins the fairy tale of Snow White, the beautiful princess whose life is threatened by the jealous Queen. Snow White finds safe haven with seven of the most lovable characters ever created: Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey ... until a mysterious old woman arrives with a poisoned apple, leading to the ultimate storybook ending. Live happily ever after with the bountiful humour, unforgettable music and pure joy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ... the first and fairest of them all!" For once the write up is an accurate reflection of the content, and Disney's Snow White is truly a wonderful creation. The animation and drawing have not aged particularly well, but for the time are truly remarkable, and still stand up well to modern day cartoons. However, it's not the technical factors of this film which truly appeals, but the tension, drama and horror of the
                    tale, which Disney recreated so masterfully. The Queen is genuinely frightening and I remember as a boy being thoroughly scared by her. The opening scenes after the huntsman has told Snow White to flee, when she runs off through the dark and horrific forest, are also pretty scary for young children, although I, of course, am impervious to their terrors!! However, don't get the idea (if you haven't seen this film, and I can't believe that there's many of you out there who fall into that category) that this is all darkness and gloom, for Snow White is also a wonderfully funny cartoon, with the Dwarfs an absolute delight. The stereotypical fun at the expense of the mentally challenged Dopey would be unwelcome by the chattering PC guardians if the film were to emerge these days, but is certainly pretty amusing and endlessly enjoyable. We've all seen the excerpts before and can recount them almost by heart, but they are no less entertaining for all that. On the down side, I could well have done without many of the musical numbers in this film, Whistle While You Work being the only real exception. For some unfathomable reason, the guttural working man version always reminds me of Musclebound by Spandau Ballet. What price the super smooth Tony Hadley as Doc, anybody? Also, the whole thing is pretty predictable and contains few surprises, but then you really should remember that it is intended for children rather than we world weary old people, so I'm not sure you should expect much else. For a children's movie which has been around more than sixty years, remember, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has given an enormous amount of enjoyment to millions over the years and has delighted countless generations of young uns right to this very day. I don't want to bore you too much, but I still recall the first time I saw this in the cinema with my sister and how genuinely frightening I found the who
                    le thing. Even if you already know the story, Walt Disney always had a way about him when it came to telling stories and building up genuine suspense and excitement. He was also a past master at bestowing human personalities and features on his animal characters, and while this film does not have some of the more trite points which are so predominant in Bambi and others, it is still guilty of opting for heartwarmingly bland cuter than cute woodland creatures. The scenes with Snow White serenading her little chums have been repeated time and time again in Cinderella and others, but I really do have to keep reminding myself that this film is aimed at the younger end of the market. I'd forgotten how good exactly it was until I spent some time watching it with a little niece and it says something that she started wandering off and losing attention a lot more quickly than I did, and the frightening bits she found absolutely captivating. God, listen to me, I must be getting very old. Which is more than you can really say about this wonderful film.

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                      My all time favorite films just have to be Disney films. I may be 27 and too old to buy them for myself any more, but seeing as I have three daughters, I always buy them one every birthday, Easter and Christmas. There has been many a Disney film made but I believe none are as good as the classics, and the best one being Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This was Walt Disney's first ever feature length cartoon, and it took him and his team three years to complete, and winning many awards in the process. I will tell you a little about the man himself- He was born Walter Elias Disney in 1901 and died in 1966. He was an American movie producer, and pioneered in animated cartoons. He began his career as a cartoonist in 1920. He created Mickey Mouse in the silent film Plane Crazy. The same year he also appeared in Steamboat Willy. Disney made the first attempt to use sound in pictures and used his own voice for the voice of Micky The first feature length cartoon was Snow White and the seven Dwarfs in 1938 and took three years to complete. He made Pinocchio in 1939, Fantasia in 1940, Dumbo in 1941 and then Bambi in 1942. In 1946 he merged live actors with animated figures in the film Song of the South. In 1951 he turned to making real action films such as Treasure Island, but still made cartoon films such as Alice in Wonderland, in 1951, and Peter Pan in 1953. Disney and his producers received numerous awards during his lifetime, and even after his death they have remained active and enormously successful. And in the 1980s started making films for the adult audience. Anyway onto the film. It is 105 minutes long, and was digitally restored for video, and also has added footage not seen before, and shows the making of the film. Here is how it starts?.. Once upon a time there lived a lovely Princess named Snow White. Her vain and wicked stepmother the Queen feared someday
                      Snow White's beauty would surpass her own. So she dressed the little Princess in rags, and forced her to work as a scullery maid. Each day the vain Queen consulted her magic mirror. Magic mirror on the wall who is the fairest one of all? And as long as the mirror replied you are the fairest one of all, Snow White was safe from the Queens cruel jealousy. The story starts off with the Queen talking to her mirror, and it gives her the reply that there is another more fairer than she! With lips as red as a rose, hair as black as ebony, and skin as white as snow, and with this the queen knows it is Snow White. Then you see Snow White singing to the wishing well about the man of her dreams, then the Prince Charming appears. He then serenades her at the window. In the next scene the Queen summons the woodcutter to take Snow White into the forest, kill her and return with her heart in a box, but he cant go through with it and returns with the heart of a pig. Snow White runs into the forest and finds a small cottage. She goes in and no one is at home. So she goes about tidying it as she thinks that children live there alone. While she is sleeping the owners of the house return from their jobs in the diamond mine. She awakens to find seven little men at the foot of her men. These are the seven little dwarfs that take Snow White in. Doc- The leader of the group. Happy-A very happy dwarf. Grumpy- the grumpy dwarf. Bashful- Very shy, and blushes easily Sneezy- Sneezes all the time Sleepy- always yawning Dopey- A mute dwarf, he never speaks, and they dont know why! They decide to let Snow White live with them, to guard her from the evil Queen, and she takes care of them. When they go off to work, the evil queen dresses as an old woman who gives Snow White an apple to taste, which has been laced with poison. She takes a bite and falls to the floor. When the
                      dwarfs return they find her dead on the floor, then they chase the evil queen who falls from the cliff side to her death. But even in death Snow White is very beautiful, so they put her in a glass coffin on display. Then one day the Prince Charmin comes riding by, and kisses the beautiful Snow White and she awakens. Then as they say in all good stories, they lived happily ever after. I could watch this movie until the tape runs out, as it would cost me a fortune to replace them all on DVD. So hopefully one day I will win the lottery and be able to. Maybe one day I will also be able to meet Snow White herself, as there are Disney theme parks set up around the world. A huge Disney land opened up in California in 1955, and even bigger one called Waltdisney world in Florida in 1971, plus one in Paris in 1992. So if I wish upon my star maybe one day my wish will come true and I'll get to be a big kid again and see all my favorite characters! www.disney.com

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                        Forget Harry Potter, Oh I know its on everyones lips at the moment - and wonderful too, but I wonder what it was about Snow White that makes it still a best selling DVD in 2001, when it was made in 1937? - Thats 64 years ago - and we had only just discovered TV etc. Quite amazing really. Snow White was the first, and one of the greatest Disney animated films, released in 1938. The classic story of the beautiful princess and her cruel, jealous stepmother is famous worldwide and comes to life here. Snow White flees from the evil Queen, who will stop at nothing to become the most beautiful woman in the land. Her escape from her stepmother leads Snow White deep into the forest and to the cottage of the famous Seven Dwarfs. It was nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by contemporary observers; they doubted that the short cartoons shown before the main film could ever successfully make the transition from filler to feature presentation. Surely, no one would sit still for over an hour to watch an animated film, their eyes smarting from the bright colours on screen? Fortunately, Walt Disney and his army of artists persisted and the world's first full-length animated feature was finally released in 1937 to widespread acclaim. Adapted from the Grimm fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is chillingly dark in places, reflecting its roots in European folklore, but the deft Disney touch ensures that the overall tone remains light and the story develops apace, swept along on the perfect musical score. Any lingering gloom is quickly dispelled by the superbly characterised dwarfs and by the humorous antics of the various irresistible fauna that threaten to steal the show in several scenes. Who could forget the scene when she sees them for the first time? The animation and memorable accompanying music, which received an Oscar nomination in 1938, entranced audiences of all ages at the time, and still does so today. It has
                        humour, charm, and of course the dwarfs, each with unique characteristics- most people have a favourite! This is a film for all the family, and it is a must for all Disney enthusiasts. The pioneering animation is breathtaking and songs such as "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho" and "Whistle While You Work", now firmly embedded in popular culture, are seamlessly interwoven with the action. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs happens to be an interesting technological milestone in cinema history--it is also an enduring masterpiece of family entertainment. To the millions who have fallen under its spell over the years, this magical fairy tale remains one of Disney's most enchanting and best-loved films. Only Grumpy could resist. It must surely have been best seen in the cinema - but obviously since then its a video, and even on dvd now! "Some Day my Prince Will Come" and "Heigh-Ho" Sing-A-Longs forever in our minds. It will surely realm has the best kids film ever made, and recaptures the wonderful memories of childhood and especially Christmas for all of us doesn’t it?

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                          With the release of "Snow White" Disney has effectively raised the bar from which all DVDs should be judged. Personally, I spent four evenings sifting through all the extra features included in this hefty two-disc set. In a nutshell, "Snow White", is loaded. Of course the film itself, Hollywood's first full-length animated feature, was truly groundbreaking when released in 1937. Created in a cloud of doubt, very few believed that Walt Disney could entertain an audience with an 84-minute "cartoon". (See "The Making of Snow White" on Disc One) However, all naysayers grossly underestimated Mr. Disney's astute ability to weave a great story, memorable characters and classic songs into a visually stunning package. Disney practically begged for financial assistance to keep the project afloat and when it finally premiered in December 1937, "Snow White" defied all doubters to become the highest grossing film of its time. "Snow White" set the standard for all animation, which followed, and, remarkably, through the process of digital restoration, the film looks as though it could have been released just yesterday. The colours are intensely vivid and the clarity is unsurpassed. According to technicians who participated in the restoration, (see "Restoration" on Disc Two), the visual quality of "Snow White" on DVD is equal to that of the original animation cells. In other words, we are finally seeing this classic in its purest form. Merely owning a pristine copy of this all-time classic would be good enough for most. However "Snow White", like the "Matrix", The James Bond films and a handful of other loaded DVDs, raises the standards of home video. In a perfect world, all DVDs would feature the endless array of bonus features contained within "Snow White". For those who are interested, below is a list of just a FEW of the extras: 1) A compelling fu
                          ll-length audio commentary provided by Walt Disney himself (compiled from various interviews). For film buffs, Mr. Disney's insightful commentary may well be the most invaluable feature of the entire DVD. 2) A 39-minute "Making of." documentary. 3) 40+ minutes of "Disney through the Decades" and short features such as "How Disney Cartoons are Made", "A Trip Through Disney Studios" and "The Restoration". 4) Six deleted scenes. 5) Trailers for each of "Snow White's" eight re-releases 6) Various stills and storyboard sketches. If all this is too exhausting, and believe me there's a lot more, host Angela Lansbury will take you on a 20-minute "Guided Tour" which neatly highlights the best of the bonus features. Overall, a classic DVD treatment for a classic movie. "Snow White" has withstood the test of time and will, undoubtedly, continue to entertain audiences for generations on end. This is truly a "must own" DVD.

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                            I love all the Disney movies and since our daughter was born we have been collecting them as they are released. Some are really hard to get hold of as you have to wait until they are re-released. Disney rotates the availability of the movies so if we see one we want we gave it with both hands. Last week Snow White was released. I had been waiting for this one because for me it is the next one down from Bambi. It has that real traditional Disney look about it. You can tell it is an original film from the 1930's. I used to love it when I was little and could not wait for my daughter to see it. The problem is she is petrified and so was I in parts I can tell you. I do not remember it being that scary. The story begins quite lovely. Little snow white singing with that little quivvery sweet voice in the garden with all the animals. Calm, pretty and quite nice for my two year old to see. Then the mirror scene with the wicked queen appears. Things go down hill from here. The mirror has beed modernised and is now a disney version of Freddy Kruger. She hides behind the settee. I manage to get her out just in time to see the horrible face of the huntsman sent out to kill poor little snow. Again it is really gruesome and the music is quite agressive. This carries on whilst she is running through the forest being pulled by the trees until she eventually falls. Then everyting is hunky dorey. She finds the Dwarf's house and they sing Hi Ho which she loves. There is a big scene in the house where the dwarfs are getting ready for dinner and Snow white looks after them. Back behind the settee again ready for the scene where the queen makes her magic potion and turns into a witch. (oh and the mirror again) Then it is plain sailing all the way to the end when the prince wakes the poisioned Snow white with a traditional fairy tale kiss. The effects are excellent and I am trying to sit dow
                            n and talk my daughter through each section so she is not scared. We have mastered the forest scene but still need to work on the rest. The horrible mirror's voice is a tough one as it gives me the creeps so how my poor daughter is going to live with it I do not know. It is still a real classic fairy tale though and on the whole we love it. We just hide at the scary bits.

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                            Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by contemporary observers; they doubted that the short cartoons shown before the main film could ever successfully make the transition from filler to feature presentation. Surely, no one would sit still for over an hour to watch an animated film, their eyes smarting from the bright colours on screen? Fortunately, Walt Disney and his army of artists persisted and the world's first full-length animated feature was finally released in 1937 to widespread acclaim.Adapted from the Grimm fairytale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is chillingly dark in places, reflecting its roots in European folklore, but the deft Disney touch ensures that the overall tone remains light and the story develops apace, swept along on the perfect musical score. Any lingering gloom is quickly dispelled by the superbly characterised dwarfs and by the humorous antics of the various irresistible fauna that threaten to steal the show in several scenes. The pioneering animation is breathtaking and songs such as "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho" and "Whistle While You Work", now firmly embedded in popular culture, are seamlessly interwoven with the action.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs happens to be an interesting technological milestone in cinema history--it is also an enduring masterpiece of family entertainment. To the millions who have fallen under its spell over the years, this magical fairy tale remains one of Disney's most enchanting and best-loved films. Only Grumpy could resist. --Helen Baker

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