Beauty & The Beast Diamond Edition

My daughter loves watching some of the older Disney movies once they come out on DVD, and Bluray.  This is because we have the older movies, but they are on VHS.  That being said we don’t watch them because I don’t believe in VHS technology at this point.

We recently got information about another upcoming title from Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

A Beloved Fairy Tale Is Restored To All New Heights On Blu-ray™!
Disney’s Academy Award®-Winning Animated Classic

Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition

On Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack – October 5, 2010  
And Standard Definition DVD – November 23, 2010

Burbank, Calif., March 29, 2010 – Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly
announces the Blu-ray high-definition debut of Disney’s animated masterpiece, Beauty and the
Beast on October 5, 2010.   

Disney’s most requested film, Beauty and the Beast, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def as
the second installment to the company’s new Diamond Collection. The Blu-ray transformation
reveals the magic, music and majesty of the film as never before experienced with state-of-the-art
picture restoration, pristine 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and hours of additional viewing
experiences that include behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks,
immersive games and more.

The first of only two animated films ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture
(the second is 2009’s Up), Beauty and the Beast earned six Academy Award® nominations and
won two Oscars® in 1992 for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Best Original
Score.  

Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast will be released from the Disney vault
for a limited time only, arriving on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD) October
5, followed seven weeks later with the release of a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November
23.  
 
The Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack has a U.S. suggested retail price of
$39.99 and the 2-Disc DVD set has a U.S. suggested retail price of $29.99.

Film Synopsis:
Set in and around a quaint French village during the late 18th century, Beauty and the Beast
follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman who finds escape
from her ordinary life, and the advances of a boorish suitor, Gaston, by reading books. Meanwhile,
off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who
turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects.
In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection
before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the
Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father’s
place. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, she sees beneath the Beast’s exterior and
discovers the heart and soul of a human prince.
 
Film Accolades:
Beauty and the Beast received two Academy Awards® for music in 1992, three Golden Globes®
for Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song in 1992, and two Grammy Awards
in 1993. Listed as number seven on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Animated Films, Beauty
and the Beast helped define Disney animation for a new generation as the second film in the “Disney
Animation Renaissance” (1989-1999) which launched with The Little Mermaid and revitalized animated
features by captivating mature audiences while still delighting young viewers.  
 
Beauty and the Beast features a cast of top vocal talent. Veteran stage actress and singer Paige
O’Hara is the voice of Belle, one of Disney’s most beloved and independent heroines, and Robby
Benson (TV’s “American Dreams”) delivers a powerful portrayal of the Beast. Three-time Oscar®-
nominated screen star (The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, The Picture of Dorian Grey in 1946,
and Gaslight in 1945) and six-time Golden Globe® award winner (TV’s “Murder, She Wrote” in
1992, 1990, 1987 and 1985, The Manchurian Candidate in 1963, and The Picture of Dorian Grey
in 1946), Angela Lansbury gives a bubbly performance as Mrs. Potts. The late Jerry Orbach (TV’s
“Law and Order,” “House of Mouse”) shines as the voice of Lumiere, the passionate candelabra,
and David Ogden-Stiers (TV’s “M*A*S*H,” Lilo & Stitch) is Cogsworth, the tightly-wound mantel
clock who functions as the head of the household.   
 
Beauty and the Beast was also the first Disney animated film to inspire a Broadway stage
production by the same name. Highlighting the film’s music by Alan Menken and Howard
Ashman, seven new songs were written for the stage musical. Beauty… was nominated for
nine Tony Awards in 1994 and ran on Broadway for 5,464 performances until 2007, becoming
Broadway’s sixth-longest running production in history.

About Disney’s New Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection:
The new Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious animated
classics. The Collection will be comprised with many of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles
to be released through 2016. These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature
groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity,
personalization and customization, made possible because of Blu-ray technology.

About Disney Combo Packs (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package):  
To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in
2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD in a single package. Current
Disney Animated Classic titles available as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment:
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry,
is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures,
Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt
Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

I wish they would actually put diamonds, or platinum in with the movies.  This way the title would make more sense to the unknowing.

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Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition

My daughter loves Snow White.  Whenever we go to Disney World she must get to see her.  We used to give her attitude adjustments by telling her that we would call Snow White if she was bad.  She would get so defensive, and would change her attitude.

Seeing that Snow White will be getting released on Blu-ray is a pleasing surprise.  She will be very happy to find this out, as our vcr edition is long dead, we don’t have the movie anymore.

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Burbank, Calif., August 28, 2009 – Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly
marks two groundbreaking milestones with the highly-anticipated October 6 high definition debut of the most acclaimed animated movie ever made. Walt Disney’s original classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which made history in 1937 as the first full-length animated feature, is the premiere entry in a spectacular all-new product line—Disney’s Diamond Collection. And, in an industry first, the historic release will make its bow on Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (two Blu-ray discs + DVD) a full seven weeks before the Deluxe Two-Disc Classic standard definition DVD becomes available on November 24.  
 
Presented with flawless newly restored picture and 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround
Sound, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition promises to set a new standard in
home entertainment. The most immersive and highest level viewing experience ever available, it
includes unparalleled features, exclusive and updatable high definition content, superior picture and sound, and much more.  
 
Perfectly timed for holiday gift giving and available for a limited time only, the historic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition comes with a spectacular assortment of all new bonus features, including:
 
Blu-ray™ Bonus Features
• Magic Mirror – Using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic magic Mirror guides the
audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition features with
ease, serving as the host for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognize
viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate
next. This marks the first use of this technology in a Disney Blu-ray release and provides
viewers with the control to personally create a customized Snow White experience  
• DisneyView – Disney’s pioneering animated feature is brought to the modern era of widescreen
high definition viewing by allowing the user to expand their viewing experience beyond the
original aspect ratio of the film. Utilizing Disney Blu-ray technology, acclaimed Disney artist Toby
Bluth was able to draw beyond the borders of the classic full frame cinema and fill the otherwise
dark edges of the screen with beautiful custom imagery, giving audiences a new view of the
animated classic favorite.  
• About Toby Bluth – Disney artist Toby Bluth tells how the movie inspired him to
       create the superb DisneyView art.  
• Audio Commentary with Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker    
• “The Princess and the Frog” Sneak Peek  
 
BACKSTAGE DISNEY: DIAMOND EDITION
• Snow White Returns – Newly discovered storyboards suggest a brand new Snow White
featurette that never got made.  For the first time, current Disney animators show how this short
story would have played.
• Mirror, Mirror On The Wall – Through BD-Live, this mirror can find the secret princess inside
each viewer, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call
them on the telephone.  
• Hyperion Studios – Audiences are digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand Hyperion
Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built where Snow White was conceived and
developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark, experiencing life at
Hyperion Studios in the 1930s. This amazing “Backstage Disney” feature contains newly
dimensionalized archival photos, never-before-heard animator recordings, archival transcripts
and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney’s gifted filmmakers crafted the very first
animated feature.
• The One That Started It All – This featurette reveals how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
forever changed the world of movies and the world at large.

MUSIC & MORE
• “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Music video by Tiffany Thornton   
 
FAMILY PLAY (GAMES & ACTIVITIES)
• What Do You See? – To win this exciting interactive game, players must untangle      scrambled
images.   
• Jewel Jumble – Players put jewels from the Dwarfs’ mine in the proper order to       win this
game.   
   
DVD Bonus Features
• Audio Commentary with Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker
• “The Princess and the Frog” Sneak Peek  
• Snow White Returns – Newly discovered storyboards suggest a brand new Snow White
featurette that never got made.  For the first time, current Disney animators show how this
short story would have played.
• The One That Started It All – This featurette reveals how Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs forever changed the world of movies and the world at large.
• “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Music video by Tiffany Thornton
• Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride – An interactive set-top game for the whole family
• Animation Voice Talent  
• Disney Through The Decades – A series of video segments with celebrity hosts
• “Heigh-Ho” Karaoke Sing-Along
• Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray™ Is Suite!   
• Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go  
 
 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been unavailable in any form, since 2001. The film earned a
1939 honorary Academy Award® for “significant screen innovation which has charmed millions, and pioneered a great new entertainment field.” And now, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray becomes the ultimate home entertainment experience with state-of-the-art picture restoration and a pristine 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound.  
  
About Disney’s New Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection:
The new Blu-ray™ Diamond Collection represents The Walt Disney Studio’s most prestigious
animated classics.  The Blu-ray Diamond Edition Discs will be comprised of 14 of Walt Disney’s most treasured animated classic titles to be released through 2016.  These titles represent the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization, only made possible by Blu-ray technology.
 
About Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:  
Celebrated as an entertainment landmark for over 70 years, the first full-length animated film ever made, and still the ‘fairest of them all,” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ world premiere
represented a major milestone for the world of animation, a giant leap forward for The Walt Disney Company. It is one of the most beloved and most watched films in history. As one of the first films ever to be designated for preservation by the Library of Congress, it has been entertaining moviegoers and critics alike for decades. It is also the first film ever to have a motion picture soundtrack, as well as the first film that uses music to advance the story. To date, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been released theatrically a total of nine times.  
 
Synopsis:  
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the time-honored story of a beautiful princess whose
blossoming beauty disturbs her stepmother the Queen. Each day the Queen asks a mysterious magic mirror the quintessential question: “mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all.” As long as the mirror answers the Queen’s name, all is well. However, when one day the mirror replies with Snow White’s name, the evil Queen begins her quest to kill the young girl, so she may once again be “the fairest of them all.”  
Snow White’s escape from the evil Queen’s plan leads her deep into the forest and to a small cottage where she meets, in one of the most famous scenes in motion picture history, the Seven Dwarfs.
Once “off to work” they go, the wicked Queen persuades Snow White to take a bite of a poisonous
apple that places a powerful sleeping curse on the young beauty. Heartbroken, the dwarfs make a
glass coffin for their friend, because she is too beautiful to bury. Only when a handsome Prince — who had previously fallen in love with Snow White — finds her and kisses her, does she awaken, “to live happily ever after.”  
  
The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack is priced at $39.99 SRP and
the 2-Disc DVD set is priced at $29.99 SRP.  
  
BLU-RAY STREET DATE: October 6, 2009  
DVD STREET DATE       November 24, 2009  
Pricing:  Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack: $39.99 SRP  
2-Disc DVD: $29.99 SRP    
Feature run time: 84 minutes   
Rated:  G  
FastPlay™:   FastPlay enabled (DVD only)  
Technical specifications may only apply to feature.  
  
Blu-ray Disc:  
Presentation: 1080p Hi-Def
Aspect ratio:  Widescreen (1.33:1)  
Sound:  7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio  
Languages:  English SDH, French, Spanish  
Engish, SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
DVD:  
Aspect ratio:  Widescreen (1.33:1)  
Sound: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT), 5.1 DEHT  
English, French and Spanish Language Tracks  
Languages:  English, French and Spanish Subtitles  
  
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios .

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