SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION awakens on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Oct. 7. I’m really impressed with Disney because when they re-release any of their movies they add new content to the special bonus features.
Disney dug around in the archives and found new sketches for a version that was cut from production for Sleeping Beauty. The Crow was once supposed to be a vulture. I think they made a good choice switching to a crow.
They also found an alternate scene where Maleficent enters the ballroom when Princess Aurora was born.
I had the opportunity to sit down with David Jessen (Vice President, Content Enhancement) and we had a special appearance by Sarah Hyland – @Sarah_Hyland. David is your typical Disney employee, exuberant about all things Disney, full of passion and zeal and very very creative. I asked him who is his favorite Disney character and he said 101 Dalmatians and that he would love to work on a real life version.
He talked to us about the bonus features for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and showed us a preview for a new parade at Walt Disney World called the Fantasy Parade. It’s a really cute video starting Sarah Hyland.
Sarah Hyland was kind enough to take a photo with us.
She was super sweet and older than she looks. She 24 but to me she looks like she could be 14. But I’ve never ever been a good judge of age. One of the bloggers asked her who her favorite Disney Princess was and she couldn’t pick one. She had a reason for liking each and every one.
Complete List of Bonus Features:
The Diamond Edition features new bonus material, including three new deleted scenes, never seen before: “The Curse is Fulfilled,” “The Arrival of Maleficent: Alternate Scene,” and “The Fair.” These are presented as original storyboards, newly recorded voice work, and narration.
On Disc 2:
· Once Upon A Parade’ (Starring Sarah Hyland) – Behind every attraction, event and parade at the Magic Kingdom is a unique story. Join Sarah Hyland from ABC’s “Modern Family” as she tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade. This magical “in world” short film goes behind the scenes of the new parade and shows how the residents and characters of Fantasyland created this parade to tell their stories.
· Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains – This legacy piece spotlights Disney’s favorite villain animator, Marc Davis and his infamous creations of characters such as Maleficent and Cruella. Throughout the piece, we will talk to modern day animators like Andreas Deja and also the new generation of Animators (Lino DiSalvo Animation Director of FROZEN) on how Marc’s designs and characters influenced what they do today.
· @DisneyAnimation: ARTISTS IN MOTION (Extended Edition) – Join 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. In this extended edition, go deeper into Britney’s process
· Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes:
o The Fair (With 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."
· BEAUTY-OKE “Once Upon A Dream” – Sing along to this kinetic text video of Aurora’s signature song.
· Classic DVD Bonus Features Include:
o 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.
o 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.
o 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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