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Posted: Oct. 10, 2001 2:08 am/pm Quote

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"You guys GOTTA try this!" --Chip, in "Beauty and the Beast"

A few days after the 9/11 attacks our faithful Sony XBR Trinitron, purchased in the mid-1980s, really fine video image, decided its tuner would stop working.  Given the age of the set and we've already fixed it once, we decided it was time to buy a new set. What we chose was a 27" Sony WEGA.  Rich's mom had gotten a couple of these and the flat screen and brilliant color sold us, so this was our chance to own our own.

Well, it turns out other than the high-end drool-bucket HDTV wide screen home theatre sets you see in Circuit City or in higher end electronics stores, this Sony WEGA TV set is just a notch or two below perfect for regular home viewing of the new release of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</a> on DVD.  And if you don't own a DVD, trust me, aspire to own one..."<a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> is is worth the expense to upgrade from VHS.  Check out "Consumer Reports" for what they recommend that matches the features you want for the price you want to pay.  But when you see <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a>digitally....

OH.......MY.......*** GOSH *** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's orgasmic.  Not in a crude or sexy way, but the awesomeness of how this restoration turned out.....OH.......MY........ *** GOSH *** !!!!!

To put it another way: It's lovely. Sheer loveliness. "Lovely" is a good word for this DVD version of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White.</a>

So you already own the VHS version.  You say it's a restored version of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a>, and so it is.  Trust's been further restored since that VHS came out....and OH...... MY.......*** GOSH *** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You have ** NOT ** seen <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> until you've seen the DVD version of it.  Oh no you haven't, either!!!

Buy or borrow the DVD.  Go to a nice electronics store, with the drool-bucket nice digital TV of your dreams for sale there.  Ask for a demo, using <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD.  Go to the "Whistle While You Work" gem mine scene.  This is but one of many scenes in the movie where the 2001 restoration is so apparent that likely you'll be blown away by what you see. Heavens, even try it on a Sony WEGA.  Ooooooooooooooohhhh.... :-D The salesperson will never pry you outta that store.....

K, it' looks great on a digital TV, but what about the DVD itself?  Worth the ร.99+tax?  ***** ABSOLUTELY!!!!! ******

My impression of this version of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> is much like that the first time I saw Toy Story in the movie theatre in 1995. The first 1/3 of TS was so amazing, and it touched familiar strings of memory of childhood and recreating childhood so thoroughly I remember just watching pleasantly and joyously stunned until I relaxed enough with the movie to become immersed in the story and flow of the movie and it's music. Not only was TS digital animation for the first time in a full-length movie, but the movie itself was so dang good in its own right.  

Move forward to watching the DVD version of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> at home on this Sony WEGA TV set.  I felt much the same way as I did with TS in '95 when it premiered:  I swear I've never see the "little details" of how <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> cleaned up.  In the wishing well scene at the beginning, the lighting was awesome, so much so the whole scene looked 3-D!  Honestly!  What appeared on earlier theatrical releases, TV snippets, even the earlier VHS version to be monochrome scene lighting and color temperatures, all came alive, such beautiful details of the art, how nature is hand drawn each element of it one at a time, the use of light in each scene....utterly stunning in a joyous way.  "Whoa, Rich, look at this detail, that detail...I didn't know this scene looked like THAT!!!"  Yadda yadda yadda.

And what's really amazing is we're seeing it better than Walt's audiences saw it, given the viewing technology of the times it played or replayed in theatres.  The story of the restoration efforts is included on the DVD.  But you know, the only people of Walt's time who knew the images looked this good were the various artists at various stages of completion of each cell and each overlay.  And even back in the 1930s they likely had no idea <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> projected or would video image as well as this 2001 version does.  What a joy for those surviving original animators of Walt's to be alive today to see this!  I hope they are as thrilled and as pleased with <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> today as they were when audiences first saw it.

The Magic Mirror host is someone I think you'll like, despite his menacing appearance.  Try taking your time in choosing a menu item when Mirror offers you the choice...just try it.

The extra material and commentary will feed the heads of anyone who's a fan of Walt (lots of letting him do the talking with supplemental commentary, too, from others), anyone who's a film/animation fan to the point of being a student of it, film history fans in general (<a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> was one of two films, I think it was, to make someone's movie list Top 100 of the last century), and even a cultural/business history fan will find a lot to find fascinating here.  Walt's dedication to quality and to stretch the abilities of his studio to do feature films and have those films be popular and profitable, all these are sub-stories which combine in telling us so very much about ourselves and valuing the quality and aspirations of the best talented people can come up with and to extend beyond that, ever striving.

Watch the movie carefully.  The Dopey's mine train game segment will test you later on what you viewed. ;-)

For the hard-core Disney fan and Walt fan, this DVD gives as much bang for the ร.99 buck as the collector's edition set of Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 did for its price.  I'd put <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD on equal footing in overall quality of content and sheer beauty and "heart" with Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 collector's edition.  It gives, and gives, and gives some more.  Plus considering today's times, <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a>is hugely uplifting and diverting, puts a note of joy and faith in human endeavor into one's psyche at a time we are all seeking some sort of diversion.  Not the same as putting one's head in the sand, rather it's more like a welcome respite and reaffirmation of the goodness of people and provides some perspective about life.  After viewing this or that segment, I come away refreshed to deal with the world with a better emotional and secular spiritual attitude, much like a little vacation right there on the DVD.

If our society is moving into a "cocooning" phase right now, seeking the comforts of home in various ways, <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD fills that bill perfectly, but it's much more enduring than that.

Some good sales incentives on and inside the box: If you need a couple of packages of Energizer batteries anyway (and we've got a kid, the batteries won't go to waste around our son!!) you get Ū at the check-out counter right off the bat if you buy Energizer batteries (2 packages) and <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a>DVD together.  

Inside the box it gets a bit better:  An offer, if you already own <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> on VHS, to get a ŭ rebate.  It involves the purchase receipt of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD (and photocopies are permissable) and one of its proof-of-purchase things you snip from the cover, fill out the order form inside the box, find your <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> VHS and snip the UPC off of the cover of it.  You mail this stuff in and 6-8 weeks later you get ŭ back, making less postage and the envelope, etc., <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD cost พ.99 instead of ร.99 once you receive the rebate check and if you're willing to snip the cover of the <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> VHS.

Obviously, Rich and I are "sold" on <a href= target="_blank">Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</a> DVD, thumbs 'way, 'way, 'WAY up for it.  

Minor quibbles:  IMHO Barbra Streisand is 'way too "large" a voice, miscast-sounding, for updating the famous <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> signature song "Someday My Prince Will Come" for adult contemporary airplay.  Streisand sings it flawlessly.  But my problem with her is the "largeness" and "shouting to the world" nature of her delivery for this particular song.  Streisand's version comes across, to me, as "I *SAID* 'someday my prince will come'--didja hear me!!?!!?????"  Maybe I'm just too picky, but something tenderer would sound a lot better.  However I'm at a complete loss who would be a better choice than Streisand to give that adult contemporary "Sizzle for the steak" for radio airplay promotion.  The other quibble is about the Baha "Who Let The Dogs Out" Men parody of their own hit song that's about Snow White.  Browsing in a Disney Store and hearing it on the PA system when you haven't seen the <a href= target="_blank">Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</a> DVD is one thing, it's catchy and pop and dismissable.  But now that I've seen <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> on DVD I feel the Baha Men are 'way too coarse-sounding for promoting <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> to the greater masses.  I'm not offended.  Merely thinking the combining of the two is so unlikely a "synergy" that it makes no sense to me whatsoever.  I realize the promotion department is trying their best to promote the sale of this DVD, when the movie music on it is admittedly "dated" and no longer of universal appeal in 2001.  But still...

As always:  Your mileage may vary.

<a href= target="_blank">Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</a> DVD makes an excellent ฤ-level gift for the holiday season.  If you've been good all year, or know a big Disney fan who's been good all year, tip off Santa's elves with a hint for <a href= target="_blank">"Snow"</a> DVD for that person for the holidays.

Carol Koster

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Posted: Oct. 11, 2001 12:20 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEARS!

Way to go, Snow! Huh-ha!
Here's more <a href= target=BodyFrame>Disney News</a> I wanted to make sure you didn't miss. It came from the Disney Echo's constantly-updated <a href= target=BodyFrame>Main Street Newsstand</a>.

Disney's First Platinum Release Goes Platinum Day One!

Wednesday October 10, 2:07 pm Eastern Time

Official Disney Press Release

SOURCE: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.

Walt Disney's <a href= target="_blank">SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS</a> on Disney DVD; One Million Units Sold First Day

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On its first day of availability, <a href= target="_blank">SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS</a>, the first Platinum Collection release by the Walt Disney Company, has sold one million units on Disney DVD, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Walt Disney Company, and Robert Chapek, President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Enthusiastic consumers have embraced the Disney DVD version of this beloved masterpiece, making this home entertainment debut one of the most spectacular in the history of the industry. Based on its first day sales alone, <a href= target="_blank">SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS</a> is anticipated to be one of the best-selling DVDs of the year.

Commenting on this exciting achievement, Iger said, ``<a href= target="_blank">Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</a> is one of the jewels of the Disney vault and we couldn't be happier that the public has responded to the title in this way. The <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD is a breakthrough product for the industry that redefines DVD by taking the technology to a whole new level.''

Chapek commented, ``This tremendous response validates the innovative blend of creativity and technology that went into making this disc the greatest <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> DVD possible. The remarkable success of this film on DVD is a testament to the timeless and cross-generational appeal of this cherished classic. There is something for everyone on this DVD, making it a must-have for anyone's DVD library.''

The 2-disc SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Disney DVD, presented in a painstakingly restored pristine audio and visual format, allows audiences to fully participate in the magic of the film via a breakthrough ``immersive'' DVD format featuring the Magic Mirror as host. The viewer is offered two ``V.I.P.'' guided tours inside the vast world of SNOW WHITE and its many hours of fascinating features and programs. Iger added, ``The Walt Disney Company has been waiting for today's technology to rise and meet the initial creative brilliance of The One That Started It All -- SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS -- and now for the first time this ''immersive`` DVD experience presents a new way to enjoy films on DVD.''

<a href= target="_blank">SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS</a> commemorates the first release of a Walt Disney Home Entertainment Platinum Edition, the exclusive collection of some of Walt Disney's greatest animated films. Available for a limited time, <a href= target="_blank">SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS</a> on Disney DVD will be placed on moratorium on January 31, 2002.

Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized industry leader. A subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, Buena Vista Home Entertainment Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company for all Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista DVDs and videocassettes.

SOURCE: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.

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Posted: Oct. 11, 2001 12:23 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

I wasn't going to buy the DVD of <a href= target="_blank">Snow White</a> since we also bought the VHS of it. Seeing the ŭ rebate for those who already have the VHS copy of it helped convince me to buy the DVD, but I still wouldn't have bought the DVD except that Carol wanted to get it.

Let me tell you: I agree with everything Carol wrote about the DVD and I'm very glad we got it. I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone that it is well worth getting, even if you already have the VHS version of it.

RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator

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