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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Original "Sleeping Beauty" Out in the UK on Blu-ray June 2, 2014

The Classic Tale Returns





Hot on the heels of Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," the gloriously colorful "Sleeping Beauty" (1959), Disney's original tale of the dormant princess, is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 2, 2014.

One look at the trailer and you see that everything has been sharpened and looks crystal clear for modern audiences.

Every little girl loves Aurora, and there are exciting battle scenes between Prince Phillip and the dragon.

This could make a wonderful gift for someone special.

The press release reads:

Disney has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Sleeping Beauty (1959). The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on June 2.

The story begins with the birth of Princess Aurora (voiced by Mary Costa), the precious daughter of King Stefan and his wife. To celebrate the arrival of the Princess, three good fairies - Flora, Fauna & Merryweather bestow gifts of magic on Aurora, but an evil sorceress named Maleficent places a curse upon the little Princess - that she will die on her 16th birthday after touching the poisoned spindle of a spinning wheel. Merryweather tries to undo the damage by casting a spell that will allow the Princess to awake from an ageless sleep with a kiss from her one true love.

A breathtakingly beautiful and timeless fantasy, Sleeping Beauty was initially released in 1959 and took nearly a decade to produce. Sleeping Beauty holds the throne as Disney's final animation that was lovingly and attentively hand-crafted using ink. The haunting stereophonic musical score, based on Tchaikovsky's titular ballet earned the film a prestigious Academy Award.

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features:
The Peter Tchaikovsky Story Version 1 and Version 2 (DVD ONLY)
Cine Explore audio commentary (BLU-RAY ONLY)
Grand Canyon
Audio Commentary
Princess Fun Facts
Music and More
Once Upon a Dream (Music Video)
Once Upon a Dream (Main Title)
Hail To The Princess Aurora
I Wonder
Once Upon A Dream
Sleeping Beauty


From the UK Disney site:
Create new memories that will last a lifetime as you experience the dazzling animation and timeless storytelling of Disney's Sleeping Beauty. 
The legend that transcends time begins with the glorious celebration of Princess Aurora's birth -- a joyful event that makes Maleficent, one of the most spectacular villains ever, extremely jealous. As the years pass and the princess grows into a beautiful young woman, three Good Fairies do their best to protect Aurora. But, on her 16th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel and falls under Maleficent's spell and into a deep sleep. Only brave Prince Phillip can defeat a fire-breathing dragon and battle his way to the tower to awaken the princess from her dreams. 
Catch the magic, adventure and romance of Disney's ultimate fairy tale on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 2nd June.

"Sleeping Beauty" stars the voices of Mary Costa as Princess Aurora, Bill Shirley as Prince Phillip, and Eleanor Audley as Maleficent.





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