DVD of the Week – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
by HELEN GEIB
Disney has never been reluctant to re-release its animated classics and the two-disc DVD edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that came out today is not the first good quality DVD release of the film. While it has some new features and a spiffed up print, it seems to be mostly a follow-on to last month’s Blu-ray release, a three-disc edition packed with extras and that includes a DVD copy of the film. I’m not sure exactly why someone who buys a Blu-ray copy of a movie would want a DVD copy too; perhaps to give away as a gift to technologically backward friends or keep in the family car to play on road trips. The release of the new DVD edition is at any rate perfectly timed for holiday gift giving.
In typical Disney home video fashion, the DVD extras are a mix of features about the movie you just bought and Disney-themed miscellany. The on-point extras include archival storyboards that apparently pose the question “Was Walt Planning a Sequel?”, a short feature on the film’s influence, and two deleted scenes. The audio commentary by animation historian John Canemaker, which incorporates archival recordings by Walt Disney talking about the film, definitely sounds of interest. The “‘Heigh-ho’ Karaoke Sing-Along” sounds rather fun; I’m less sure of “Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride,” an “interactive set-top adventure game.” Other ancillary features are an original music video by Tiffany Thorntonn (would I know who that was if I watched the Disney channel?) and a preview for Disney’s upcoming The Princess and the Frog.
The Blu-ray edition adds some other extras to the DVD edition line-up. The inducement-to-buy is an extensive feature on Hyperion Studios, the Disney (as in Walt) studio where Snow White was made. It includes archival photos, recordings, and films; numerous short features within the feature about what it was like to work at the studio in various artistic and technical capacities; several photo galleries; other short features on the production process and music for the film; and more besides.